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Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s Ex-Adviser, Opens Up On SNC-Lavalin Affair, Politics, And What’s Next

May 4 2019 — Althia Raj — Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s longtime friend and adviser, will not be replicating his role in the next election campaign, he told HuffPost Canada’s “Follow-Up” podcast. In a wide-ranging interview — his first since the SNC-Lavalin affair erupted — Butts said he intends to move on from politics and join the private sector. “It’s […]

Canada To Unveil Air Passengers’ Bill Of Rights

Dec 16 2018 — Althia Raj — Frustrated air travellers who’ve been bumped from their flight or stuck on the tarmac for hours because of mechanical failures will soon see their right to compensation enshrined in law, HuffPost Canada has learned. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is scheduled to unveil on Monday the details of the government’s long-promised passenger bill of rights. The […]

Bill C-76 Opens ‘Opportunity’ For Foreign Governments To Influence Canadian Elections, Senators Told

Nov 29 2018 — Althia Raj — More Canadians living abroad should not be allowed to vote, a Senate committee heard Thursday, because hostile foreign governments might use their mail-in ballots to fraudulently influence federal elections. Speaking to the upper chamber’s legal and constitutional affairs committee, expat journalist David Frum told his sister, Conservative Sen. Linda Frum, and her colleagues that while […]

Andrew Scheer’s Camp Says Pressing Doug Ford On Ontario’s French Services Cuts ‘Like Talking To A Wall’

Nov 19 2018 — Althia Raj — Blindsided by the Ontario premier’s decision to cut French services, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s camp is hoping that Doug Ford realizes he’s set off a national debate that could hurt Scheer in next year’s federal election. “We are associated to a decision that we did not help make, that we were not aware of — […]

Canadian Charities Balk At Proposed Liberal Tax Changes

Oct 14 2018 — Althia Raj — Canadian charities whose status was targeted by prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say they are concerned that changes the Liberals are proposing won’t prevent a future government from going after them again. Canada Without Poverty and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation told HuffPost Canada they were distressed to discover Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is […]

Liberal Government Drops $1.13 Billion In Spending In Quebec This Summer

Sep 19 2018 — Althia Raj — One year out from a federal election, Liberals announced more than $1.1 billion in spending across the crucial battleground of Quebec during a 10-week period this summer, an analysis by HuffPost Canada shows. From a $62-million infrastructure project to bring 14 Inuit communities online to $10 million to groom snowmobile and cross-country trails this winter, […]

Trudeau Shows Willingness To Fight 2019 Election Defending Carbon Tax

Sep 18 2018 — Althia Raj — People who pollute should pay for it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, as he demonstrated his willingness to fight the 2019 election campaign defending the upcoming carbon tax. Asked by Maclean’s journalist Paul Wells about going to the voters with the proposition of a new and increasing yearly tax, the prime minister said: “The […]

Jagmeet Singh Facing Name Recognition Issues In Burnaby South Riding He Needs To Win Over

Sep 13 2018 — Althia Raj — Jagmeet Singh’s name drew squints, blank stares and dismissive shrugs when HuffPost Canada visited the riding of Burnaby South this week. The electoral district is the next battleground for the NDP leader, who will be nominated as the party’s candidate there on Saturday after current New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart officially enters the Vancouver mayoral […]