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Liberals pledge to boost Canada Child Benefit, extend leave for adoptive parents

Sep 17 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberals are promising a suite of family-friendly benefits, including a boost to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for babies and a 15-week leave program for adoptive parents. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau used a Tuesday morning campaign appearance in St. John’s to announce the proposed measures, which include making parental benefits tax-free. A re-elected Liberal […]

How the prime minister can seal — or reveal — cabinet secrets

Sep 14 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Since the day the election campaign kicked off, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been dogged by questions about why he won’t waive cabinet confidence to assist the RCMP’s probe into the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Trudeau maintains he granted an unprecedented waiver — what he called “the largest and most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence in Canada’s […]

How the parties screen a candidate’s past to dodge — or deploy — campaign gaffes

Sep 8 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Political parties are using increasingly meticulous screening practices to stop damaging revelations about candidates from surfacing during the upcoming federal election campaign — everything from scouring social media sites to conducting criminal and bankruptcy checks. The major parties have tasked teams with carefully scrutinizing each nominee to uncover any racist or homophobic remarks, or any […]

Scheer faces backlash from national anti-abortion group over mixed messaging

Aug 31 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Deputy Conservative Leader Lisa Raitt says Scheer government would oppose moves to re-open divisive debates. Conservative Party Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt says any attempt by backbench MPs to re-open the abortion debate would be shut down by a Conservative government — a position a national anti-abortion group says it finds “deeply” troubling. Jack Fonseca, Campaign […]

Bibeau unveils $1.75B in compensation for dairy farmers harmed by trade deals

Aug 16 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government is delivering $1.75 billion in compensation for dairy producers negatively impacted by the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The funding will roll out over eight years for nearly 11,000 farmers to compensate them for losses. About $345 million of […]

Canadians want limits on post-retirement work for judges, survey finds

Aug 16 2019 — Kathleen Harris — A majority of Canadians who took part in a survey about the ethical conduct of judges believe that superior court justices should not be allowed to leverage the prestige of their former position for commercial gain after they retire. As part of its review of Ethical Principles for Judges, the Canadian Judicial Council held public […]

How 4 ex-Supreme Court justices got caught up in SNC-Lavalin affair

Aug 15 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Four former Supreme Court justices were, in one way or another, caught up in the high-profile SNC-Lavalin affair — a surprising revelation stemming from Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report. Frank Iacobucci, in his role as SNC-Lavalin’s legal counsel, prepared a legal opinion for the government outlining why it was legitimate for then-justice minister and attorney […]

Liberals commit $27M to offset Ford’s legal aid cuts for refugees, immigrants

Aug 12 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to a one-time legal aid top-up of $26.8 million for refugee and immigration cases to compensate for cuts delivered by Ontario Premier Doug Ford in this year’s budget. Trudeau made the announcement Monday at the Parkdale Intercultural Association in Toronto. The move comes after Ford faced criticism for slashing […]

Liberals add far-right extremist groups to list of outlawed terror networks

Jun 26 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government has added two international neo-Nazi groups to Canada’s list of outlawed terrorist organizations — part of a series of new measures to combat online hate. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced today that Blood & Honour and its “armed branch,” Combat 18 — which have a presence in Canada and have carried […]