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Trudeau government quietly endorses toxic chemical to clean up oil spills

The conservation group sent a six-page letter to then-environment minister Leona Aglukkaq urging the ministry not to approve a “potentially deleterious” substance, citing the havoc...

Justin jabs, Sophie sings and Rona rocks: 15 jokes they loved at Ottawa press gala

Former prime minister Stephen Harper had boycotted the gala since 2005 due to his frosty relations with the media - or perhaps his overall dislike...

Once a climate doubter, Tory leadership contender Maxime Bernier now plans to consult scientists

Beauce MP Maxime Bernier may have softened his stance on climate change since 2010, when he was admonished for debating the science of the global...

Conservative Michael Chong enters leadership race and embraces carbon pricing

... to the late former finance minister, Jim Flaherty, and later as chief executive of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy,...

As PM signs UN climate treaty, now comes the hard part: respecting it

"The Liberals are misleading Canadians by saying everything is a win-win, while not accounting for the true economic costs," said a statement from critic Ed...

Big oil wants taxpayer cash for risky Arctic drilling

After Imperial Oil asked the government to change to the law, the former Conservative cabinet minister responsible for the legislation, Bernard Valcourt, approved a contract...

Finance minister to give Canadians sense of federal deficit

Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt has accused the Liberals of breaking election promises. Raitt asked Morneau on Thursday in the House of Commons if a...

Environment Canada issued warning to Mount Polley mine before disaster, FOIs ...

The memo, prepared for former Conservative environment minister Leona Aglukkaq, said that the department's enforcement branch had issued the written warning to Imperial Metals Corporation...

Mychaylo Prystupa moving on to new opportunities

During the 2015 federal election, Prystupa's eye turned to the Arctic and he documented how then-Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq skipped out on the Climate Summit...

Joe Oliver, Leona Aglukkaq and other Conservative ministers defeated

Joe Oliver famously denounced environmentalists as "foreign radicals" in a January 2012 letter promoting Enbridge Northern Gateway, while he was Canada's natural resources minister. He...

Party leaders get into position for sprint to the electoral finish

... minister Christian Paradis, but has no incumbent in this election — to highlight the issue of rail safety. The New Democrats would seek to...

How John Baird bungled Mohamed Fahmy's release

Arrested nearly two years ago in Egypt on trumped-up national security charges, the Al Jazeera reporter criticized then-foreign affairs minister John Baird for publicly stating...

Joe Oliver's expensive travel costs undermine Conservatives' fiscally ...

Public works minister Diane Finley booked a round trip to Vancouver for $7,221 in October 2014, and former minister of state for finance Ted Menzies...

Is this man the worst MP (and minister) in Canada?

The end of Julian Fantino's career as minister of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) began in a stuffy waiting room in the bowels of Parliament Hill's...

War veteran's book chronicles abuses by Harper government

Former Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino (credit: Toronto Star). Soldier-turned-author David MacLeod. (submitted by author). Previous story. A soldier-turned-author has released a damning new book...

Conservative Minister Lisa Raitt evades questions about Paris climate talks

Green Party leader Elizabeth May criticized Prime Minister Stephen Harper for skipping the UN climate summit in New York last September, while environment minister Leona...

Shell offshore drilling application prompts conflict-of-interest charge

Shell's plan to drill has come under heavy criticism after federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq signed off approval allowing the company up to 21 days...

How Elizabeth May plans to topple Harper

May begins to list a litany of things Harper's removed. In 2012, federal finance minister, Jim Flaherty, introduced Bill C-38 to act on measures introduced...

Why is Joe Oliver seeking economic advice from a scandal-plagued corporate honcho?

Clearly, though, MacDonald's track record as a corporate leader has not set off any alarm bells with Joe Oliver and CP Rail – whom seem...

Conservative insider won huge contract to build Harper's Arctic project

A hugely expensive public contract to build an Arctic research station —promoted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper —went to a joint venture that included a...

Joe Oliver 'overstepped' by wading into central bank's domain: expert ...

In October 2013, then-finance minister Jim Flaherty told reporters he never supported quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve, even though he appeared to back...

How an enviro minister spent her day not attending a climate summit

What was so important that kept Leona Aglukkaq, an Inuk environment minister —the first ever to be appointed to a federal cabinet role — away...

How Harper will win the election

Some of the best-funded ridings are held by cabinet ministers, including Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, associate minister of Defence Julian Fantino and Health Minister Rona...

Canada's Enviro Minister to skip Climate Summit of the Americas

Ontario's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray wouldn't say Aglukkaq's absence at the summit was a snub, but he pointed out that...