National Newswatch

Trump snubs Trudeau: White house says president is too busy to meet Canada’s leader – even though British, French and Egyptian counterparts all get private talks

Sep 24 2018 — — President Donald Trump has set aside time for talks at the United Nations General Assembly with Egypt’s dictator, the British prime minister, and the French president and yet he won’t have time this week to meet with Canada’s Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is at the annual gathering in New York City, where he’s due to deliver […]

Pipeline and politics: Notley used Trans Mountain mess to attack Jason Kenney

Sep 24 2018 — — The Alberta NDP government used the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mess as an opportunity to try and score political points against United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney. Internal documents detailing the NDP government’s talking points on the pipeline this spring demonstrate the government’s dogged attempts to paint Kenney as slick and capricious, said Calgary-based pollster […]

Canada Post strike averted for now as carriers say they’ll keep talking

Sep 24 2018 — The union representing thousands of Canada Post workers says it will stay at the bargaining table, averting a potential strike by mid-week. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Monday it would not issue a 72-hour notice of job action, giving the Crown agency’s negotiators an opportunity to address the union’s demands, which include higher […]

Liberal MPs reject request to study use of notwithstanding clause

Sep 24 2018 — — Liberal MPs have shot down the request to delve into the issue of whether it is appropriate for a politician to routinely use the Constitution’s controversial notwithstanding clause to override a court’s decision. The governing MPs voted against NDP justice critic Murray Rankin’s motion proposing the justice and human rights committee study the routine use […]

Ford striking special committee to dig deeper into Ontario’s fiscal situation

Sep 24 2018 — — Calling his predecessor’s handling of Ontario’s books “the biggest government scandal in a generation,” Premier Doug Ford announced plans for a special committee Monday that would dig further into the province’s fiscal situation. Ford’s vow to hold the previous regime accountable came in a speech to caucus delivered days after his finance minister announced the […]

Canada faces steep odds in battle to join UN Security Council

Sep 24 2018 — Evan Dyer — With nearly two years to go until the vote for the 2021 United Nations Security Council, it may seem strange that Canada is lobbying other nations that are gathering on the east side of Manhattan for the 73rd UN General Assembly. That is indeed the focus of the behind-the-scenes diplomacy at this week-long event, attended […]

Canada’s newest senators: first woman to lead RCMP and Cree Metis businessman

Sep 24 2018 — The first woman to hold the reins of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a Cree Metis businessman are the two newest members of the Senate. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making the appointments to fill seats in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Beverley Busson will take the seat in B.C. and Martin Klyne will fill […]

Federal officials don’t want to be pinned down on a date to start building new navy: documents

Sep 24 2018 — David Pugliese — Irving Shipbuilding is pushing federal officials to announce a firm date to begin construction on Canada’s new fleet of warships, arguing that will help drive the project along. But the company is facing resistance from federal officials concerned about missing a publicly announced start date, as happened with the Arctic patrol ships now under construction, […]

Faith Goldy escorted off stage by police at Toronto mayoral candidates’ debate

Sep 24 2018 — — The city’s first mayoral debate got off to a rocky start after a controversial candidate stormed the stage and demanded to be included. Former Rebel Media personality turned mayoral candidate Faith Goldy showed up while the debate was taking place and attempted to present a petition to the moderator that she said held signatures of […]