National Newswatch

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 […]

PIPSC members demand answers after VP suddenly resigns, drops harassment claim against union leaders

Aug 22 2018 — Emily Haws — Members of the second-largest federal public service union are demanding transparency and accountability after they allege two top officials secretly settled a harassment lawsuit against them filed by another executive, leading her to resign and drop her re-election bid. While Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada president Debi Daviau and vice-president Steve Hindle […]

Number of top-level public servants rising under Trudeau

Aug 1 2018 — Emily Haws — The number of top-level federal public servants has gone up by more than 15 per cent in the last decade, with the sharpest increase in the last couple years under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to the Privy Council Office. In July 2008, there were 72 positions classified at the level of deputy minister or […]

NPR, Politico latest U.S. news outlets expanding northward, shaking up Canadian media environment

Jul 18 2018 — Emily Haws — Politico and National Public Radio’s announcements in the last month that they’re expanding northward are just the latest in an uptick in American media outlets pouring more resources into Canada and hoping for more Canadian revenue in return. But press gallery journalists say they aren’t concerned the increasing interest in Canada will harm their jobs, […]

Public servants ‘pissed’ over PCO clerk’s call to look at loosening rules to fire them

Jun 27 2018 — Emily Haws — If Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick wants to make it easier fire civil servants, he should start with the Phoenix pay system executives, say public sector unions ruffled by comments from the nation’s top bureaucrat that MPs should consider loosening the legislative rules around booting employees. Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) national president Chris […]