National Newswatch

Scheer drops private schools deduction

Aug 9 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The federal Conservative platform for the 2019 election will not include a tax deduction for parents who send their kids to private and independent schools, iPolitics has learned. A spokesperson for Andrew Scheer confirmed in an email statement that the Tory leader would not move ahead with the tax credit because of the large budget […]

Liberals, Tories neck-and-neck in latest Mainstreet poll

Aug 7 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The Liberals and Conservatives are in a dead heat just two and a half months out from election day, a new Mainstreet Research poll for iPolitics suggests. In the firm’s latest phone survey, 34.5 per cent of leaning and decided respondents said they’d vote for the Liberals if the election were today, compared to 34.1 […]

Scheer government would raise OAS, GIS eligibility age, say Liberals

Jul 18 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — A Conservative government will raise the eligibility age for Old Age Security and slash top-ups to benefits for seniors, the federal Liberals warned Thursday. However, the Conservatives accused the Liberals of launching a “fear and smear” campaign against the party in a desperate attempt to cling to power, dismissing their claims as “not based on […]

Scheer slams Trudeau government for ‘mistreatment’ of dairy farmers

Jul 17 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — Andrew Scheer is accusing the Trudeau government of mistreating Canadian dairy farmers by repeatedly missing its own deadlines to announce compensation to the sector for recent trade concessions. The Conservative leader told the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) annual general meeting in Saskatoon today that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t understand the need to provide […]

Nearly 80% of Canadians want CBC funding increased or maintained: poll

May 13 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — A new poll suggests Canadians are largely in favour of maintaining or increasing funding for the CBC, though Conservative voters are far less enthusiastic of supporting the country’s public broadcaster. The Nanos Research poll, commissioned by advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, found that 46 per cent of respondents want CBC funding increased, while 33 […]

Single-payer pharmacare, housing top NDP priorities for 2019 budget

Mar 13 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says next week’s federal budget offers the Trudeau government its final opportunity to show “ordinary Canadians” it has their best interests in mind after spending the past three years siding with wealthy corporate interests. Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Ottawa, Singh and NDP finance critic Peter Julian laid out what the […]

New Trudeau adviser to make at least $1,250 a day

Dec 17 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — Justin Trudeau’s newest adviser will take home more than $1,200 for each day he works in government, iPolitics has learned. Serge Dupont, a former deputy clerk of the Privy Council Office (PCO), was named senior executive adviser to the prime minister in an order-in-council published on Dec. 6. The order fixed his salary at $1,250 […]

Bernier can join leaders’ debates if People’s Party meets nomination threshold: Gould

Nov 22 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — Maxime Bernier would be eligible to appear in the 2019 leaders’ debates if his upstart People’s Party successfully nominates candidates in at least 90 per cent of ridings, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said Thursday. Under the eligibility criteria introduced by the Liberals last month, political parties must satisfy at least two out of three […]

Disputed new federal printer-buying system to be in place by summer: Shared Services

Mar 8 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — A disputed new Shared Services Canada procurement program reducing the number of eligible suppliers for printers and printing services to federal departments should be in operation by the summer, according to the department. Critics say the new procurement process will completely shut out small- and medium-sized suppliers. Twenty-nine suppliers of printers, photocopiers, and related services […]

Liberals earmark $73-million for joint facility for Library and Archives Canada and new main branch of Ottawa Public Library

Feb 27 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government is pledging $73.3-million over the next six years for the construction and operation of a new joint facility to house the offices of Library and Archives Canada and the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The allocation was announced in the 2018 federal budget released on Tuesday, and comes after years […]