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Candidate Lisa Raitt addresses a Conservative Party leadership debate Monday, February 13, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Lisa Raitt calls for Conservative leadership ‘cheaters’ to be expelled

Mar 20 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative leadership contender Lisa Raitt is calling on the party to expel any candidate who has broken the party’s rules and levy “significant” fines on their campaigns. The call comes amid a flurry of allegations of membership fraud and vote buying and a series of barbs traded between the Maxime Bernier and Kevin O’Leary camps […]

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NDP calls on Trudeau to intervene in Senate’s dealings with Don Meredith

Mar 16 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must put pressure on the Senate to strengthen its disciplinary rules in the wake of a damning report about Senator Don Meredith and his sexual relationship with a teenager, the NDP’s democratic reform critic says. In a letter written to the prime minister Wednesday, Nathan Cullen said it is unconscionable that […]

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Conservative senator defends ‘well-intentioned’ residential school system

Mar 8 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak mounted a defence of the Indigenous residential school system in the Red Chamber Tuesday, lamenting that the “good deeds” accomplished by “well-intentioned” religious teachers have been overshadowed by negative reports documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and […]

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Insurance lobby could be linked to Liberal flip-flop on genetic testing bill, senator says

Mar 7 2017 — John Paul Tasker — The Trudeau cabinet’s newfound opposition to a genetic discrimination bill is “curious” given the party’s vocal embrace of such legislation during the last election campaign, a former top Liberal senator says, raising the possibility that aggressive lobbying efforts by the insurance industry have soured support. Anna Gainey, the president of the federal Liberals, wrote to […]

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Trudeau announces review of laws related to Indigenous peoples

Feb 22 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday his government has assembled a working group of ministers to review all federal laws and policies as they relate to Indigenous peoples. The group comprises six federal ministers, including Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Health Minister Jane Philpott, Families Minister Jean-Yves […]

The Senate chamber sits empty on September 12, 2014 in Ottawa. The Senate is staring down the possibility of heading to court over more expense claims just one day after Sen. Mike Duffy's was cleared on 31 charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: CPT160

Conservative senators accused of stalling transgender rights bill

Feb 15 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative senators are deliberately stalling debate on the government’s gender identity bill, putting transgender people at risk of further abuse and discrimination, a prominent Independent senator says. Tories in the Red Chamber have been adjourning debate on the bill for months, Senator Grant Mitchell said in an interview with CBC News, and he fears the […]