National Newswatch

‘It’s a nightmare’: MPs push for more help for riding offices flooded with dozens of Phoenix calls

Jan 17 2018 — Emily Haws — Members of Parliament are growing increasingly frustrated with what some see as a lack of government support to their constituency offices to help residents affected by the error-ridden Phoenix pay system, and the opposition Conservatives say Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough has yet to follow through on a commitment to boost resources.

MP trips to U.S. more than triple in first quarter of 2017-18

Oct 11 2017 — Emily Haws — With NAFTA renegotiations on the horizon, Members of Parliament took more than three times the number of trips to Washington and New York from April 1 to June 30 than the same period the year prior. In the first quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal year, which runs April 1 to Mar. 31, MPs used 16.5 […]

Trudeau shuffles cabinet committee members

Oct 4 2017 — Emily Haws — The prime minister quietly shuffled his cabinet committee membership last month in the wake of August’s cabinet shuffle, adding in new ministers and moving up Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos into chair positions.