Federal Politics

NDP MP for Edmonton Strathcona Heather McPherson is seen during a news conference about nuclear disarmament, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Ottawa. Opposition parties and aid groups say the Trudeau government is dragging its feet in carving out exemptions to anti-terrorism laws to allow humanitarian groups to reach desperate people in Afghanistan.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada terror rules hamper aid as Afghans face humanitarian crisis and winter looms

Humanitarian groups helping Afghans could be charged with assisting the Taliban

NDP MP for Edmonton Strathcona Heather McPherson is seen during a news conference about nuclear disarmament, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Ottawa. Opposition parties and aid groups say the Trudeau government is dragging its feet in carving out exemptions to anti-terrorism laws to allow humanitarian groups to reach desperate people in Afghanistan.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Workers assess downed power poles caused by post-tropical storm Fiona in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, September 25, 2022. Canadians will see lower incomes and a choice between higher taxes or fewer government services if there isn’t more effort to adapt to the changing climate, a new report from The Canadian Climate Institute warns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Adapting to climate change faster will save Canada billions, new analysis says

Report: economic impact of climate change can be cut by 75 per cent

Workers assess downed power poles caused by post-tropical storm Fiona in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, September 25, 2022. Canadians will see lower incomes and a choice between higher taxes or fewer government services if there isn’t more effort to adapt to the changing climate, a new report from The Canadian Climate Institute warns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
The Senate of Canada building and Senate Chamber are pictured in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Dr. Meghan Beals says she wants Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to resemble Remembrance Day. CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Young Indigenous leaders speak on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Senate

Senators examining federal government’s responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people

The Senate of Canada building and Senate Chamber are pictured in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Dr. Meghan Beals says she wants Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to resemble Remembrance Day. CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Jeremy MacKenzie, right, a Canadian military veteran who served in Afghanistan, talks with an unidentified woman outside the venue where Omar Khadr, the former child soldier is speaking in Halifax on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre says he has referred comments made about his wife by MacKenzie, a popular, far-right streamer, to the RCMP.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Poilievre denounces Diagolon ‘losers’ over threat of sexual assault against his wife

‘My office has referred these comments to the RCMP to assess whether criminal charges should be laid’

Jeremy MacKenzie, right, a Canadian military veteran who served in Afghanistan, talks with an unidentified woman outside the venue where Omar Khadr, the former child soldier is speaking in Halifax on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre says he has referred comments made about his wife by MacKenzie, a popular, far-right streamer, to the RCMP.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The federal government is expected to officially announce the end of COVID-19 border restriction today with the looming expiry of a cabinet order affecting mandatory vaccinations, testing and quarantine of international travellers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Feds lift border vaccine requirements, mandatory masks on planes and trains

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos warns pandemic restrictions could be reinstated if needed

People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The federal government is expected to officially announce the end of COVID-19 border restriction today with the looming expiry of a cabinet order affecting mandatory vaccinations, testing and quarantine of international travellers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly leaves after speaking to media at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly raises abortion in UN speech, as Trudeau sanctions Iran

Joly’s comments come after backlash to U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to ban abortions

Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly leaves after speaking to media at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

How is cannabis legalization going? Feds launch overdue review to find out

Century-long prohibition on the recreational use and sale of cannabis lifted in October 2018

Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Feds stop short of mandatory national crime gun tracing, citing provincial control

Only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of crime guns recovered each year are being traced

OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The Peace Tower is seen through leaves in a tree on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2019. The Liberals are signalling their fall priority will be on help for Canada’s most vulnerable as the House of Commons resumes sitting today. But all eyes are going to be looking to see if sparks fly between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals move bills on GST benefits, dental care as Parliament resumes

Pierre Poilievre makes his debut in the Opposition leader’s chair

The Peace Tower is seen through leaves in a tree on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2019. The Liberals are signalling their fall priority will be on help for Canada’s most vulnerable as the House of Commons resumes sitting today. But all eyes are going to be looking to see if sparks fly between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A dentist at the Riley Hospital for Children Department of Pediatric Dentistry, checks the teeth of Justin Perez, 11, during an office visit in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. University of Calgary associate economics professor Lindsay Tedds warns the federal dental benefit for children opens families up to the potential for “clawbacks” if they don’t spend all the money on their kids’ teeth.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy

Expert flags potential for dental-care clawbacks as result of federal program

Government plans to offer cheques of up to $650 to qualifying low- and middle-income families

