One year of Scheer: Conservatives mark first anniversary with new leader

OTTAWA — There is money in the bank. Voters in the hopper. And from many angles, a spring in the step of many Conservatives these days. One year of Andrew Scheer, observers say, has not exactly been flashy but he has done the Conservative Party some good. "He‘s been steady," says Tim Powers, a conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Ottawa-based […]

Jagmeet Singh pokes fun at Trudeau‘s India trip at press gallery dinner

OTTAWA – Federal party leaders got a few digs in at one another and at themselves at the parliamentary press gallery dinner Saturday night. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs — and Trudeau himself addressed the issue by showing a slideshow of the trip and joking that […]

Bernier to Liberal MP: ‘You think the world revolves around your skin colour‘

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Maxime Bernier has reproached a fellow MP for being too focused on the colour of her skin. In a , he accused Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who is black, of thinking "the world revolves around (her) skin colour." Bernier was reacting to a Globe and Mail article in which the author says Caesar-Chavannes "focuses less on […]

Justice minister can‘t say if or when pipeline legislation coming

OTTAWA – Days before the deadline given by Kinder Morgan for reassurance from Ottawa that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion can go ahead, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould won‘t say when — or even if — legislation is coming. She would only say the federal government’s decision will be known "as soon as possible, as soon as practicable," in an interview […]

NAFTA advisors say Canada has to ‘hit back‘ against Trump trade action

If NAFTA negotiations fail and U.S. President Donald Trump lashes out against Canada on trade, Ottawa shouldn’t hesitate to fight back, two members of the federal NAFTA advisory panel said. Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, a member of the cross-party NAFTA advisory panel, said she fears that if a deal isn’t made, Trump could target Canadian industries such as […]

Canadian weapons destined for Kurds should go to Ukraine instead: Conservatives

OTTAWA – Andrew Scheer‘s Conservatives want the federal government to give Ukraine $9.5 million worth of military equipment originally intended to help Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic militants in Iraq. The Trudeau government announced 15 months ago that it would give the Kurds weapons – including rifles, machine-guns, light mortars, grenade launchers and anti-tank missiles – as part […]

New RCMP chief opens up about RCMP culture, past ‘mistakes‘ and plans for reform

OTTAWA – Over her 32 years with the RCMP, Commissioner Brenda Lucki says when it comes to the culture in the RCMP, she’s seen mistakes and has been the one to make them. Now, she’s pledging to do better and implore the members under her to do the same. "It‘s how you handle the puck, so to speak, afterwards, and […]