National Newswatch

Doug Ford’s first premiers’ meeting more cordial than confrontational

Jul 21 2018 — Janyce McGregor — Opinions varied on what Doug Ford might do when he gathered with other premiers at this week’s Council of the Federation in Saint Andrew’s, N.B. Would the new Ontario premier want to make a big splash? Or hang back at his first summer premiers’ meeting, listening and strategizing? Ontario premiers have traditionally played a consensus-build

NAFTA appears headed into bilateral talks, with U.S. looking to strike quick deal with Mexico: experts

Jul 20 2018 — Tom Blackwell — The on-again, off-again NAFTA talks appear headed in a whole new direction, one that could see the United States strike a quick deal with Mexico first, then turn to Canada with potentially added leverage, experts suggested Friday. The scenario might even result in the States sparing Mexico further punitive tariffs on steel or possibly cars, […]

Pipeline protesters defy eviction order, say they’ll meet with officials

Jul 21 2018 — — Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., say they will meet with officials to discuss safety measures, but they will not comply with a city-issued evacuation order. The City of Burnaby says there are safety concerns surrounding “Camp Cloud,” including a two-storey wooden watch house and a fire that protesters describe as sacred and […]

Higher crude prices and weaker loonie could offer provinces royalty windfall

Jul 21 2018 — — Resurgent oil prices this year could deliver three provinces unexpected windfalls — and maybe improved political fortunes — if crude stays strong. Sagging prices have weighed heavily on resource-based economies in recent years, putting the squeeze on provincial budgets that rely on petroleum revenues. But with oil prices tracking higher than expected this year, a […]

Canadian ambassador expects NAFTA talks will resume in the next few weeks

Jul 20 2018 — — Canada’s Ambassador to the United States says he expects North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations to resume in the next few weeks and that securing an agreement on the auto sector will be key to unlocking talks around the remaining sticking points. NAFTA negotiations have been on hold since late May, ahead of the Mexican […]

Trudeau affirms importance of NAFTA amid rumbling of U.S.-Mexico deal

Jul 20 2018 — — Despite fresh rumblings of a bilateral deal between the United States and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is convinced that a full North American Free Trade Agreement is best for all three countries. Trudeau said Friday that NAFTA remains the preferred option for ensuring prosperity for workers across North America. “That’s why we’re committed to […]

Canadian agriculture ministers briefed on trade-war contingency plan

Jul 20 2018 — — Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay emphasized the importance of the provinces working together as an escalating trade war with the United States puts some farmers on edge. The minister says his provincial and territorial counterparts discussed trade negotiations and the contingency plan at a conference that wrapped up in Vancouver. MacAulay wouldn’t speculate on what […]

Kirkland blasts MP’s reinstatement

Jul 20 2018 — — The Afghanistan war veteran from Brandon who accused Quebec NDP MP Christine Moore of inappropriate conduct five years ago is denouncing an investigator’s report that absolved of her any wrongdoing. Glen Kirkland, a realtor from Brandon who served in the Canadian Forces for nine years, said the investigation into allegations that Moore sexually harassed him […]

Harper: PM resisting new NAFTA deal to score partisan advantage

Jul 20 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Earlier this month, former prime minister Stephen Harper made a damning allegation about the Trudeau government’s NAFTA negotiations: They are resisting making a deal to score partisan advantage by standing up to an unpopular U.S. president. “The reality is that the Government of Canada believes today that is it doing very well, the fight with […]