Federal Politics

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Liberal MP Annie Koutrakis, centre, speaks as Calgary Airport Authority CEO Bob Sartor, left, and Liberal MP George Chahal look on during a funding announcement in Calgary on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

MP says Ottawa underestimated Canadians’ desire to travel again

A member of Parliament says Ottawa may have underestimated Canadians’ desire to…

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Liberal MP Annie Koutrakis, centre, speaks as Calgary Airport Authority CEO Bob Sartor, left, and Liberal MP George Chahal look on during a funding announcement in Calgary on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will create a special team dedicated to countering Russian disinformation and propaganda. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters as he attends a Laurier Club event in Halifax on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Canada to create team to counter Russian disinformation: Trudeau

PM pushes back against Russian claims western sanctions creating rising global food prices

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will create a special team dedicated to countering Russian disinformation and propaganda. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters as he attends a Laurier Club event in Halifax on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Cargo containers and ships at the Port of Metro Vancouver are seen in an aerial view in Vancouver on April 9, 2022. Ports and warehouses overflow even as cargo decreases, hitting shippers and consumers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘It’s like Lego bricks’: Shippers and consumers feel effects of overflowing ports

Vessels waiting twice as long to dock at the Port of Vancouver as they did one year ago

Cargo containers and ships at the Port of Metro Vancouver are seen in an aerial view in Vancouver on April 9, 2022. Ports and warehouses overflow even as cargo decreases, hitting shippers and consumers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany take a stroll at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau on June 27, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz plan to attend a networking luncheon in Montreal today with German and Canadian business representatives. Trudeau’s office says the leaders hope to encourage investment and partnership opportunities, including in the critical minerals and automotive sectors. The leaders then plan to tour a national artificial intelligence institute funded by the federal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Trudeau questions business case for natural gas exports from Canada to Europe

Canadian, German leaders defend decision to return gas turbine to Russian company

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany take a stroll at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau on June 27, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz plan to attend a networking luncheon in Montreal today with German and Canadian business representatives. Trudeau’s office says the leaders hope to encourage investment and partnership opportunities, including in the critical minerals and automotive sectors. The leaders then plan to tour a national artificial intelligence institute funded by the federal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Clinic volunteer Kelly Brown draws out Moderna vaccine during a drive through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., on January 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Canada buys up millions more doses of Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine

Canada purchased 4.5 million new doses and pushed up the delivery date for another 1.5 million doses

Clinic volunteer Kelly Brown draws out Moderna vaccine during a drive through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., on January 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen speaks with a home owner after making a green housing announcement in an Ottawa neighborhood on Friday, June 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Feds cut funding for anti-racism project over ‘reprehensible and vile’ tweets

Project which received $133,000 from the Heritage Department has been suspended.

Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen speaks with a home owner after making a green housing announcement in an Ottawa neighborhood on Friday, June 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Omar Alghabra rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 20, 2022. The transport minister will testify today before the House of Commons transport committee on airport and airline delays that have wreaked havoc on travelers over the past several months.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

COVID-19 to blame for Canada’s airport delays, says transport minister

Industry is grappling with a surge in customers this summer, compounded by staffing shortages

Omar Alghabra rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 20, 2022. The transport minister will testify today before the House of Commons transport committee on airport and airline delays that have wreaked havoc on travelers over the past several months.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier rises during Question Period, Monday, May 2, 2022 in Ottawa. The Treasury Board is rejecting an idea pitched by some Indigenous public servants to offer "blanket exemptions" from having to learn both of Canada's official languages. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Treasury Board rejects ‘blanket exemption’ idea for official language requirements

Bureaucrats flagged “growing tension” between Indigenous and official languages for some employees

Treasury Board President Mona Fortier rises during Question Period, Monday, May 2, 2022 in Ottawa. The Treasury Board is rejecting an idea pitched by some Indigenous public servants to offer "blanket exemptions" from having to learn both of Canada's official languages. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada as a loud backlash over long wait times continues. People line up outside the Guy Favreau federal building while waiting to apply for a passport in Montreal, Sunday, June 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Feds announce four new passport service sites as backlog continues

Nearly 1.1 million applications for new and renewed passports have been filed since April

