National Newswatch

Liberals’ two-year infrastructure plan set to take five: documents

Jan 19 2018 — — Internal documents say the first tranche of spending in the Liberal government’s infrastructure program may take three years longer than expected to complete. The Liberals had originally hoped to have cities and provinces complete $5.4 billion in transit and water system work by this March, but quickly realized that more time was needed.

U.S. tax reforms could hurt Canada more than NAFTA pullout: business groups

Jan 19 2018 — — Business associations are warning that substantial tax changes in the U.S. could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than would the possible termination of the North American Free Trade Agreement. While NAFTA’s uncertain future remains a top concern for two of the country’s biggest business lobby groups, they say much of their […]

Canada to attend first Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting since Trudeau’s APEC no-show

Jan 19 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada will attend a key meeting on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo next week, two months after a high-profile no-show that infuriated its negotiating partners, the Canadian and Japanese governments have confirmed. The meeting of chief negotiators Monday and Tuesday is intended to accelerate progress on the 11-country trade zone after Australia’s […]

Rise in duty-free allowance could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs

Jan 19 2018 — — A new study commissioned by the Retail Council of Canada says an increase in the duty-free allowance for cross-border shopping would lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses and cut billions of dollars from the Canadian economy. The PwC study comes as U.S. lawmakers push for Canada to increase the duty-free allowance from $20 […]

Trudeau to push economic ties with February trip to California and Chicago

Jan 19 2018 — — As the North American Free Trade Agreement hangs in the balance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit three major American cities next month to stress deeper economic collaboration between the two countries. Trudeau, who is bound for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland next week, will visit Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago from February […]

‘Justice is long overdue’ for training school survivors, says MP who spent three ‘painful’ years at one

Jan 19 2018 — — David Sweet walks slowly down a snow-covered laneway cutting through the campus of what used to be St. Joseph’s Training School, a residential reform institution for boys deemed “delinquent” or “unmanageable” decades ago by the courts. It’s early January and Sweet, a federal Conservative Member of Parliament, is walking a reporter and photographer through the […]

Sea King helicopters finally ready for full retirement on the East Coast

Jan 19 2018 — — Three geriatric military aircraft flew in formation above Halifax harbour Friday, marking the long-overdue retirement of the 54-year-old East Coast Sea King fleet. Several journalists were taken for a ride to record the flight, which comes one week before the helicopters end their operational duties on the East Coast at 12 Wing Shearwater. The Sea […]

Wynne gets an earful in Ottawa town hall

Jan 19 2018 — Robert Benzie — It was no leisurely skate on the Rideau Canal for Premier Kathleen Wynne as she took her town hall road show to Ottawa. As at previous forums in Toronto and Brampton last fall, Wynne faced some tough questions from the public Thursday evening on a slew of policy matters. “The violence in our schools is […]

3 former MMA rail workers acquitted in Lac-Mégantic disaster trial

Jan 19 2018 — — Jurors have acquitted the three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaître, 53, were all charged after the derailment of a runaway fuel train early on […]