National Newswatch

Scheer’s office quiet on whether to allow backbench MPs to table bills re-opening abortion debate

Aug 27 2019 — Jolson Lim — The Conservatives are again pledging to not re-open the abortion debate following a Huffington Post story suggesting messaging to its candidates in Quebec on whether Tory MPs would be allowed to re-open the issue was unclear. However, a statement provided to iPolitics by the party on Tuesday did not clarify whether Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer […]

Ethics watchdog says PCO refused to extend confidence waiver to witnesses in SNC probe

Aug 14 2019 — Jolson Lim — The Privy Council Office refused to extend a cabinet confidence waiver that would have allowed nine witnesses who said they had information relevant to the SNC-Lavalin affair to provide such evidence to Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s probe, his report released on Wednesday says. According to Dion’s report, which found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acted inappropriately […]

McLellan report on separating AG, justice roles submitted to Trudeau

Jul 2 2019 — Jolson Lim — Former deputy prime minister and Liberal minister Anne McLellan has submitted her report on potentially separating federal attorney general and justice minister roles to the Prime Minister’s Office, a spokesperson for her says. The study was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 18, at the height of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Barbara Stirling, McLellan’s […]

Feds spent over $2M in last year to fight Abdelrazik torture lawsuit

Jun 24 2019 — Jolson Lim — Ottawa has spent more than $2 million in the last year to fight a lawsuit from a Canadian man who says Canadian authorities were complicit in his arrest and alleged subsequent torture in Sudan. According to recently-tabled documents in Parliament, taxpayers are on the hook for $2,025,946.31 since June 2018 so Ottawa can litigate in […]

$78 pens, 5,200 rubber ducks among $6.7M in promo items bought by feds

May 23 2019 — Jolson Lim — Pens costing $78 each purchased by a Crown corporation lending money to farmers, 5,274 rubber ducks procured by Canada’s cyber security agency and $66 bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar bought by Canada’s small-business bank. Those were just some of the more interesting items federal organizations bought to promote themselves, documents recently tabled in […]

Morneau’s office disputes Wilson-Raybould’s account of staff comments

Mar 31 2019 — Jolson Lim — Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office is disputing the characterization of comments his deputy chief of staff allegedly made to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff, which were documented in a submission to the House justice committee and published Friday. Morneau’s office also said conversations between his chief of staff, Ben Chin, and the former attorney general’s […]

Polls show tight race between Grits and Tories in Ontario to start 2019, with 905 set for another election showdown

Jan 14 2019 — Jolson Lim — The Liberals and Conservatives start 2019 in a “horse race” in Ontario, pollsters say, as some end-of-2018 polling showed the Tories slightly ahead of the Grits and possibly headed towards an electoral showdown in key suburban ridings outside of Toronto come October. Weekly Nanos Research polling throughout December 2018 found Conservative support had swung ahead […]

Liberal government unlikely to suspend Saudi arms deal as pressure to respond to Khashoggi killing grows elsewhere, experts say

Dec 5 2018 — Jolson Lim — The Liberal government is unlikely to suspend already-approved arms export permits to Saudi Arabia, despite ongoing international pressure on the country to end its brutal military intervention in Yemen and to own up to the October murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, experts say. Amid outrage over the desert kingdom’s actions in recent months, Canada announced […]

Ministerial offices saw 15 per cent spike in spending in 2017-18

Oct 24 2018 — Jolson Lim — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains’ office spent the most out of 33 cabinet offices in 2017-18, while the Prime Minister’s Office spent 10 per cent more compared to the previous fiscal year, according to newly released public accounts figures. In total, ministerial offices spent $56,880,614 in the 2017-18 fiscal year, which stretched from April 1, 2017 […]

From staffer to minister: the rise of Mary Ng

Sep 19 2018 — Jolson Lim — Despite claims of favouritism levelled by opponents, Mary Ng says it’s her 20 years of government and political experience that propelled her to the Liberals’ front bench in the 16 months between her election to the House of Commons and her cabinet appointment. “What you get is you get a grounding—you get a grounding in […]

Ottawa advocate carrying NDP banner in ‘crucial’ Outremont byelection, hopes to wield local progressive winds to pull off upset

Aug 8 2018 — Jolson Lim — A familiar Ottawa face is running as the NDP candidate in an upcoming byelection in the Montreal-area riding of Outremont, where one pollster said “the Liberals have all the winning conditions and the NDP have all the losing conditions.” But Julia Sanchez, who was president and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Council for International Co-operation […]

Opposition MPs demand minister testify to explain ‘odd’ chief electoral officer nomination switch-up

May 23 2018 — Jolson Lim — The Liberals’ nominee, Stéphane Perrault, didn’t have many answers Tuesday as to what happened to Saskatchewan electoral officer Michael Boda’s nomination, so Conservative MP Blake Richards is asking for a minister to explain. Opposition MPs want a cabinet minister to appear before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee to explain why the prospective nomination of […]