Tag Archives: News/Politics

Veterans Affairs tightens social media vetting after Nazi gaffe in VE-Day video

By | August 18, 2019

Veterans Affairs has reviewed how it approves videos for posting on social media “to ensure rigour and accountability,” following an embarrassing incident last May that saw Minister Lawrence MacAulay apologize for a Second World War tribute that “erroneously” included footage of German, not Canadian soldiers. Documents obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act show multiple staff,… Read More »

Wilson-Raybould now says she was contacted by RCMP over SNC-Lavalin affair

By | August 16, 2019

Jody Wilson-Raybould now says she was contacted by the RCMP in the spring over the SNC-Lavalin affair, CBC News has learned. The former Liberal justice minister and attorney general, who now sits as an Independent MP, was asked by CBC News Network’s Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos on Thursday if she had been contacted by the RCMP. “They haven’t… Read More »

The Pollcast: Manitoba goes to the polls

By | August 15, 2019

Manitobans will be heading to the polls twice this year, with PC Leader Brian Pallister pulling the plug early on his majority government and calling an election for Sept. 10 — just a little more than a month before all Canadians cast their ballots in the Oct. 21 federal election. The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives ended 17 years of… Read More »

McLellan advises against splitting roles of attorney general, justice minister

By | August 14, 2019

The dual role of Canada’s attorney general and justice minister that’s now carried out by the same cabinet minister doesn’t need to be split, according to a new report by Anne McLellan, the former Liberal cabinet minister and deputy prime minister. “I do not believe that further structural change is required in Canada to protect prosecutorial independence and promote… Read More »

Damning report says Trudeau violated ethics act during SNC-Lavalin affair

By | August 14, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found. “The evidence showed there were many ways in which Mr. Trudeau, either directly or through the actions of those under… Read More »

‘I take responsibility’ says Trudeau in wake of damning report on SNC-Lavalin ethics violation

By | August 14, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts and takes full responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. In his report released Wednesday, Dion wrote, “The evidence showed there were many… Read More »

‘I take responsibility,’ Trudeau says in wake of damning report on SNC-Lavalin ethics violation

By | August 14, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts full responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and get her to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. In his report released Wednesday, Dion wrote, “The evidence showed there were many ways… Read More »

Manitoba election stretching federal Conservative resources in the province

By | August 14, 2019

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has plunged his province into an election nearly a year before he had to, and voting day will happen while a federal election campaign is also underway — meaning Conservative resources could be stretched thin in the Prairie province. For the September 10 vote Pallister, a Progressive Conservative, will need to raise money and mobilize… Read More »

Tens of thousands of dollars, then silence: How some 3rd parties spent big in June

By | August 8, 2019

Two prominent third-party advertisers spent tens of thousands of dollars on political Facebook ads this spring — and then stopped running advertising before a new deadline at the end of June would have forced them to register with Elections Canada. Both groups have now stopped advertising online, and one group appears to have taken down its website and Facebook… Read More »

Trudeau taps outgoing NDP MP to chair new national security oversight body

By | July 24, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that outgoing NDP MP Murray Rankin will serve as chair of a new National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, a body that will be keep tabs on the country’s intelligence services, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). The agency — which will compliment another, similar entity composed entirely of… Read More »