National Newswatch

Ontario PC interim leader orders probe of new party memberships during Patrick Brown’s reign

Jan 30 2018 — Karen Howlett — The interim leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives is launching an investigation into the legitimacy of the tens of thousands of new party memberships signed up during his predecessor’s 2.5-year reign. Vic Fedeli announced on Tuesday that he is bowing out of the leadership race to replace Patrick Brown. After five days on the job as […]

Tory interim leader to call for investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and spending by PC Party on lawsuits

Jan 28 2018 — Karen Howlett — The Progressive Conservative’s freshly minted interim leader is coming under pressure to block the party from spending additional money fighting lawsuits against it, revealing deepening turmoil inside Ontario’s Official Opposition in the run-up to the provincial election. Thom Bennett, an Ottawa businessman and party fundraiser, has called for an investigation into alleged conflicts of interest […]

Quebec election: Is Pierre Karl Peladeau the PQ’s white knight?

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — With his high profile and access to financial resources Pierre Karl Péladeau would certainly have an advantage to take over the reins of the bruised Parti Québécois. But the media magnate​ may not be what’s needed for a party recovering from a devastating loss and searching for an identity, some observers say.

Doug Ford angry about Facebook hoax promising date with daughter

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — Doug Ford has angrily denounced a hoax Facebook post that promised to raffle off a date with his daughter to someone attending Rob Ford’s first campaign fundraiser. “They’re sick individuals,” Doug Ford told reporters. “These are sick individuals that want to attack our family personally, want to go after our company, want to hack into […]

First Nations education bill to be tabled in Parliament this week

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — The federal government has given notice it will table its long-awaited bill on First Nations education this week, ahead of a scheduled two-week Easter recess. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt will table a bill “to establish a framework to enable First Nations control of elementary and secondary education, and to provide for related funding, and […]

Nova Scotia jail guard loses job for allegedly kissing inmate

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — A correctional worker at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside has lost her job for allegedly kissing an inmate and other breaches of a code of professional conduct, CBC News has learned. Documents obtained through the provincial Freedom of Information Act say the January incident happened in the jail’s library. The names of […]

Quebec Liberals already challenged by cloud of suspicion

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — Normal government business quickly shunted aside divisive identity issues as incoming premier Philippe Couillard returned to the Quebec capital to begin his transition to power. In the grand entrance of the Quebec National Assembly, Mr. Couillard said on Tuesday he will use the Liberal majority to revive a right-to-die bill, to draft a limited secular […]

Couillard senses shift in ‘tectonic plates’ of Quebec politics

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — Philippe Couillard, Quebec’s premier designate as winner of the provincial election, said Tuesday the Quebec Liberal victory has to do with a shifting in the “tectonic plates” of Quebec politics. During the campaign, Couillard said he could feel a realignment in how Quebecers look at the issues, transcending regions and age groups. As an example, […]

Where in Canada do you pay the most tax?

Apr 9 2014 — Karen Howlett — The province or territory where you lived on Dec. 31, 2013, determines how much income tax you owe. Provincial and territorial income tax rates and tax brackets — and therefore overall tax bills — vary widely from one part of the country to the next. The graph below shows how much federal and provincial income […]