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Liberals say they’ll back prescription heroin, drug checking services to fight opioid crisis

Nov 15 2017 — Susan Lunn — The federal government will support new treatment options for drug addicts, including giving them prescription opioids or pharmaceutical grade heroin, backing quality testing of street drugs and helping provinces set up overdose prevention sites in emergencies. The federal health minister made the announcement in Calgary, where she was attending the Issues of Substance Conference being […]

Pot legalization plan on agenda for Trudeau’s meeting with premiers next week

Sep 28 2017 — Susan Lunn — While the prime minister and the premiers will focus largely on economic issues when they sit down next week, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Thursday that legalizing cannabis will also be discussed. Sources tell CBC News a number of provinces were already planning on raising the issue during the final afternoon session of Tuesday’s first […]

Premiers want federal tax proposals on agenda at first ministers’ meeting

Sep 28 2017 — Susan Lunn — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits down with the premiers next week, it’s likely he will get more grief on a topic he’s heard a lot about lately — his government’s proposed changes to the small business tax regime. Premiers have publicly expressed concerns with those changes recently, including leaders from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and […]

Northern premiers accuse PM of failing to consult on drilling issue

Sep 1 2017 — Susan Lunn — Two territorial premiers are accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of failing to consult northerners about his five-year moratorium on oil and gas development in the Arctic. Premiers Bob McLeod and Peter Taptuna, from the Northwest Terroritories and Nunavut, sent a letter to two federal cabinet ministers last month about the ban. McLeod said that, after […]

Liberals try to assuage fears ahead of possible free trade deal with China, documents show

Jul 31 2017 — Susan Lunn — Canada’s Liberal government is reaching out to calm fears about a potential free trade deal with China as it continues exploratory talks with the Asian superpower, documents show. The documents, provided by Global Affairs Canada after an Access to Information request, show the government is confronting long-standing concerns from business and other stakeholders, including issues […]

Canada trails G7 in protecting land, parks advocates say

Jul 24 2017 — Susan Lunn — Canada lags behind most of the world in setting aside protected spaces, parks advocates say. According to a report to be released today from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Canada stands last among G7 countries in protecting land and freshwater areas. With only 10.6 per cent of land protected from development, Canada also […]

Carbon tax more cost-effective than electric-car subsidies, report says

Jun 8 2017 — Susan Lunn — Federal and provincial governments should abandon some long-standing environmental policies, such as rebates for electric cars, as carbon pricing is put in place across the country starting next year, argues a new report from the Ecofiscal Commission. The commission is made up of economists who evaluate governments’ environmental policies and is chaired by McGill University […]

What about China? Observers surprised Asia doesn’t play more prominently in Freeland speech

Jun 7 2017 — Susan Lunn — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was surprisingly silent on China during her major foreign policy speech in the House of Commons Tuesday leaving Canada’s evolving relationship with the Asian superpower unclear, says former Quebec premier Jean Charest. Charest, now a partner in the law firm McCarthy Tétrault, has extensive business dealings in the region. He […]

Nearly a third of Conservative leadership ballots already in, party says

May 17 2017 — Susan Lunn — As the mail-in deadline looms for the Conservative leadership race, ballots for nearly one-third of the eligible voters are already in, according to party estimates. The ballots are being opened and processed for counting at the Deloitte Canada offices in Vaughan, Ont., where party officials, volunteers and scrutineers have gathered. Officials estimate that each mail […]

Softwood lumber aid package likely to go to cabinet Tuesday

May 15 2017 — Susan Lunn — The federal government’s aid package for the softwood lumber industry is expected to go before cabinet Tuesday for final approval. Sources tell CBC News the package will contain a “substantial” envelope of money — just under a billion dollars — to help the sector struggling to cope with new tariffs recently imposed by the U.S. […]

It’s crunch time as Conservatives vote now for new leader

May 4 2017 — Susan Lunn — Conservatives gather in three weeks to announce the party’s new leader at a convention in Toronto that will feature two days of speeches and a tension-building reveal on the Saturday night. But the pressure-packed politicking and the frantic scrounging for support that have been the hallmarks of Conservative conventions in the past are happening right […]

Kevin O’Leary met with Andrew Scheer before backing Maxime Bernier

Apr 27 2017 — Susan Lunn — Kevin O’Leary praised Maxime Bernier on Wednesday as the candidate who best “mirrors” his policies, but CBC News has learned the reality TV star also held talks with another Conservative leadership candidate the night before. O’Leary had an extensive face-to-face meeting with Andrew Scheer in Toronto on Tuesday night. Multiple sources told CBC News the […]