News/Politics

The SNC-Lavalin scandal so far: plenty of drama, few facts

February 20, 2019

In official Ottawa, some weeks feel longer than others. This one scarcely got started before the SNC-Lavalin affair exploded — again — leaving more questions than answers. And it’s only Wednesday. First, Gerry Butts stunned everyone Monday by abruptly resigning as the prime minister’s top adviser — even as he insisted that neither he nor anyone else in Justin Trudeau’s office sought to […]

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‘Very concerning’: Senate watchdog hasn’t finished an ethics probe since 2017

February 20, 2019

The Senate ethics officer didn’t publish a single inquiry report last year, prompting some senators to wonder exactly what the office (which has a $1.2 million budget) has been up to — and why it’s taking so long to finish investigations that have been underway for months. Pierre Legault, a career public servant, was tapped by Prime Minister […]

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Wilson-Raybould to testify in parliamentary probe of SNC-Lavalin scandal

February 19, 2019

Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be called to testify at a parliamentary committee probing the SNC-Lavalin scandal — but it’s not yet clear how much she’ll be able to reveal publicly because she’s still bound by client-solicitor privilege. Wilson-Raybould said today she is consulting with her lawyer about what she can and can’t say, […]

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Democratic institutions minister asks committee to look at regulating social media

February 19, 2019

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould today called on a Commons committee to look at the possibility of the Canadian government imposing new rules on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the lead-up to the next federal election. Testifying before the Procedure and House Affairs committee Tuesday, Gould suggested the committee take a […]

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‘We believe in you,’ Scheer tells controversial pro-pipeline movement

February 19, 2019

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed a controversial convoy bringing a pro-pipeline message to Ottawa today, assuring participants that “we’ve got your back.” “We’re fighting for you. We’re standing with you,” Scheer said in a short speech to the crowd. “We believe in you. We celebrate what you’ve done to build this country. After leaving Red Deer, Alta. […]

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‘Canadians deserve answers’: Opposition to press on with parliamentary probe after Gerald Butts resignation

February 19, 2019

A day after the bombshell departure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest adviser, the SNC-Lavalin affair shows no sign of abating as the opposition parties cast his resignation as a sign there may be more to the scandal than initially thought. The House of Commons justice committee will reconvene today to continue its study of a […]

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Pro-pipeline protest convoy approaches Ottawa after rolling across country

February 19, 2019

A convoy of angry Albertans and other westerners rolls into Ottawa Tuesday for a mass protest against federal energy and environmental policies that has also become a magnet for extremist, anti-immigrant elements. A couple of hundred vehicles are expected on Parliament Hill as part of the United We Roll convoy, which began in Red Deer, […]

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Gerald Butts resigns as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary

February 18, 2019

In a major shakeup to the highest ranks of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gerald Butts resigned Monday as Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary. The bombshell departure — Butts, along with chief of staff Katie Telford, are the two most senior staffers in Trudeau’s inner circle — comes amid allegations that senior members of the PMO pressured […]

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Canada’s NAFTA fears began before Trump became president

February 18, 2019

No matter who won the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Canada was bracing for NAFTA to go down in flames. Internal documents, obtained by CBC News under access-to-information law, show the government started plotting out various “Plan B” options as early as August 2016 — months before Donald Trump was elected president. Trump has been particularly hostile in trade relations between the […]

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Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

February 17, 2019

​Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet this week has stoked long-standing frustration, disappointment and anger among Canada’s veterans, who say they have been ignored and betrayed by the Trudeau government. The Liberals went out of their way during the last federal election to court former service members, as Justin Trudeau promised to improve service delivery and […]

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