Entries by Althia Raj

Citizen Voting Act Criticism Dismissed By Pierre Poilievre

(82) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:21 PM

OTTAWA — Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre defended his changes to the election law Thursday by saying that he is not aware of any data suggesting that Canadians living abroad tend to vote for parties other than the Conservatives in some key ridings.

The Citizen Voting...

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Former NDP Staffer Takes Sexual Assault Allegations To Police

(100) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:45 AM

OTTAWA — Genevieve Ratelle was 19 years old last spring when she says she was sexually assaulted by an Ontario NDP provincial candidate for whom she was working. Wednesday, she took the issue to the police.

Ratelle said she’s going public with her story to encourage other women who have...

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Tories' New Election Law Changes Could Hurt Liberals, Data Suggests

(86) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:06 PM

OTTAWA — The federal government is making it more difficult for Canadian expats to vote, a move that is likely to suppress Liberal party support, data compiled by the Huffington Post Canada suggest.

Wednesday Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre said the new bill, the “Citizen Voting Act,” would put an...

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Seamus O'Regan: 'Anybody But Conservative' Campaign Hurt Newfoundland

(55) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:51 AM

OTTAWA — Liberal candidate and former television personality Seamus O'Regan says the "Anybody But Conservative" campaign in Newfoundland ended up hurting his province.

Speaking to The Huffington Post Canada during the Liberals' candidate boot camp in Ottawa Tuesday, O'Regan, the candidate for the riding of St. John's South-Mount Pearl, currently...

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CRA Got Few Complaints About Charities' Politics Prior To 2012

(189) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 8:51 PM

OTTAWA — Very few Canadians had complained about the political activities of charities before the Conservative government announced plans to audit more charitable groups, newly released data shows.

In a document tabled in the House of Commons Thursday, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said it received 20 complaints about...

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Senate Speaker Pierre Claude Nolin To Colleagues: Don't Be 'Blinded' By Partisan Politics

(7) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 3:43 PM

OTTAWA — The new Speaker of the Senate Pierre Claude Nolin says his colleagues need to better understand their role and not be "blinded" by partisan politics.

Nolin, who was elevated to the Senate's top job last month, made the comments during a meeting with reporters Thursday.

The Speaker said...

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NDP MP Breaks Silence On Allegations Against Liberal MPs

(461) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:16 AM

OTTAWA — The NDP MP who approached Justin Trudeau says she never wanted to “destroy” the reputation of a Liberal MP, she just wanted the Liberal leader to know what kind of people he had in his caucus.

In an hour-long conversation with The Huffington Post Canada, the...

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NDP To File Complaint Over 'Misleading' Ads About Proposed Tory Tax Cut

(60) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:48 PM

OTTAWA — The NDP is lodging a formal complaint with Advertising Standards Canada about the Conservative government’s new ads promoting a family tax cut that has yet to be passed by Parliament.

“We are in the process of filing a complaint,” NDP Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat told...

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Tories Urged To Change Policy Allowing Government Ads During Byelections

(42) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:59 AM

OTTAWA — Opposition MPs are calling on the Conservatives to change a policy that allows them to flood the airways with government advertising during byelections but not during general elections.

"It would be very inappropriate to be running government ads — that are basically self-promoting the Conservative party" during...

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Tories' New Harassment Policy To Keep Process Behind Closed Doors

(55) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:58 AM

OTTAWA — The Conservatives have announced an interim policy to deal with harassment-type complaints for their own MPs and staff that keeps the process firmly behind closed doors and under the control of the party’s leadership, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

In an email addressed to caucus colleagues late...

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David Bertschi Supporters Say Liberals' 'Backroom Politics' Behind Nomination

(80) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 9:10 PM

OTTAWA — Several volunteers in Ottawa–Orléans are accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of “backroom politics” after David Bertschi, the candidate for whom they were working, was disqualified by the party for failing to repay his old campaign debts quickly.

To build public pressure to get Bertschi reinstated, his volunteers wrote...

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NDP Calls For Officer To Handle Harassment Complaints But Speaker Says Position Already Exists

(35) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 7:27 PM

TORONTO — After allegations that two of their MPs were sexually harassed by Liberal MPs, the NDP says it wants the parties to develop a code of conduct and nominate an independent officer of Parliament to deal with complaints.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair outlined the proposed position in a...

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Sexual Harassment Allegations Put Spotlight On Parliament Hill's 'Testosterone Palace'

(38) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:43 PM

OTTAWA — Is Parliament a safe place for young women?

That was the topic of conversation in the hallways following the surprise suspension of two Liberal MPs, Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, pending an investigation into sexual harassment allegations from two female NDP...

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2 Liberal MPs Suspended From Caucus After Sexual Harassment Allegations

(378) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:13 AM

OTTAWA — The Liberal Party has suspended two male Liberal MPs from its caucus pending an investigation into two separate sexual harassment allegations made by two MPs of another party.

The Huffington Post Canada has learned these are two female NDP MPs.

Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland...

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Senate Committee To Quiz CBC Union About Jian Ghomeshi Allegations

(48) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:09 PM

OTTAWA — Some senators plan to use a committee hearing in Montreal Wednesday and Thursday to question CBC’s union on what it knew about the allegations facing Jian Ghomeshi.

The chair of the Senate’s Transport and Communications committee Dennis Dawson told The Huffington Post Canada that if none...

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Tory MP Erin O'Toole Says New Tax Breaks Good For Families Like His

(125) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 12:44 PM

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Erin O'Toole wants Canadians to how just how excited he is about the Harper government's new tax breaks.

The Ontario MP, who as a parliamentary secretary earns $180,000 a year, wrote a letter Thursday to Tory supporters praising the party's new tax...

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Harper's Tax Cuts Aimed At Families With Small Kids Will Cost $27 Billion

(133) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:44 PM

OTTAWA -- There will be big cheques coming for 4 million Canadian families with children under 18 on July 1, 2015. The federal government will provide six months' worth of increases to the Universal Child Care Benefit all at once, part of a pre-election wave of tax cuts aimed at...

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John Major, Retired Supreme Court Justice, Warns Over 'Knee-Jerk' Reaction To Ottawa Attack

(54) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:57 PM

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is rushing to introduce legislation that expands law enforcement powers in ways that it may not need, retired Supreme Court justice John Major suggested Wednesday.

“It’s a knee-jerk reaction because, I think, the government feels like they need to do something,” the judge who led...

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Liberals In Senate Aim To Close Loophole Allowing Undeclared Gifts

(10) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:15 PM

OTTAWA — Senate Liberals are trying to close a loophole that allows cabinet ministers, their staff and deputy ministers to accept gifts and cash from friends without declaring them – even if it could be construed as a way of trying to influence their votes.

It is unclear if...

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Bill C-42, 'Common Sense' Gun Law, Shelved In Wake Of Ottawa Shootings

(390) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 2:57 PM

OTTAWA — The Conservative government appears to be quietly shelving its controversial “Common Sense” gun bill in light of Wednesday’s shooting.

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan’s office was silent Friday about the future of Bill C-42. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office refused to comment, directing...

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