National Newswatch

Key figure in illegal election financing scheme quietly pleads guilty

Jan 19 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canadians may never know the details of an elaborate scheme orchestrated by engineering giant SNC Lavalin to funnel more than $117,000 to two federal political parties after one of the key players quietly pleaded guilty a few weeks ago. Normand Morin, the 76-year-old former vice-president of the company, took advantage of a routine court appearance […]

Feds likely to hold on to pipeline past 2019 election, says Morneau

Jan 19 2019 — Katharine Starr — The federal government is likely to own the Trans Mountain pipeline until the political risks facing the project are safely past — certainly until after the coming election, Finance Minister Bill Morneau told CBC News. Meanwhile, Indigenous groups in Canada say they are serious about buying the pipeline and they want Ottawa to start getting […]

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

Jan 19 2019 — — Inside a sunlit co-operative housing complex in Burnaby, B.C., federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh knocked on doors of residents whose first languages included Croatian, Filipino and Spanish. Often, to their surprise, Singh greeted them or said goodbye in their mother tongue. The leader is staking his political future on a byelection in Burnaby South, an […]

Blair wants to make cabinet pitch on possible handgun ban within two weeks

Jan 18 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The federal minister tasked with studying a handgun ban for Canada hopes to make a recommendation to cabinet within the next two weeks. Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair has spent the last several months consulting with stakeholders across the country, looking for ways to restrict access to firearms for gang […]

Maxime Bernier explains why he thinks ACOA should be axed

Jan 19 2019 — — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, in Halifax for a party rally Friday night, says his party will be able to field candidates in every riding in the next federal election. The party, which was granted official status Thursday, was formed after Bernier left the federal Conservatives last year after finishing second in the […]

Trudeau fields questions at town hall meeting in St-Hyacinthe, Que.

Jan 19 2019 — — Ottawa’s decision to sign the UN compact for migration in no way limit’s Canada’s sovereignty or ability to choose its own immigrants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday at an animated town hall meeting in Quebec. The prime minister was cheered and occasionally heckled as he answered questions on a variety of topics, ranging from […]

‘Hurricane Hazel’ McCallion appointed adviser to Premier Doug Ford

Jan 18 2019 — — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has appointed former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion as a special adviser. McCallion served as mayor of the city west of Toronto from 1978 to 2014. In a release, the provincial government says McCallion will advise Ford and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on a range of municipal issues and will receive […]

Ambassador says Trudeau will eventually call Chinese president

Jan 18 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Ambassador John McCallum said a prime ministerial phone call to Chinese President Xi Jinping is bound to happen in the ongoing Huawei dispute, but it’s the “last arrow” in the government’s “quiver.” “The prime minister calling the president is essentially the last arrow in our quiver and I think other actions have to be taken […]

Canada rebuffs Chinese warnings of ‘repercussions’

Jan 18 2019 — Bill Curry — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says pressure from China will not affect Canada’s decision on whether or not telecom giant Huawei will be banned from supplying technology for next-generation 5G mobile networks. Speaking with reporters Friday in Sherbrooke, where the federal cabinet is gathered for a three day retreat, Mr. Goodale responded to warnings issued […]

Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht suffers minor stroke

Jan 18 2019 — — Kitchener Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht is recovering after suffering a minor stroke, a statement from his office said. He was admitted to Grand River Hospital earlier this month after suffering a medical incident. “I and my family appreciate all the kind thoughts extended and prayers offered on our behalf,” said Albrecht in a statement. “We […]

Electric vehicle strategy sputters as provinces battle it out on green policies

Jan 18 2019 — Carl Meyer — Talks between the federal and provincial governments appear to have sputtered on launching a national electric vehicle strategy. A joint agreement addressing vehicle electrification is expected to be unveiled Monday when transport and highway safety ministers meet in Montreal for their annual meeting. But this agreement is unlikely to be the national Zero-Emission Vehicle Strategy […]