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Support for Trudeau on the decline among women: Nanos tracking

Aug 21 2019 — — As Canadians head into a federal election campaign, women’s support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is waning, and that’s a problem for Liberals as the female vote was key to their 2015 majority coalition, says pollster Nik Nanos. The latest Nanos Preferred Prime Minister tracking, which measures Canadians’ top preferences for prime minister, shows Trudeau […]

Trudeau keeps mum on whether ‘Jihadi Jack’ will be allowed in Canada

Aug 19 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not confirm whether Jack Letts, an accused ISIS fighter and former dual Canadian-British citizen—who recently had his British citizenship revoked—will be allowed to come live in Canada. Letts, who has been given the nickname “Jihadi Jack” by British media, has been held in a Kurdish prison for two years after […]

Former NDP MP Pierre Nantel joins the Green Party

Aug 19 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Pierre Nantel, who has served as an NDP MP since 2011, will be running under the Green Party’s banner in the upcoming election. Nantel made the announcement alongside Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in his Longueuil Que. riding on Monday. He was booted from the NDP caucus on Friday amid reports that he was in […]

Global warming may facilitate spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Canada: expert

Aug 19 2019 — — Rates of mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise globally, a trend experts say will continue as the climate warms, presenting new health concerns for Canadians. Epidemiologists warn that warmer temperatures may allow new species of disease-carrying mosquitos to migrate north into Canada, bringing with them the risk of diseases such as Zika virus and dengue […]

Former journalist Chu Anh Pham to run for NDP in Honore-Mercier

Aug 19 2019 — — The New Democratic Party announced its candidate for the Montreal riding of Honore-Mercier on Sunday. Chu Anh Pham will try to retake the riding for the NDP in October’s federal election. NDP deputy leader Alexandre Boulerice was on hand for the announcement. The NDP’s Paulina Ayala defeated Liberal Pablo Rodriguez in the 20

Pipeline rupture sends 40,000 litres of oil into Alberta creek

Aug 18 2019 — — The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline has spilled 40,000 litres of crude oil into a creek. The regulator says on its website that the incident happened Thursday on a Bonterra Energy Corp. line 14 kilometres south of Drayton Valley, Alta. It says the line was shut in and depressurized, and that containment booms were […]

The biggest politics headlines of the summer so far

Aug 18 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Have you been dock-side or tied up with your family over the last few summer months, or just taking a hiatus from political news? With the fall federal election call just weeks away—here’s’s recap of the biggest political headlines of the summer so far.

Scuffles break out in Toronto over Hong Kong protests

Aug 17 2019 — — A Toronto rally in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Hong Kong became physical Saturday afternoon as protesters were met with pro-Beijing demonstrators. Hundreds attended a pro-democracy gathering outside Old City Hall that was met by a counter-protest of supporters waving Chinese flags and chanting “one China.” The scheduled march around the Eaton Centre shopping mall […]

Opposition want House ethics committee hearing on Trudeau SNC-Lavalin report

Aug 15 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Opposition MPs are requesting an urgent meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, to discuss the findings of Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The opposition wants to hear from Dion about his damning investigation that found Trudeau […]

This is why Trudeau isn’t being punished for his ethics violation

Aug 15 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — A political bombshell was dropped Wednesday when the ethics commissioner found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act for trying to influence then-justice minister Jody-Wilson-Raybould in “many ways” during the SNC-Lavalin scandal. As the news broke many Canadians were surprised to learn that despite the contravention, there would be no punishment. […]

PM commissioned report on SNC-Lavalin finds no need to divide AG and justice minister roles

Aug 14 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada should not split the roles of justice minister and attorney general, according to a new report Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commissioned following the SNC-Lavalin affair. Trudeau appointed former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan to dig into whether Canada should separate the two roles in March. This came after former justice minister turned Independent MP […]

‘Listen carefully’ to concerns, Freeland says as China calls protestors ‘near’ terrorists

Aug 14 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — As China condemns pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong as engaging in “near-terrorist acts,” Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it’s essential for governments to listen to their people – and “it’s a mistake” do anything else. Speaking at a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Freeland was pressed on whether China labelling protestors as […]

Trudeau ‘extremely concerned’ with handling of protests in Hong Kong

Aug 13 2019 — — Amid an escalating police crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he is “extremely concerned” about the situation. Trudeau spoke to reporters from Toronto, where he called on Chinese authorities to listen to the protesters. “We need to see the local authorities listen to the very serious concerns brought forward […]