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Environment minister Catherine McKenna says pipeline fight puts national climate plan in peril

Mar 19 2018 — Justine Hunter — Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, faced with the threat of a growing number of Canadian provinces balking at her government’s climate action plan, is pleading for a truce in the pipeline dispute between the B.C. and Alberta governments. Continued support for Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.’s pipeline-expansion project was the trade-off Ottawa made to bring the […]

Doug Ford, PCs ready to battle for the spotlight with Liberals

Mar 19 2018 — Meagan Fitzpatrick — Ontario’s Liberal and PC parties will compete for the spotlight Monday as the government presents a throne speech, while Doug Ford throws a “unity rally” that his caucus and supporters are expected to attend. Premier Kathleen Wynne suddenly prorogued the legislature last week. The new session starts on Monday when Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell will deliver […]

Ontario budget to include major investments in health care: throne speech

Mar 19 2018 — — The final budget before a looming provincial election will offer measures to cut hospital wait times, lower child-care costs and expand mental-health services while reducing the overall deficit, the Ontario government said Monday. The Liberal governments’ speech from the throne, read out by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdswell, offered no specific numbers for the promised investments, simply […]

As Trudeau vacations in Florida, details are once again scarce

Mar 16 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office is again sharing few details about his vacation this week, though questions about how the prime minister spends his private time have caused problems for the Liberal government in the recent past. On Thursday, officials in the prime minister’s office would say only that Trudeau is “spending private time with […]

Firing Ms. X: Ottawa’s whistleblower law takes down a boss for bad behaviour

Mar 18 2018 — Dean Beeby — A worker at a big federal department has brought down an overbearing boss – an unusual instance of Canada’s whistleblower legislation leading to the dismissal of a manager. The manager — a woman at Public Services and Procurement Canada — was terminated sometime after Oct. 18, more than a year after being accused of intimidation, […]

‘I screwed up’: Brad Trost chalks up nomination loss to complacency

Mar 13 2018 — — Longtime Saskatoon University MP Brad Trost says he is kicking himself after losing a hotly-contested Conservative Party of Canada nomination race. “I screwed up based on complacency and, frankly, exhaustion from doing too many other things,” Trost, who has represented the riding since 2004, said Monday afternoon. “I should have taken this a little more […]

Upcoming gun bill ‘scaring the hell out of the Liberal caucus,’ and Trudeau’s response to Harvey’s concerns puts a chill on backbenchers, say Liberals

Mar 12 2018 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s angry response to a rural MP’s concerns raised at a recent national caucus meeting on the Hill over the government’s upcoming gun legislation did not go over well with some Liberal MPs who say it will have a “chilling” effect on their ability to speak candidly at the closed-door meetings. According […]

Patrick Brown’s girlfriend says it’s ‘wrong how media has treated him’

Feb 20 2018 — — Patrick Brown’s 23-year-old girlfriend says the ousted former Progressive Conservative leader “is one of the most respectful, decent and caring individuals I have ever met.” “You can ask any questions you want but I have no interest in participating in an attack on a good man,” Genevieve Gualtieri said in a text message to the […]

Trudeau’s image takes biggest hit since 2015 on India trip, goes from ‘golden boy’ to a ‘bit of a joke,’ say politicos

Mar 5 2018 — Abbas Rana — Justin Trudeau’s recent controversy-plagued India trip had the “most profound” negative impact on the government’s brand since it won power in 2015 and was another “unforced error” by the Liberals that has pushed the prime minister from being the “golden boy” to “a bit of a joke,” say politicos. However, Liberals insist the trip was […]

It’s the Atwal effect — and nobody’s immune

Mar 3 2018 — Terry Milewski — The tsunami is spreading far from the epicentre of the Jaspal Atwal earthquake. And it doesn’t discriminate between political parties. The Liberals, of course, have been the ones swept farthest out to sea. A week after Atwal — a former wannabe hitman for the Sikh separatist cause — was summoned to dine with Justin Trudeau […]

How Patrick Brown’s private life became a problem for the Ontario PCs

Mar 3 2018 — Gary Mason — If there was one thing Patrick Brown’s advisers never stopped worrying about, it was the women. It was an all-encompassing concern virtually from the outset of his ill-fated leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Today, more than a month after a CTV report alleging sexual misconduct with two women led to Mr. Brown’s resignation, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tory MP Eve Adams switches to Liberals, brings backing from Harper loyalist

Feb 9 2015 — Joan Bryden — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals scored a two-fer Monday. Well-connected Toronto-area Conservative MP Eve Adams crossed the floor to sit with the Liberals. And insiders said her surprise defection has the support of her fiance, former top Conservative operative Dimitri Soudas — long considered one of Stephen Harper’s fiercest loyalists and an architect of the Tories’ re-election […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]

Senator Patrick Brazeau in critical but stable condition in Gatineau hospital

Jan 19 2016 — — Senator Patrick Brazeau is recovering in hospital following surgery after he was found seriously injured in his home last night, according to officials at a hospital in Gatineau, Que. Police and paramedics were called to Brazeau’s home in Mayo, Que., northeast of Ottawa, just after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, sources told CBC News. He […]

Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 — — Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]