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‘Coverup!’: Opposition erupts as Liberals shut down emergency meeting on SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 13 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Opposition MPs issued angry claims of a “coverup” today after Liberals used their majority to shut down an emergency meeting of the committee probing the SNC-Lavalin affair. The meeting was requested by Conservative and NDP members to press the Liberals to recall Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again, even though the Liberals already had defeated a […]

SNC-Lavalin loses bid for judicial review of prosecution decision

Mar 8 2019 — Kathleen Harris — SNC-Lavalin, the engineering firm at the centre of a political scandal engulfing the Liberal government, has lost its bid for a judicial review of the director of public prosecution’s decision to proceed with criminal prosecution of the company on corruption charges. The company has been seeking a remediation agreement to avoid criminal proceedings related to […]

‘I believe that she spoke … her truth,’ Freeland says of Wilson-Raybould testimony

Feb 28 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland believes Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke “her truth” during stunning testimony before the Commons justice committee in Ottawa on Wednesday, but Freeland maintains the prime minister would never exert inappropriate pressure on the former attorney general. In an interview with CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Thursday, Freeland was asked who she believes: […]

Trudeau insists Wilson-Raybould can ‘speak fully’ on SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 27 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists Jody Wilson-Raybould can “speak fully” about the SNC-Lavalin affair, contrary to the claim by Canada’s former justice minister that she is constrained despite a confidentiality waiver from the Liberal government. Wilson-Raybould is set to appear today as the key witness before the Commons justice committee probing alleged political interference in […]

Wilson-Raybould ‘anxious’ to testify on SNC-Lavalin – but it’s not clear how much she can say

Feb 25 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she is “anxious” to testify before the justice committee probing the SNC-Lavalin affair. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said she can speak freely — as long as it doesn’t compromise two court cases underway. Wilson-Raybould was expected to speak before the committee this week; a time has not yet been set for […]

Online applications to sponsor family immigrants hit limit in just 11 minutes

Jan 28 2019 — Kathleen Harris — It took just minutes today for Canadians to snap up 27,000 online application spots for bringing parents or grandparents into the country — fuelling frustration and fury among people who say the new system is flawed. At noon ET today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada opened up to applicants its online form for indicating interest […]

Hussen lashes out at Conservatives’ ‘half-baked’ border plan

Jan 22 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is defending the Liberal approach to asylum seekers, insisting the Conservatives’ proposed alternatives are “half-baked” and impractical. As the flow of people crossing into Canada outside regular border points continues, Hussen rebuffed claims that the government is “normalizing” illegal entries at Roxham Road in Quebec. He said the federal government has […]

Blair wants to make cabinet pitch on possible handgun ban within two weeks

Jan 18 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The federal minister tasked with studying a handgun ban for Canada hopes to make a recommendation to cabinet within the next two weeks. Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair has spent the last several months consulting with stakeholders across the country, looking for ways to restrict access to firearms for gang […]