federal politics

SUMA Calling On Ottawa to Reverse Proposed Changes to Canada Community Building Fund

SUMA Calling On Ottawa to Reverse Proposed Changes to Canada Community Building Fund

Feb 28, 2024 | 12:06pm
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is calling on the federal government to roll back proposed changes to the Canada Community Building Fund. Its a federal program to have dollars flow through the provinces to the municipalities to build or repair infrastructure. The proposed changes include language around affordable housing, which just adds more regulation and […]
New Leger poll suggests support for Conservatives, Pierre Poilievre is growing

New Leger poll suggests support for Conservatives, Pierre Poilievre is growing

Feb 28, 2024 | 10:05am
A new poll suggests support for Pierre Poilievre is growing, and most Canadians are optimistic about their household finances. Support for the Tories was up one point to 41 per cent in the latest Leger tracking poll, which asks respondents for their voting intentions each month.  Liberal support held steady at 25 per cent, while […]
Parliament returns with Liberals focused on Ukraine, Tories trained on carbon price

Parliament returns with Liberals focused on Ukraine, Tories trained on carbon price

Jan 29, 2024 | 9:21am
The Liberals intend to move quickly to get a Ukraine free-trade bill back up for debate and pressure the Conservatives to support it as MPs return to the House of Commons today following the Christmas break. The legislation to implement an updated free-trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine became unexpected political fodder in the fall when the Conservatives voted […]
Liberal MP backs away from leadership review comments as caucus meets in Ottawa

Liberal MP backs away from leadership review comments as caucus meets in Ottawa

Jan 25, 2024 | 10:03am
As the Liberal caucus gathers in Ottawa, a Newfoundland MP is backing away from comments he made earlier this week calling for a review of Justin Trudeau’s leadership.  Avalon MP Ken McDonald told CBC News he thinks it’s time for party members to “clear the air” and have a conversation about the direction of the […]
Heated political conflict over carbon pricing will continue into 2024

Heated political conflict over carbon pricing will continue into 2024

Dec 31, 2023 | 6:04am
Canada’s price on pollution is supposed to help battle global warming, but as it nears its fifth anniversary, nothing in Canadian politics is hotter. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has so successfully convinced Canadians the carbon price is to blame for inflation that he even earned begrudging respect for his “axe the tax” campaign from Prime […]
Parliament resuming as parties jockey for position on cost of living, housing fixes

Parliament resuming as parties jockey for position on cost of living, housing fixes

Sep 18, 2023 | 5:00am
Members of Parliament will return to their seats in the House of Commons on Monday as the governing Liberals lay out new housing and cost-of-living initiatives hoping to end the beating their party is taking in the polls. While the Conservatives, whose own poll numbers are shining, return with a spring in their step, the […]

Pilot program seeks to reward companies that better protect temporary foreign workers

Aug 9, 2023 | 4:03pm

Ottawa introduced a new three-year pilot program Tuesday that would incentivize employers to follow worker-protection rules by making it easier for them to hire temporary foreign workers. Under the “recognized employer pilot” program, companies with a good track record would only need to prove that they require temporary foreign workers every three years, instead of every 18 months. The employer’s trusted status […]

Lawrence MacAulay back as Federal Agriculture Minister

Jul 26, 2023 | 2:40pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going back to a familiar face to take on the Agriculture portfolio. Lawrence MacAulay is back as Federal Ag Minister, replacing Marie-Claude Bibeau. MacAulay, who was once the Agriculture Minister until 2019 when Bibeau took his place, was previously the Minister of Veterans Affairs; Bibeau has been shuffled over to […]

PM announces major cabinet shakeup, seven new ministers

Jul 26, 2023 | 10:02am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a significant reset to his cabinet, signaling that his Liberal government will focus on housing and affordability heading into the next election. Two-thirds of cabinet portfolios have switched hands, with seven rookie ministers coming in and seven others leaving. Of the seven new ministers, five represent constituencies in Ontario, […]