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Conservative crackdown on sentencing led to Charter challenges: internal federal notes

Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson has already warned that his party would challenge any attempt by the Liberals to water down mandatory sentence provisions. The...

Conservatives: dire economic data undermine Liberal promises of growth

“Bad news for growth and jobs are adding up and the government should react with swift actions rather than standing on the sidelines,” Caron said.

Richard Henry Bain found guilty of 2nd-degree murder

Diane Blanchette, sister of murdered stagehand Denis Blanchette, and crown prosecutor Dennis Galiatsatos are seen at the courthouse following the verdict at the trial of...

Ottawa commits to putting money back into Experimental Lakes Area

KENORA, Ont. – The federal Liberal government is formally committing $1.7 million over two years to support a renowned freshwater research station that nearly fell...

Refusal to admit war veteran upsets member of Norwegian parliamentary committee

Irene Mathyssen, the federal NDP critic for veterans affairs, said in an interview that the Liberals campaigned with promises of creating a more flexible system,...

Liberals against NDP push to decriminalize pot before legalization

But New Democrat MP Murray Rankin said that could take two years to come into effect, leaving many Canadians at risk of criminal records for...

Supporters urge Tory MP Lisa Raitt to make a run for Conservative leadership

OTTAWA – A social media campaign is underway to convince longtime Conservative MP Lisa Raitt to run for the federal party leadership, the latest grassroots...

Parliament Hill cocktail circuit comes with lifestyle challenges for MPs

Former NDP MP Laurin Liu, who came to Ottawa at 20 years old as part of the so-called Orange Wave in the 2011 election, said...

Secretive Commons board appeals Federal Court finding in NDP satellite saga

Ex-Montreal MP Isabelle Morin was also on the hook to repay $169,117 in salary paid to an employee, but her bill was reduced to below...

Assisted death bill's fate in question as Commons consumed with PM's conduct

NDP MP Murray Rankin rises to question the government during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on December 11, 2012. NDP justice...

Spare a dollar? Jason Kenney had $183000 for needy Conservative candidates

While his association mainly sent payments of $5,000 or $2,500, six candidates received $10,000 each from Kenney: Ted Opitz and Roxanne James in Toronto, Wladyslaw...

System used to deliver medical services to First Nations deeply flawed: doctor

Yvonne Jones, the parliamentary secretary to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, said the Liberal government is looking to reform the program. “We know that there...

Despite crushing leadership vote, Mulcair's plan to linger raises NDP eyebrows

Pierre-Luc Dusseault, MP for Sherbrooke, Que., said he's not sure if Mulcair should remain at the helm. “I have not made up my mind yet...

Trudeau, ministers fan out across country to promote Liberal budget

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, meanwhile, is making himself available to talk to the media in Montreal. And that's just the start. On Thursday, Small Business...

Barriers remain for women seeking political office despite progress made

570 NewsNDP MP Christine Moore holds her daughter Daohnee just outside the House of Commons,on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Moore's daughter...

Selected quotes from Parliament Hill on International Women's Day

Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote. “Because it's International Women's Day, I raised an issue about the Yazidi girls in Iraq. This is an...

Rob Nicholson turns to Rob Oliphant in push for national dementia strategy

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson, right, and Liberal MP Rob Oliphant take part in an interview on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Hugs for sympathy, solidarity and strength abound at conservative conference

At a conservative convention in Ottawa this weekend, there are a lot of hugs going around. For some, they are in sympathy. Former Tory MP...

The inside story behind the bungled Bombardier C Series

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau speaks to staff at Bombardier's CS100 plant Friday, December 18, 2015 in Mirabel, Que. After years of delays and cost...

Baloney meter: Who is to blame for the soaring price of cauliflower?

“The upcoming budget will be an opportunity for the Liberals to take concrete action to reduce inequality,” NDP finance critic Guy Caron was quoted as...

News Diary: Some events that made news in 2015

9 – Controversial Toronto-area Conservative MP Eve Adams crossed the floor to sit with the Liberals. She had dropped out of a bitter Conservative nomination...

Talkback: A collection of the memorable quotes from the past year

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks during an onstage interview following a business luncheon in Calgary, Alberta, on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Notley's was among a...

A year of tough choices ahead in defence for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

He'll need every ounce of that special understanding as he guides Justin Trudeau's Liberal government through reshaping the country's war against the Islamic State of...

Wynne says she shares concerns about medical marijuana vaping rules

CANADA, Toronto: Starting April 15, 2015, Ontarians can get birth certificates made of polymer, the Ontario government announced in Toronto, ON on March 10, 2015.

Five stories in the news today, Nov. 12

Tom Mulcair will rely on veteran MPs to help the NDP flex its muscles in Parliament, despite its reduced strength. He has named his team...

