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Island MP puts forward abandoned vessels bill

Malcolmson's bill, which is similar to one introduced by the previous NDP MP for the riding, Jean Crowder, would designate the Canadian Coast Guard as...

Door-to-door delivery up for debate as Liberals launch review of Canada Post

An official in Public Services Minister Judy Foote's office says the panel will look at "all options" as it conducts the review. The task force...

Liberal party biggest backer of Goldsmith-Jones campaign

As reported earlier, Goldsmith-Jones, who captured West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country from incumbent Conservative John Weston, was one of the highest-spending Liberal candidates in...

Hey, big spenders

Incumbent Conservative John Weston spent $199,351.34 in a losing bid for re-election. That puts him among the top 10 of all candidates, and the fourth...

Sidestepping responsibility

The new rules allowed Conservative Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, in February 2014, to accept B.C.'s environmental assessment process as a substitute for a federal assessment...

Year in Review 2015

- Part 2Coast Reporter•The B.C. government's seniors advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, visited Sechelt, where she addressed over 100 people with the problems, and proposed solutions,...

Dangerous derelict vessel on shore highlights need for political action

Former NDP MP Jean Crowder's private members' bill to make the Coast Guard the “receiver of wrecks” and give it full responsibility was defeated before...

Five stories in the news today, Dec. 3

At least four candidates are vying for the position — Liberals Denis Paradis, Yasmin Ratansi and Geoff Regan, and Conservative Bruce Stanton. Conservative MP Andrew...

Weston attacks Goldsmith-Jones' record

From left: Larry Koopman (NDP), John Weston (Conservative), Ken Melamed (Green) and Pam Goldsmith-Jones (Liberal) were all smiles at the start of the Chamber of...

Conservatives float Weston plan to jail owners of abandoned boats

The Conservative Party is adopting local candidate John Weston's abandoned vessels bill as part of its national platform. This week, Weston, joined by former Conservative...

Niqab, student debt debated

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country candidates in attendance were Liberal Pam Goldsmith-Jones, Conservative incumbent John Weston, Green Ken Melamed and New Democrat Larry Koopman.

Conservative sign vandalism seen on both sides

Incumbent Conservative MP candidate John Weston and Conservative Party opponent Fez McLeod both say they feel targeted by sign vandalism and theft on the Sunshine...

Candidates hear call for change, concerns about Aboriginal title

Candidates on the Sunshine Coast have been getting out to hear from their constituents in advance of next month's all-candidates meetings – and while those...

Candidates gear up for 11-week campaign

caught up with incumbent Conservative MP John Weston on Aug. 5 while he was spending a few days with his family before delving into...

Mulcair says Quebec sovereignty would hurt the province's middle class

Local candidate Annick Papillon, right, waves as well. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot. QUEBEC - Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair criticized Quebec sovereignty on Tuesday but...

All candidates mostly agree on major issues

Federal candidates from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties held their first all-candidates meeting on June 15, in the absence of Conservative MP John Weston...

Weston breaks party ranks over NDP member's derelict vessels bill

“Obviously it's a rare occurrence … but I decided to vote with my constituents on the principle and importance of the matter and not on...

Liberals seek probe of NDP MPs' allegedly improper use of riding offices

Liberal MP Marc Garneau wants the multi-party board of internal economy to conduct a thorough investigation into what he believes is a "widespread and apparently...

The MP misconduct saga timeline from October to March

Oct. 30 — In a behind-the-scenes meeting with the NDP and Liberal whips, NDP MP Craig Scott tells the Liberals that one of the misconduct...

Energy projects a pipeline toward trouble

Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena - Bulkley Valley, and the federal NDP finance critic, is campaigning to stop the pipeline project with his Take Back...

Weston in lock down after shooting

Riding Conservative MP John Weston is locked down, but safe in a room on Parliament Hill in Ottawa after a shooting Wednesday morning. One shooting...

Reports contradict PM's view on aboriginal women victims

OTTAWA - Dozens of federal, provincial and community studies compiled by the Conservative government appear to contradict the prime minister's contention that the problem of...

Conservatives embark on late-summer campaign to woo Quebec voters

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander as well as Lynne Yelich, junior minister responsible for consular affairs, accompanied Lebel at the Mount Royal event. A...

NDP selects its candidate

Koopman joins incumbent Conservative MP John Weston, Liberal Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Ken Melamed from the Green Party on the ballot for the next federal election,...

Greens elect former Whistler mayor

Asked what he would do to challenge incumbent Conservative MP John Weston, Melamed said: “It's going to be easy to attack Mr. Weston in the...

Bloc MP Fortin quits; says the party no longer exists under new leader

MONTREAL - The Bloc Quebecois caucus was reduced to three members on Tuesday when MP Jean-Francois Fortin quit the party, accusing its new leader of...

Ontario pushing feds for $30 billion each year for Canadian infrastructure

Wynne's estimate of what the Tories spend on infrastructure is actually generous, said Liberal deputy leader Ralph Goodale. He estimates it's actually closer to 0.18...

As Scotland debates independence, haggis stands as a symbol of the past, and ...

Salmond says an independent Scotland would build a strong social safety net for the country's 5.3 million people, an approach he contrasts with the budget-cutting,...

NDP calls for external probe of tax agency's political audits of charities

CTV News New Democrat MPs Murray Rankin, revenue critic, and Megan Leslie, environment critic, say the air will be cleared only through an independent external investigation...

First Nations considering their options on controversial education reforms

Toronto Star ... Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt's office has flatly said the bill will remain on hold and no new money will be spent until the...

Alberta Politician caught in prostitution sting welcomed back in caucus

Caucus whip George VanDerBurg says Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo member of the legislature Mike Allen has been accepted back after a secret-ballot vote by government members.

Pipeline project faces hurdles

National Post The decision is subject to those same conditions and further talks with Aboriginal communities, said Greg Rickford, National Resources Minister, in a media release.

Leave aside the rhetoric

While you like to say you listen and take constituents' opinions to Ottawa, there are MPs like the NDP's Nathan Cullen who actually do this.

Conservatives lost on Lost Canadians

VICE News Don has had a less than cordial relationship with government since Jason Kenney became citizenship minister in late 2008, which has continued since Chris...

Opposition critical of Bill C-24

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander, along with fellow Conservatives including West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country MP John Weston,...

Long time citizenship advocate reacts to new legislation

Chapman, who worked with prior Conservative citizenship minister Diane Finley and the rest of her committee to bring about changes to the Act in April...

Long time citizenship advocate reacts to new legislation

Chapman, who worked with prior Conservative citizenship minister Diane Finley and the rest of her committee to bring about changes to the Act in April...