Politics

Ethics commissioner cleared Trudeau’s fundraising in February

Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson concluded in February that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not contravene the Conflict of Interest Act when he participated in two fundraising events last year that were the subject of opposition complaints. The Conservatives and New Democrats asked Dawson to investigate Trudeau’s participation in those events in December. In a response to interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose, dated Feb. ...

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Police across Canada in limbo over who will pay for roadside drug testing

The federal government’s plan to crack down on stoned drivers could cost millions of dollars for new equipment and training for police — and it’s not yet clear who will pay for it all. “There’s going to be tremendous cost involved,” said Sgt. John Kiss of the Ottawa police, listing off the expense of purchasing test kits, maintaining the supply ...

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Off-the-books notes between vice-admiral and shipyard boss in ‘legal grey zone,’ expert says

The devil, they say, is in the details. That well-worn cliché can be applied in equal measure to criminal investigations, corporate contracts and defence procurement deals. The public has, over the past four months, been starved of the details in the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, an extraordinary and significant bit of political theatre where all three of those interests intersect. ...

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Trudeau will stick to playbook on Trump, even after NAFTA threat

An urgent phone call from Justin Trudeau to Donald Trump helped defuse the president’s latest threat to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement — even though it’s doubtful Canada and Mexico were the targets of this latest trade flare-up. That’s the view of senior officials advising the prime minister, who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity because they ...

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Ontario Budget 2017: Health-care spending up as budget hits balance

The Ontario government is celebrating getting the books back to balance with significant investments in health care, including a youth pharmacare program, as detailed in the spring budget unveiled Thursday in Toronto. The governing Liberals have fulfilled their pledge to return to black ink by 2017-18. The budget forecasts a deficit of $1.5 billion for 2016-17 before forecasting three straight ...

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Kevin O’Leary met with Andrew Scheer before backing Maxime Bernier

Kevin O’Leary praised Maxime Bernier on Wednesday as the candidate who best “mirrors” his policies, but CBC News has learned the reality TV star also held talks with another Conservative leadership candidate the night before. O’Leary had an extensive face-to-face meeting with Andrew Scheer in Toronto on Tuesday night. Multiple sources told CBC News the meeting went well and the ...

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Late Night ‘toothiness’: Carr laughs off beaver file photo on Colbert’s talk show

Canada’s natural resources minister is responding to the light mocking he received on a late-night talk show this week. The Late Show host Stephen Colbert chose a photo of a hearty Canadian beaver in a suit and tie to represent Manitoba MP Jim Carr in a broadcast Tuesday. Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, called a recent ‘file photo’ used on Late Show ...

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Justice ministers from across Canada meet to tackle court delays

The federal Liberals came to power promising sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system, but now the provinces are championing some ideas of their own as they focus on cutting backlogs in the courts. “I think for the most part, the provinces recognize the status quo isn’t an option, and we need those changes to take place,” Manitoba Justice Minister ...

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95,000 sponsors vie for 10,000 spots in lottery to bring parents, grandparents to Canada

More than 95,000 people took part in the first immigration lottery, hoping to win a spot to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada. With only 10,000 spots available, that put the odds at roughly one-in-10. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada brought in the new lottery process this year to replace the former first come, first served system. The change aimed to make ...

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Ottawa to announce new plan to tackle troubled Phoenix payroll system

After months of embarrassing headlines and growing frustration among public servants, Ottawa is launching a new initiative to tackle the federal government’s troubled pay system. CBC News has learned the Liberals will announce a three-step plan to alleviate some of the most pressing concerns related to Phoenix, the computerized payroll program for public workers. Since the Phoenix system was launched in February 2016, ...

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