National Newswatch

Elections Canada prepares to fight fake news, foreign influence in 2019 vote

Mar 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Elections Canada is erecting multiple lines of defence to fight fake news, cyber-attacks and foreign interference in next year’s federal election campaign. Democracies around the world are grappling with new threats to democracy in the digital age, from foreign actors tampering with voting systems to the viral spread of disinformation through social media.

Elections chief says lowering voting age to 16 is an idea ‘worth considering’

Mar 19 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s elections chief says Parliament could look at lowering the voting age to 16 to boost Canadians’ lifelong participation in the democratic process. Stéphane​ Perrault, acting chief electoral officer, told CBC News that changing the minimum legal age for casting a ballot is a “fundamental policy” change only Parliament can make — but he thinks […]

Elections Canada launching new initiatives to serve Indigenous voters

Mar 18 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Elections Canada is planning early engagement initiatives and cultural training for staff to better serve Indigenous voters at the polls next year. This spring, returning officers in 28 electoral districts will contact leaders in Indigenous communities and start mapping out plans with them on how electoral services will be delivered in the 2019 election. Stéphane​ […]

Put farmers, fishers, veterans in the Red Chamber, senator urges

Mar 14 2018 — Kathleen Harris — A Prince Edward Island senator is calling on Justin Trudeau to fill more seats in the Red Chamber with farmers, fishers and veterans. In a letter to the prime minister dated Mar. 9, Sen. Percy Downe said the Senate has many lawyers, journalists, academics and business people, but there is other “untapped expertise” across the […]

Statistics Canada loses, mishandles hundreds of sensitive census, employment files

Mar 11 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The federal agency in charge of collecting, analyzing and securely storing personal data about Canadians lost hundreds of sensitive files during the 2016 census process. Incident reports obtained by CBC News through Access to Information detail 20 cases of information and privacy breaches by Statistics Canada, including long and short census surveys, home visit logs […]

‘True Team Canada effort’: Freeland praises work to secure reprieve from Trump’s steel tariff

Mar 8 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland today praised all-party, pan-Canadian efforts to secure Canada a temporary exemption from Donald Trump’s steel tariffs. Reacting to the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to “hold off” on imposing the duties on Mexico and Canada, Freeland said politicians of all stripes, stakeholders and businesses worked energetically to reach a […]

Canada seeks exemption to Trump’s steel tariffs, vows retaliation

Mar 2 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada is seeking an exemption to new U.S. trade restrictions on aluminum and steel, and is vowing to retaliate if slapped with any new tariffs. A government official said Canada believes any new tariffs should not apply due to the highly integrated nature of the North American steel market, and because of the close cooperation […]

Pharmacare won’t be free for all Canadians, Bill Morneau says

Feb 28 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a new national pharmacare program will be “fiscally responsible” and designed to fill in gaps, not provide prescription drugs for Canadians already covered by existing plans. Speaking at the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa to kick off a post-budget sales job, Morneau said many Canadians are without coverage, […]

Watchdog says Quebec judge should be fired after cocaine use inquiry

Feb 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — A judicial watchdog says a Quebec Superior court judge accused of buying cocaine should be tossed from bench for misleading an inquiry into his conduct. In a report issued to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould today, a majority of the 23-member Canadian Judicial Council found Michel Girouard guilty of misconduct for misleading an inquiry into the […]

Helping Haiti: Bibeau begins 3-day visit focused on improving health, empowering women

Feb 18 2018 — Kathleen Harris — International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau travels to Haiti today to begin a three-day trip focused on improving health and empowering women in the disaster-plagued, impoverished nation. She will meet with Haitian President Jovenel Moise to offer Canada’s support and collaboration as he works to ease his country’s reliance on foreign assistance to fund its social […]

Liberals speed up foreign spouse reunions, tackle application backlog

Feb 14 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government has cut back the wait times for foreign spouses looking to reunite with their loved ones in Canada and has made considerable headway on a big backlog of applications. The average wait is now one year in about 80 per cent of cases, down from the previous two-year wait, according to Immigration, […]

Pot consumers paying less than $7 a gram, Statistics Canada survey finds

Feb 8 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canadians pay an average of less than $7 a gram for pot, according to Statistics Canada data collected through a crowdsourcing pilot project. More than 15,000 Canadians have participated in StatsCan’s online survey since Jan. 25, exceeding expectations of 1,000 to 2,000 entries. Broken down by province and territory, the average price for a gram […]