National Newswatch

What impact did the Ethics Commissioner’s report have on the political landscape? Not much it seems.

Aug 21 2019 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — We were in the field immediately after the release of the Ethics Commissioners report on the SNC Lavalin matter, and through the following several days. Here’s what our national survey of 2,152 respondents reveals: SNC – LAVALIN: FEW MINDS CHANGED. MORE OF THOSE WHO DID SAW A STORY OF PM PROTECTING JOBS. Just over a […]

Doug Ford government sues privacy commissioner to block release of cabinet letters

Aug 21 2019 — Fatima Syed — The Doug Ford government is suing the office that preserves public sector transparency in an effort to block the release of documents outlining Ford’s expectations for each cabinet minister. Brian Beamish, Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner (IPC), said his office, which upholds and promotes open government and the protection of personal privacy in Ontario, had […]

‘A warning’: China’s central television takes direct aim at Canadian foreign minister

Aug 21 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Chinese authorities are taking aim at Canada’s foreign minister, singling out Chrystia Freeland by name in an unusually personal rebuke to her comments about Hong Kong. On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rebuked the Canadian government, saying it ”has made irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs repeatedly and grossly interfered in China’s internal […]

Peterborough NDP candidate scrubs expletive-laden tweets

Aug 21 2019 — — Peterborough-Kawartha NDP candidate Candace Shaw has wiped her Twitter history, which included tweets using explicit language and insults. Shaw says the social media purge was requested by her party and, although she does have some regrets about some prior postings, “It’s not an attempt to hide who I am at all. “I’m still myself.”

PSAC head says avoiding Conservative government ‘No. 1’ election issue

Aug 21 2019 — — The head of Canada’s largest federal public service union says the number one issue for the Public Service Alliance of Canada is “not to end up with another Conservative government” and to “get the NDP elected wherever we can.” “There’s no way we can have more of Stephen Harper, and that’s exactly what Andrew Scheer […]

2 multimillion-dollar loans to Irving company forgiven by ACOA

Aug 21 2019 — — The federal government has written off the balance of two multimillion-dollar loans given to Irving-owned Atlantic Wallboard in Saint John. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency closed the file on the two loans in March after deciding that the full amount “has not been and likely will never be repaid,” according to a memorandum obtained by […]

Ethics commissioner ready to testify to committee today: NDP critic

Aug 21 2019 — — The NDP’s Charlie Angus says he expects ethics commissioner Mario Dion to be in a position to testify today before a parliamentary committee about his findings on the prime minister’s breach of the Conflict of Interest Act. But whether the House of Commons ethics committee moves ahead with the study of Dion’s report rests in […]

Liberals unhurt, Tories not helped by scathing SNC-Lavalin report: Poll

Aug 21 2019 — — A new poll suggests a scathing ethics report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall — and it hasn’t helped the Conservatives. Indeed, the Leger poll suggests the two parties were locked in a dead heat, with the support of 33 […]

Parents will be able to exempt children from sex-ed classes under new Ontario curriculum

Aug 21 2019 — — The Ontario government’s revised sex-education curriculum for elementary schools includes instruction on health, cybersafety and consent, and requires school boards to allow parents to exempt children from teachings on human development and sexual health. The new curriculum, released Wednesday, will replace a controversial teaching plan brought in after the Progressive Conservatives took power last year.

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Aug 21 2019 — — Canadian annual inflation came in at two per cent in July to hit the Bank of Canada’s ideal target for a second straight month. Compared with a year earlier, consumers paid less last month for gasoline, internet services and traveller accommodation, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per […]