National Newswatch

One thing COVID-19 isn’t doing? Widening partisans divisions in Canada

Jun 1 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — ABOUT 6 IN 10 APPROVE OF OTTAWA’S APPROACH TODAY. Given the health concerns and economic challenges facing the country, it is remarkable that satisfaction with the federal government’s performance has spiked upwards in our latest polling. But perhaps even more remarkable is that the divisions that marked polling in recent years are muted. People are […]

A fall federal election is ‘a real possibility,’ and a ‘sweet spot’ for Liberals to win a majority, say pollsters

Jun 1 2020 — Abbas Rana — While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are currently enjoying a strong wave of national popularity, a fall election is a “real possibility” from a purely strategic point of view, and an ideal time to convert a minority government into a majority, say leading pollsters. “The number suggests that there’s going to be a window, at […]

Federal Politics: Liberal Party holds six-point lead over CPC in vote intention

Jun 1 2020 — — Support for Liberals grows as assessment of how government has handled COVID-19 remains high. As Canadian communities begin to resume many day-to-day activities suspended by the COVID-19 outbreak, a new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds two-thirds of Canadians (67%) saying the federal government has done a good job over the past months […]

Beijing could bar exit of dual Canadians from Hong Kong amid protests: lawyer

Jun 1 2020 — — A Canadian legal activist is warning the federal government to grant asylum and expanded refugee settlement to Hong Kong Canadians before China cracks down and prevents their departure altogether. The warning came Monday from Avvy Go, the director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, which has already helped bring Hong Kong pro-democracy activists […]

Future trade links with the United Kingdom up in the air

Jun 1 2020 — Alex Binkley — Proposed British tariffs could hit Canadian agrifood.   Ottawa—With less than seven months to Britain’s departure from the European Union, Canada’s commercial relations with its fifth largest trading partner are clouded in uncertainty. Conservative MP Michael Kram told Parliament in May the United Kingdom has “released its list of tariffs on Canadian exports that will […]

‘Anti-black racism is real’: PM Trudeau calls out Canadian racism after Floyd protests

Jun 1 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Amid protests in Canada following the police-involved killing of George Floyd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “we can’t pretend that racism doesn’t exist” in Canada. “Anti-black racism is real. Unconscious bias is real. Systemic discrimination is real. And they happen here, in Canada,” Trudeau said, speaking from the front steps of Rideau Cottage on Monday. […]

Bird strike on Snowbird engine likely caused fatal crash: report

Jun 1 2020 — Murray Brewster — Canadian air force crash investigators are looking at a bird strike as the probable cause of the crash of a Snowbird demonstration jet in Kamloops, British Columbia earlier this month. The accident killed Capt. Jenn Casey, the public affairs officer for the aerobatics team. In a preliminary report issued Monday, investigators say video footage from […]

Canada should re-examine U.S. relations, ‘pursue its own future’ in face of Trump’s pandemic response, say foreign policy and trade experts

Jun 1 2020 — Peter Mazereeuw — Canada should respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies for the COVID-19 pandemic by becoming more self-reliant, manufacturing more of its own essential supplies, and “recalibrating” its relationship with its southern neighbour, say foreign affairs experts and a parliamentary critic.

Protest against anti-black racism, police impunity in Montreal turns violent

May 31 2020 — — A Montreal anti-racism protest demanding justice for a black Minnesota man who died following a police intervention last week degenerated into clashes between police and some demonstrators on Sunday night. About three hours after a march that snaked its way through downtown Montreal on Sunday afternoon had ended, Montreal police declared the gathering illegal after […]

Ottawa pledges millions to promote holiday travel in Canada during pandemic

May 31 2020 — — Ottawa is earmarking millions of dollars for the promotion of holiday travel inside Canada as it seeks to help the tourism industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The money announced by Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly this morning includes $30 million that was originally earmarked for attracting foreign visitors to Canada. The funding will instead be […]