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Erin O’Toole says a Conservative government wouldn’t cut foreign aid

Mar 16 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole reversed his predecessor's position on foreign aid spending Tuesday, saying that if elected, a Conservative government wouldn't cut that budget.  But he said he would look to mirror previous Conservative foreign aid programs that tied funds to specific, measurable outcomes.  "I want to maintain and modernize and make more […]

Cross-partisan pressure on Liberals to increase foreign aid falters

Mar 11 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — A cross-partisan effort by MPs to be united in a call for the Liberal government to increase foreign aid spending on the humanitarian crisis created by the global pandemic devolved quickly into partisan bickering Thursday.  But the members of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee insisted they are on the same page […]

Five things to know about next week’s Conservative policy convention

Mar 11 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Conservative party members will meet virtually next week for what officials say will be the largest convention in their history.  The three-day event is the first since Erin O'Toole was elected leader last summer, and also since the last federal election. Each of the party's conventions since their founding one in 2005 has […]

Conservative MP David Sweet joins chorus calling for end to COVID-19 restrictions

Mar 3 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — A Conservative MP has joined the chorus of voices calling for an end to COVID-19 lockdowns. Ontario MP David Sweet says the pandemic-related restrictions are causing huge psychological and economic damage.He says the public health measures should focus on vulnerable communities, not healthy individuals.Sweet took part in non-essential travel earlier this year and […]

Erin O’Toole spent $3.69 million on bid for Conservative party leadership

Feb 26 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole spent $3.69 million on his campaign to win the leadership of his party last year.  But having raised more than $3.7 million, he ended the race with a small surplus, according to a final campaign return submitted to Elections Canada.  While all leadership candidates for political parties submit reports […]

Stricter border controls for travellers to begin Feb. 22

Feb 12 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Tighter border controls will come into effect Feb. 22, the prime minister said Friday, not to punish travellers but to try to keep everyone safe.  Forcing most who land at airports into a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine — at their own expense — and requiring multiple COVID-19 tests is meant to help prevent […]

More details on new quarantine measures for travellers set to be unveiled

Feb 12 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — The federal government is promising more details on new quarantine rules for incoming travellers today. A mandatory three-day quarantine for air travellers arriving in Canada was announced last month. But details of how the program will work and when it will take effect have yet to be revealed. What's known now is that […]

O’Toole removes longtime Tory MP Pierre Poilievre from plum post

Feb 10 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole scripted more of his party's electoral strategy Wednesday, creating new critic portfolios to signal where his focus will be when Canadians go to the polls: a plan for economic recovery. His move to shuffle his front benches included punting longtime Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre out of the marquee […]

Demand some CERB recipients repay scrapped by federal government

Feb 9 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Some of the thousands of Canadians told they'd have to repay federal emergency COVID-19 benefits will get to keep the money after all.  Self-employed Canadians who'd applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit based on their gross income, instead of their net, won't have to cut cheques, the government announced Tuesday, an about-face […]