The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada as a loud backlash over long wait times continues. People line up outside the Guy Favreau federal building while waiting to apply for a passport in Montreal, Sunday, June 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Dr. Cindy Blackstock speaks at the International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect conference in Calgary on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Draft remarks prepared for a cabinet minister following the discovery of unmarked graves shows Ottawa was careful to say the abuses Indigenous children suffered at residential schools didn’t happen “at the hands of the federal government.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Draft speech on residential schools edited out blaming Ottawa for abuse: documents

Advocate says changes to the draft reveal a government still in a position of defending itself

Dr. Cindy Blackstock speaks at the International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect conference in Calgary on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Draft remarks prepared for a cabinet minister following the discovery of unmarked graves shows Ottawa was careful to say the abuses Indigenous children suffered at residential schools didn’t happen “at the hands of the federal government.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Flags of Remembrance, Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

More Canadians report strong attachment to their language than to Canada: poll

Leger found language was especially notable among francophones and Indigenous Peoples

Flags of Remembrance, Sept. 12, 2020. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The Ontario MP remains the heavy favourite to be the next Conservative Party leader.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The Poilievre divide: Ontario MP preferred leader for Conservatives but not Canadians

Leger: 44 per cent of Conservative voters believe Poilievre would make the best party leader

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The Ontario MP remains the heavy favourite to be the next Conservative Party leader.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is seen in a dental hygienist training facility at a college in Sudbury, Ontario on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.Sources close to the government’s proposed dental-care program say the Liberals are planning temporary solution to buy time and keep their promise to the NDP while they work on a more permanent answer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals planning temporary solution to dental care promise: sources

Feds have until end of the year to provide some kind of coverage for children under the age of 12

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is seen in a dental hygienist training facility at a college in Sudbury, Ontario on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.Sources close to the government’s proposed dental-care program say the Liberals are planning temporary solution to buy time and keep their promise to the NDP while they work on a more permanent answer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
People line up before entering the security at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Friday, August 5, 2022. The House of Commons transport committee is holding an emergency meeting today to talk about whether to go ahead with an investigation into airport delays and flight cancellations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

House of Commons transport committee will investigate airport delays

Airports have been grappling with a surge in travel this summer, compounded by staffing shortages

People line up before entering the security at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Friday, August 5, 2022. The House of Commons transport committee is holding an emergency meeting today to talk about whether to go ahead with an investigation into airport delays and flight cancellations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Conservative leadership candidate Roman Baber shakes hands with Jean Charest and Scott Aitchison following the debate, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative leadership candidate Roman Baber shakes hands with Jean Charest and Scott Aitchison following the debate, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Debate moderator Rob Batherson, left to right, and Conservative leadership candidates Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison and Jean Charest are shown during the Conservative party leadership debate in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Debate moderator Rob Batherson, left to right, and Conservative leadership candidates Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison and Jean Charest are shown during the Conservative party leadership debate in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Jean Charest takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The party’s last official debate of the race before results are revealed Sept.10 will happen tonight in Ottawa.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

3 out of 5 Conservative candidates to appear tonight for final party debate

Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber will speak

Jean Charest takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The party’s last official debate of the race before results are revealed Sept.10 will happen tonight in Ottawa.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to media outside the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, east of Quebec City, during the papal visit of Pope Francis on Thursday, July 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bernard Brault

Records show Trudeau is routinely offered portraits of himself as gifts

It’s happened 17 times since he became prime minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to media outside the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, east of Quebec City, during the papal visit of Pope Francis on Thursday, July 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bernard Brault
Wanda Thomas Bernard stands during a ceremony in the Senate on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

‘A specific form of anti-Black racism:’ Scholars want Canadian apology for slavery

Scholars seek acknowledgement for often-ignored piece of history

Wanda Thomas Bernard stands during a ceremony in the Senate on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A person holds a combination American and Canadian flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial before a march at a demonstration, part of a convoy-style protest participants are calling “Rolling Thunder”, in Ottawa, on Friday, April 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Sacred site or rallying point? The politicization of Canada’s National War Memorial

Memorial used by anti-vaccine mandate blockaders, others during last year to draw public attention

A person holds a combination American and Canadian flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial before a march at a demonstration, part of a convoy-style protest participants are calling “Rolling Thunder”, in Ottawa, on Friday, April 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang