National Newswatch

Sober suits, no drama: how Trudeau got the low-key foreign trip he badly needed

Apr 21 2018 — Evan Dyer — The Official Opposition barely mentioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign travel this week. Instead, Conservatives mostly used question period to rehash the PM’s excursion to India two months ago, and the unforced errors that plagued it. So the Trudeau government succeeded at least in not giving its enemies any fresh ammunition — which surely came […]

Federal government postpones study of airport privatization

Apr 21 2018 — Bill Curry — The federal government is shelving its in-depth study of airport privatization after nearly two years of examining the multibillion-dollar potential of selling off the key federal assets. During a private meeting with airport executives in Ottawa this week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau confirmed that the Liberal government is not moving ahead with privatization at this […]

Progressive justice, environmental, housing policies are priorities for grassroots Liberals

Apr 21 2018 — — Liberal Party members have short-listed their policy priorities, with universal pharmacare, decriminalizing drugs and the sex trade, and an underwater tunnel link to Newfoundland making the cut. Today is the final day of a three-day convention in Halifax, an unofficial kickoff to the 2019 election campaign focusing on policy making and energizing the troops. About […]

‘I do not believe a political compromise is achievable’: Trans Mountain pipeline dispute likely to rely on the courts

Apr 21 2018 — — As the infighting over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline heats up, the courts may ultimately do what the politicians in Alberta, B.C., Ottawa and − recently − Saskatchewan have been unable to do so far. Pending rulings could set the stage for killing or saving the $7.4-billion expansion of the 65-year-old link between Alberta and […]

Trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ interests in 2018: minister

Apr 21 2018 — — The Canadian government will lead the first trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ businesses and entrepreneurs later this year, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday. The announcement was part of a speech promoting the Liberal government’s progressive trade agenda at the party’s national convention in Halifax. Champagne offered no details about the missions, […]

Axelrod’s advice to Liberals: convince voters you still represent change

Apr 21 2018 — — Re-election campaigns — like the one the Trudeau Liberals will embark on next year — hang on a government’s ability to convince voters that it still represents positive change, Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod said Friday. But since electoral success seems more and more these days to depend on offering voters something other […]

Liberal base fights for left-wing shift at national convention

Apr 21 2018 — Daniel Leblanc — The Liberal base is trying to push the party leftward at the national convention in Halifax, hoping to get its leadership to adopt a progressive platform that addresses issues such as pharmacare and the decriminalization of the sex trade and possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. The pressure is coming from inside the Liberal […]

MDA president says having parent firm in United States won’t affect Canadian jobs

Apr 21 2018 — — The president of Canadarm-builder MDA says setting up the company’s parent firm in the United States won’t have any impact on jobs in Canada. In October 2017, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, based in Richmond, B.C., became Maxar Technologies Ltd. after it acquired DigitalGlobe, an American satellite imaging company. Maxar’s headquarters were in San Francisco before […]

B.C. Green Party leader calls Alberta and Saskatchewan oil bans a bluff

Apr 21 2018 — — B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says Alberta and Saskatchewan’s threats to cut off oil and gas to his province are just tough talk and nothing more. “This is a lot of bluster — a big lot of bluster — and it’s just not helpful, to be blunt,” B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver told CTV’s […]

Justice minister tells young Liberals she’s open to talking about further decriminalizing drugs

Apr 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she’s open to looking at decriminalizing small quantities of drugs and easing Canada’s prostitution laws — both progressive policies that are popular with youth delegates at the Liberal Party convention underway in Halifax. Wilson-Raybould said she has learned through discussions with stakeholders and sex workers that legalizing prostitution is a […]