Entries by Althia Raj

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

(53) 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

(387) 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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Tories Reject Call For All-Party National Security Oversight Committee

(126) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 7:38 PM

OTTAWA — The Conservative government gave a clear indication Friday it has no plans to support the creation of a parliamentary national security oversight committee although it plans to introduce new sweeping anti-terrorism measures.

Roxanne James, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, told MPs...

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Ottawa Shooting Puts Spotlight On Tighter Parliament Hill Security

(48) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:18 PM

OTTAWA — Security practices on Parliament Hill will have to change following Wednesday’s shooting, Canada’s parliamentarians say.

Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer told MPS Thursday afternoon that he had asked for "thorough reports" on Wednesday's incident, recommendations to ensure the continued safety of the parliamentary precinct, and a review of "screening...

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Justin Trudeau Says Stephen Harper's Ego Is Driving Combat Mission In Iraq

(306) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 10:19 PM

TORONTO – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says it was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “ego” that led him to send six CF-18s to participate in airstrikes in Iraq, rather than a concern for Canada’s long-term interests.

Two weeks ago, the Conservative government decided the CF-18s would join the international coalition fighting...

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Jason Kenney's Staff Behind Anti-Trudeau Graphics He Tweets

(96) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:30 PM

OTTAWA — Canada's employment minister Jason Kenney is using his staff to make anti-Justin Trudeau graphics for him to tweet, his office confirmed Thursday.

Kenney’s press secretary Alexandra Fortier told HuffPost, however, that the graphics are not being done on taxpayers' dime.

"These graphics are created by staff outside...

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Marc Garneau Sows Confusion Ahead Of Iraq Combat Mission Vote

(74) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 7:35 PM

OTTAWA — The man tasked with selling the Liberals' position on the upcoming combat mission in Iraq found himself on the defensive Tuesday. Foreign affairs critic Marc Garneau sowed confusion about the Grits' decision-making as he tried to distance himself from comments he made earlier.

Speaking to CBC's "Power &...

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Iraq Combat Mission Necessary To Stop ISIL 'Barbarians:' Tories

(193) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:56 PM

OTTAWA — As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to announce Canada’s combat mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Friday, his caucus made it clear Wednesday they are ready and willing to make the case for more aggressive action in Iraq.

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Stephen Harper's Iraq Airstrikes Plan Questioned By Some Tories

(115) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 8:45 AM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to recommend to his caucus Wednesday that Canada take part in airstrikes in Iraq, but not all Conservative MPs are onside with the plan.

Speaking in the House of Commons Tuesday, Harper described the war against the Islamic State of...

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