National Newswatch

Ministers, MPs targeted by Facebook Messenger impersonation scam

Jul 12 2019 — Emily Haws — With only a few months to go until the federal election, at least three federal cabinet ministers and multiple other members of Parliament have seen their Facebook Messenger accounts mimicked by people offering to dole out government grants. Accounts associated with Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and […]

Public servants concerned by ‘insulting’ Phoenix damages deal, worried claims process could be emotionally taxing

May 8 2019 — Emily Haws — Some public servants are reacting strongly to the news the government struck a tentative deal with most unions on the Phoenix damages, saying they are concerned about the amount of leave proposed and are worried the claims process will be emotionally taxing on public servants who have already dealt with the pay nightmare for three […]

Tentative Phoenix deal reached, but PSAC rejects feds’ offer

May 3 2019 — Emily Haws — After two years of negotiations, the government and four federal public sector unions have reached a tentative deal to compensate bureaucrats for the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system. However, the government’s offer was rejected by the largest union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Phoenix pay system was supposed to streamline pay, but instead, public […]

SNC-Lavalin affair capturing Canadians’ attention, but no sign of shifting votes, pollsters suggest

Mar 20 2019 — Emily Haws — While Canadians across the country are paying attention to the SNC-Lavalin controversy, it doesn’t seem to be shifting voting intention too much at this stage, pollsters suggest. But some of them and Members of Parliament say the issue could contribute to greater voter cynicism about politics, which may lead to some Canadians deciding to stay […]

MPs concerned by Phoenix DM’s departure

Jan 23 2019 — Emily Haws — Opposition Members of Parliament are raising accountability concerns about the impending shuffle of the deputy minister in charge of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system to be head of the Royal Canadian Mint, saying the constant shuffle of senior bureaucrats is one of the issues highlighted in the auditor general’s report on the development of the […]

Liberal Party says it will pay House for fundraising video, reimburse donations in letter to Speaker’s chief of staff

Jan 9 2019 — Emily Haws — The federal Liberal Party is attempting to take responsibility for its decision to shoot a fundraising video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his Centre Block office, with the party’s national director writing in a letter that the Liberals will pay for using the space and give back any donations that resulted from that campaign. […]

Security and Intelligence Committee members should be more actively monitored in wake of Clement scandal: Green Party leader

Nov 21 2018 — Emily Haws — A national security expert and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May say that in the wake of former Conservative MP Tony Clement’s sexting scandal, members of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, of which he was a member, should submit to having their online activity, including their private social media exchanges such as direct […]

‘This is about people’s lives’: union president urges feds to fix security gaps AG found at embassies abroad

Nov 21 2018 — Emily Haws — The president of the union representing diplomats is urging the federal government to act quickly on fixing security problems at Canadian embassies abroad identified in an auditor general’s report released Nov. 20, arguing that delays leave embassy staff vulnerable and “this is about people’s lives.” The report concluded that Global Affairs Canada has failed to […]

iPolitics lays off five after ownership change

Nov 14 2018 — Emily Haws — The new owner of the political journalism website iPolitics has laid off five members of its newsroom, little more than a month after founder James Baxter said nobody was to lose their job in the handover. Torstar Corp., which publishes The Toronto Star as well as The Hamilton Spectator and StarMetrodaily newspapers in five major cities, acquired iPolitics on Oct. 1 for about $1.4-million, according to the […]

‘Kind of an asinine comment’: opponents react to Poilievre’s claims of ‘zero’ Phoenix pay problems under Conservatives

Sep 10 2018 — Emily Haws — Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre’s recent newsletter sent to his constituents, in which he states twice that there were zero “public servants with Phoenix pay system problems under the Conservative government,” has attracted some negative criticism. “First, thousands of public servants have had pay problems, since Justin Trudeau implemented the Phoenix pay system four months after […]