National Newswatch

Liberals say Wilson-Raybould involved in developing DPA amendments

Aug 16 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government says former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was intimately involved in developing Criminal Code amendments permitting deferred prosecution agreements, despite her suggestion to the ethics commissioner they were “rushed” to fit in the 2018 budget implementation bill. Pierre Olivier-Hebert, a spokesperson for Finance Minister Bill Morneau, told iPolitics the suggestion […]

Ethics watchdog says PCO refused to extend confidence waiver to witnesses in SNC probe

Aug 14 2019 — Jolson Lim — The Privy Council Office refused to extend a cabinet confidence waiver that would have allowed nine witnesses who said they had information relevant to the SNC-Lavalin affair to provide such evidence to Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s probe, his report released on Wednesday says. According to Dion’s report, which found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acted inappropriately […]

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 […]

Bernier in dead heat with Tories in his Quebec riding

Aug 9 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is running neck-and-neck with the Conservatives in his southeastern Quebec riding, suggests a new Mainstreet Research poll for iPolitics. Bernier, a one time cabinet minister and Conservative leadership candidate, was the choice of 28.7 per cent of respondents in the phone survey of 640 voters in Beauce, though the Tories […]

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 […]