Federal Politics

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Karen Redman, Chair, Region of Waterloo, participates in a housing round table at the Country Hills Library in Kitchener, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power-POOL

Federal government says it will build 17,000 homes, pegs cost at $2 billion

Rapid Housing Initiative extended for a third round to build 4,500 affordable housing units

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Karen Redman, Chair, Region of Waterloo, participates in a housing round table at the Country Hills Library in Kitchener, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power-POOL
More than half of Conservative party members have returned their leadership ballots with one week before the deadline Sept. 6. Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre holds a campaign rally in Toronto, Saturday, April 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Over half of Conservative members have voted for new leader one week before deadline

New party leader will be announced at a convention in Ottawa on Sept. 10

More than half of Conservative party members have returned their leadership ballots with one week before the deadline Sept. 6. Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre holds a campaign rally in Toronto, Saturday, April 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a media availability following a roundtable meeting that he and the Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion had with local delegates at the Country Hills Library in Kitchener, Ont. on Aug. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shuffle cabinet on Wednesday: sources

Liberal front bench to get slight makeover, at least one minister has asked to leave

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a media availability following a roundtable meeting that he and the Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion had with local delegates at the Country Hills Library in Kitchener, Ont. on Aug. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters before heading to Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 23, 2022. The RCMP says it is investigating an incident last Friday in which Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia was subjected to a profane tirade in Grand Prairie, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

RCMP investigating harassment of Chrystia Freeland during Alberta visit

If criminal threshold not met, RCMP will still investigate from intelligence perspective

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters before heading to Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 23, 2022. The RCMP says it is investigating an incident last Friday in which Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia was subjected to a profane tirade in Grand Prairie, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Survivor’s flag flies on Parliament Hill beside the Peace tower, Monday, August 29, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

VIDEO: Flag raised on Parliament Hill to honour residential school survivors

Elected officials asked to take moment while going about their work to pause when they see the flag

The Survivor’s flag flies on Parliament Hill beside the Peace tower, Monday, August 29, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
High water levels wash out highway 307 just northeast of Winnipeg, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Floods, droughts and major storms that wash out highways, damage buildings and destroy power systems could cost Canada's economy $139 billion over the next 30 years, a new climate-based analysis predicts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Floods, drought, storms could cost Canada’s economy $139 billion by 2050: report

Manufacturing and distribution will take the biggest hit from water-related climate disasters

High water levels wash out highway 307 just northeast of Winnipeg, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Floods, droughts and major storms that wash out highways, damage buildings and destroy power systems could cost Canada's economy $139 billion over the next 30 years, a new climate-based analysis predicts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters before heading to Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau calls for leaders to take united stance after Freeland confronted in Alberta

‘This kind of cowardly behaviour threatens and undermines our democracy and our values’

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters before heading to Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is applauded during a speech at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Conservative leadership frontrunner Poilievre brings ‘fight for freedom’ to B.C.

Pierre Poilievre holds events Aug. 28 in Nanaimo and Sidney, Aug. 29 in Vancouver

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is applauded during a speech at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, center, and the chief of staff of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Fernado Romo, listen to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during an event to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marco Ugarte

Freeland shrugs off criticism in book, says Canada just responded to Trump bullying

‘When you’re threatened by a bully the answer is not to cave in’

Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, center, and the chief of staff of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Fernado Romo, listen to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during an event to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marco Ugarte
FILE - The Google logo is seen at the Vivatech show in Paris, France, June 15, 2022. Google and a team of university researchers have hit on what they say could be an effective way to make people more impervious to the harmful impact of online misinformation. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

‘Pre-bunking’ shows promise in fight against misinformation

Studies say basic critical thinking skills can make people better able to resist misinformation

FILE - The Google logo is seen at the Vivatech show in Paris, France, June 15, 2022. Google and a team of university researchers have hit on what they say could be an effective way to make people more impervious to the harmful impact of online misinformation. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
Sean Fraser speaks at an event in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The immigration minister says his department is going on a hiring blitz to bring 1,250 new employees on board to tackle massive backlogs in processing applications.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

More than 1.3 million immigration applications still in backlog

Backlog represents about 54 per cent of all the pending applications in the system

Sean Fraser speaks at an event in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The immigration minister says his department is going on a hiring blitz to bring 1,250 new employees on board to tackle massive backlogs in processing applications.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A worker installs parts on the production line at Chrysler’s plant, in Windsor, Ont., on January 18, 2011.Temporary changes to the employment insurance program made during the pandemic are set to expire in a month, putting in jeopardy access to jobless benefits for automotive workers in Windsor expecting to be out of work in the fall, says a Unifor leader.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins

Temporary changes to EI made during pandemic are set to expire late next month

Measures not expected to be extended and some may be affected by tighter framework

A worker installs parts on the production line at Chrysler’s plant, in Windsor, Ont., on January 18, 2011.Temporary changes to the employment insurance program made during the pandemic are set to expire in a month, putting in jeopardy access to jobless benefits for automotive workers in Windsor expecting to be out of work in the fall, says a Unifor leader.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins
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