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Minister wants tobacco plain-packaging bill passed by summer

News|By Jolson Lim
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says she wants to see a heavily-lobbied bill that proposes to standardize plain packaging for cigarettes finally passed before summer after nearly two years of study by legislators. Bill S-5,…
A definition of harassment is among the changes a House committee agreed to Monday as it works its way through amending a government bill aimed at preventing and responding to sexual harassment and workplace violence,…
With important elections looming both provincially and federally, it is natural that Canada’s health-care system will a big part of electoral discussions. One in six Canadians is a senior, and that number is expected to…
What Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna have been saying for more than two years now is true—Canada can take action on climate change and have a strong economy.…
My perspectives herein apply primarily to First Nations, where I have spent the majority of my years as a dental and health-care provider, before being appointed to the Senate. As the history of access to…
OTTAWA—On the evening of July 25, 2010, an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall, Mich. During the 17 hours it took for the company to turn off the flow, more than three…
We read about accidents, deaths, kidnappings, child abductions, and arrests overseas. For the Canadians involved, these are real-life tragedies. In Ottawa, the Emergency Watch and Response Centre at Global Affairs Canada works 24/7 to respond…
Opinion
I sincerely believed, following my Nov. 28 meeting with Ralph Goodale, that the public safety minister would have at least recognized the devastating human cost of certain flaws in current gun-control laws and that, in…
Legislation
News|By Jolson Lim
A recent external review commissioned by Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor found the government’s arm's-length pan-Canadian health organizations to be laggards when it comes to engaging with Indigenous groups and communities, something the minister says…
Over the next decade, the federal government plans to invest $25.3-billion in social infrastructure in communities across Canada—much-needed money to build affordable housing, early learning and childcare centres, and cultural and recreational infrastructure. But hospitals,…
Opinion|By Dan Sutton
VANCOUVER—My name is Dan Sutton, and I am the CEO of Tantalus Labs LTD. We are a licensed producer of medical cannabis located in Vancouver, B.C. I am proud that we have contributed to policy…
Opinion|By Ian C.W. Russell
As part of the five-year statutory review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) the Department of Finance has put forward suggested reforms and the House of Commons Standing Committee…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—In the increasingly fiery debate over the planned expansion of the Alberta/B.C. Trans Mountain pipeline, there is no mystery about the conflicting end games of the three governments embroiled in the dispute. But what about…
Conservative MPs and Liberal and Independent Senators are joining the pile-on atop the Liberals’ criminal justice reform bill, C-75, complaining the bill does too much, not enough, or is merely an omnibus shortcut to make…
Feature
HOUSE OF COMMONS Second reading: C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 C-12, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans…
With the clock ticking down to the next election, the Liberal government is increasingly being accused of tabling “omnibus” legislation, as it puts forward big bills to fulfil its ambitious agenda. With 18 months left…
The Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee won't be able to examine all the ways the government's cannabis legalization bill will affect Canada's international treaties before reporting back to the Senate by May 1,…
Feature
HOUSE OF COMMONS Second reading: C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 C-12, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans…
Government legislation aimed at handling and preventing sexual harassment in federally regulated workplaces and Parliament Hill won’t be enough to stop the longstanding problem, says the bill’s Senate sponsor, but it’s a step in the…
The Senate is breaking new ground with a sweeping study of the marijuana legalization Bill C-45, with five committees tackling the legislation that would fulfill a key Liberal campain promise, and Senators are expected to…
News|By Abbas Rana
The federal Liberals are fighting back against accusations that recently tabled public safety legislation will lead to the creation of a new gun registry, as firearm businesses and the Conservatives promise to make the bill…
The effect legal marijuana will have on historically “over-policed and under-resourced” Indigenous communities is cause for concern, according to Independent Senator Murray Sinclair, who is calling on the government to address gaps in services he…
The Senate is tired of being the federal Translation Bureau’s second-place client, and wants services comparable to what the House of Commons receives, a group of Senators says. “The first issue that needs to be…
Despite the scathing Conservative objection to a recent House committee recommendation for an independent commissioner to organize leaders' debates, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will still participate in debates during the federal election. The Liberals say…
OTTAWA—At the midpoint between its ascent to power and the next federal election, the Trudeau government gets an overall grade of a B- on its foreign policy, having improved in some areas while underperforming in…
Feature
HOUSE OF COMMONS Second reading: C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 C-12, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans…
Liberal MPs from safe rural ridings say they can sell the government’s new gun safety bill to their constituents, while some country Grits who won by slim margins have kept quiet so far about the…
The Liberals' promised changes to Canada's elections laws have been gathering dust since November 2016 when Bill C-33 was first introduced, but with the next election in October 2019, opposition MPs want to know why the…
A government bill aiming to remove unconstitutional parts of the Criminal Code is barely lurching along, much to the chagrin of a Conservative MP and his constituent who could have seen a guilty verdict handed…
Opinion|By Sara Anghel
There has been more attention lately on how to deal with abandoned vessels in Canada. Recent legislation introduced by the federal government is a step in the right direction. The solution to clean up these…
Feature
HOUSE OF COMMONS Second reading: C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 C-12, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans…
The Liberal government says it plans to introduce new rules to limit foreign influence and money in federal elections—action opposition Parliamentarians and political observers say is needed now before it turns into a real problem.…

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