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Sherry Gambin-Walsh removed from NL cabinet after RCMP executes search warrant

Apr 4 2020 — — “Yesterday, Ms. Sherry Gambin-Walsh contacted me and informed me that she was served with a General Warrant,” Ball said in a statement. “It was at that point that I immediately took the necessary steps to remove her from Cabinet and her Cabinet responsibilities.” Gambin-Walsh will continue in her role as MHA for Placentia – St. […]

Trump’s decree stopped 3M from filling Ontario’s mask order: Ford

Apr 4 2020 — — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his efforts to secure new respirator masks for frontline healthcare workers are being stifled both inside and outside the country, blaming U.S. President Donald Trump and federal regulators who are holding up plans to produce them in the province. Ford said that speaking with 3M Canada on Saturday; it appears […]

Ottawa looks to Kushner, other U.S. trade officials to resolve medical equipment dispute

Apr 4 2020 — Katie Simpson — The Trudeau government is looking to the relationships it established during NAFTA negotiations to resolve the urgent dispute over personal protective equipment with the United States. According to senior sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Canadian politicians at different levels, and of different political stripes, will and have been reaching out to contacts in […]

Alberta woman in her 20s dies of COVID-19 becoming youngest reported death in Canada

Apr 4 2020 — — An Alberta woman in her 20s has died after contracting COVID-19, making her the youngest reported fatality in Canada. Public-health officials don’t yet know if the woman, who was from the Edmonton region, had any underlying medical conditions. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer, said the case underscores the point public-health officials have been attempting […]

Conservative leadership front-runner Peter MacKay self-isolating after relatives’ vacation to Mexico

Mar 29 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Peter MacKay is self-isolating. The presumptive front-runner in the Conservative leadership campaign had sought to avoid this, keeping himself separate from his family after they returned from a holiday in Mexico and they then entered into isolation per Canada’s rules to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. According to his camp, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and […]

Internal audit of Scheer’s expenses turns up money on school, clothes, minivan

Apr 2 2020 — — An internal audit of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s expenses has found the outgoing party chief spent $18,000 a year on private parochial school for his children. A senior Conservative source told The Canadian Press the special examination also determined Scheer spent party funds on housekeeping, clothes for his family, their minivan and beefed-up security. The […]

Evidence mounts of COVID-19 ‘silent spreaders’

Apr 3 2020 — Karina Roman — Researchers are finding mounting evidence that asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers are “driving” the rapid spread of the virus around the globe — contradicting what Canadian officials were saying just weeks ago. At the end of January, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, told the House of Commons health committee that based on what is […]

When does social distancing end? These graphs show where we’re heading and why

Mar 21 2020 — — With schools closed, public events cancelled, entertainment venues shuttered and many people either not working or working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of Canadians are now living with the reality of social distancing. But with the number of confirmed cases across the country topping 1,000 Friday, it’s clear that for decision […]

Peter MacKay is self-destructing in the face of COVID-19. Is he really who the Conservatives want to lead them?

Mar 27 2020 — Chantal Hébert — By the time the federal Conservative party belatedly pulled the plug on its June leadership vote, Peter MacKay, the presumed front-runner to succeed Andrew Scheer, was well on the way to self-destruction. Knowing that campaign suspension train was about to leave the station on Thursday, MacKay’s team could apparently think of nothing better than to […]

Royal heartbreak: Canada’s Trudeau’s emotional Queen confession exposed

Mar 22 2020 — — THE Royal Family’s influence across the world has been well documented, with the likes of the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William all supporting nations experiencing difficulties. In unearthed reports, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped an emotional confession on one time Her Majesty left her mark on him, and his family.

Canada shutting the border to most non-citizens due to COVID-19: PM Trudeau

Mar 16 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians abroad to come home while they still can, as Canada is shutting the border to non-Canadian citizens, with limited exceptions, to limit the spread of COVID-19. Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada […]

Conservative leadership front-runner Peter MacKay self-isolating after relatives’ vacation to Mexico

Mar 29 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Peter MacKay is self-isolating. The presumptive front-runner in the Conservative leadership campaign had sought to avoid this, keeping himself separate from his family after they returned from a holiday in Mexico and they then entered into isolation per Canada’s rules to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. According to his camp, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and […]

Liberals back off bid for power in COVID-19 crisis under Opposition fire

Mar 23 2020 — — Hours before introducing a bill to spend up to $82 billion and increase federal powers to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Liberals backed off a measure that the Opposition decried as an attempt to get Parliament to sign them a blank cheque. While Conservatives said they were prepared to quickly approve the billions in emergency […]

Justin Trudeau finally grows up

Mar 19 2020 — Don Martin — For years it’s taken considerable self-restraint not to throw my remote at the television screen whenever the prime minister was speaking. Justin Trudeau’s script-written sincerity, delivered in choppy, whispery soundbites with all the critical mass of candy floss, was infuriatingly hard to swallow because there was nothing to digest. Not any more. Justin Trudeau is […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]