National Newswatch

‘Typical Liberal desperation’: Scheer insists he won’t reopen abortion debate

May 17 2019 — — Andrew Scheer is moving to shut down the Liberals’ new line of attack after several of his MPs attended an anti-abortion rally and some American states moved to criminalize abortions. On Thursday, the Liberal Party of Canada sent a fundraising email to supporters calling it “alarming” that dozens of Conservative MPs had attended the recent […]

Long-awaited end to Canada’s tariff standoff with U.S. finally at hand

May 17 2019 — — Canada’s year-long standoff with the Trump administration over punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs is finally over, removing a key hurdle in efforts to ratify the new North American trade pact. Global Affairs Canada says the tariffs will removed within two days. Canada has also agreed to drop all of its retaliatory measures and legal […]

A Battered but Unbowed Justin Trudeau Vows to Stay the Course in Canada

May 17 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has a simple strategy for winning re-election: Ignore the plummeting polls, defend his record and push back against detractors. Despite months of criticism over his handling of a corporate criminal case and treatment of a female cabinet minister — and continuing pressure over his environmental and energy policies — […]

‘I own it’: Vance says decision to suspend Mark Norman was his, not PM’s

May 17 2019 — — Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance says the decision to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was his alone, made without any influence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Vance made the comments Friday, after telling reporters on Parliament Hill that, while he regrets what happened to Norman, he would not answer any questions about the case […]

Mark Norman affair needs public inquiry, Scheer says

May 17 2019 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. On Parliament Hill this afternoon, Scheer says a full investigation is justified to examine how the military’s former second-in-command came to be charged with over alleged leaks of cabinet secrets about a shipbuilding contract. The case against Norman […]

Ethics Commissioner’s report on PMO’s SNC-Lavalin actions coming in ‘next few months,’ says Mario Dion

May 17 2019 — Bill Curry — The Ethics Commissioner’s report into the SNC-Lavalin affair will not be finished before Parliament rises in June but could come out on the eve of the federal election, according to an updated timeline provided by the office. The office is working on the SNC-Lavalin probe and three other active investigations, MPs were told this week.

NDP signals intent to work with Liberals after N.L. election squeaker

May 17 2019 — — Newfoundland and Labrador woke up to its first minority government in nearly 50 years Friday morning, but there were early indications the incumbent Liberals won’t immediately face an existential threat. Premier Dwight Ball’s Liberals held on to 20 of the legislature’s 40 seats, Ches Crosbie’s Tories won 15, the New Democrats took three seats and […]

Liberals re-elected with minority government in Newfoundland and Labrador vote

May 16 2019 — — Voters in Newfoundland and Labrador registered their frustration with traditional politics Thursday by reducing the incumbent Liberals to minority status — a rare event in the province’s history. The last time a sitting government won less than a majority was in 1971 when the province’s first premier, Joey Smallwood, failed to win his seventh consecutive […]

How concern about climate change could decide Australia’s election

May 17 2019 — — Canadian politicians should beware ‘pendulum’ of opinion on the issue, Aussie analysts say. Climate change has become a key election issue in a country that’s one of the largest exporters of coal and natural gas in the world. Nearly one-third of the Australian electorate — 29 per cent — rates climate change as the top […]

Asylum claims have more than tripled since 2015, Statistics Canada says

May 17 2019 — — New figures out this morning from the national statistics office says the number of asylum claims in Canada more than tripled between 2015 and 2018. Statistics Canada says that in 2015, the year the Trudeau Liberals were elected, there were about 16,000 asylum claimants. Two years later, in 2017, there were more than 50,000 claims.