National Newswatch

Canadian companies failed to pay billions of taxes owed, new CRA report reveals

Jun 18 2019 — — Canadian corporations failed to pay between $9.4 billion and $11.4 billion in taxes in 2014, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the country’s corporate “tax gap” — the difference between taxes legally owed and those collected — being released today by the Canada Revenue Agency. That means 24 to 29 per cent of all […]

Ontario Liberals opt for good TV at leadership convention

Jun 16 2019 — Jaime Watt — Two weeks ago, the Ontario Liberals began the long and arduous process of rebuilding their shattered party. Now reduced to a caucus of five — or what some impolite wags refer to as “the minivan caucus” — the party membership gathered in Mississauga to determine just how they will go about selecting a new leader […]

Conservatives feel heat on climate change

Jun 16 2019 — Robin V. Sears — A few days ago, Lisa Raitt made a serious blunder. For no obvious reason, she decided to attack Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by saying there was no clear link between extreme weather and climate change. Thousands of angry tweets later she took down her provocative post. It’s not clear whether this will mean temporary damage […]

Trudeau will press Trump to aid Canadians detained in China

Jun 14 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Washington next week with a key aim: to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump it is in America’s own interests to stand up for the release of two Canadians jailed on security allegations in China. Trudeau travels to Washington Wednesday evening with a to-do list that includes nailing down the […]

Justin Trudeau is thinking big with national pharmacare

Jun 12 2019 — Susan Delacourt — If you liked Justin Trudeau’s promises to make pot legal in the 2015 election, wait until you see the free-drugs pledge in the 2019 campaign. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s former health minister, has handed Trudeau and his Liberal team an unexpected flourish of ambition to insert into this fall’s election platform — a national, universal pharmacare […]

Linked to Ford, Scheer tells the Star ‘I am my own person’

Jun 11 2019 — Robert Benzie — The day after millions of Canadian basketball fans saw attack ads portraying Andrew Scheer as a puppet of Premier Doug Ford, the federal Conservative leader insists he is his “own” man. Federal Conservatives have told the Star they fear Ford’s declining popularity will hurt them in the Oct. 21 election, but in an exclusive interview, […]

Trudeau sows confusion with his mixed messaging on Indigenous genocide

Jun 10 2019 — Chantal Hébert — After a week’s consideration, it seems Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not completely convinced after all that Canada’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples amounts to genocide. The latter was the main and most controversial finding of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The prime minister had […]

Can the Green party break Canada’s climate gridlock?

Jun 10 2019 — — There’s a new excitement taking hold within Canada’s Green party as it sharpens its bold message with a full slate of candidates eyeing October’s federal election. A polling surge shows upwards of 10 per cent support nationwide and, perhaps more importantly, surveys suggest a substantially higher portion of Canada’s restless electorate — dispirited by hyperpartisanship […]