Jean-Denis Fréchette just wants someone to return his calls.
Many of Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault’s recommendations to fix Canada’s strained and aging access-to-information system will be familiar to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: They were part of his platform nine years ago.
The federal Conservatives have extended Canada’s anti-ISIS campaign to include airstrikes on Syria. This is necessary, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says, because the group “must cease to have any safe haven in Syria.”
But in doing so, Canada may be helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has, evidence indicates, cluster-bombed and gassed his own civilians, contributed to a massive humanitarian crisis and killed hundreds of thousands of people – far more than the so-called Islamic StateCanada has vowed to defeat.
Canadians are struggling in today’s economy far more than the federal Conservatives realize, NDP and Liberal opposition critics say.
They point to analysis in a Global News series on Canada’s financial instability trapas proof the post-recession recovery is, for many families, an unfulfilled promise.
Global News asked to speak with newly minted Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre to get his thoughts on our investigation into the labour and financial struggles plaguing Canadians.
He declined: “The Minister is in briefings all day for the next few days,” we were told last week.
So we sent questions via e-mail, instead, and received an e-mailed statement from his office in response.
January 30, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News
Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled his government’s new counter-terror bill with dire warnings about the threats facing Canada from radical, freedom-hating groups on the other side of the world.
“A great evil has been descending on our world,” he said in Richmond Hill on Friday.
January 29, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News
The federal government’s proposed terror law, set to be unveiled Friday morning, could constitute minor tweaks to powers police never use anyway; or it could vastly expand law enforcement’s power to detain Canadians without charge and clamp down on freedom of speech in the name of fighting acts of terror we have no evidence a clampdown would prevent.
The federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelineis somewhat anticlimactic: It’s been expected since a Joint Review Panel gave the project a green light (with 209 conditions) late last year.
But now the gloves come off: A quintet of lawsuits seeking to overturn that review panel decision, put on hold in light of Ottawa’s pending decision, is poised to recommence, likely amid more litigation taking issue with the decision itself.