National Newswatch

Uncertainty as Manitoba Liberals head into leadership convention

Oct 21 2017 — — Whoever wins the Manitoba Liberal leadership has a rare chance to steal votes away from both the NDP and Progressive Conservatives, but they will need to overcome some big internal challenges, says one expert on the province’s politics. Party members will choose their new leader Saturday from three candidates: Cindy Lamoureux, a young first-time MLA; […]

Bill Morneau says he doesn’t ‘report to journalists,’ bristles at questions about personal finances

Oct 20 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Finance Minister Bill Morneau dodged questions about his use of numbered companies to hold investments Friday, suggesting he does not have to defend his personal financial choices to journalists. After a week of questions about his business holdings, Morneau showed signs of exasperation during an event in Waterloo, Ont., to speak on the government’s “step […]

Notley slams Quebec’s ban on covered faces

Oct 21 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley had harsh words Friday for Quebec legislation that takes aim at Muslim women who cover their faces for religious reasons. Bill62, which was adopted in the Quebec legislature Wednesday, bans people with their faces covered from providing or receiving public services in the province and is widely seen as an attack on […]

Five things about UCP leadership race

Oct 21 2017 — James Wood — The United Conservative Party may have been formed this summer when Progressive Conservative and Wildrose members voted to form a new party, but the really big decision is looming. Next week, UCP members will choose either former Wildrose leader Brian Jean, former PC leader Jason Kenney or Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer as the fledging party’s […]

Quebec veil law Bill 62 sparks protests and confusion

Oct 21 2017 — Ingrid Peritz — Quebec’s new law forcing women to unveil before getting public services is meeting with confusion, street protests and resistance from civic leaders, exposing the divisive impact of legislating on matters of faith and human rights in Canada. Bill 62 became law on Wednesday, but the largest cities and transit authorities say they will not yet […]

Notley says federal NDP pipeline opposition is irrelevant

Oct 20 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley said Friday that opposition to pipelines by the newly elected leader of the federal NDP has little bearing on the ongoing debate over the projects. Jagmeet Singh made a campaign-style swing through Vancouver, where he reiterated that he is against both the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain line to the Pacific […]

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh resigns seat in Ontario legislature

Oct 20 2017 — — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has resigned his seat in Ontario’s legislature. Singh, 38, had served as a member of provincial parliament since 2011, representing the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton. He was elected leader of the federal New Democrats on Oct. 1 and became the first visible minority to claim the leadership of a federal party. […]

Pressure Mounts on Morneau to Ditch Canadian Pension Proposal

Oct 20 2017 — Josh Wingrove — Canadian labor groups are calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to kill a proposed law allowing so-called target benefit pension plans amid a deepening outcry over his personal finances. The finance minister introduced Bill C-27 a year ago to allow creation of the plans, which he advocated for as head of Morneau Shepell Inc., a […]

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

Oct 20 2017 — — Ontario’s premier says she is taking another step toward a defamation lawsuit against the province’s Opposition leader. Kathleen Wynne’s lawyer demanded in a letter last month that Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown retract comments suggesting the premier is personally on trial. That letter came minutes before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in […]

Morneau’s firm doing work for the feds

Oct 20 2017 — Candice Malcolm — New details uncovered by the Toronto Sun show that Morneau Shepell — the firm founded by the father of Finance Minister Bill Morneau — has a contract with the Bank of Canada worth over $8 million. A spokesman for the Bank of Canada confirmed this relationship in an email exchange with the Sun. “The Bank […]

Airbus has no plans to buy out CSeries partners, expects tough Boeing fight

Oct 20 2017 — — Airbus has no plans to buy out minority CSeries partners Bombardier and the Quebec government, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said Friday. According to terms of the deal announced Monday, Airbus had the option to buy out Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) in about seven years, and the Quebec government in 2023. Following a joint appearance with Bombardier […]

Trudeau lacks courage of his father on nuclear disarmament

Oct 20 2017 — — Former Canadian Senator Douglas Roche says Canada has “turned it’s back on the majority world opinion to move forward on nuclear disarmament” by not joining the UN treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons. Roche says Canada should be part of the movement for negotiation for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Roche says Justin Trudeau lacks […]