National Newswatch

Military to encourage all members to wear uniforms at Pride events

Jun 23 2017 — — The Canadian military is set to issue a policy — likely by next week — encouraging all members to wear their uniforms at Pride events, iPolitics has learned. The move will come on the heels of a similar directive issued by the Royal Canadian Navy on Tuesday and is set to reverse the policy that […]

Hunt for special adviser on counter-radicalization bogging down

Jun 23 2017 — Amanda Connolly — Six months after Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that the hunt for someone to fill the newly-created position of special adviser on counter-radicalization was down to its final two candidates, the search appears to have stalled — even though the government apparently expected the selection process to be done months ago.

What keeps Trudeau smiling? The alternatives.

Jun 22 2017 — Michael Harris — Assuming Justin Trudeau isn’t planning a summer retreat to the Aga Khan’s island, he’s well positioned to enjoy Canada’s Big Birthday Bash. The House of Commons is in summer recess. Political machinations have yielded to a yen for margaritas and merry-making. Who would you rather party with — Justin Trudeau or Andrew Scheer, that smiling […]

The Liberals are spinning their wheels

Jun 21 2017 — L. Ian MacDonald — As the House lurches towards the end of the spring sitting, there’s a sense that while there’s a lot going on in Ottawa, not much is getting done. It’s the mid-term muddle which hits most majority governments halfway through their first mandates, where the Trudeau Liberals are now. From parliamentary reform to climate change, from […]

Leave the cabinet alone, Trudeau. You’ve got other problems.

Jun 20 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Summer officially arrives in Ottawa this week, bringing with it the usual round of cabinet shuffle speculation. One thing always follows close on the other. As soon as political junkies start to envision a prolonged stretch of political inactivity around Parliament Hill, they begin to imagine ways to fill the vacuum. But this summer, Prime […]

Families living with autism need more than photo ops, Mr. Trudeau

Jun 19 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — How should Canadian governments address the needs of individuals and families with autism? Earlier this month, the Ontario government reversed its much condemned (and factually incorrect) position that intensive behaviour therapy should end at the age of five, presumably because older kids wouldn’t benefit from it. Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau not […]

Why are the Liberals dragging their heels on a news media bailout?

Jun 19 2017 — Stephen Maher — On Monday, the National Post announced that it will drop its Monday paper and henceforth print only five days a week, which may be part of a plan to eventually move to a digital-only operation. Also on Monday, Vice announced that it had received a $450-million investment from a private equity firm, valuing the company […]

Canadian Labour Congress linked to failed attempt to oust Mulcair

Jun 16 2017 — Stephen Maher — The political action director for the Canadian Labour Congress worked the phones in an unsuccessful attempt to remove NDP Leader Tom Mulcair from the interim leadership of his party in September, according to multiple sources in the party. Mulcair got wind of the attempted coup and headed it off by confronting the plotters at a […]

Trading chambers? Senate clerk tapped for top Commons gig

Jun 14 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Longtime Senate procedural officer Charles Robert may soon be trading in his Upper House robes for a seat at the head of the Commons table. On Tuesday evening, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger filed the necessary parliamentary paperwork to nominate Robert, who is currently chief Senate clerk, to take over the most senior procedural posting […]

Do big-tent political parties matter now?

Jun 12 2017 — Susan Delacourt — An Ontario judge has ruled that political parties in Canada play an important role in our democracy. Though that’s good news for fans of political transparency, Divisional Court Justice Ian Nordheimer may be slightly behind the times when it comes to political parties’ current relevance. In fact, belonging to a political party may carry a […]

Kevin O’Leary wants a recount

Jun 6 2017 — Janice Dickson — Kevin O’Leary wants the Conservative Party of Canada to recount the ballots that were cast in the recent leadership contest. “I see no reason we should not have a recount,” O’Leary told iPolitics in an email. “There are a relatively few number of votes to count and I am sure that no leader of the […]

A foreign policy manifesto — and a finger in Donald Trump’s eye

Jun 6 2017 — Susan Delacourt — The speech never once mentioned the U.S. president by name. Still, today Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland may have delivered her strongest statement yet on why Justin Trudeau’s government stands diametrically opposed to Donald Trump, at home and in the world. Will Trump notice that the nice man in Canada, the guy who has his […]

Political financing 101: What’s the government up to on the cash-for-access ban front?

Jun 6 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Last week, the Liberals finally revealed the details of their much-ballyhooed legislative bid to tighten the rules on federal party financing. The proposed new laws were put forward in response to continuing controversy over so-called “cash for access” fundraisers: exclusive soirees that charged up to $1,550 a head for the chance to hobnob with cabinet […]

Conservative voters not crossed off electronic list

Jun 6 2017 — Stephen Maher — Thousands of Conservative party members who voted at 13 remote voting stations in the recent leadership contest did not have their names checked against the electronic voters list to make sure they had not also voted by mail, the chairman of the organizing committee said Monday. “The remote locations were doing that by hand, so […]