National Newswatch

Kamala Harris is not Canadian no matter how badly we want her to be

Aug 13 2020 — Emma Teitel — It’s not a secret that Canadians love to identify other Canadians who made it big in America, as in “Did you know that Ryan Reynolds is Canadian? Keanu Reeves? Kim Cattrall? Pamela Anderson? Michael J. Fox? Drake? Etc.”   However, what is perhaps less known about this national pastime of Canadian-spotting is that its focus extends […]

After Justin Trudeau asked for ‘due diligence’ on the WE deal, what did bureaucrats examine? Not the charity’s finances or possible conflicts of interest, MPs told

Aug 12 2020 — — Canadians are no closer to knowing what due diligence was done by the public service at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request that justified a decision by the Liberal government to award WE Charity the contract to deliver a proposed $544-million student volunteer program. Thousands of documents related to that mystery have still not been released. […]

We must insist on straight answers from Derek Sloan

Aug 11 2020 — Michael Coren — Derek Sloan won’t win this month’s Conservative Party leadership, but the MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington will be influential in deciding who does become the new leader of the opposition. The darling of social conservatives and the Christian right, he’s positioned himself as an almost Trump-like figure and was rightly criticized when he questioned the […]

Which companies are benefiting from Ottawa’s multi-billion-dollar wage subsidy program? The government won’t say — yet

Aug 10 2020 — — Billions of dollars are flying out of federal coffers as part of the government’s COVID-19 wage support program. But which companies are getting the money? Ottawa won’t say — at least not yet. According to Jeremy Bellefeuille, press secretary to National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, it’s only a matter of time until it does. Bellefeuille […]

Renters facing eviction need grace now

Aug 9 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — Sun., Aug. 9, 2020timer3 min. read At each phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians were told that the safest way of life was to “shelter in place,” but what happens when that shelter is snatched away? Thousands of families with eviction filings are anxiously queued up in Canadian courts; their cases began being processed this […]

Neil Young has the perfect song for Donald Trump. But it isn’t ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’

Aug 6 2020 — Rosie DiManno — Cease and desist, dude. One can only visualize Neil Young, gobsmacked and gagging to hear President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign launched, continuing to barrelhouse along musically, to the tune of the singer’s iconic “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Seriously, is there any politician harder to imagine rockin’ to anything, His Orangeness bustin’ a move? Leader […]

Justin Trudeau promised action ‘very soon’ to tackle systemic racism. Seven weeks later, where is it?

Aug 5 2020 — Alex Ballingall — It has been seven weeks since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised action “very soon” to address systemic racism in Canadian policing and other institutions. For Matthew Green, an NDP MP and member of the cross-party Parliamentary Black Caucus, “very soon” is now long past due — and can’t come soon enough. That’s especially the case, […]

Erin O’Toole’s team is going door to door with a photocopier. Here’s why

Aug 5 2020 — Alex Boutilier — The Conservatives face significant logistical hurdles in selecting their next leader, with COVID-19 dashing hopes of a traditional leadership convention in favour of mail-in ballots. But while the reliability of mail-in balloting is a hot political topic in Donald Trump’s America, the Conservatives are comparatively comfortable with the process. The party’s last leadership contest was […]

Will Justin Trudeau fire Bill Morneau?

Aug 2 2020 — Heather Scoffield, — Conventional wisdom has it that a leader can’t oust his finance minister in times of economic instability because such a move would compound the instability. Traditionally, firing a finance minister signals to the world that something is dreadfully wrong, either with a country’s economic policy or with the governance of the country’s money. That’s not […]

Justin Trudeau says he ‘pushed back’ against recommendation that WE Charity run student volunteer program

Jul 30 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he initially “pushed back” against the public service recommendation to award a $544-million grant program for student volunteers to WE Charity, a Toronto-based organization that works with his wife and had paid his mother and brother for appearing at WE-branded events. Making a rare and high-stakes appearance at a parliamentary […]