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Indigenous senators praise Wilson-Raybould’s ‘integrity,’ say her resignation leaves ‘questions’

Feb 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — A group of Indigenous senators — most of them appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, — issued a statement today praising the “integrity” of Jody Wilson-Raybould and saying her sudden departure from cabinet leaves “many questions and concerns.” “The resignation … this week has led to a national conversation leaving many questions and concerns from […]

Conservative senator studying environmental bill resigns mining company position

Feb 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Conservative deputy chair of the energy committee studying Ottawa’s overhaul of environmental assessment legislation has stepped down from his position on the board of directors of a Quebec-based mining company. Canada Carbon Inc. announced the resignation of Conservative Nova Scotia Sen. Michael MacDonald in a statement Monday — a development that comes after CBC/Radio-Canada […]

Maxime Bernier decries ‘leftist logic’ after Ottawa praises RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant

Feb 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier sent a tweet Tuesday attacking what he called the “leftist logic” that praises female impersonators while branding white people who wear dreadlocks or blackface as racists or perpetrators of cultural appropriation. ​Bernier said it was illogical for drag artists wearing makeup and women’s clothing to be celebrated as a source […]

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister’s Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Feb 11 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion will investigate allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. The NDP asked Dion to look into the matter after the Globe and Mail published a report last week that alleged the PMO wanted Wilson-Raybould to direct […]

Trudeau’s Senate rep takes issue with Scheer’s plans for the Red Chamber

Dec 23 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The Liberal government’s representative in the upper house is warning that the election of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as prime minister would risk reverting the Senate to a body dominated by “a practice of partisanship that has not served Canada well.” And Ontario Sen. Peter Harder is touting legislative changes — which could take effect […]

‘Try it, you’ll like it’: Indigenous relations minister defends much-maligned Bill C-69

Dec 22 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is calling for patience from jittery oilpatch proponents worried about the government’s controversial overhaul of environmental legislation — telling them to embrace better relations with Indigenous peoples or risk seeing even more energy projects held up by the courts. In a year-end interview with CBC News, Bennett, who counts Bill […]

Senate rejects calls for outside oversight of expenses

Dec 21 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Despite the pleas of Trudeau’s point man in the Senate, the Red Chamber has rejected calls for outside oversight of Senate expenses. The Senate committee on rules, procedures and the rights of Parliament is recommending that a new audit and oversight committee (AOC) be established — but that it be composed entirely of senators, at […]

Powerful Senate committee wants to meet in secret more often

Dec 6 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The Trudeau-appointed senator who chairs the Red Chamber’s powerful internal economy committee is asking his fellow senators to amend the rules to make it easier for the body to meet in secret — raising concerns about the Senate’s professed commitment to openness and transparency after a period of scandal. Independent Ontario Sen. Sabi Marwah, who […]

Alberta’s oil price gap ‘directly related to Justin Trudeau’s policies,’ says Scheer

Dec 3 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Monday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “directly” responsible for cratering oil prices in Western Canada — pointing the finger at federal energy policies he blames for leaving pipeline capacities constrained and Alberta producers scrambling to sell their product for pennies on the dollar. With the Trans Mountain expansion and […]

Trudeau vows to help get GM workers ‘back on their feet’ as automaker stands firm on Oshawa closure

Nov 26 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the federal government will do what it can to help laid-off GM workers in Oshawa “get back on their feet,” while federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Ottawa stands ready to assist those workers any way it can. But both federal and provincial governments are signalling there’s little they […]

Andrew Scheer pushes lifetime firearms ban for criminals, calls Liberal policies ‘lazy’

Nov 20 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveiled a series of firearms policies Tuesday meant to curb gun violence — and slammed the Liberal government’s plan to study a national handgun ban as a “lazy” effort that could punish lawful gun owners. While the Conservative caucus has attacked the tighter firearms inventory controls in Bill C-71 — legislation […]