National Newswatch

Canada resets its China policy in reaction to Hong Kong moves

Jul 4 2020 — Daphne Bramham — For decades, Canada’s political, academic and corporate elites have been heavily invested in the belief that with engagement China could be coaxed into something resembling a rights-based, citizen-focused country. Close ties have been established between universities here and there. Judges, lawyers, artists, journalists along with politicians from every level including school boards, have been part […]

Forestry crisis a huge risk to B.C. NDP

Dec 9 2019 — Rob Shaw — Transportation Minister Claire Trevena received an uncomfortable reminder last week of the gulf between the political bubble of the legislature in Victoria and the real world, after she was blasted by forestry workers in her North Island riding. Trevena held a public meeting in Campbell River, in which more than 50 people gathered to vent […]

No miraculous resurgence for NDP, but Singh wins influence

Oct 22 2019 — Daphne Bramham — Only eight months ago Jagmeet Singh’s leadership was on such shaky ground that some New Democrats weren’t exactly hoping that he’d lose the Burnaby South byelection, but they weren’t exactly helping him win either. With the party in free-fall early in the year, some blamed Singh and darkly suggested that if he lost the byelection […]

Why don’t Canadians like Andrew Scheer?

Oct 14 2019 — Daphne Bramham — Meeting Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, he seems like a good-natured, dimpled and smiling Every Man who might be good fun at a Saskatchewan Roughriders football game. But Canadians haven’t warmed up to him. Despite all that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has done and not done — from wearing blackface to violating conflict-of-interest rules to buying […]

Candidates’ views on conversion therapy, abortion raise questions about Scheer’s promise to leave social issues alone

Oct 2 2019 — Daphne Bramham — For a leader who insists that his party won’t reopen debate on same-sex marriage, abortion and medically assisted dying, Conservative Andrew Scheer doesn’t make it easy for people to believe him. His own unblemished voting record of opposing same-sex marriage and abortion is a stumbling block. So is his promise to allow members of Parliament […]

Rick Mercer lashes out at Burnaby Conservatives for posting fake endorsement

Sep 17 2019 — — Rick Mercer is calling out the Conservative candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour for sharing a doctored quote from the TV personality on social media. On Monday, the Burnaby North-Seymour Conservative Association, who is backing candidate Heather Leung, posted a photo of the comedian on Facebook with a quote taken from a “Rick’s Rant” segment that aired […]

Vancouver Pride Live: Prime Minister Trudeau to march in Pride Parade

Aug 4 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will participate in Sunday’s Pride Parade in Vancouver. Trudeau made history at the event in 2016 when he became the first the sitting Prime Minister to march in the city’s annual LGBTQ2+ celebration. This past week, the prime minister paid a surprise visit to the […]

Majority of federal Liberals’ Vancouver Granville riding executive quit in support of Wilson-Raybould

Jun 4 2019 — — The bulk of the federal Liberals’ Vancouver Granville riding association executive have quit after sitting MP Jody Wilson-Raybould revealed she would run as an Independent in October’s election. And according to former riding association chair John Turner, most of those people will now switch to Wilson-Raybould’s new campaign. “Several of the people will be moving […]

Two people killed during hostage taking in Surrey

Mar 29 2019 — — Two people are dead following a hostage taking in Surrey’s Central City area on Friday. B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, a civilian body that investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, says it has been notified of an “officer-involved shooting in Surrey.”