National Newswatch

Revamped citizenship guide still a work in progress as election nears

May 19 2019 — Kathleen Harris — A promised overhaul of Canada’s citizenship guide remains a work in progress with just months left in the Liberal government’s mandate. That leaves newcomers to the country with the existing guide — which is riddled with historical gaps and outdated information — as their primary document for preparing for the citizenship test. The government is […]

Two N.L. Independent say they look forward to minority government

May 19 2019 — — Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent election resulted in a rare minority government, partially due to wins by two Independent candidates — and both former Liberals say they won’t be swayed to rejoin any political party. Eddie Joyce and Paul Lane both crossed the floor to sit as Independents since Dwight Ball’s Liberal majority government took office […]

1 Canadian, 4 Americans killed in private plane crash in Honduras

May 19 2019 — — One Canadian and four Americans were killed after a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatan, a popular island destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Officials initially gave conflicting reports about the victims’ nationalities, suggesting all five of the victims were Canadians; however, the country’s armed forces later said […]

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

May 19 2019 — — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the government’s troubled Phoenix pay system will present the Liberals with options within weeks that are expected to include “multiple pilot projects,” government officials say. The plan could pit at least two of the three potential bidders on the projects against each other in a competition […]

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

May 19 2019 — — Canada’s parole officers say the country’s corrections system is at a breaking point due to workloads that are “insurmountable” — a situation they say poses real risks to public safety. A recent survey of parole officers by the Union of Safety and Justice Employees suggested more than two-thirds of parole workers are worried they’re not […]

What didn’t happen in the N.L. election — and why that matters

May 18 2019 — Eric Grenier — There was no shortage of interesting results from Thursday’s election in Newfoundland and Labrador. It produced the province’s first minority government in nearly a half century. The House of Assembly will be a fragile kaleidoscope of red, blue, orange and grey. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians could be voting again sooner rather than later. But also noteworthy […]

Postmedia hires former Kenney chief of staff to lobby on ‘energy war room’

May 17 2019 — — Canadian news media company Postmedia has hired Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s former chief of staff to lobby the new United Conservative government on how it could be involved with the new “energy war room” promised by Kenney during the recent Alberta election campaign. Nick Koolsbergen became chief of staff for Kenney after he won the […]

USMCA will be ratified in U.S. by July, ambassador MacNaughton predicts

May 18 2019 — — Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton said he’s “ecstatic” that the White House lifted its tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, and he expects the new NAFTA agreement to become official this summer. In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, MacNaughton said he expects U.S. Congress to pass the renegotiated USMCA deal (or […]

Q&A: The federal party strategists behind the strategies

May 18 2019 — — As October approaches, the federal parties are refining their plans to win votes. The official campaign period won’t kick off until after the summer, but the unofficial race is already on. Chris Hall, host of CBC Radio’s The House, spoke with Liberal Party national director Jeremy Broadhurst, Conservative campaign chair Hamish Marshall and Green Party […]