National Newswatch

Trudeau attempts to rewrite history on SNC-Lavalin

Oct 10 2019 — Tom Brodbeck — The most troubling part of Justin Trudeau’s attempt to rewrite history on the SNC-Lavalin affair is it’s a sign the prime minister may be prepared to politically interfere again in a criminal prosecution. Trudeau claimed during Monday’s televised leaders debate the original Globe and Mail story that ran in February was “false.” He made the […]

Education deserves more attention

Sep 5 2019 — Ben Carr — Fall is in the air. The sidewalks are again filled with backpack-adorned students, their frosty breath capturing the excitement of a new school year, fresh with optimism, excitement and hope. And this year, Manitobans will find another kind of excited citizen on the sidewalks: the aspiring politician. On Sept. 10, just a few days after […]

PC Leader Brian Pallister unpopular but party will still win, poll says

Sep 3 2019 — — Premier Brian Pallister’s abrasive leadership style chafes many Manitobans, but not enough to hurt his party’s pathway to a majority, according to a poll commissioned for the Free Press and CTV News Winnipeg. “You can be unpopular or abrasive and have a style that the people don’t approve of — and (they) still will vote […]

Manitoba criticized for using civil servants to praise Scheer

Jun 5 2019 — — The Pallister government is under fire for using tax money to promote Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in the run-up to the October federal election. On Wednesday, the government issued a press release lauding Scheer’s pledge to work with provinces to reduce interprovincial trade barriers. The news release quoted deputy Premier Heather Stefanson welcoming “this strong […]

Bennett says Wilson-Raybould controversy not impacting her work with Indigenous

Apr 6 2019 — — CROWN-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the controversy swirling around former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has not impacted her work with Indigenous people and communities. Bennett, who was in Winnipeg to meet Friday with a roundtable of Indigenous students from the University of Manitoba at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, said in recent […]

Carr has hands full with trade dispute

Mar 8 2019 — Martin Cash — With a federal election on the horizon, cabinet ministers are likely to be spotted around these parts more often than usual. To have them on the road during the current controversy in Ottawa over whether or not the Prime Minister’s Office exerted inappropriate pressure on the former-attorney general regarding the prosecution of a large Quebec […]

Meeting with Trudeau derailed Manitoba carbon tax plan: premier

Oct 4 2018 — — According to Premier Brian Pallister, it became apparent to him last month, after a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Winnipeg, that Manitoba would have to abandon its carbon tax plan. The province fought for close to a year to convince the federal government to accept its flat-tax proposal, arguing it would be […]

NDP MLA faces backlash, deletes tweet about Pallister, Doug Ford

Jun 9 2018 — — An NDP MLA came under fire Friday for an insulting tweet about Premier Brian Pallister and his new counterpart in Ontario. “Well the only good thing about Doug Ford winning is that Manitoba no longer has the most annoying and obnoxious premier!” Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith wrote on Twitter around midnight Friday, after Ontario’s […]

Khadr responses show right’s ugly side

Jul 14 2017 — Michael Coren — There’s been a great deal written about Omar Khadr in the past few days and I’m not going to pen yet another column on the subject. What is so revealing, however, is the response to the government’s apology and payment from the Conservative party and its followers. Frankly, Khadr has become a poster boy for […]

MP Ashton mulls another bid for federal NDP leadership

Apr 27 2016 — Mia Rabson — Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton is giving some thought to making a second bid for the leadership of her federal party. The federal NDP is seeking a new leader after Tom Mulcair failed to achieve enough support during a leadership review vote in Edmonton earlier this month. There is no date set yet to pick […]

Future of Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari could be in the balance

Apr 21 2016 — — The future of Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is expected to be discussed tonight in Winnipeg when the party’s executive meets to review the provincial election results. The party is sending three MLAs to the legislature following Tuesday’s vote, but Bokhari finished a distant third in Winnipeg’s Fort Rouge constituency. Neither Bokhari nor party president […]