Federal Politics

A person holds a combination American and Canadian flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial before a march at a demonstration, part of a convoy-style protest participants are calling “Rolling Thunder”, in Ottawa, on Friday, April 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Sacred site or rallying point? The politicization of Canada’s National War Memorial

Memorial used by anti-vaccine mandate blockaders, others during last year to draw public attention

A person holds a combination American and Canadian flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial before a march at a demonstration, part of a convoy-style protest participants are calling “Rolling Thunder”, in Ottawa, on Friday, April 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, Sunday, March 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jose Luis Magana
Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, Sunday, March 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jose Luis Magana
Farmer Oleksandr Zhuravsky checks the wheat in a field in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Russian hostilities in Ukraine are preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world” and making food more expensive across the globe, threatening to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability in developing countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Efrem Lukatsky

Canada shares expertise on moving grain from Ukraine, but faith in Russia ‘nil’

Agreements clear the way for the export of millions of tons of desperately needed Ukrainian grain

Farmer Oleksandr Zhuravsky checks the wheat in a field in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Russian hostilities in Ukraine are preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world” and making food more expensive across the globe, threatening to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability in developing countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Efrem Lukatsky
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on Bowen Island, B.C., on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. The prime minister says it’s “hard for anyone” to have faith in Hockey Canada’s leadership as revelations emerge about how the federation maintains a fund meant to partially handle sexual abuse claims.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rips Hockey Canada leadership over sex assault fund

Hockey Canada’s CEO has testified no government money was used in settlement of alleged assault

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on Bowen Island, B.C., on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. The prime minister says it’s “hard for anyone” to have faith in Hockey Canada’s leadership as revelations emerge about how the federation maintains a fund meant to partially handle sexual abuse claims.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022.Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the federal government is working on new measures to help ease the issues at major airports, adding that a “similar phenomenon” is happening worldwide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Federal ministers say they’re working on measures to end delays at airports

The Conservatives have been calling on the government to lift travel restrictions

People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022.Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the federal government is working on new measures to help ease the issues at major airports, adding that a “similar phenomenon” is happening worldwide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The environment minister says a new bill he introduced gives legal protection to Canada’s historic sites for the first time and ensures Indigenous Peoples have a stronger voice in identifying and protecting places of historic significance in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Canada’s historic sites get Indigenous voices, stronger protection in new bill

Canada only G7 country without legislation protecting historic sites, despite having more than 300

Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The environment minister says a new bill he introduced gives legal protection to Canada’s historic sites for the first time and ensures Indigenous Peoples have a stronger voice in identifying and protecting places of historic significance in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President of the Republic of Chile Gabriel Boric participate in a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, June 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau, Anand meet with Norad commanders, U.S. defense secretary en route to L.A.

Experts and political leaders agree North America’s defence system is badly in need of an upgrade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President of the Republic of Chile Gabriel Boric participate in a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, June 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden talk as they take part in a G7 family photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

At this week’s Summit of the Americas, Canada has stake in U.S. border challenges

If foreign policy was purely a matter of geography, one might assume…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden talk as they take part in a G7 family photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough smiles as she speaks to media after tabling a bill in the House of Commons Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Bill to create Canada Disability Benefit reintroduced but with few details

Canada Disability Benefit is to be modelled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement

Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough smiles as she speaks to media after tabling a bill in the House of Commons Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The local Google office is seen on November 1, 2018 in Montreal. Google is taking the extraordinary step of writing to every MP and Senator expressing fears that the online news bill is being rushed through Parliament without proper debate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Google contacts each MP over fast-tracking of online news bill through Commons

Bill would make online platforms such compensate media organizations for reusing their journalism

The local Google office is seen on November 1, 2018 in Montreal. Google is taking the extraordinary step of writing to every MP and Senator expressing fears that the online news bill is being rushed through Parliament without proper debate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Liberals pressed on whether B.C. drug decriminalization could pave way nationally

House of Commons rejects NDP bill to allow drugs for personal use countrywide

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Jean Charest formally launches his campaign for the Conservative leadership campaign at an event in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Charest pledges review of assault-style firearm ban after saying no laws would change

Gun control re-emerged as an issue during the Conservative leadership race thanks to new legislation

Jean Charest formally launches his campaign for the Conservative leadership campaign at an event in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley
B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson holds a copy of exemption documents in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, after British Columbia was granted authority to decriminalize possession of some hard drugs for personal use. 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Decriminalization of hard drugs puts B.C. in small, select group of jurisdictions

Portugal and a handfull of South American countries among the others to take similar steps

B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson holds a copy of exemption documents in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, after British Columbia was granted authority to decriminalize possession of some hard drugs for personal use. 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seized firearms are displayed during an RCMP and Crime Stoppers news conference at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Planned new measures to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and stalkers are being welcomed by advocates who have long been calling for loopholes in the system to be closed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Measures in new bill to keep guns from abusers, stalkers, welcomed by advocates

New law calls for automatic removal of gun licences for domestic violence or stalking

Seized firearms are displayed during an RCMP and Crime Stoppers news conference at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Planned new measures to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and stalkers are being welcomed by advocates who have long been calling for loopholes in the system to be closed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Canada’s auditor general has released a report on access to benefits among hard-to-reach populations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Feds not doing enough to make sure hard-to-reach groups access benefits: auditor

Report says government not doing enough to make sure the money goes where it’s needed

People cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Canada’s auditor general has released a report on access to benefits among hard-to-reach populations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Barry Moore, of Saskatchewan, places his hand on his handgun as he waits to compete during the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Canada National Championships in Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Thursday July 31, 2014. freeze on importing, buying or selling handguns is a central feature of Canadian firearm-control legislation tabled Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

National handgun freeze key feature of federal Liberals’ new firearm-control bill

Bill would allow removal of gun licences for domestic violence or criminal harassment

Barry Moore, of Saskatchewan, places his hand on his handgun as he waits to compete during the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Canada National Championships in Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Thursday July 31, 2014. freeze on importing, buying or selling handguns is a central feature of Canadian firearm-control legislation tabled Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns addresses the House of Commons during Question Period on Feb. 3, 2022. Credit: Christian Diotte, House of Commons Photo Services

Pressure mounts for Liberals to back bill decriminalizing drug use

Gord Johns gaining support from mayors and advocates in his bid to address overdose crisis

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns addresses the House of Commons during Question Period on Feb. 3, 2022. Credit: Christian Diotte, House of Commons Photo Services