National Newswatch

Huge Health Canada branch could be moved to new ministry, unions blindsided

Sep 13 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Unions representing most of the employees in Health Canada’s Indigenous services branch have lambasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for announcing that the branch would be moved under the jurisdiction of a new minister and likely a new department without consulting them ahead of time. The branch makes up nearly three-quarters of Health Canada’s total […]

Inside the Indigenous Affairs split: ‘nobody is losing their job’ during transition, feds say

Sep 6 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — It will likely be a year before the government makes good on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in two, and “nobody is losing their job” while the details are worked out, says a spokesperson for the department’s two ministers. Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett (Toronto-St. Paul’s, Ont.) […]

House officer, research caucus spending to go public

Aug 9 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — House leaders, whips, the Speaker, and other top players in the House of Commons will have to publicly disclose their spending, with the first report due next summer, thanks to changes made by the Board of Internal Economy in a June meeting. The changes were made as part of the board’s “ongoing commitment to transparency […]

At least five ex-Tory leadership candidates still paying off campaign debt

Aug 2 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — At least five of 16 former Conservative leadership candidates still have outstanding campaign debts, two months after the contest wrapped with a dramatic victory for Andrew Scheer. Mr. Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) came away without any campaign debt, according to his former campaign manager, but his closest rivals in the contest were among those saddled with […]

Alberta Tory MPs lining up behind Kenney in provincial leadership race

Jul 26 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Ex-federal minister Jason Kenney is expected to enter the leadership race for Alberta’s new United Conservative Party with support from numerous federal Conservative MPs from the province. Several federal Tories from Alberta told The Hill Times they supported Mr. Kenney’s expected candidacy to lead the new United Conservative Party, and believed the ex-Calgary Midnapore MP […]

‘Some people just can’t leave the campaign behind’: O’Toole rips libertarian website run by Bernier supporters

Jul 12 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Conservative MP and former leadership candidate Erin O’Toole has harsh words for a new pro-libertarian organization started by a former aide to Maxime Bernier, calling it a continuation of Mr. Bernier’s campaign for the Conservative Party leadership even after that race wrapped with a victory for Andrew Scheer in May. “All campaigns need to step […]

‘Shocked,’ ‘profoundly disappointed’: Ex-clerks pan appointment process after Bosc passed over for House clerk

Jun 21 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Another Liberal government appointment has current and former Hill-goers bristling, after longtime acting House clerk Marc Bosc was passed over for the permanent position, which instead went to his counterpart in the Senate this week. A pair of former House clerks blasted the government’s decision to hold what it said was an open competition for […]

Feds promise regional balance on Supreme Court, with western seat up for grabs in December

Jun 14 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Liberal government has pledged to “emphasize” the importance of regional representation on Canada’s top bench, with its top judge set to retire in December and open up a spot traditionally filled by a western Canadian. The government “commits to clarifying the qualifications and assessment criteria to emphasize the importance of maintaining regional representation over […]

Bernier wants to scrap it, but poll suggests majority of Conservative voters back supply management

May 26 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Libertarians, despair: a new poll shows support for Canada’s supply management system, even if Canadians are told it takes a toll on their pocket-books. Three of every four Canadians polled said they approved when asked to evaluate the agricultural system, described as follows: “Canada protects its dairy and poultry industries from foreign imports with tariffs […]