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Don Meredith report delayed by ‘lack of prompt responses’ from Senators to ethics officer, says Senate Ethics Committee

Jul 29 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Senate ethics officer’s investigation into the conduct of former Senator Don Meredith was delayed for reasons beyond his control, including due to other Senators who didn’t respond to his requests for information, says a new report from the Senate Ethics Committee. “The SEO was delayed in part by the lack of prompt responses to […]

Big changes could be coming to Senate after fall election, say Senators

Jul 29 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — The outcome of the fall election could spur big changes to the Red Chamber, Senators say, with talk that floor-crossing, forming new groups, and battles over who would form the opposition—or whether there will even be one—could all be in play. The Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck in public opinion polls, leaving a realistic […]

NDP hits pause on ads, Grits and Tories suspend TV campaigns as pre-election spending cap, summer doldrums kick in

Jul 22 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — The NDP says it has temporarily stopped running political ads on Facebook and elsewhere fewer than 100 days before the federal election, leading one conservative-tied digital strategist to suggest the party is in deep trouble, and a former NDP national director to predict the party is saving its ammunition for closer to the election.

Trudeau’s legislative record unlikely to motivate voters in the fall, with a few exceptions: pollsters

Jun 26 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — Four years of lawmaking has left the Liberal government with a lengthy list of accomplishments and black marks, but only a few legal changes made or abandoned by the Trudeau government will likely play a significant role at the ballot box this October, say political observers. “There’s an old saying in politics: ‘Friends come and […]

MP Cooper threatens to sue The Hill Times over column on House Justice Committee exchange; denies reading from Christchurch shooter’s manifesto

Jun 24 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — Conservative MP Michael Cooper, who is threatening to sue The Hill Times for defamation over an opinion column that strongly criticized his remarks to a witness during a House Justice Committee meeting on the Hill late last month, also denies that he read from the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto during that meeting. A law firm hired […]

Trudeau lays out case for re-election in Trans Mountain speech

Jun 18 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the importance of middle class jobs, catalogued his record on the environment, took shots at his Conservative opponents, and evoked the spectre of U.S. President Donald Trump in a campaign-style speech defending his government’s approval of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Trudeau’s lengthy speech, flanked by five cabinet ministers, […]

Environmental Assessment Bill C-69 enters final stretch in Senate; Red Chamber divided on Tanker Ban Bill amendments

Jun 17 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — With nearly 100 amendments from the Senate—on top of about 100 from the House—the government’s environmental assessment reform legislation is entering its final stretch in the Senate, with debate on the government’s message on the amendments rejected and accepted expected to begin as early as this evening. The Senate had returned 188 amendments to the […]

ISG Senators to propose amending Bill C-48 to allow tanker access to Nisga’a Nation: Sen. Paula Simons

Jun 12 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — A group of Independent Senators is getting ready to propose two amendments to the government’s controversial ban on oil tankers docking on the B.C. coast to allow pipeline and tanker access to the Nisga’a First Nation, says Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons. The Nisga’a Nation is made up of four communities in northern B.C. located […]