Federal Politics

Conservative Leader Erin OToole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Tories who questioned vaccines not in critic roles

O’Toole reveals his shadow cabinet, former leadership rival Leslyn Lewis not included

Conservative Leader Erin OToole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland leaves a cabinet meeting, a day after federal ministers were sworn in, in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. A debrief of the federal election campaign is expected to be high on the agenda when members of the Liberal caucus gather today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland leaves a cabinet meeting, a day after federal ministers were sworn in, in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. A debrief of the federal election campaign is expected to be high on the agenda when members of the Liberal caucus gather today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Global security, trade and tulips will be on the agenda as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Dutch parliamentarians in The Hague this morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Dutch PM supports Canada’s plan to establish NATO centre for climate security

The hope is to start establishing the centre in Canada in 2023

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Global security, trade and tulips will be on the agenda as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Dutch parliamentarians in The Hague this morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A shelf of drugs at a pharmacy in Quebec City on March 8, 2012. Critics of a major drug-price overhaul hope a new federal cabinet will put a temporary stop to the new regulations set to come into effect in January. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is set to change the way it sets a price cap on medicines in Canada in an effort to lower excessively expensive drug prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Critics hope Trudeau’s new cabinet will put a stop to drug-price regulation changes

Overhaul has drawn the disapproval of patient groups and drug manufacturers

A shelf of drugs at a pharmacy in Quebec City on March 8, 2012. Critics of a major drug-price overhaul hope a new federal cabinet will put a temporary stop to the new regulations set to come into effect in January. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is set to change the way it sets a price cap on medicines in Canada in an effort to lower excessively expensive drug prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, congratulates David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, during a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on October 26, 2021. Canada's attorney general says that with only days to go until the court deadline, the Liberal cabinet still has not decided whether or not to appeal a decision that would see the government pay out billions of dollars in compensation to Indigenous families. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Government still undecided on whether to fight Indigenous child-welfare rulings

With only two days until the court deadline, the Liberal cabinet still…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, congratulates David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, during a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on October 26, 2021. Canada's attorney general says that with only days to go until the court deadline, the Liberal cabinet still has not decided whether or not to appeal a decision that would see the government pay out billions of dollars in compensation to Indigenous families. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Anita Anand arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

New defence minister vows to fight sex misconduct, warns battle ‘going to take time’

Anita Anand second woman to hold defence minister post in Canada

Anita Anand arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau unveils larger cabinet with nine new faces

New roster adds up to 39 ministers, including Trudeau, two more than previous cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
NDP MP Blake Desjarlais poses for a portrait in Edmonton, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Never going to be ashamed:’ Métis, two-spirit NDP MP wants to rebrand Alberta

Desjarlais says his ancestors fought alongside Metis leader Louis Riel

NDP MP Blake Desjarlais poses for a portrait in Edmonton, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet gestures as he responds to a question during a news conference, Friday, Oct.22, 2021 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Quebec premier says Trudeau must ensure the Quebec nation does not lose a seat

Quebec only province to lose a seat in the proposed redistribution of seats, based on population.

Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet gestures as he responds to a question during a news conference, Friday, Oct.22, 2021 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The U.S. Capitol building, centre, is seen next to the bottom part of the Washington Monument, left, before sunrise on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. A new survey suggests a majority of Canadians are satisfied with the state of their democracy, a stark contrast with their southern neighbours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Julio Cortez

Unlike U.S. neighbours, most Canadians content with state of their democracy: survey

Pew survey found two-thirds of respondents in Canada expressed satisfaction

The U.S. Capitol building, centre, is seen next to the bottom part of the Washington Monument, left, before sunrise on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. A new survey suggests a majority of Canadians are satisfied with the state of their democracy, a stark contrast with their southern neighbours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Julio Cortez
People hold a banner during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis that has resulted in thousands of deaths in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau urged to make decriminalization of illicit drugs a priority

Almost 23,000 Canadians died from an opioid overdose between January 2016 and March 2021

People hold a banner during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis that has resulted in thousands of deaths in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A coalition of front-line health-care workers have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Health-care workers demand Trudeau fast track paid sick-leave policy

Decent Work and Health Network says PM’s promise do so within 100 days not fast enough

A coalition of front-line health-care workers have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservatives object to Parliament double-vaccinated entry policy

NDP says hybrid Parliament safest to stop MPs becoming ‘vectors’ spreading COVID-19

The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A flare stack lights the sky along refinery row in Edmonton on Friday December 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

RBC report says $2 trillion needed to reach 2050 target of net-zero economy

Canada will have to spend at least $60 billion annually to cut emissions by 75 per cent

A flare stack lights the sky along refinery row in Edmonton on Friday December 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The House of Commons chamber is seen empty, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Ottawa. When Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, no one will be allowed into the House of Commons precinct unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Only fully vaccinated people to be allowed in House of Commons precinct

Policy affects MPs, staff, journalists, parliamentary business visitors, contractors and consultants

The House of Commons chamber is seen empty, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Ottawa. When Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, no one will be allowed into the House of Commons precinct unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Annamie Paul addresses the media during a news conference in Toronto’s Regent Park on food security on Tuesday August 31, 2021. Layoffs are hitting the Green Party again as party brass look to shave costs at an organization with ongoing financial and political troubles.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Green Party lays off core staff members amid financial drought, internal strife

Move affects about half of the party’s staff amid persistent financial and political woes

Annamie Paul addresses the media during a news conference in Toronto’s Regent Park on food security on Tuesday August 31, 2021. Layoffs are hitting the Green Party again as party brass look to shave costs at an organization with ongoing financial and political troubles.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Facebook whistleblower rekindles questions about cracking down on Facebook in Canada

Canadian politicians and experts grapple with how to regulate Big Tech

NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

NDP calls for independent social media regulator as scrutiny of Facebook heats up

VIDEO: MP says says Facebook seems to ‘drive extremist content and undermine democracy’

NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of his cabinet as he speaks to media during the final day of the Liberal cabinet retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma

Trudeau to unveil new cabinet Oct. 26, Parliament to return Nov. 22

Prime minister plans to talk by phone with opposition leaders early next week to discuss priorities

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of his cabinet as he speaks to media during the final day of the Liberal cabinet retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a post-election news conference in Vancouver, on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NDP prepared to withhold votes in Parliament, including on the Liberal budget: Singh

NDP leader revealed that Trudeau has not reached out to discuss co-operation with the NDP

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a post-election news conference in Vancouver, on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck