National Newswatch

Cannabis and the border: what pot-smoking Canadians need to know

Jun 23 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Each day, 400,000 Canadians cross the Canada-U.S. border. Beginning Oct. 17, 2018, more and more of those travellers could be forced to answer an uncomfortable question posed by wary American customs officers: Have you ever smoked pot? Those who tell the truth risk being banned from the United States for life and might have to […]

Canadian military not ready for ‘space army,’ former defence chief says

Jun 23 2018 — — Canada’s military may not be ready to plant a flag in outer space, but a former chief of the defence staff says the federal government would do well to keep an eye on what the U.S. does next with its promised new “space force.” It wouldn’t make sense for Canada to attempt to build something […]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s rough ride

Jun 22 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Jagmeet Singh was supposed to be in Chicoutimi. Headlines heralded the arrival of all three major party leaders to the riding north of Québec City last week, just days before a federal byelection. Singh, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer were actually expected to appear at the same event: the opening leg […]

Ottawa makes deal to buy three icebreakers for coast guard

Jun 22 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government has concluded a deal with a Quebec shipyard to purchase, through a sole-source contract, three medium icebreakers to relieve pressure on the Canadian Coast Guard’s aging fleet. The agreement struck with Chantier Davie of Levis, Que., which operates the Davie shipyard, was announced Friday in a release by Public Services and Procurement […]

Trump warns Trudeau on lack of defence spending ahead of NATO summit

Jun 22 2018 — — Just weeks ahead of the NATO summit U.S. President Donald Trump is calling on allies, including Canada, to increase defence spending on NATO. It comes by way of a letter, obtained by iPolitics, written on White House letterhead and signed by Trump, that was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 19. “There is […]

Trump’s lumber tariffs make home ownership too expensive for more than a million Americans

Jun 22 2018 — Katie Simpson — One of Donald Trump’s protectionist “America first” policies is partly to blame for making home ownership too costly for more than one million Americans. According to the U.S.-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber have caused housing prices in the United States to jump by an average of $9,000 […]

PM Pays $100 Ethics Penalty

Jun 22 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been fined $100 for another breach of Parliament’s ethics code, this time involving a gift from the Premier of Prince Edward Island. Neither the breach nor fine were disclosed until Parliament prepared to adjourn for summer recess.

Quebec Charter of Values a factor in radicalizing foreign fighters: study

Jun 22 2018 — — Five months after Shayma Senouci left Quebec to join Islamic State fighters (ISIS) in Syria, she wrote a long email to her friends back home. She told them that she felt she didn’t belong in the West and that she had an obligation to emigrate to a Muslim country. “I left because I felt imprisoned […]

On equalization, Ottawa and Alberta are speaking entirely different languages

Jun 22 2018 — — News broke late Thursday that the government was renewing the federal equalization program — with no changes. But Alberta’s United Conservative Party was ready for it. UCP leader Jason Kenney planted himself in front of some rail tanker cars and took advantage of Alberta’s mid-June bounty of sunlight — more than 17 hours — to […]