News/Politics

SNC-Lavalin could suffer takeover, lose 9,000 jobs overseas, says CEO

March 20, 2019

If it’s convicted of fraud and bribery charges, SNC-Lavalin could end up being taken over by another company and its 9,000 jobs in Canada could move abroad, the engineering firm’s CEO told Radio-Canada in an interview today. “If we were convicted further down the line … if we’re barred from doing federal work, then the people […]

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Philpott faced ‘tough’ questions from Liberal MPs in today’s regional caucus meeting

March 20, 2019

Jane Philpott, who resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this month over the SNC-Lavalin affair, faced a barrage of tough questions from her Liberal colleagues today during a closed-door session of the Ontario caucus, sources told CBC News. Philpott addressed the group at the beginning of the meeting, which lasted 30 minutes longer than […]

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Conservatives trigger marathon voting session amid SNC-Lavalin concerns

March 20, 2019

The House of Commons is engaged in a marathon voting session that will force MPs to stock up on stamina (and caffeine) to get through the next few hours. Today is one of the Conservatives’ “opposition days,” meaning they can set the agenda and the topic for debate and have the power to trigger a long, continuous […]

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MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus

March 20, 2019

Whitby, Ont. MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes has quit the Liberal caucus and will sit as an independent, prompting Conservative attacks calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “fake feminist.” Trudeau announced her decision after the weekly caucus meeting. “I have just been notified by my office that Celina Caesar-Chavannes has decided to sit as an independent. I want […]

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Lynn Beyak broke Senate’s code of conduct by posting racist letters, ethics officer says

March 20, 2019

The Senate’s ethics officer says Sen. Lynn Beyak violated the upper chamber’s conflict-of-interest code by posting racist letters about Indigenous people on her website. Pierre Legault says Beyak’s conduct did not uphold the highest standards of dignity required of a senator. Nor did she perform her duties with dignity, honour and integrity or refrain from […]

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Budget includes watchdog agency for border guards

March 20, 2019

Canadians will soon be able to lodge complaints with an independent watchdog if they feel they were mistreated by a border officer. Tucked away in the Liberals’ 2019 budget, tabled Tuesday, was an announcement that Ottawa will assign an independent review agency to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The government is promising $24.42 million over five years, […]

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An unusually eventful budget day sets the stage for the coming election

March 20, 2019

Bill Morneau’s fourth budget is in the books, and that’s a good thing since he didn’t get a chance to deliver his speech in the Commons on Tuesday because of the din made by Conservative MPs determined to keep the public’s attention on the SNC-Lavalin affair. The Conservatives jeered. They pounded their desks and they […]

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The budget and you: What Morneau’s spending plan means to households’ bottom lines

March 19, 2019

The Trudeau government’s new budget targets the first-time homebuyer who wants an electric car in the driveway, some job-training and a subscription to a digital news website. There are other scattershot tax breaks and benefits in the 2019 spending plan — a fiscal document that works very hard to touch base with every consumer demographic […]

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Liberals table a pre-election budget designed to ease Canadians’ anxieties

March 19, 2019

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a pre-election budget today designed to calm Canadians worried about retiring with financial security, getting the skills they need to land new jobs, or being able to afford a first home. Morneau’s fourth budget — a springboard for the Liberal platform heading into the fall election campaign — delivers few […]

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Crown waited 2 years to charge federal procurement official with links to Mark Norman case

March 19, 2019

A federal procurement official charged with breach of trust was told by the RCMP roughly two years ago that he also was in a suspect in the same investigation into the alleged leaking of cabinet secrets which had ensnared Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Matthew Matchett’s lawyer, Matthew Day, revealed that fact in court Tuesday as a date for a preliminary […]

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