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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 […]

Patrick Brown gaining support since re-emerging to challenge sexual harassment allegations, says advisor, though Conservative MPs largely quiet

Feb 17 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — Patrick Brown, who in a dramatic move re-entered the Ontario leadership late Friday afternoon, is receiving strong support from all corners of the political world since publicly re-emerging to challenge the sexual harassment allegations that led to his resignation as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader, according to Alise Mills, a prominent crisis-communications expert now working for […]

Boushie family meets with Liberal, NDP leaders in Ottawa, Conservative leader Scheer out of town

Feb 14 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — A lawyer representing the family of slain Indigenous man Colten Boushie says he has had no communication with the office of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer during the family’s ongoing visit to Ottawa, but the family has held meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Mr. Scheer’s (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) social media channels […]

New bill reinstating public financing for political parties to cost more than $45-million: PBO

Jan 30 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — A private member’s bill reintroducing public financing for political parties and slashing the maximum limit on individual donations will cost taxpayers roughly $45-million annually, according to a new analysis released from the Parliamentary Budget Office on Tuesday. Restoring the federal per vote subsidy will net registered parties an additional $43.1-million in political funds in 2018, […]

Federal fiscal policies ‘sustainable’ over long term, says new PBO report

Jan 23 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — Parliament’s fiscal watchdog is giving a major vote of confidence in the Trudeau government’s spending and taxation plans. In a new report released Tuesday, the Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette concluded that current federal fiscal policies are “sustainable” over the long term, pointing to new projections showing the deficit plummeting from 30 per cent of […]

Watchdog petitions federal court to kill new appointments for lobbying, ethics commissioners

Jan 18 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — An ethics watchdog is suing the Trudeau government for the way it handled appointments for the lobbying and ethics commissioners, saying the Liberals failed to honour legislative requirements mandating consultations with all parties recognized in the House of Commons. Democracy Watch announced on Thursday that it had filed lawsuits in Federal Court challenging the appointments […]

Opposition parties call for improved support for transitioning military members in government’s new suicide prevention strategy

Oct 20 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government’s recently unveiled mental health and suicide prevention strategy represents a move in the right direction by pledging resources to address what has become a serious issue for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), but more must be done to address gaps in care for service members transitioning out of active duty, says Conservative […]

End of blood ban for gay men could be on horizon in wake of new mandate letters

Oct 6 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked his new health minister to help end discriminatory blood donation policies, hinting that a long-standing ban on gay men giving blood could come to an end in the near future. In her revised mandate letter released Wednesday, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, N.B.) was explicitly tasked with developing […]

Most Canadians disapprove of Khadr deal, 44 per cent say it will influence their vote in 2019: poll

Sep 22 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — A clear majority of Canadians disapproved of the Liberal government awarding $10.5-million and apologizing to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr earlier this summer in a settlement over his imprisonment at the infamous U.S. military prison, with many saying the decision will affect their vote in the next federal election, a new public opinion poll […]