‘Fear and division’: Trudeau rips Conservatives in campaign-style speech to supporters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took sharp aim at his chief electoral opponent, casting Andrew Scheer as a divisive force in a campaign-style speech to fire up his troops.

Aga Khan to visit Canada in May

The Aga Khan, one of the central figures in an ethics scandal involving the prime minister, will visit Canada to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee.

From #MeToo to never again: Trudeau, Liberals hold closed-door session on sexual harassment

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other MPs, including one accused of sexual harassment, took part in a closed-door workshop on creating safe workplaces at the Liberal convention in Halifax.

Progressive justice, environmental, housing policies are priorities for grassroots Liberals

Liberal Party members have short-listed their policy priorities, with universal pharmacare, decriminalizing drugs and the sex trade and an underwater tunnel link to Newfoundland making the cut. Today is the final day of a three-day convention in Halifax.

Immigration minister says he was target of racial profiling, calls on Liberals to fight racism

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he has first-hand experience with racism in Canada, and urged his fellow Liberals to be agents for change to combat it.

Axelrod’s advice to Liberals: convince voters you still represent change

Re-election campaigns — like the one the Trudeau Liberals will embark on next year — hang on a government’s ability to convince voters that it still represents positive change, Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod said Friday.

Sober suits, no drama: how Trudeau got the low-key foreign trip he badly needed

The Official Opposition barely mentioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign travel this week. Instead, Conservatives mostly used their question period time to rehash the PM’s excursion to India two months ago, and the unforced errors that plagued it.

North Korea suspends nuclear and missile tests, state media says

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at 420 on the Hill

Emma Boniface is scheduled to take the stage Friday at Ottawa’s annual 420 rally on Parliament Hill to speak about the power of pot for her family.

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Energy independence policy among 30 resolutions up for debate at Halifax convention

The Liberals, the 2019 election – and a tunnel to P.E.I. that was never built

It took over a century for Prince Edward Islanders to get the fixed link they wanted, though it didn’t quite turn out as they’d first hoped.

Grassroots Liberals split on push for Canada to ease reliance on foreign oil

As the Liberal government deals with deep divisions over a western pipeline expansion, grassroots party members are pushing for a long-term vision that relies less on getting oil to market and more on Canada’s energy independence.

Canadian chopper pilots will be using the Afghanistan playbook in Mali, committee told

The Canadian helicopters going to Mali will be outfitted and fly their missions the same way they did in Afghanistan, senior military commanders said Thursday.

Rules still hazy around where to smoke legal pot

Even after recreational cannabis is made legal, smoking it in public places in Ontario will be forbidden. But what about land in Ottawa that’s regulated by the NCC?

Tory unity must have room for Bernier despite book, strategist says

A Montreal strategist says the Conservative party was wise not to publicly shame MP Maxime Bernier for a now-stalled book that accuses Andrew Scheer of pandering to “fake Conservatives” in the Quebec dairy lobby during last year’s leadership race.

N.L. MP Scott Simms removed as fisheries chair after breaking with Liberal party line

Liberal MP Scott Simms does not regret voting with the Conservatives over a controversial change to the student summer jobs program — even though it ended up costing him his job as chair of the Commons fisheries committee.

MPs call Facebook on the carpet to answer a question: can it be trusted?

It was a chance for MPs to express their concern and an opportunity for Facebook to insist it’s taking responsibility. But whatever emotional satisfaction came of putting the social platform in the witness chair, much ultimately depends on what MPs and the government do next.

Ottawa’s plan B for Trans Mountain could be to find someone else to build it

The federal government says other energy companies might be willing to champion the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if Kinder Morgan decides to walk away from the project, according to two senior officials directly involved in the pipeline file.

Supreme Court’s ‘free-the-beer’ decision privileges one part of the Constitution over another

This case required the Court to balance Section 121, which holds that goods should be “admitted free” into a province, with the provincial authority granted under Section 92, which includes the power to regulate property and civil rights.

Contentious Parti Québécois law from 2000 not sovereignist plot, court rules

The Quebec Superior Court has tossed out a legal challenge to a contentious provincial law. Passed by a Parti Québécois government 17 years ago, Bill 99 was not a covert attempt to make sovereignty easier to achieve, a judge ruled Thursday.

MP Rempel wants entire Canadian border designated official port of entry

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel wants to see the entire Canada-U.S. border designated as an official port of entry to help stop the flow of illegal migrants.

Trudeau not ready to join British PM’s ban on single-use plastics

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped short today of echoing British Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for Commonwealth members to ban single-use plastics — but pointed to a planned discussion at the next G7 summit later this year.

Sohi defends Liberal infrastructure plan, says 20,000 projects underway

The federal infrastructure minister is defending the government’s vaunted spending plan to improve Canada’s roads, bridges, and water systems against accusations it is sputtering and overly complicated.

Wynne, Ford ‘throwing punches at each other’ as tone of Ontario election campaign turns nasty

The election campaign hasn’t even started yet in Ontario, but already there are predictions that it will be one of the nastiest races for premier in the province’s history.

The Pollcast: Drilling down on Trans Mountain

On the latest episode of the Pollcast, Mario Canseco of Research Co. breaks down the political stakes of Trans Mountain in B.C., and Nick Gamache and host Éric Grenier discuss the latest poll on the pipeline and what to watch for in Halifax at the Liberal policy convention.

Sex, drugs and pipelines: Liberals debate policy road to 2019 federal election

Thousands of Liberals are gathering in Halifax today for a policy convention meant to plot a course to next year’s federal election.

Charities ‘worried’ after meeting with Morneau on ‘political activity’ law

More than two years after the Liberal government promised to reform charity law to allow for more political activity, there’s still no amending legislation. A member of a group of environmental charities who met with Finance Minister Bill Morneau this week to talk about the issue says the continued lack…

‘Fake Conservatives’, real blowback: Why Bernier backed down

Timing is everything in politics. The same thing goes for books about one’s own politics.

Brawl over expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline making project ‘untenable,’ says CEO

The CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada says internal Canadian political squabbles over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline are signalling that the project may be “untenable.”

Goodale deflects questions about former terror suspect’s lawsuit

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale today defended the Liberal government’s handling of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service as he deflected opposition questions about the decision to ditch settlement talks in the Abousfian Abdelrazik lawsuit.