Federal Politics

People block highway 75 with heavy trucks and farm equipment and access to the Canada/US border crossing at Emerson, Man., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. The federal government has until the end of the day today to call an inquiry into its use of the Emergencies Act during the blockades at Canadian border crossings and in Ottawa earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Government must call inquiry into use of Emergencies Act today

Act gave extraordinary powers to police to clear people out and to banks to freeze accounts

People block highway 75 with heavy trucks and farm equipment and access to the Canada/US border crossing at Emerson, Man., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. The federal government has until the end of the day today to call an inquiry into its use of the Emergencies Act during the blockades at Canadian border crossings and in Ottawa earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks at a news conference in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. The Liberal government is assuring advocates that the goal of an upcoming budget spending review is not to slash social programs, as experts express caution about how that review is done as Canadians have endured a tumultuous few years.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Advocates want a feminist spending review as feds insist no social-program cuts

Liberals set to review programs, policies to find billions in savings

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks at a news conference in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. The Liberal government is assuring advocates that the goal of an upcoming budget spending review is not to slash social programs, as experts express caution about how that review is done as Canadians have endured a tumultuous few years.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Caution tape is seen around the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday July 7, 2020. New measures to ensure Canada doesn’t export sensitive technology to foreign adversaries are among the changes being eyed by Ottawa to bolster the country’s economic security.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada eyes new measures to protect economy from national security threats

Ensuring Canada doesn’t export sensitive technology to foreign adversaries among goals

Caution tape is seen around the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday July 7, 2020. New measures to ensure Canada doesn’t export sensitive technology to foreign adversaries are among the changes being eyed by Ottawa to bolster the country’s economic security.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Ottawa feared repeat of 2020 rail blockades before B.C. pipeline arrests last fall

Notes show federal concerns around construction of the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Labour and MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl speaks at the Confederation Building in St. John’s on Monday February 14, 2022. Ottawa and the Newfoundland and Labrador government have signed terms for two key pieces of a $5.2-billion financing agreement aimed at staving off a spike in provincewide electricity rates due to the beleaguered Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

Law combating modern slavery and child labour a priority: minister

Bill would make Canadian firms make sure none of their products or components are made in sweatshops

Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Labour and MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl speaks at the Confederation Building in St. John’s on Monday February 14, 2022. Ottawa and the Newfoundland and Labrador government have signed terms for two key pieces of a $5.2-billion financing agreement aimed at staving off a spike in provincewide electricity rates due to the beleaguered Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
A U.S. F-35 fighter jet flies over the Eifel Mountains near Spangdahlem, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. The U.S. Armed Forces moved stealth fighter jets to Spangdahlem Air Base a few days ago. The aircraft, built by the U.S. company Lockheed-Martin, is considered the most modern stealth fighter aircraft in the world. (Harald Tittel/dpa via AP)

Canada avoided F-35 teething problems, should buy stealth fighter now: test pilot

The Liberal government launched negotiations last month for the purchase of 88 F-35s,

A U.S. F-35 fighter jet flies over the Eifel Mountains near Spangdahlem, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. The U.S. Armed Forces moved stealth fighter jets to Spangdahlem Air Base a few days ago. The aircraft, built by the U.S. company Lockheed-Martin, is considered the most modern stealth fighter aircraft in the world. (Harald Tittel/dpa via AP)
Patrick Brown announces his candidacy for the federal Conservative Leadership at a rally in Brampton, Ont., on Sunday, March 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘If you show up, I win’: Inside Patrick Brown’s drive for Conservative leadership

Brown: ‘My path…is bringing new people in and having a decent level of support within the party’

Patrick Brown announces his candidacy for the federal Conservative Leadership at a rally in Brampton, Ont., on Sunday, March 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Registered nurse Stephanie Flores, who has been redeployed from the operating room to the intensive care unit, looks out the window in the ICU at the Humber River Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 13, 2021. Groups representing health-care workers say they want the federal budget to include a small amount of money to create a plan to address staffing issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Health workers have a small budget request to tackle the Canadian care crisis: a plan

Health workers have reduced their hours and left the industry in droves

Registered nurse Stephanie Flores, who has been redeployed from the operating room to the intensive care unit, looks out the window in the ICU at the Humber River Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 13, 2021. Groups representing health-care workers say they want the federal budget to include a small amount of money to create a plan to address staffing issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Conservative MP Leona Alleslev rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Monday December 9, 2019, in Ottawa. Alleslev is set to formally announce her candidacy to be the party’s next leader this Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Leona Alleslev poised to announce Conservative Party of Canada leadership bid

