Politics

Bill Morneau tries to divest himself of a controversy: Aaron Wherry

Just before question period, the finance minister summoned reporters to a small media room in Centre Block’s basement to explain that he would be divesting himself of a million shares in his family business. In the House of Commons, the opposition would attempt to divest from Bill Morneau its pound of flesh. “The finance minister hid his offshore company in France, until he got ...

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The Pollcast: What to watch in Monday’s federal byelections

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal. Voters head to the polls in two byelections on Monday. One of them is in a safe Conservative seat in Alberta, but the other, in the Quebec riding of Lac-Saint-Jean, is being hotly contested by four parties in a province that ...

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Airport security stops calling police on passengers carrying prescription pot

Canadian airport security screeners have stopped calling the police every time they process a passenger traveling with medical marijuana.  The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) changed its policy this month after an exponential growth in the number of passengers with prescription pot in their carry-on luggage.  CATSA spokesperson Mathieu Larocque told CBC News that in the past six months, ...

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‘Not up to the federal government’ to challenge Quebec’s religious neutrality law: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke for the first time about Quebec’s controversial religious neutrality legislation today, saying it’s not up to his government to challenge the law but that he would “always defend” people’s rights under the charter. Trudeau made the comments in Roberval, Que., where he was campaigning for Richard Hébert, the outgoing mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini, who is running ...

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Fate of alleged Amanda Lindhout kidnapper now lies with judge as trial wraps

After weeks of emotional testimony, the fate of a man charged with holding Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout hostage is in the hands of an Ontario Superior Court judge. In a withering final submission, Crown prosecutor Croft Michaelson told Justice Robert Smith the Somalian man accused of being the main negotiator should be convicted of hostage-taking for the role he played in holding ...

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Bill Morneau set to confront ethics controversy over financial assets

Embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau will address a growing ethics controversy this afternoon in Ottawa, but insists he sought and followed advice from the federal ethics commissioner “to the letter.” Morneau held an event Thursday at a farm in eastern Ontario to announce the government would take a “step back” from another of its contentious tax reform proposals this morning, and faced ...

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Bill Morneau to announce tweaks to unpopular tax-reform proposals

Live Liberals are continuing a week-long effort to adjust tax changes that have triggered angry backlash The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 19, 2017 8:42 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017 9:31 AM ET Related Stories Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to announce changes today to his controversial tax proposals to address the concerns of farmers and fishers. ...

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Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users

The Liberal government’s point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned. “If we’re going to use a mail delivery system, we have to make sure that that works, to make sure that this is not accessible to people underage,” Bill ...

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Trudeau celebrates his second anniversary on the defensive: Aaron Wherry

As Justin Trudeau stood on a riser in a Montreal hotel ballroom on the night of Oct. 19, 2015, basking in the glow of victory, there was nothing to be said about the taxation of passive investment income, no questions about Bill Morneau’s stock portfolio or a villa in France. “Sunny ways, my friends,” the new prime minister said. “Sunny ways.” One ...

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Magnitsky human rights law, protections for journalists’ sources get royal assent

Two private member’s bills, one protecting journalists’ sources and another that allows Canada to get tough on human rights abusers, received royal assent Wednesday.  One of those laws is the so-called Magnitsky Act, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act or Bill S-226. It allows the Canadian government to impose sanctions and travel bans on foreign officials responsible for gross human rights ...

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