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Morneau presents budget, thwarting Tory efforts to delay

Mar 19 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled his government’s 2019 budget, getting around a threat by the Opposition Conservatives to stir up a disruption because Liberal MPs on the justice committee had shut down an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. Morneau was set to deliver his budget speech just after 4 p.m. ET in the House […]

Tories threaten budget disruption after Liberals shut down SNC-Lavalin probe

Mar 19 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Conservatives are promising to disrupt today’s budget speech after the majority Liberal MPs on the justice committee shut down an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. “We’re certainly going to make sure that Canadians understand that what is going on in Parliament regarding Justin Trudeau’s coverup is really important to know,” Conservative MP Lisa Raitt […]

A year after Cambridge Analytica scandal, calls for a national data strategy grow

Mar 17 2019 — Catharine Tunney — t’s been exactly one year since the Cambridge Analytica scandal landed with a deafening thud on the front pages of major news outlets. It’s the day Canadian-born Christopher Wylie, with his signature pink hair, went public with allegations that the British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook […]

Conservative MP cancels Baroness Cox event in wake of New Zealand attack

Mar 15 2019 — Catharine Tunney — A Conservative MP has cancelled an event with a keynote speaker accused of sympathizing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of mosque shootings in New Zealand which left at least 49 people dead. As CTV first reported, Conservatives MPs Garnett Genuis and Kelly Block were already facing criticism for hosting Baroness Caroline Cox, […]

Ethics watchdog probing SNC-Lavalin affair taking ‘prolonged’ medical leave

Mar 12 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, the man looking into potential violations of federal ethics rules in the SNC-Lavalin affair, is temporarily stepping away from his duties for health reasons. A statement issued by his office today says Dion will be away for a “prolonged period for medical reasons.” “Commissioner Dion will resume […]

Boulerice named NDP deputy leader as party tries to woo Quebec voters

Mar 11 2019 — Catharine Tunney — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is making veteran MP Alexandre Boulerice the party’s new deputy leader in a bid to cosy up to Quebec voters ahead of the October election. In a statement, the party said Boulerice is the best person to support the party’s “ongoing efforts to reconnect with progressives in Quebec.” The MP for […]

RCMP leaked a sexual assault complainant’s personal information

Feb 1 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Someone went to the RCMP with an allegation of sexual assault — only to see their most closely-guarded private information being leaked. The force is now apologizing after the wrong label was applied to an outgoing package containing three operational files dealing with sexual assaults. Those files included a complainant’s name, date of birth, address, […]

Federal Conservatives ask Parliament to investigate immigration vetting after CBC report

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Opposition Conservatives are asking Parliament to examine Canada’s security screening process following two CBC investigations that pointed to flaws in system. “Recently, there have been a number of concerning incidents that have shown clear gaps in our immigration screening system,” Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, the immigration, refugees, and citizenship critic, said in a statement. […]

Person of ‘national security concern’ was accidentally granted permanent residency

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — A person of “national security concern” was granted permanent residency “due to a series of failures” by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister’s office is calling a “completely unacceptable” mistake. The changes were outlined in a […]