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Canada’s window to defend the Arctic is closing, MP warns

Apr 6 2019 — Elise von Scheel — An MP who has been looking into the militarization of the North warns that if Canada doesn’t act now, it could slowly lose its grip on the Arctic. Liberal John McKay, the Canadian co-chair of the Permanent Joint Board on Defence with the U.S., says he fears Canada isn’t ready to defend its territory as […]

‘The criticisms are completely baseless,’ Scheer says of claims he’s too soft on hate groups

Mar 23 2019 — Elise von Scheel — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says accusations that he panders to groups with hateful or intolerant messaging are unfounded. In his remarks to the Manning Centre networking conference on Saturday, Scheer said he “unequivocally” condemns hateful ideologies. “The criticisms are completely baseless.” Those criticisms have been plentiful in the past few weeks.

Liberals thwart Conservative attempt to delay budget unless Wilson-Raybould makes 2nd appearance

Mar 17 2019 — Elise von Scheel — The Liberals have stepped in to thwart Conservative plans to stall the federal budget in retaliation if the Liberal majority on the House of Commons justice committee blocks Jody Wilson-Raybould from testifying again. On Sunday, finance critic Pierre Poilievre said his party would “use every parliamentary tool in the toolkit to end the coverup and […]

Canada’s NAFTA fears began before Trump became president

Feb 18 2019 — Elise von Scheel — No matter who won the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Canada was bracing for NAFTA to go down in flames. Internal documents, obtained by CBC News under access-to-information law, show the government started plotting out various “Plan B” options as early as August 2016 — months before Donald Trump was elected president.

Conservatives take flak over Heritage Minutes parody ad video

Feb 3 2019 — Elise von Scheel — The federal Conservative party temporarily deleted a political attack ad parodying the Heritage Minutes, after receiving a request from the organization that produces the historical TV segments, before re-posting the video with a disclaimer. The video, entitled Liberal Scandals: Part of Our Heritage, was posted to leader Andrew Scheer’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Saturday night.

Jane Philpott tapped to fill Treasury Board cabinet vacancy

Jan 13 2019 — Elise von Scheel — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has been chosen to fill the cabinet vacancy as president of the Treasury Board, CBC News has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shake up his cabinet Monday morning, likely the last change before Canadians head to polls later this year. The shift was prompted by a resignation from the […]

Canada’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa to discuss trade, competitiveness

Dec 9 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Finance ministers from Canada’s provinces and territories are meeting with their federal counterpart in Ottawa to discuss the country’s economy, competitiveness and trade. Topics will also include the global economy, the Canada Pension Plan, a review of the efficacy of the cannabis tax, and countering tax evasion. The meetings began Sunday night, and will carry […]