A look at the rookie MPs joining the ranks of Conservative, NDP benches

About one-third of the 99 members comprising the new Conservative caucus are federal rookies, though many come from political careers in other levels of government.

Only four Sea Kings due to retire in near future despite retirement party

The Conservative government, which has struggled to deliver replacement maritime helicopters, went to great lengths last spring — before the election call — to demonstrate...

Battered battleground: Federal leaders focus on vote rich Ontario heartland

Malcolm Allen, an Ontario NDP candidate, called on Trudeau to apologize for “smearing” small business owners as tax cheats. Green party Leader Elizabeth May released...

Harper's former chief of staff breaks silence over $90000 at Duffy trial

Stewart Olsen agreed with this approach and he cited it as being in conformity with what he called the Judy Sgro precedent,” Wright told court.

Oshawa conservative targets Orono shooting range as fundraising venue

A fundraiser taking place at an Orono shooting range this weekend is putting a Conservative candidate squarely in the crosshairs. Oshawa MP Colin Carrie is...

Five stories in the news today, July 16

Senator Don Meredith, is pictured in an undated handout photo. A former Conservative senator faces a second ethics probe after an investigation into his office...

Fixed-date election comes with concerns, observers say

The NDP's Peter Julian said using public funds to “constantly finance a sort of partisan campaign in favour of the Conservative party” is a Harper...

For retiring MP Irwin Cotler, human rights fights outlive political battles

Liberal MP Irwin Cotler holds a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa on March 26, 2015. Cotler's 16-year parliamentary...

Feds promise eventual regulations to bolster protection for unpaid interns

During Tuesday's committee hearing, Conservative MP Andrew Saxton, parliamentary secretary to the finance minister, told the witnesses that more protections will eventually be added, after...

Veterans, government agree to put benefits lawsuit on hold until after election

CBC.caAs of January, the government had spent over $700,000 fighting the veterans in court, money that should have been spent elsewhere, the NDP said. “The...

Upcoming right-to-die legislation prompts MPs to consider their voting rights

“There are issues of conscience, Supreme Court of Canada decisions, that deal with matters that are difficult and people have differences of views and differences...

Harper feted by influential Montreal Jewish council

Prime Minister Stephen Harper greets supporters in a campaign-style visit to the riding of Cumberland-Colchester to support incumbent Conservative MP Scott Armstrong, left, in Truro,...

Piggybacking political trips and official business: a favourite political twofer

Thursday night, he hit a Conservative rally in Truro, Nova Scotia. Laureen Harper made an appearance at a fundraiser in Nova Scotia for MP Scott...

Federal leaders turn Mothers' Day greetings into political promos

In a fundraising email blast later Sunday, Conservative MP Stella Ambler recalled how much she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and praised the Tory family...

Bill to make Nov. 11 'legal' holiday stalled in Parliament, unlikely to survive

At first, the Conservatives opposed the private member's bill, with former veterans minister Julian Fantino speaking against it. But government MPs approached Harris and suggested...

Kenney affirms Armenian genocide on Hill lawn, as Turkish Canadians watch

OTTAWA – Defence and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney told Armenian Canadians gathered Friday on Parliament Hill that the memory of their homeland's genocide will never...

Budget day with one thing assured: Black ink for the first time in seven years

Canadians will see the minister of finance stand and deliver a balanced budget that will create jobs,” Kevin Sorenson, Oliver's understudy at finance, told the...

Canadian Food Inspection Agency disputes union comments on food safety

NDP agriculture critic Malcolm Allen said the government is creating a two-tiered food inspection system: one for domestic meat and one for meat bound for...

Quebec politician Gerard Deltell to seek nomination for federal Tories

The Globe and MailAlexandrine Latendresse won the riding for the NDP in 2011 with a narrow margin but has announced she won't seek re-election. G.

Vote expected late Monday on military mission against ISIL in Iraq, Syria

The House of Commons is expected to vote Monday night on the Conservative government's proposal to extend its military campaign in Iraq for up to...

No way to craft new law on doctor assisted death in 12 months: Tory MPs

The Liberal motion calls on the committee to be up and running by March 11 and to report back to Parliament by the end of...

Ward roundup: Close calls for handful of incumbents

Frank Di Giorgio, a veteran city councillor who has represented Ward 12 York South-Weston for 14 years, barely managed to hold onto his riding with...

Harper hid in closet-like space while bullets flew in Parliament

“Because we heard so many gunshots, the impression I had was there were several gunmen outside with machine guns about to enter and spray the...

Harper hid in closet-like space while shooter opened fire

“Because we heard so many gunshots, the impression I had was there were several gunmen outside with machine guns about to enter and spray the...

IN PHOTOS: Gunmen open fire at Parliament Hill

Conservative MP Bob Zimmer has tweeted that the gunman was shot and killed, but that report was not be immediately verified by police. Prime Minister...