National Newswatch

NDP MP prompts first-ever secret ballot vote in Parliament

Nov 23 2017 — — A New Democrat MP has successfully appealed a ruling on her bill that will see members of Parliament participate in a historic secret ballot vote. NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson’s private member’s bill was deemed “non-voteable” by a committee, essentially leaving it dead in the water. But she decided to pursue a never-before-used procedural tool to […]

RCMP facing sexual harassment, discrimination claims from roughly 1,100 women

Nov 23 2017 — — Global News has learned that as many as 1,100 women have begun the process of opening sexual harassment or discrimination claims against the RCMP. In total, 353 women have finalized and submitted sexual harassment, discrimination or intimidation claims against the RCMP since the process started in August. As many as 780 additional women have opened […]

Changes to passive income rules could net feds $6 billion, PBO says

Nov 23 2017 — — Parliament’s spending watchdog says Liberal changes to passive investment rules for small businesses could rake in up to $6 billion annually in new tax revenues after a decade. The parliamentary budget office’s report out today says the new tax revenues would likely start out at up to $1 billion in the first year that new […]

B.C. New Democrats invite public electoral reform vote; Liberals cry foul

Nov 23 2017 — — British Columbians were invited today to help shape the referendum due next fall on reforming the voting system in the province. Attorney General David Eby says a government website asks for public input on the question to be on the referendum ballot and for suggestions about possible voting systems. The New Democrats promised electoral reform […]

Liberals to nominate Universite de Moncton rector as languages commissioner

Nov 23 2017 — — The federal Liberals appear to have targeted the rector of the Universite de Moncton as the next languages commissioner. The Canadian Press has learned that Franco-Manitoban Raymond Theberge is the favoured choice to replace Graham Fraser. Madeleine Meilleur withdrew her candidacy earlier this year following accusations from the opposition she was too closely linked to […]

Julie Payette doubles down on anti-science mythbusting

Nov 23 2017 — Carl Meyer — Governor General Julie Payette doubled down Wednesday on her comments attacking anti-science “myths.” Payette, a former astronaut and engineer who logged hundreds of hours in space, took the opportunity at an awards ceremony Nov. 22 to “highlight three ‘historical’ myths that relate to the field of science” — one of which was the conspiracy theory […]

Trudeau targets income inequality, tax evasion in Canadian Confederation speech

Nov 23 2017 — — Justin Trudeau took on the role of critic of Canada’s wealthiest citizens on Thursday, putting income inequality and tax evasion at the centre of a speech that reflected on the prospects for the Canadian Confederation. The prime minister was speaking at Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre, near the site where Canadian politicians hammered out the outlines of […]

Ontario muzzles taxpayer watchdog in election spending clampdown

Nov 23 2017 — — Aesthetically speaking, the website of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation isn’t great. The graphics are outdated. The layout isn’t user-friendly. And the whole site looks terrible on your phone. It could use an upgrade—and if you were to say as much to CTF staff, they’d probably agree: they’re in the midst of an overhaul intended to […]

Federal government not tracking interventions with returning ISIS fighters

Nov 23 2017 — Evan Dyer — Turning radicalized individuals away from extreme ideologies and helping them rejoin Canadian society is a key goal of the federal government, but it has little data on how well that fight is going. The new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence is supposed to be on the front line of this fight. […]

After ‘sabotage,’ big demands and flirting with China, how is trade under Trudeau shaping up?

Nov 23 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Justin Trudeau’s progressive free trade agenda, with uncertainty looming over several existing and potential deals. Just weeks after the Canadian prime minister was lambasted for apparently “sabotaging” a major pacific trade deal, his office is planning a trade mission to China. Meanwhile, officials from Canada, Mexico and the […]