A dentist at the Riley Hospital for Children Department of Pediatric Dentistry, checks the teeth of Justin Perez, 11, during an office visit in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. University of Calgary associate economics professor Lindsay Tedds warns the federal dental benefit for children opens families up to the potential for “clawbacks” if they don’t spend all the money on their kids’ teeth.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy
Jean-Yves Duclos responds to questions during the second day of a Liberal cabinet retreat in Vancouver on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The health minister is expected to table dental-care legislation today that would let the government send cheques to low- and-middle income families to help them pay for their kids’ oral health services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Dental-care legislation one of the first bills on the docket as parliament resumes

Plan a key element of the Liberal party’s supply and confidence agreement with the NDP

Jean-Yves Duclos responds to questions during the second day of a Liberal cabinet retreat in Vancouver on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The health minister is expected to table dental-care legislation today that would let the government send cheques to low- and-middle income families to help them pay for their kids’ oral health services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, speaks with Canada’s ambassador to Russia Alison LeClaire as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, looks on during a ceremony in Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool

Russia claims Ottawa embassy was attacked, summons Canada’s ambassador in Moscow

Russia says unidentified person threw a Molotov cocktail at the country’s embassy in Ottawa

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, speaks with Canada’s ambassador to Russia Alison LeClaire as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, looks on during a ceremony in Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party was willing to be flexible on the first phase of the government's dental-care plans, but the NDP will bend no further. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

NDP won’t bend any further on federal dental-care plan, Singh warns

Feds initially to send cheques to qualifying families, rather than launch full-fledged program

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party was willing to be flexible on the first phase of the government's dental-care plans, but the NDP will bend no further. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed at Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nariman El-Mofty, Pool

Former PMs, Canadian celebrities to attend queen’s funeral in London

Retired swim star Tewksbury honoured to be part of delegation for queen’s funeral

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed at Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nariman El-Mofty, Pool
Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, Nov. 5, 2017. An internal audit outlining significant problems with Ottawa’s administration of hundreds of millions of dollars in medical marijuana for veterans is being met with shock and concern by mental-health providers and others.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

‘Wild West’: Audit on veterans’ medical cannabis sparks calls for oversight, research

Probe sparks calls to better protect at-risk veterans and taxpayer dollars

Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, Nov. 5, 2017. An internal audit outlining significant problems with Ottawa’s administration of hundreds of millions of dollars in medical marijuana for veterans is being met with shock and concern by mental-health providers and others.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Green Party MP Elizabeth May looks on before the start of a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. May says she never threatened to quit the Green Party and an email suggesting as much was a ‘mischaracterization’ by a well-meaning staffer that has since been corrected.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Saanich Green MP Elizabeth May says she never threatened to quit party

Former leader who is seeking to return called suggestions she would a ‘mischaracterization’

Green Party MP Elizabeth May looks on before the start of a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. May says she never threatened to quit the Green Party and an email suggesting as much was a ‘mischaracterization’ by a well-meaning staffer that has since been corrected.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Sign boards for Annamie Paul, then-leader of the federal Green Party, are piled by a tree ahead of a news briefing in Toronto, Monday, July 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Green Party president resigns, saying her ‘optimism has died’

Lorraine Rekmans says she has no confidence in the party’s leadership contestants

Sign boards for Annamie Paul, then-leader of the federal Green Party, are piled by a tree ahead of a news briefing in Toronto, Monday, July 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and son Hadrien arrive to place flowers for Queen Elizabeth II prior to a ceremony to proclaim the accession of the new Sovereign, King Charles III, at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Trudeau has declared Sept. 19 a federal holiday to mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral in London. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Monday will be a federal holiday to mark Queen’s state funeral: What does this mean?

B.C. will recognize the day as a holiday for provincial public-sector employees

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and son Hadrien arrive to place flowers for Queen Elizabeth II prior to a ceremony to proclaim the accession of the new Sovereign, King Charles III, at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Trudeau has declared Sept. 19 a federal holiday to mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral in London. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Candidate Leslyn Lewis makes a point at the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, May 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Poilievre’s leadership win could signal change for social conservative wing of party

Analyst: because Poilievre didn’t make promises, social conservatives don’t fear disappointment

Candidate Leslyn Lewis makes a point at the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, May 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. The federal government’s newly announced inflation relief for low-income Canadians through the goods and services tax rebate stacks up as better policy than some of the cash payments issued by provinces, economists say.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Temporary boost to GST rebate appropriate amid high inflation: economists

Analyst says a permanent change in how indexation is calculated is necessary

A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. The federal government’s newly announced inflation relief for low-income Canadians through the goods and services tax rebate stacks up as better policy than some of the cash payments issued by provinces, economists say.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston