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Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens apply for wage subsidy as donations drop with COVID-19

May 22 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — The federal Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens have all applied a federal wage subsidy amid a financial crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal wage subsidy program is designed to help organizations keep employees on their payroll even if revenue has dropped during COVID-19. Braeden Caley, the senior director of communications for the Liberals, […]

Trudeau says he intends to wear mask on Parliament Hill

May 20 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he will wear a mask to protect himself on Parliament Hill when he cannot maintain a two-meter distance between himself and colleagues. Mr. Trudeau said his decision is a personal one that he believes is in keeping with public health guidance around mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Majority of Canadians pessimistic about COVID-19 but support Ottawa’s response: Nanos poll

Mar 30 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — A majority of Canadians recently surveyed are pessimistic about the outlook of the novel coronavirus crisis but support the federal government’s response to it, according a Nanos Research poll commissioned for The Globe and Mail and CTV News. The polling firm said it found a majority of Canadians believe the public-health emergency will further deteriorate. […]

Rights and title agreement confidential until Wet’suwet’en approve it, Trudeau says

Mar 3 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — It is very important the Wet’suwet’en Nation has an opportunity to internally discuss a proposed agreement on rights and title reached with the federal and B.C. governments, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. The proposed agreement, which is being kept confidential, is the result of weekend discussions in Smithers, B.C., with representatives of hereditary chiefs, […]

Duke, Duchess should foot security bill if not performing royal duties in Canada: former minister James Moore

Jan 16 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex should pay for their own security while living in Canada if they aren’t performing royal duties, former Conservative heritage minister James Moore says. “If they are not actually active members of the Royal Family and performing royal duties and they’re private citizens pursuing private wealth, then they should pick […]

Scheer camp attempts to calm criticism of Conservative Leader

Dec 1 2019 — Kristy Kirkup — Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters is speaking out in defence of her long-time friend, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, as he attempts to quash calls for his resignation. Mr. Scheer’s team shared a video of Ms. Batters on social media on the weekend in which the senator urged the Conservative movement to back the leader, who has […]

Barack Obama’s Twitter endorsement for Justin Trudeau was “inappropriate,” Peter MacKay says

Oct 18 2019 — Kristy Kirkup — Former U.S. president Barack Obama’s decision to endorse Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “inappropriate,” says former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay. Mr. MacKay, who spoke to reporters on Thursday evening outside of an event for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in Little Harbour, N.S., said he has always been of the view that one does not […]

TRC makes 94 broad recommendations for residential-school healing

Jun 2 2015 — Kristy Kirkup — OTTAWA - A moment of shared emotional catharsis bound survivors of Canada's residential schools Tuesday as their collective ordeal was officially branded a "cultural genocide" that tore apart their families and left them to contend with lifelong scars of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.The massive report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes 94 broad […]