National Newswatch

Elections Canada to monitor provincial involvement in federal campaign

Jun 13 2019 — Marieke Walsh — While provinces are allowed to intervene in federal campaigns, Elections Canada says it will monitor provincial involvement this year amid heightened public awareness and concerns about maintaining an even playing field. In an exclusive interview with iPolitics, Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault said he will “actively” look at how provincial governments intervene in the federal […]

Trudeau’s carbon tax rebate ad campaign cost $3.5 million

May 31 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The federal government spent an estimated $3.4 million telling Canadians about the carbon tax rebate they could claim on their taxes this year — the number is more than triple the price first reported by CTV. According to a spokesperson for the Canada Revenue Agency, the cash covered a direct mail-out and a digital, radio […]

Liberals say they raised $25,000 from Canada Proud email blast

Apr 30 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The threat that Canada Proud poses to the federal Liberals is rallying Grit supporters and boosting the party’s bottom line, according to numbers released by the Liberals. On Thursday, iPolitics reported on the new federal political action group that’s aimed at ousting the Liberals from power. Canada Proud, is the federal offshoot of a conservative […]

Ontario Proud launches Canada Proud with aim of taking down Trudeau

Apr 25 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The braintrust behind the conservative group that helped to unseat the Ontario Liberals in 2018 has unveiled their federal counterpart aimed at taking out Canada’s Liberal government. “We want to defeat Liberals all over the country,” Canada Proud founder Jeff Ballingall told iPolitics in an interview. Ballingall, who is also the founder of the highly […]

Lametti discussed SNC-Lavalin with PMO after swearing-in

Mar 1 2019 — Marieke Walsh — Justice Minister David Lametti said he was briefed on the SNC-Lavalin case and deferred prosecution agreements after taking office last month, even though the Public Prosecution Service had already decided that it would proceed with a trial against the Quebec firm. Lametti made the comments to reporters in Toronto on Thursday, saying he was briefed […]

Minister defends $2,500 per diem for internal audit committee chair

Feb 13 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government is defending paying thousands of dollars per day to the chair of a committee tasked with cutting waste. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced in a statement Tuesday that Charles-Antoine St-Jean had been appointed chair of the government’s internal corporate audit committee. The news release didn’t disclose compensation but hours later Bethlenfalvy’s […]

Legal community raises alarms over allegations PMO interfered in SNC-Lavalin case

Feb 7 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a police investigation into bombshell allegations that Justin Trudeau’s office interfered in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin. “Messing with the administration of justice is not just bad politics. It may be a crime,” CCLA executive director Michael Bryant said in a statement Thursday. Earlier in the day, […]

Ford government calls in OPP to investigate leaked documents

Feb 4 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government is asking the OPP to investigate the massive leak of government documents to the NDP. In a memo sent to all public service staff on Monday, the government’s interim cabinet secretary Steven Davidson said the person found responsible for the leak was let go and the provincial police were called in to […]

Ontario NDP calls for investigation into Kenney’s donations to Tories

Feb 1 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ontario NDP is joining a growing chorus of left-of-centre parties questioning the residency status of Jason Kenney during his time as a federal minister and MP. Last week, Ontario Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell asked the Speaker of the House to investigate whether Kenney misused the expense system by claiming Calgary as his primary residence […]

Ontario ministers who sparred with feds performed best: strategists

Dec 27 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario government ministers who took on the Trudeau Liberals are among the premier’s top performers, according to strategists. The rookie government under Doug Ford quickly went toe-to-toe with federal cabinet ministers after taking office in June, and the confrontational approach made many ministers stand out. Asked by iPolitics to list the best and worst ministers, […]

Ottawa rejects Ontario’s request for federal climate change cash

Dec 7 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government’s appeal to Ottawa to reallocate funding for climate change initiatives has been denied. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Thursday that Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government would not receive the $420-million in funding it lost when it cancelled the province’s cap and trade program over the summer, despite introducing new measures to lower […]