National Newswatch

In Ottawa, all eyes are on Donald Trump

Jun 23 2018 — Chantal Hébert — The main takeaway from Canada’s uncommonly intense political spring is a wilder-than-ever Donald Trump card. That is first and foremost a challenge for a federal government that has had to deploy more resources to do damage control on the Canada/U.S. front than any of its recent predecessors — with so far less than optimal results.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s rough ride

Jun 22 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Jagmeet Singh was supposed to be in Chicoutimi. Headlines heralded the arrival of all three major party leaders to the riding north of Québec City last week, just days before a federal byelection. Singh, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer were actually expected to appear at the same event: the opening leg […]

Facing possible expulsion from the U.S., many former DREAMers could qualify to come to Canada, Trudeau told

Jun 21 2018 — Alex Boutilier — The cohort of young immigrants was protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration announced they will phase out. They now remain in legal limbo, as court challenges against their deportation proceed and the U.S. Congress remains unable to craft a legislative solution. “While some DACA recipients may […]

Trudeau urges Canadians to travel and buy Canadian in the face of U.S. trade dispute

Jun 20 2018 — Tonda MacCharles and Bruce Campion-Smith — As a Canada-U.S. trade dispute threatens to grow nastier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Canadians to travel and spend at home though he stopped just shy of urging a boycott of American goods and destinations. Asked by reporters how Canadians should respond to the ongoing trade actions of the U.S. administration of President Donald […]

Ontario set to hit the brakes on electric vehicle rebates

Jun 20 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Ontario is getting ready to hit the brakes on rebates of up to $14,000 for motorists buying electric vehicles like the new Honda Clarity and Chrysler Pacifica hybrid. The purchase incentives, which were established years ago by the recently defeated Liberal government to kick-start a shift to low-emission cars, have been funded in part by […]

Question period is all about the talking points. That’s why we heard Conservatives utter ‘carbon tax’ 70 times over five days

Jun 20 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — The 2019 federal election campaign is little more than a year away, and yet you could be forgiven for believing it had already begun. On stages big and small — at conventions, at the doorstep, at lunchtime podiums, and especially on the floor of the House of Commons — Canada’s federal political parties are hammering […]

Why these MPs aren’t speaking during question period

Jun 20 2018 — — David Tilson, the eldest member of the Conservative caucus, has been in politics for almost 30 years. The 77-year-old has witnessed or participated in eight different governments at both the provincial and federal level, and he is easily one of the most experienced MPs in Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. But since the current Parliament opened […]

7 in 10 Canadians say the government should regulate fake news, poll says

Jun 19 2018 — — Worried that fake news is making it more difficult to find accurate sources of information? You’re not alone. A survey by Nanos Research for the organization Canadian Journalists for Free Expression found a strong majority of Canadians — more than eight in 10 — say false information that looks legitimate is making it harder to […]