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Rural Development minister to work out of Infrastructure Canada

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:44 AM PST

Canada's newest cabinet portfolio will be folded into the federal Infrastructure department, iPolitics has learned. As part of Monday's shuffle, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elevated first-term MP Bernadette Jordan to cabinet, appointing her to the new post of Rural Economic Development minister. She is the first woman representing Nova Scotia named to federal cabinet. In […]

MPs descend on the Hill for emergency committee meeting on Canada-China relations

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 04:00 AM PST

The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew UsherwoodUPDATE: WHOOPS! Due to an overly quick scan of the committee listings, the following information is just a wee bit premature, as the meeting in question will not take place until THURSDAY. Apologies to all for the miscue — but everything else stands. The Commons Chamber may not be slated to re-open for business until later this […]

Morning Brief: Testing, testing, 1-2-3

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:45 AM PST

Today's Morning Brief is brought to you by the Ottawa Debating Society.

iPolitics AM: PM heads to Sherbrooke to kick off pre-sitting cabinet confab

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:15 AM PST

As he prepares to spend the next two days ensconced in closed-door strategy sessions with his cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has one more scheduled stop in St. Catharines before starting the trek to Sherbrooke: a rare — but nevertheless sold out, according to the Liberal website — "morning reception" at the local Holiday Inn, where he'll update party supporters on how he plans to "elect even […]

SS Maxime Bernier Cartoon

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:30 AM PST

Last-minute sound test for West Block before MPs’ return

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 02:12 PM PST

As administrators prepare for one last “master dry run” before the House of Commons convenes in Parliament Hill’s West Block on Jan. 28, concerns remain over acoustic failures in the new location. As late as December, after Parliament suspended sittings for the holiday break, another round of adjustments were made to improve sound control and reduce […]

Canadians don’t know risk of home-equity lines of credit: federal watchdog

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 01:27 PM PST

Canada's financial watchdog is warning that consumers are largely unaware of the risks of home equity lines of credit, making them more likely to over-borrow and assume unwieldy debt loads. On Tuesday, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) released the results of a survey on consumer knowledge of popular credit products that use a […]

Midway through Canada’s involvement, security in Mali worsens

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 01:09 PM PST

The outgoing commander of Canada’s military detachment in Mali says the security situation has not improved during Canada’s peacekeeping mission in the west African country. “In the last three or four months … there has been an uptick in … community-on-community violence across Mali, and specifically in central Mali,” said Col. Chris McKenna, the commander […]

Bureaucrat in charge of Phoenix pay system being replaced

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 12:01 PM PST

Justin Trudeau is replacing the top bureaucrat at the federal department responsible for the problematic Phoenix pay system. Marie Lemay will leave her post as deputy minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on Jan. 28, the Prime Minister's Office announced Tuesday. At that time, she will move on to a new role as […]

Parks Canada to hike admission prices in 2020

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 11:05 AM PST

In 2020, it will be more expensive to visit Canada’s national parks. All adult visitors will pay about 40 cents more per day, and about 80 cents more per night for a full-service campsite, Parks Canada announced Tuesday. An annual family or group pass will go up by $3. The agency is bumping admission prices at 24 […]