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MP and former Liberal fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo, at a glance

The Globe and MailIn October 2015, Tootoo ousted former Conservative minister Leona Aglukkaq in the federal riding of Nunavut. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Tootoo...

Unpaid civil servants facing banking fees should be reimbursed, says Foote

... at the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Liberals forced the implementation of a system that was not fully operational, putting in jeopardy the financial stability...

Conservatives drop same sex marriage ban in refresh of party, policy

A resolution that supported peace officers issuing tickets for small amounts of possession was supported by members including former Toronto police chief and cabinet minister...

Conservatives drop same sex marriage ban in refresh of party, policy

A resolution that supported peace officers issuing tickets for small amounts of possession was supported by members including former Toronto police chief and cabinet minister...

Tributes pour in for Jean Lapierre after his death in Quebec plane crash

Jean Lapierre makes a point as he announces he will run for the Liberal party nomination in the Montreal riding of Outremont, Thursday, Feb 5,...

Stephen Harper takes to Twitter to pay St. Patrick's Day tribute to Jim Flaherty

"May the luck of the Irish be with you all today!" wrote Harper in his tribute to late finance minister Jim Flaherty. Share on Facebook.

Canadian Heritage dealing with a colourful conundrum

The building was basked in a green hue after former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who was of Irish heritage, died in 2014. In those cases,...

Liberals juggling calls for more spending and restraint during budget prep

Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt is raising doubts about the wisdom of letting the deficit grow in such a fragile economy. Members of the House...

Votes up for grabs in byelection as Elliott-Flaherty era ends

Until her resignation in August, the riding had been held for 20 years by Tory MPP Christine Elliott or her husband Jim Flaherty, a former...

LGBT Tories organizing to change party policy on same-sex marriage

Toronto Pride saw — for the first time — some Conservatives show up for the parade, including current Ontario PC leader and former Tory MP...

Federal government reviewing crime prevention projects

Former Public Safety Steven Blaney during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. By: Michael...

News Diary: Some events that made news in 2015

5 - After an 18-month tenure marred by controversy, confrontation and cries of incompetence, Conservative Julian Fantino was removed from the Veterans Affairs portfolio and...

Edmonton Conservative candidates talk economy, childcare, refugees with Metro

Rona Ambrose: In our party, we are the only party that still has free votes on issues of conscience. We are also the only party...

Feds took $2M from frozen fund to defend Charter challenges: Memo

Treasury Board President Tony Clement approved dipping into a frozen allotment to fund litigation costs the government incurred when responding to such Charter challenges, according...

Baby girl for Peter MacKay, wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Twitter is buzzing with congratulations to former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay and his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam who welcomed their daughter, Valentia Makaja MacKay, into...

Ottawa closes book on Canadian Wheat Board

EDMONTON – The federal government has closed the book on the agency that once marketed almost all the grain produced by western Canadian farmers. Agriculture...

Deeper pockets give Tory candidates an edge

... MP): $199,385.13; Edmonton Riverbend Conservative Association (James Rajotte*) $194,699.98; Sudbury Conservative Association (No incumbent Conservative MP): $183,950.47; Haldimand-Norfolk Conservative Association (Diane Finley): $179,247.26 ...Pre-election campaign...

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy: A timeline | Metro

June 24, 2014: After critics voice concerns that the Canada's federal government hasn't reacted forcefully enough to the verdict against Fahmy, Foreign Affairs Minister John...

Ottawa provides millions for P.E.I. highways | Metro

CHARLOTTETOWN – The federal government is spending up to almost $7.5 million to make improvements on highways in P.E.I.. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, the regional...

Health Minister Rona Ambrose wants feds included in drug alliance

OTTAWA – Two of Canada's biggest provinces — Ontario and British Columbia — are welcoming the federal government's plea to join a provincial and territorial...

Top Conservative officials furious about HarperPAC

It includes Kas Nejatian and Jamie Ellerton, former aides to Jason Kenney, Michele Austin, former top aide to Rona Ambrose and Maxime Bernier, Chris Froggatt,...

Finance minister Joe Oliver, Toronto city staff express support for Waterfront ...

Toronto city staff is urging Mayor John Tory to issue a “call to action” and secure money for the next phase of Waterfront Toronto projects.

Metro Q&A: Finance Minister Joe Oliver talks money for Toronto transit

The $2.6-billion for Mayor John Tory's SmartTrack is just the beginning of big financial promises the Conservatives are willing make to Toronto. Despite the looming...

Cyberattack knocks Canadian government websites offline, confirms Tony Clement

Ottawa CitizenFederal government servers were under cyberattack Wednesday afternoon, said Treasury Board President Tony Clement. Most government websites appeared to be down starting around noon...

Backdated gun law rewrite no concern: Clement

OTTAWA – Treasury Board President Tony Clement says concerns over a Conservative move to retroactively rewrite the law in order to stop an investigation of...

