National Newswatch

Alberta, Saskatchewan chiefs call for sovereignty acts to be withdrawn

Dec 7 2022 — — First Nations chiefs in Alberta and Saskatchewan are calling for their provinces to toss proposed legislation they say is inherently undemocratic, unconstitutional and infringes on Indigenous rights. The chiefs are putting forward an emergency resolution at the Assembly of First Nations special assembly to reject sovereignty bills that are before both provincial legislatures. Chief Tony […]

Bank of Canada raises rate again to 4.25% — but opens door to staying there

Dec 7 2022 — — The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points, to 4.25 per cent. The move was widely expected by economists, who were anticipating a rate hike of either 25 or 50 points. Canada’s central bank has raised its rate seven times this year in its fight to wrestle inflation into submission. […]

‘Rock and a hard place’: party insiders say managing internal divisions on gun control Singh’s ‘biggest test’ as left-leaning hunters set sights on rural, northern MPs

Dec 7 2022 — Stuart Benson — Although the Liberals say they’re willing to review controversial changes to their gun-control legislation to avoid targeting common firearms used by hunters, the pressure is already mounting on the NDP to speak out as “left-leaning” hunters set their sights on MPs representing the party’s substantial rural, northwestern, and Indigenous constituencies. Following the Nov. 17 introduction […]

Federal government awarded RCMP contract to firm with ties to China

Dec 7 2022 — — Government did not consider security concerns in bid to build and maintain RCMP radio equipment. The federal government awarded a contract to provide and maintain RCMP communications equipment to a company with ties to the Chinese government, Radio-Canada has learned. The contract has security experts raising concerns about potential Chinese access to RCMP communications and […]

Mint issues black-ringed toonie in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Dec 7 2022 — — The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new black-ringed toonie to honour Queen Elizabeth II. The mint says the coin’s black outer ring is intended to evoke a “mourning armband” to honour the queen, who died in September after 70 years on the throne. The mint says it will start to circulate nearly five million […]

Fruit and vegetable growers need strong agriculture policies

Dec 7 2022 — Alex Binkley — Access to seasonal workers should be speeded upl Ottawa—Labour shortages and financial support programs are crucial issues for many Canadian farms trying to meet growing global food demands, says Charles Stevens, Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). The most useful support for them would be streamlining government inspections of farms and […]

Ottawa to unveil investment law reforms to address ‘national security concerns’

Dec 6 2022 — — Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne is poised to announce legislation to “modernize” the Investment Canada Act (ICA) on Wednesday, according to a government news release issued on Tuesday. “These changes represent the most significant updates of the Investment Canada Act in more than a decade and will address evolving national security concerns,” the press release says. […]

Speculation grows in B.C. over snap provincial election

Dec 7 2022 — — As David Eby prepares to announce his new cabinet Wednesday, and against a backdrop of B.C.’s strong financial picture, many are speculating the new premier will call a snap election despite repeated vows he’ll wait until the fixed October 2024 date. B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau announced Tuesday that her party has opened nominations for […]

Canada’s gas prices have fallen — but it may not last long, analysts warn

Dec 6 2022 — — Gas prices in Canada are currently on the decline, but uncertain geopolitical forces could see the relative relief at the pumps short-lived, according to experts. Gas price tracking website GasBuddy.com is reporting that prices are down more than 25 cents as of Dec. 6 compared with November’s monthly average, currently sitting at an average of […]

Experts eager to see Canada’s African strategy brought forward to address perception of neglect

Dec 7 2022 — Neil Moss — With the long-anticipated Indo-Pacific strategy now released, observers of Canada’s international engagement are looking to the federal government’s efforts to craft an African strategy. The process is being led by Liberal MP Robert Oliphant (Don Valley West, Ont.), parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, to assess how best Canada should engage on the continent. […]

Auditor general finds a ‘minimum’ of $27.4 billion in suspicious COVID benefit payments

Dec 6 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Canada’s auditor general says a “minimum” of $27.4 billion in suspicious COVID-19 benefit payments need to be investigated because the government did not manage the aid programs efficiently, and will likely fail to recover “significant” amounts in overpayments. That’s in addition to $4.6 billion in confirmed government overpayments throughout the half-dozen COVID-19 aid programs it […]