National Newswatch

Quebec couple’s deaths in Florida being treated as double homicide

Mar 24 2019 — — A Quebec couple was found dead inside their mobile home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Friday evening and local authorities are treating the case as a double homicide. Marc Gagne, 80, and Rita Fortin, 78, were from Saint-Côme-Linière, Que., about 100 kilometres southeast of Quebec City. Neighbours, worried about the couple’s absence after a few […]

‘The criticisms are completely baseless,’ Scheer says of claims he’s too soft on hate groups

Mar 23 2019 — Elise von Scheel — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says accusations that he panders to groups with hateful or intolerant messaging are unfounded. In his remarks to the Manning Centre networking conference on Saturday, Scheer said he “unequivocally” condemns hateful ideologies. “The criticisms are completely baseless.” Those criticisms have been plentiful in the past few weeks.

Fixing federal payroll IT system could almost double its cost, says memo

Mar 24 2019 — Dean Beeby — Another federal payroll system needs an overhaul after it was put together quickly and on the cheap – and the repair is expected to cost almost as much as the system itself. The system, which converts paper documents into electronic versions, is used to store payroll information needed for the dysfunctional Phoenix program at the […]

‘Put up or shut up’: Liberal MP challenges Philpott and Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin

Mar 23 2019 — — Long-time Liberal MP Judy Sgro is calling out fellow caucus members Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, accusing them of targeting their anger and frustration directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin scandal. In an explosive interview with Maclean’s — her first media interview since she resigned from the Liberal cabinet on Mar. 4 […]

Attacks launched as Alberta election campaigns hit Day Five

Mar 23 2019 — — Neither of Alberta’s leading political parties slowed down their campaigning efforts this weekend—despite one group being interrupted by a protestor with a megaphone. NDP Leader Rachel Notley scheduled a tour of her Edmonton-Strathcona constituency on Saturday, but changed plans after a loud voter crashed the event. “Rachel Notley’s gotta go! Hey, hey! Ho, ho!” the […]

Ford says social media allows politicians to circumvent mainstream journalists

Mar 23 2019 — — Premier Doug Ford says mainstream journalists have become irrelevant because social media allows him to speak directly to Ontarians. The Ontario premier told a conference of conservative thinkers, strategists and politicians Saturday that journalists are “losing the battle” to inform people about the news. Speaking at the annual Manning Networking Conference, Ford accused journalists of […]

Trudeau dismisses the need for a blanket waiver and says Wilson-Raybould is free to speak

Mar 22 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there has already been “a full airing” of the question of whether Jody Wilson-Raybould “underwent pressure” to drop the SNC-Lavalin prosecution. He dismissed the need Friday for any blanket waiver for his former attorney general, saying his order lifting confidentiality restrictions on Wilson-Raybould frees her to speak and does not […]

The ‘kamikaze candidate’ continues to haunt Jason Kenney

Mar 23 2019 — — Two and a half months before the 2017 leadership vote for the newly merged United Conservative Party, three conservative activists met at a Tim Hortons on an August afternoon in the bedroom community of Okotoks, south of Calgary, to talk about the prospective candidacy of Jeff Callaway. One of them, a local constituency board member […]