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Peter Harder, Senate Government representative, accused of denying Mark Norman probe extension

Jun 20 2019 — Janice Dickson — The Senate committee that was supposed to investigate the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has become bogged down in recriminations and uncertainty around whether any hearings will ever be held. On Thursday, Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, who originally proposed the motion that led to the Senate national security and defence committee’s decision to study […]

Davie says it provided documents to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team in March

May 13 2019 — Janice Dickson — The shipbuilding company at the centre of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s breach-of-trust case says it provided documents to the senior naval officer’s defence team in March. The Quebec-based Chantier Davie Canada Inc. said on Monday that it gave Vice-Adm. Norman’s lawyers “a fulsome account of meetings and correspondence with bureaucrats and political staff.” The Crown says […]

Trudeau says Norman case unfolded ‘completely independent’ of government

May 11 2019 — Janice Dickson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the proceedings in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s breach-of-trust case unfolded independent of government, despite criticism from the senior naval officer’s defence team. Mr. Trudeau avoided questions from reporters on Friday about whether he will call an inquiry into Vice-Adm. Norman’s case and why his government withheld documents the defence had requested. […]

Elections Canada to monitor misinformation about voting on social media

Apr 30 2019 — Janice Dickson — Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer says Elections Canada will deploy teams to monitor social media for misinformation about the electoral process during this fall’s election. Stéphane Perrault told the Senate finance committee Tuesday morning that it is not Elections Canada’s role to monitor truth on the internet, but it does have a responsibility to ensure that […]

Conservatives launch campaign fighting federally imposed carbon tax in four provinces

Apr 1 2019 — Janice Dickson — Federal and provincial conservatives are waging a campaign attacking the government’s carbon tax that came into effect in four provinces Monday, vowing to fight the initiative they say will make life more expensive. The federal Tories began their campaign last week. They have been using radio ads, sending text messages, using targeted social media ads […]

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier says those who disagree with policy on condemning attacks are ‘not welcome’ in his party

Mar 25 2019 — Janice Dickson — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier says it’s party policy not to comment on tragic events in other countries in the wake of criticism over his response to the deadly massacre at two mosques in New Zealand. Mr. Bernier said at a press conference on Parliament Hill Monday morning that he is not “playing politics” with […]

Tory MP cancels event with anti-Muslim speaker; Scheer criticized by top Harper aide for weak response

Mar 15 2019 — Janice Dickson — Conservative MP Garnett Genuis says after the pair of deadly attacks in New Zealand he will no longer host an event on Parliament Hill featuring a guest speaker who drew sharp criticism from the Muslim community. Muslim advocates said the guest speaker, Baroness Caroline Cox, promotes hate against Muslims, and she has also been accused […]

Gould says Liberals may have to require social-media companies to ‘act’ on hate speech

Feb 27 2019 — Janice Dickson — Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould says that the governing Liberals may have to require social-media giants to act when they fail to remove hate speech from their platforms. She made the remark after Liberal MP Nate Erskine-Smith raised comments that were directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a “Yellow Vest” Facebook page. During […]

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s pretrial judge questions independence of public prosecution service

Feb 12 2019 — Janice Dickson — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence lawyer alleged in an Ottawa court that Crown prosecutors have been discussing trial strategy with the Privy Council Office, calling the Crown’s actions more concerning than political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The allegation of Privy Council Office intervention prompted the Ontario Court of Justice judge presiding over the […]

Anti-abortion activists say they will not be flocking to Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party

Jan 14 2019 — Janice Dickson — Anti-abortion activists preparing to support their preferred candidates in the fall federal election won’t be spending their time or money on Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party – even if they think he’s marginally more open to discuss social issues than Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer. Jack Fonseca, a spokesman for the Campaign Life Coalition, said his […]