National Newswatch

Charity with ties to Trudeau excluding Quebecers from contest

Nov 18 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — A high-profile Canadian charity with close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife is excluding youth from Quebec, Trudeau’s home province, from a nationwide contest to win tickets to an event featuring former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. Plan International Canada (PIC) is organizing the contest to give away 373 pairs of tickets […]

Federal government blocking social media users, quietly deleting posts

Nov 9 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canadian government departments have quietly blocked nearly 22,000 Facebook and Twitter users, with Global Affairs Canada accounting for nearly 20,000 of the blocked accounts, CBC News has learned. Moreover, nearly 1,500 posts — a combination of official messages and comments from readers — have been deleted from various government social media accounts since January 2016. […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau waited 2 years to disclose company that owns French villa to ethics watchdog

Oct 13 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Finance Minister Bill Morneau waited two years to disclose a private corporation that owns a villa in southern France that he shares with his wife to Canada’s ethics watchdog, CBC News has learned. In fact, Morneau only disclosed the corporation to conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson’s office after CBC News discovered its […]

Ottawa plans to fine companies that fail to report data breaches

Sep 5 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canadian companies that try to hide data breaches could soon face fines under new regulations being proposed by the federal government. In most provinces, it is up to a company to decide whether to tell Canadians if their computer systems have been hacked or if personal data ranging from their names to their social insurance […]

Dozens of MPs also collecting government pensions

Aug 3 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Dozens of members of Parliament are collecting thousands of dollars a year in pensions — several of them from the same federal government that issues their six-figure paycheques, CBC News has learned. A CBC analysis of the ethics filings of Canada’s 338 MPs found that 36 MPs reported receiving pension income on top of their […]

Proposed corporation rules could be taxing for dozens of MPs

Jul 28 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Dozens of members of Parliament could end up paying higher taxes as a result of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s move to tighten the tax rules for private corporations. A study by CBC News of ethics reports filed by Canada’s MPs reveals that nearly one-third of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet — including Trudeau himself — […]

‘Come to CRA before we go to you’: International deal designed to expose offshore tax cheats

Jul 18 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canadians with secret overseas bank accounts could soon find themselves at risk of being exposed by a new international agreement designed to help catch tax cheats. Under the Common Reporting Standard, dozens of countries will share information about bank accounts held by non-residents. Beginning in September 2018, the information will be sent to the Canada […]

Oh Canada? More than 70% of Canada 150 swag made outside the country

Jun 30 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — The Canadian government is spending more than $2 million on swag to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, but more than 70 per cent of it was manufactured outside of Canada, CBC News has learned. Pins made in China. Ball caps from Bangladesh. Even the 6,200 Canada 150 hockey pucks bought by the Canadian Heritage department were […]

Trudeau government leaves official languages office in legal limbo

Jun 21 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — The office of Canada’s official languages commissioner is in a state of legal limbo, with nobody officially authorized to make certain decisions or sign documents normally signed by the commissioner, CBC News has learned. If it drags on, the situation could have more serious consequences, such as affecting court cases involving the official languages commissioner’s […]

Access to Information law changes won’t open up PMO, cabinet offices

Jun 19 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is reneging on its election promise to make the Prime Minister’s Office and cabinet ministers’ offices subject to Canada’s Access to Information Act. Instead, in proposed changes to the act being introduced today, the government is promising to proactively release more information than it has in the past. For example, […]

Banking industry has lobbied officials, MPs hundreds of times

Jun 12 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canada’s big banks and the association that represents them have lobbied government officials hundreds of times since the last election – including the watchdogs charged with policing them and members of the parliamentary committee now examining their practices. An analysis by CBC News of reports filed with the Commissioner of Lobbying’s office found that there […]