National Newswatch

Canada isn’t ruling out taking a stake in Canadian airlines: Leblanc

Oct 18 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The Canadian government isn’t ruling out the possibility of taking a stake in Canadian airlines, like WestJet and Air Canada, as ministers consider how to help the sector in its struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc confirmed the possibility during an interview with CTV Question Period Host Evan Solomon, airing Sunday. […]

Trudeau and Trump are worlds apart on the Canada-U.S. border closure

Oct 18 2020 — Sophia Harris — Although Canada and the U.S. have agreed to close their shared land border to non-essential travel, they don’t appear to agree on several related issues — including what to do next. More than seven months after the border closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have offered […]

O’Toole and Kenney sit side-by-side for livestream without wearing masks

Oct 17 2020 — — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole praised Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for his province’s handling of COVID-19 as the two sat side-by-side during a livestream on Saturday, while neither leader wore a mask. “I’m the easiest guy to hang out with because I can’t give it or get it from anyone for four months,” O’Toole said, answering […]

Alberta premier says resource project financing depends on climate progress

Oct 17 2020 — — Jason Kenney says access to capital for projects in the oil and gas industry requires action on environmental issues from industry and government, a statement that marks a major shift in tone for the Alberta premier. Kenney, who is the leader of the governing United Conservative Party, made the remarks during a question-and-answer session at […]

Whether it’s Joe Biden or Donald Trump, America’s choice will alter Alberta’s future

Oct 17 2020 — — Less than three weeks remain before American voters head to the polls to choose four more years of U.S. President Donald Trump or a new administration headed by former vice-president Joe Biden. And whatever happens Nov. 3, it isn’t just the future of America that’s at stake. In Alberta, discussion about election implications have largely […]

Why Parliament could be on the brink of a snap election — again

Oct 17 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Are the Liberals playing a game of chicken with the opposition? “This is pure partisan politics,” Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez said on Friday, referring to a Conservative motion that would have the House of Commons establish an “anti-corruption committee.” It shouldn’t surprise Rodriguez — an MP with more than a decade of experience in […]

Is Pandemic Unity Between Ottawa And The Provinces Starting To Slip?

Oct 17 2020 — Althia Raj — Has the blame game started? Canada’s pandemic response has, until now, mostly been defined by a collegiality between different levels of government. The sparring that existed a year ago, when Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford’s unpopularity found him guest-starring in the federal Liberals’ election attack ads, has been replaced with beaming smiles and kind […]

Erin O’Toole wants China’s ambassador to Canada to publicly apologize to Canadians, or be kicked out

Oct 16 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s Global Affairs officials summoned China’s top diplomat in Canada for a private dressing down Thursday after remarks he made warning Canada against offering political asylum to Hong Kong democracy activists. But Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says if Ambassador Cong Peiwu does not publicly apologize for his “belligerent” comments, which O’Toole called a threat to […]

Two-tier health care system policy resolution gets lukewarm response at UCP AGM

Oct 17 2020 — — A controversial policy resolution proposing a parallel private health care system received a tepid response from members who spoke at the United Conservative Party’s annual general meeting Friday. The policy, proposed by the Calgary-Varsity constituency association, suggests physicians be allowed to practise in the private system if they choose. Albertans who want to avoid long […]

Questioning Kamala Harris’s race. Promoting a 9/11 conspiracy. Toronto byelections rocked by Liberal and Conservative candidates’ resurfaced tweets

Oct 16 2020 — Alex Ballingall — In duelling expressions of outrage, Liberals and Conservatives exchanged demands for opposing candidates to drop out of federal byelections in Toronto as advance polls opened on Friday. The Liberals took the first shot, when Quebec MP Greg Fergus — who is also the chair of the Parliamentary Black Caucus in Ottawa — condemned how the […]