Trudeau wants to join allies fighting China’s trade pressure

OTTAWA—Canada will co-ordinate its coming Indo-Pacific strategy with allies like South Korea to align on human rights and trade so China doesn’t pit one country against another vying for “bits of access” to the world’s largest market, says Prime Secretary Justin Trudeau. Standing next to Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Trudeau said “it makes sense” … Read more

Pierre Poilievre’s Big Tent: How Pierre Poilievre won the battle for the soul of the Conservative party

This week on “It’s Political,” we focus on Pierre Poilievre’s leadership. First, we’ll take a look back at the divisive leadership race and Poilievre’s big win. Then we’ll sit down with Yan Plante, the former chief of staff to transport minister Denis Lebel in Stephen Harper’s government, and Melanie Paradis, a long-time advisor and deputy … Read more

Tory MPs say journalist’s tweet incites violence

Conservative MPs have asked the parliamentary press gallery to revoke a freelance reporter’s access to the Hill after he posted a tweet they deemed a threat that could incite violence against politicians. The controversy stemmed from Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis’ reference to the British band Queen during question period Wednesday, as a dig at Prime … Read more

Canada’s new ambassador to China vows to raise human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and repairing the Canada-China relationship are her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy to Beijing, ditching his practice of putting political appointees … Read more

Toronto MPP Marit Stiles first to announce she’s running for Ontario NDP leader

The first candidate is out of the gates in the race to replace Andrea Horwath as NDP leader and set a new path for the party after it lost almost one-quarter of its seats in June’s provincial election. Four months after Horwath stepped down, MPP Marit Stiles is stepping up, launching her campaign Thursday in … Read more

Elections Ontario finds ‘apparent contravention’ in Liberal candidate’s nomination papers

Elections Ontario says it has found an “apparent contravention” of the Elections Act by a Chatham-area Liberal candidate in the June 2 provincial election following NDP complaints she used improper signatures for re nomination papers. The provincial agency has referred the matter to the Ministry of the Attorney General under section 95 of the act, … Read more

Julie Payette says she wasn’t invited to the Queen’s funeral

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to London with a Canadian delegation for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, one ex-dignitary was notably absent. Former governor general Julie Payette — who resigned amid a toxic workplace scandal in 2021 — was “unfortunately” not invited to be part of the delegation, her office confirmed in … Read more

A broad review of Canada’s COVID-19 response is ‘essential,’ says federal health minister

OTTAWA — There should be broad-based review of how the COVID-19 pandemic was handled from a public health, social and economic perspective, says federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. In an interview with the Star, Duclos said a government decision could come soon on what kind of formal review should be held. When asked if it … Read more

Woman questioned about inconsistent testimony at Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s sex assault trial

Warning: This story contains details of an allegation of sexual assault. The complainant in the sexual assault trial of Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin maintained on Tuesday that she was sure “without a doubt” he was her attacker, after the defense highlighted a number of inconsistencies in her testimony. Fortin has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer … Read more

Woman tells sexual assault trial she was ‘horrified’ during encounter with Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin

Warning: this story contains a graphic description of an allegation of sexual assault. In 1988, when they were both military college students, a woman awoke in her barracks to find Dany Fortin masturbating himself with her hand, she testified at Fortin’s sexual assault trial on Monday. It was the first time details about the allegation … Read more