Final report on mad cow expected soon: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

CALGARY – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says investigators are narrowing down how an Alberta cow was infected with BSE. The beef breeding cow was...

DND moving to Nortel campus in 2016: Minister Jason Kenney

After costly renovation delays, the Department of National Defence will finally move into the old Nortel Networks campus next year. Defence Minister Jason Kenney confirmed...

War of words over St. Boniface underpass grows as MP Shelly Glover enters fray

Winnipeg SunBowman was responding on Friday to questions about a CJOB interview with Minister of Canadian Heritage and St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover that morning.

Rona Ambrose talks terrorism during health speech

CALGARY – Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose made an unexpected leap Friday from talking about health-care innovation to fears over the threat of the Islamic...

Feds kick off new anti-drug campaign

The proposed campaign came on the heels of several Conservative cabinet ministers, including Peter MacKay and Julian Fantino, publicly criticizing Trudeau's support for legalizing marijuana,...

Federal Conservatives roll out retroactive tax breaks

For that reason, former finance minister Jim Flaherty had said income-splitting needed to be re-examined. While some Conservatives insist their party can't go back on...

Argiculture Minister Gerry Ritz expects U.S. to appeal next ruling over meat ...

CALGARY – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the next ruling in a long, drawn-out dispute over meat-labelling requirements in the United States is only...

Billy Bishop border guards expense commute on taxpayers' dime

The problem dates back to the 2009 announcement by Peter Van Loan, then minister of public safety, promised to expand the customs services provided at...

Finance Canada headquarters building to be named after Jim Flaherty

OTTAWA—A new building in Ottawa housing Finance Canada will soon be dedicated to the memory of former finance minister Jim Flaherty. Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

Health Minister Rona Ambrose, provinces, to develop dementia plan

BANFF, Alta. – Citing the “impending boom” of a dementia health-care crisis, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial and territorial counterparts agreed Wednesday to...

Joe Oliver urges targeted stimulus for Europe

NEWS.com.au Though finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies said they will focus on infrastructure investment to help reach the goal of boosting world GDP by...

Ontario man alleged to be jihadist advocating Islamic State violence

A spokesperson for Steven Blaney, Canada's federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, refused to comment on whether the man is known to police...

Beheading of aid worker David Haines horrific: John Baird

Daily Mail OTTAWA – The beheading of British aid worker David Haines, likely by a fellow countryman-turned-terrorist, is a horrific atrocity by Islamic State militants, Foreign...

Canada Museum of Science and Technology closed due to mould; Mayor ...

Ottawa Citizen He said he met with former heritage minister James Moore about relocating the museum, but had yet to meet with the current minister Shelly...

Tories' prostitution bill 'likely' to survive legal challenge, Peter MacKay says

rabble.ca (blog) OTTAWA—The federal justice department advised the Conservative government its anti-prostitution Bill C-36 is “likely” to survive a court challenge, says Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

Search for Toronto's next police chief may range farther than it used to

The sole exception, Julian Fantino, left his chief position with York Regional Police to become Toronto's in 2000, but had more than 20 years of...

Heavily-edited residential schools documents an 'obstruction' of justice, NDP says

Erika Meekes, spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, did not address the concerns about the documents related to St. Anne's abuse victims' claims, but...

Ottawa pledges $10.8M to continue Canadian Red Cross fund

CTV News VANCOUVER – The federal government has announced $10.8 million to continue a program that allows the Canadian Red Cross to quickly distribute emergency supplies...

John Baird hints at 'additional measures' against Russia in Ukraine

National Post OTTAWA—Canada will push for “additional measures” against Russia after troops poured across Ukraine's eastern border on Thursday. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called the...

John Baird urges Gaza to uphold latest ceasefire

Haaretz OTTAWA – Canada is cautiously welcoming an open-ended ceasefire announced between Israel and Hamas. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird took another opportunity to pounce...

Lack of French used in John Baird's tweets sparks language probe

OTTAWA—Canada's language watchdog is investigating Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's Twitter account following a complaint the Conservative MP posts most of his messages in English...

It Was You Charlie: Canadian filmmaker Emmanuel Shirinian talks feature length ...

It's hard to love a character like Abner, the flawed protagonist in writer/director Emmanuel Shirinian's feature debut It Was You Charlie. The Telefilm-funded picture stars...

Tax cuts coming for families, individuals, Finance Minister Joe Oliver says

WAKEFIELD, QUE.—The federal government is promising income tax cuts — and not just for families. “I'm talking about reducing taxes for Canadian families and individuals,”...

Fewer Air Canada attendants a 'safety' issue

CTV News ... raising serious safety considerations, particularly in the event of an emergency evacuation. A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt wouldn't comment because the...

Update: First temporary exhibit at Canadian Museum for Human Rights to be ...

CTV News It's not open yet, but the Canadian Museum for Human Rights already has its first temporary exhibit. Stuart Murray, the museum's president and CEO,...