Alleslev crossed the floor from Liberals to Conversatives while an MP in Ontario in 2018

Conservative MP Leona Alleslev rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Monday December 9, 2019, in Ottawa. Alleslev is set to formally announce her candidacy to be the party’s next leader this Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks about the government’s plan to amend the Broadcast Act during a news conference, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez will introduce legislation today to make digital giants compensate Canadian media outlets for reusing their news content. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Law to help news industry, combat fake news to be tabled today

Law will create framework for media outlets to negotiate compensation deals with online platforms

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks about the government’s plan to amend the Broadcast Act during a news conference, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez will introduce legislation today to make digital giants compensate Canadian media outlets for reusing their news content. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, holds text books as she speaks at a press conference at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg Wednesday, October 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Rise in online child abuse prompts call for new law forcing removal of harmful images

Expert: urgent need for a way to force tech companies to swiftly remove indecent images of children

Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, holds text books as she speaks at a press conference at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg Wednesday, October 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Sunday, June 13, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new Canada-wide survey suggests that more Canadians are becoming divided, with some saying they have reduced contact with friends or family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Survey suggests Canadians becoming more divided over COVID-19, politics

3 out of every 4 respondents said they believe society has become more polarized

People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Sunday, June 13, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new Canada-wide survey suggests that more Canadians are becoming divided, with some saying they have reduced contact with friends or family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh take part in the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Federal budget the first important moment for NDP-Liberal pact, says finance critic

NDP looking to see how far Liberals are moving forward on pledges made in the deal

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh take part in the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The memorial at the Centennial Flame for children who died at Indian Residential Schools, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Ottawa is eyeing a five-year timeline to build a national monument to honour survivors of its residential schools system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Building national monument honouring residential school students to take five years

Ottawa is eyeing a five-year timeline to build a national monument to…

The memorial at the Centennial Flame for children who died at Indian Residential Schools, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Ottawa is eyeing a five-year timeline to build a national monument to honour survivors of its residential schools system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is framed by a eagle statue as he visits Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops, B.C. Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

First Nations need long-term funding for residential school investigations: chief

Funding for mental health and well-being of residential school survivors, families, and communities

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is framed by a eagle statue as he visits Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops, B.C. Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference Friday, June 26, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Former defence chief Vance sentenced to 80 hours community service after guilty plea

Ex-chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference Friday, June 26, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, along with Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, and representatives from the federal government hold a press conference in Ottawa on Monday, March 28, 2022, to announce next steps in the competitive procurement process for the ‘Future Fighter Capability Project.’ Defence experts say there have been both costs and benefits to Canada’s long journey in choosing a new fighter jet, which resulted this week in the launch of negotiations for the purchase of F-35s.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Assessing the costs and benefits of Canada’s 12-year F-35 odyssey

Some experts say there is a plus side to decade-long delay on acquiring stealth fighter jets

Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, along with Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, and representatives from the federal government hold a press conference in Ottawa on Monday, March 28, 2022, to announce next steps in the competitive procurement process for the ‘Future Fighter Capability Project.’ Defence experts say there have been both costs and benefits to Canada’s long journey in choosing a new fighter jet, which resulted this week in the launch of negotiations for the purchase of F-35s.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers the keynote address during the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Canada's oil and gas industry is still facing uncertainty in the wake of the federal government's sweeping new emissions reduction plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Emissions plan leaves oilpatch with uncertainty; cap on sector still in development

Government consulting with industry, others about what that cap will be

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers the keynote address during the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Canada's oil and gas industry is still facing uncertainty in the wake of the federal government's sweeping new emissions reduction plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault signs the writs of the 43rd general election during a photo opportunity in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberal promise to explore three-day polling took Elections Canada by surprise

Canada’s chief electoral officer has been busy preparing his own recommendations for improvements

Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault signs the writs of the 43rd general election during a photo opportunity in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Duclos held a press conference Friday to announce new support for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds commit another $2B to provinces to address health backlogs caused by COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic hospitals across the country had to delay non-emergency procedures

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Duclos held a press conference Friday to announce new support for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld