Politics

Trudeau government leaves official languages office in legal limbo

The office of Canada’s official languages commissioner is in a state of legal limbo, with nobody officially authorized to make certain decisions or sign documents normally signed by the commissioner, CBC News has learned. If it drags on, the situation could have more serious consequences, such as affecting court cases involving the official languages commissioner’s office. “I think that this is ...

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Liberals planning $600M down payment on defence strategy

The Liberals will make their first down payment of up to $600 million on their marquee defence strategy this fall, a Commons committee was told Tuesday. Deputy Defence Minister John Forester said cash to put the wheels of the newly-released policy in motion will come through supplementary spending estimates that are always tabled in Parliament as part of routine fiscal business. ...

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Canadian presence in Latvia reduces danger of Crimean-style takeover, Latvian ex-general says

The arrival of Canadian troops in the Baltics has helped established a “red line” for Russia and greatly diminished the risk of a Crimea-style takeover in the region, Latvia’s former top military commander said Tuesday. Retired lieutenant-general Raimonds Graube says the deployment of NATO battle groups in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and his country sends a politically significant message. He downplayed ...

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Actor Colm Feore, newsman Tom Clark on panel to choose new CBC board members

The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors. Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada. Other members of the nine-member committee include theatre and television ...

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Benefit change gave wounded vets raises of $1.39 to thousands a month: memo

A Liberal election promise to boost a monthly benefit for wounded veterans resulted in a range of increases for retired soldiers, with the majority receiving at least $500 a month more but a handful seeing less than $2 extra a month, according to government documents. In an attempt to minimize backlash and confusion, bureaucrats at Veterans Affairs put together an extensive ...

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Senators amend budget bill to remove automatic annual hikes to alcohol taxes

After narrowly avoiding a move in the Senate to split its budget implementation bill, the Liberal government is now staring down new amendments that would remove automatic annual hikes to excise duties on alcohol. Conservative Newfoundland Senator Elizabeth Marshall introduced those amendments at the Senate’s national finance committee Tuesday and they were carried by a narrow 9-7 majority vote. Senators accepted ...

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Delivering ‘real change’ proves messy for Trudeau Liberals

At long last, the time for “real change” had apparently arrived. Three months after the government released a “discussion paper” on parliamentary reform — after the Liberals were accused of tyrannical intent, ​after the opposition flibustered, after the government finally backed down a bit, and after the Conservatives threatened to tie up the Commons anew — Government House leader Bardish Chagger was ready to move forward. “In recent days, ...

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Liberals table sweeping anti-terror reforms

The Liberal government has introduced long-awaited legislation to overhaul Canada’s anti-terrorism regime, which will include a “super” civilian oversight body to review security and intelligence agencies. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tabled the bill in the House of Commons today, and said it aims to strike a better balance between strengthening security and upholding Charter and privacy rights. The Liberal platform ...

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Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard resigns from post

The author of a damning report earlier this year that led to the eventual resignation of Sen. Don Meredith has herself resigned. Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard’s departure was announced Monday.

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