National Newswatch

Wilson-Raybould blasts Trudeau and offers four proposals to help resolve the Wet’suwet’en blockades crisis

Feb 19 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — It was nearly midnight Tuesday in the last hour of an emergency debate on the Wet’suwet’en blockades crisis when Jody Wilson-Raybould stood in the Commons, blasted the Trudeau government for “punting” the hard work of resetting Indigenous relations, and laid out four proposals to ease tensions. Wilson-Raybould, now an independent MP, called for Trudeau to […]

Premiers call for meeting with Trudeau amid rail blockades

Feb 19 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada’s premiers are calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss how to address the ongoing protests and rail blockades that have shut down much of the country’s rail system. The premiers made the request after a teleconference meeting held Wednesday, according to a statement on the meeting from Saskatchewan Premier Scott […]

Chiefs say RCMP and pipeline firm must leave before they meet with government

Feb 19 2020 — — A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief says the chiefs won’t meet with the federal government over their opposition to a natural gas pipeline until both the RCMP and Coastal GasLink leave their traditional territory. Na’moks, who also goes by John Ridsdale, said Wednesday the chiefs have communicated their terms to Carolyn Bennett, the minister responsible for Crown-Indigenous […]

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs travel to Ontario amid rail blockades

Feb 19 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are travelling across the country today to meet with protesters from the Mohawk First Nation at Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont., amid ongoing protests and rail blockades that have shut down much of the country’s rail system. Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Norman Stephens confirmed the plan in a phone call to CTV News […]

‘Fed up’ shipping line diverts cargo from Halifax over rail shutdown

Feb 19 2020 — Paul Withers — A major container line is diverting cargo away from the Port of Halifax because of the ongoing disruption of rail service caused by Indigenous protests blockading rail lines in Canada. “Our Canadian and U.S. midwest operations have been shut down for almost two weeks now over this ridiculous situation,” Andy Abbott, CEO of Atlantic Container […]

Process Nerd: Tories set the stage for non-confidence vote with latest supply debate gambit

Feb 19 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Haul out those fancy red-letter pens, parliamentary historian. After just 19 sitting days, the Conservatives are ready to bring down the Trudeau government, courtesy of the no-frills motion of non-confidence that appears on the latest notice paper — standing, it’s worth noting, in the name of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer himself — and could be […]

Ottawa ‘clearly’ sees a path forward to defuse rail blockades: Miller

Feb 19 2020 — — Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says there is a clear “path forward” to defuse the ongoing tensions caused by protests that have hamstrung the country’s transportation network, despite some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs refusing to meet until the RCMP leave their territory. “I know that the recent events in B.C. and in various places across the […]

Kanesatake chief retracts rail blockade comments after community uproar

Feb 19 2020 — — An Indigenous leader in Quebec is retracting comments about ongoing rail blockades that didn’t go over well with members of his own community. Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon drew the ire of some community members when he suggested this week that the blockades have had their intended impact and should be lifted, at least […]

Eyes off the prize: Why is the Conservative leadership field so small?

Feb 19 2020 — Rosemary Barton — Back in 2017, it seemed like everyone wanted to lead the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s a curious place the Conservative Party finds itself in right now. In 2017, the party was trying to move past a bruising election defeat and the resignation of Stephen Harper, the modern party’s co-founder — arguably a low point. […]

‘A real lack of leadership’: critics call for better response from feds as Wet’suwet’en blockades continue

Feb 19 2020 — Samantha Wright Allen — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership is being attacked as deficient from all sides, as blockades shutting down major transitways in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en protestors near the end of a second week, prompting returning MPs to demand an emergency debate, and Mr. Trudeau to cut an international trip short. Still, Mr. Trudeau’s call for dialogue—the central […]

Farm groups among numerous business associations calling for an end to the blockade of rail lines

Feb 19 2020 — Alex Binkley — Stalled exports have caused a growing backlog of ships waiting off B.C.   Ottawa—Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)are among the agrifood groups calling on the federal government to quickly end the blockade of rail lines by activists supporting a faction in a British Columbia native community. The Canadian […]

Reality Check: For first time in nearly 2 years support for TMX below majority, once Canadians learn of rising costs

Feb 19 2020 — — On February 7 TransMountain President and CEO Ian Anderson announced that the company’s beleaguered pipeline expansion project between Burnaby and Edmonton would now carry an estimated cost of $12.6 billion, a considerable jump from the $7.4 billion initially estimated by the federal government, or the $5.4 billion estimated by previous owner Kinder Morgan. A new […]

Liberals under fire for partisan involvement in judicial appointments

Feb 19 2020 — — The involvement of a partisan Liberal network in judicial appointments makes it impossible for Canadians to know whether judges are being chosen on merit, legal observers say. Dozens of e-mails obtained by The Globe and Mail show the participation of MPs, ministerial officials and party volunteers in the selection of judges on federally appointed courts, […]