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What can really be done about foreign influence in elections?

Former Conservative MP Joan Crockatt is among those who have filed a complaint with Elections Canada. She asserts that nearly $2-million in foreign money went...

Justice officials testing waters for sentencing reform promised by Liberals

The Justice Department wants to know what Canadians think of changing some of the former Conservative government's controversial tough-on-crime sentencing legacy – including mandatory minimum...

Ontario to open shelter to help assist with influx of asylum seekers

“It's too bad that we've had to get to the middle of August before they [the government] finally realized there's an issue with camps in...

Freeland to address MPs on Canada's approach in NAFTA talks

Conservative and NDP MPs say they will push the minister to provide more detail as to Canada's priorities in advance of the launch of official...

Meet Chrystia Freeland, the woman defining Canada's foreign role

When Chrystia Freeland found herself face-to-face with Vladimir Putin at an international summit last fall, she could reasonably have been intimidated. Ms. Freeland, then Canada's...

If chosen as NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh won't seek federal seat until 2019

Other members of the NDP caucus have lined up behind Singh recently, including Brian Masse, an Ontario MP elected in 2002, as well as B.C.'s...

Ottawa says it lacks law to sanction Venezuelan government officials

Former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler initially led the push in Parliament for a Canadian version of the Magnitsky Act. Since leaving politics in 2015, Mr.

Former Liberal cabinet minister calls for end to Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia

I'm just saying we shouldn't be selling any more arms to Saudi Arabia,” Irwin Cotler, who served as justice minister under former Liberal prime minister...

Federal Tories predict tough fight ahead for Kenney in Alberta UCP leadership race

Mr. Jean recently announced that Hamish Marshall will act as campaign manager, after successfully steering the campaign for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Conservative MP...

Maxime Bernier eyes finance critic job, hints at future Conservative leadership run

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier isn't ruling out another run for party leadership and says he wants to play the crucial role of finance critic in...

Mini cabinet shuffle looms in Ottawa ahead of bigger changes in 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning a small cabinet shuffle to fill the seat that was left vacant when Newfoundland's Judy Foote took an indefinite...

It's not Jagmeet Singh's turban that's the NDP's problem in Quebec

Nor is Ms. Laverdière's backing, helpful though it may be, likely to change the minds of those Quebeckers – a majority of the electorate there,...

As Conservative Party deputy leader, Lisa Raitt hopes women will 'see themselves' in her

iPolitics.ca (subscription)Conservative MP Lisa Raitt considers herself a feminist. The newly named deputy leader of the Conservative Party, a suburban mother of two with extensive...

New concerns emerge over Conservative leadership voting process

An official from the Kellie Leitch campaign is raising new concerns over the voting process used in the recent Conservative leadership race, fuelling questions over...

NDP forces Commons debate on infrastructure bank

NDP infrastructure critic Matthew Dubé said his party finds it troubling that the government is moving ahead with filling executive positions for the bank even...

Ottawa drops objections to UN resolution on Indigenous consent

The federal Liberal government has formally removed objections lodged by its Conservative predecessor to parts of a United Nations resolution calling upon states to obtain...

Gay men are being persecuted in Chechnya – but Canada says it's not our problem

New York Times“I've run out of patience with the government,” said B.C. MP Randall Garrison, the NDP's critic on LGBT issues. “All we hear is...

Ontario's Liberals take a big step to the left

Andrew Steele is vice-president at StrategyCorp, Canada's integrated public affairs, communications and management consultancy. He served as senior adviser to Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty. Despite...

Trudeau's Liberals: A midterm report card

- The Globe and MailThe Globe and MailFrom trade to the military, Canadians have seen enough of the government in action to decide if...

Trudeau throws another promise under the (omni)bus

Speaker Geoff Regan, a Liberal MP, might not caucus with his colleagues, but is he “truly independent” from the interests of the Liberal party? The...

Ottawa has no plans to bump up foreign aid, minister says

NDP international-development critic Robert Aubin said the government needs to stop making excuses and implement a plan to reach the 0.7-per-cent target. “We have no...

Tobacco companies may be working to undermine tobacco control initiatives: Philpott

... and its provincial affiliates held a lobby event on Parliament Hill this week attended by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, House leader Bardish Chagger, Agriculture...

House committee urges Magnitsky-style law to sanction rights abusers

According to Liberal MP John McKay, who sits on the committee, the measure would give the Canadian government the power to sanction the people who...

Rona Ambrose played role in Robin Camp appointment, former justice minister says

Ms. Ambrose played a key role in the judicial appointment process when the Conservatives held power, according to Peter MacKay. He was the justice minister...

Conservative bill on training judges in sex-assault law spurs political clash

While asking a question during a House of Commons committee meeting, Liberal MP Pam Damoff pointed out that a Tory justice minister, Peter MacKay, appointed...

