National Newswatch

Jagmeet Singh on Bill 62, what’s next for him and cage fighting with Trudeau

Oct 22 2017 — — Hot on the heels of his resignation from the Ontario legislature, the newly-minted federal New Democratic Party leader isn’t dropping any hints about whether he will run for a seat in the 2019 federal election. Jagmeet Singh officially quit as MPP for the Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding Friday just weeks after taking the helm of the NDP. […]

Poll shows great potential for Manitoba Grits

Oct 22 2017 — — A new poll offers the Manitoba Liberals a glimmer of hope that they’ll find more support in the next election. A Probe Research poll published Saturday found the party’s support recently rose to 24% among decided or leaning voters, up from 20% in June. The survey also found Progressive Conservative support declined to 36% from […]

Andrew Scheer’s Ties to Rebel Media Are Now Impossible to Deny

Oct 21 2017 — Justin Ling — There are few pairs of words that have become as toxic as quickly as “the Rebel” has in Canada in recent months. Maybe “Weinstein Company” or “tiki torch.” But Ezra Levant’s online opinion site has attracted particular acrimony thanks to a litany of colossally unwise moves, even by Levant’s own admission: one of his most […]

Living and loving the Cold War: The wild ride of a Canadian diplomat and spy

Oct 22 2017 — Terry Milewski — They don’t make careers like this anymore. Dodging the secret police in Cold War Berlin. Cranking up the music to deafen the KGB bugs in Moscow. Spying for the CIA in Havana. Rallying Afghan warlords to thrash the Russians. Wrangling former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s meditation session with Indira Gandhi. Faking documents to spirit a […]

Anti-Trudeau, anti-racism demonstrators clash in Toronto; four arrested

Oct 21 2017 — — A group of anti-Trudeau protesters and anti-racism counter-demonstrators clashed in Toronto on Saturday. According to organizers, the anti-Trudeau protest was planned as a means of expressing displeasure with the Liberal government’s tax policies, spending and controversial multi-million dollar settlement with former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr. Held at Nathan Phillips Square, the protest was met […]

WHO cancels Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador role

Oct 22 2017 — — The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health.

A Finance Minister under siege: what’s next for Bill Morneau?

Oct 21 2017 — — The opposition is showing no sign of letting up on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, despite his latest efforts to end the ethics controversy swirling around his personal finances. In an interview with The House, Morneau again insisted he divulged all of his assets to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson and diligently […]

Trudeau condemns appointment of Mugabe as WHO ambassador

Oct 21 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s appointment as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization “unacceptable,” joining a chorus of widespread condemnation. The United States and a host of other countries, health and human rights leaders have criticized the appointment of Mugabe who has been long been accused […]

Dougald Lamont leads Manitoba Liberals after tight race

Oct 22 2017 — — After a close race, Dougald Lamont said he had to hear the news twice before fully comprehending he defeated Cindy Lamoureux to win the Manitoba Liberal leadership race Saturday. Lamont squeaked out a victory with just eight votes. “They told me the numbers and I did actually have to ask to have it repeated … […]

Trudeau reluctant to reveal too much on Quebec’s face-covering law

Oct 21 2017 — Aaron Wherry — Over the course of three days this week, the prime minister was poked and prodded for a position on Bill 62. The Quebec law, passed by the provincial legislature on Tuesday, prohibits anyone delivering or receiving public services from covering their face. That again makes an issue of the niqab. On Wednesday, in the House […]

Nearly 70 per cent of irregular border crossers who had cases reviewed granted refugee status

Oct 21 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Nearly 70 per cent of asylum claimants who entered Canada through unauthorized crossings and had their cases reviewed between March and September were granted refugee status, according to newly released government data, which are based on the small fraction of cases that have been processed. More than 15,100 people have crossed into Canada at unofficial […]

Inside the government’s $200,000 budget artwork

Oct 20 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Between Feb. 1 and March 13 of this year, functionaries in some of the most powerful corners of the federal government, including the finance department and Prime Minister’s Office, were seized with a series of pressing questions. Should the teenage boy on the cover of the upcoming budget, for instance, be really happy with a […]

Hillary Clinton, Canadian company at heart of controversy Trump and his supporters want to resurrect

Oct 21 2017 — Tom Blackwell — It’s the Russia controversy that President Donald Trump and his supporters would love the world to focus on, and it centres largely around a Toronto-based mining company. The 2010 sale of Uranium One to Russian interests — and unproven allegations that Canadian donations to the Clinton Foundation eased its approval in the States — suddenly […]