Federal by-elections stick to script but Tories, NDP come on strong in Ontario

CBC.caA strong performance in the riding — long a Liberal stronghold held by ex-cabinet minister John McCallum — was critical for the Liberals, given the...

Women should never be used as political cover

Laurin Liu was the NDP member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles (2011-2015). She was the youngest female MP in Canadian history. When the federal government reneged...

Women should never be used as political cover

Laurin Liu was the NDP member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles (2011-2015). She was the youngest female MP in Canadian history. When the federal government reneged...

Ottawa facing growing calls to bolster media industry

NDP MP Pierre Nantel added there is a consensus on the heritage committee “that we need solutions” to the financial crunch facing the news industry...

Speaker of House calls for probe into security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Following a request from NDP whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Speaker Geoff Regan asked deputy sergeant-at-arms Pat McDonell to further examine an incident last November when Liberal...

Speaker of House calls for probe into security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Following a request from NDP whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Speaker Geoff Regan asked deputy sergeant-at-arms Pat McDonell to further examine an incident last November when Liberal...

Ex-union leader Sid Ryan considering NDP leadership bid

Lack of bilingualism is what is keeping Olivia Chow, the widow of Mr. Layton who was herself an MP for eight years, from putting her...

Mauril Bélanger's widow shakes up Liberal nomination battle in Ottawa-Vanier

The widow of Mauril Bélanger is throwing her support behind one of the former Liberal MP's most trusted aides, giving a jolt to the ongoing...

Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

On Nov. 8, the Liberal House Leader's chief of staff, Rheal Lewis, notified NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet a Liberal staffer had entered the office days...

Dec. 31: Bells of the New Year. Plus other letters to the editor

And Bloc Québécois Leader Louis Plamondon is also correct that tax credits give lots of public money as subsidies. And former chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre...

Ondaatje, Kaspi, Ignatieff among 100 Order of Canada honorees

Libby Davies, former NDP MP for Vancouver East, is honoured for her defence of social justice and “long-standing commitment to helping marginalized people.” Among those...

Jason Kenney channels populism — but not Donald Trump — in Alberta

CBC.caAfter six months of campaigning, Mr. Kenney is far ahead of his opponents in the delegate count as he seeks the leadership of the province's...

Liberals steer clear of Kerry's Israel comments, reiterate support for two-state solution

The Liberal government is reiterating its support for a two-state solution in the Middle East but did not go to the same extent as U.S.

Lisa Raitt on running for Conservative leadership as husband battles Alzheimer's

Before launching her bid for Conservative leadership, Lisa Raitt had to decide: Would her husband survive without her? Bruce Wood, Ms. Raitt's long-time partner, was...

Quebec's power to shape federal politics

In contrast, the Conservatives have demonstrated that they can win federally without holding power in many provincial capitals. One word sums up the reason for...

Most opposition parties favour a return to per-vote subsidy amid cash-for-access controversy

But the New Democrats, the Bloc Québécois and the Greens all argue that it was an equitable and ethical mechanism for ensuring that political parties...

In Northern Ontario, herbicides have indigenous people treading carefully and taking action

Dr. Philpott said in a July 4 letter to the Member of Parliament in the area, NDP MP Carol Hughes, that TEK's concerns are being...

Warren Allmand: Former MP led effort to abolish death penalty

“[Mr. Allmand] had the public good as his overriding concern at all times,” said former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, whose friendship with Mr. Allmand spanned...

Liberal MPs want CRTC to reverse decision on Super Bowl ads

Bob Nault and Wayne Easter have written letters to several policy-makers saying the decision is costing the Canadian economy tens of millions of dollars, that...

Ottawa to target 'backbone' Internet connections with $500-million rural broadband program

In an e-mailed statement Thursday, Diane Finley, the Conservative critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said she was concerned about the focus in the...

MPs head home for the holidays, but much work remains

such as this bill: Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has agreed with senators saying the Liberals need more time (and possibly to go back to...

Liberals to ask court for extension after senators say indigenous rights bill is flawed

Carolyn Bennett, the Indigenous Affairs Minister, told on Wednesday she believes senators were acting on genuine concerns about Bill S-3, and an Act to...

Liberal MP hopes private member's bill will push Trudeau to ban asbestos

Mr. Ouellette, a Winnipeg MP, said he was motivated by the work of Pat Martin, the former NDP MP in his riding, who lobbied for...

Peter MacKay will not run for Conservative leadership

After months of speculation, the 50-year-old former cabinet minister and father of two released a statement on Monday saying he is taking himself out of...

Government to rebuild immigration detention facilities in Vancouver, Laval

Montreal GazetteThe federal government will also move ahead with plans to expand the range of alternatives to locking up immigrants, with the aim of making...