Saskatchewan leaders praise Liberal decision to drop gun law reform legislation

The Liberal government has withdrawn a series of controversial amendments to pending firearms legislation, Bill C-21, that some firearms owners say would have unfairly targeted hunters and farmers. On Friday, Liberal MP Taleeb Noormohamed said the government is withdrawing a long list of guns that would have been classified as “prohibited” as part of a … Read more

Justin Trudeau government scraps controversial gun bill amendments after backlash

OTTAWA—The Liberal government is bowing to immense public pressure and scrapping controversial amendments to an existing gun bill that would have massively expanded the list of illegal guns in Canada. Liberal MP Taleeb Noormohamed made the surprise announcement at a meeting of the public safety and security committee Friday morning, moving a motion to withdraw … Read more

The ugly, sneering face of Canadian politics

Contempt of Parliament is a serious thing. Contempt by Parliament is what emerged this week as federal politicians decided that thorny controversies about Islamophobia and government contracting were best tackled by character assault. This is, as they say, why we can’t have nice things — such as reasonable, civil debate over our differences. Two prominent, … Read more

Trudeau and I had ‘professional relationship,’ former McKinsey head tells probe

Dominic Barton, the former head of McKinsey & Co., and previous Canadian ambassador to China, told lawmakers he played no role in the surge in business between the global consulting giant and the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Appearing Wednesday before the House of Commons Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, Barton described … Read more

Side deals on health funding may be reached alongside national agreement: B.C. premier

Prime Ministers have expressed optimism about striking an improved national health funding deal with the federal government, ahead of next week’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. British Columbia Prime Minister David Eby said in Ottawa Wednesday that he believed the federal government would present the provinces and territories with details of a health transfer … Read more

Amira Elghawaby apologizes as Justin Trudeau offers support

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walked a careful line Wednesday between calming tensions in Quebec and backing his point-person on Islamophobia, as Amira Elghawaby offered a direct apology for her stance on the province’s controversial secularism law. Quebecers are not racists. Quebecers are among the people who are the strongest defenders of individual rights and freedoms, … Read more

Doug Ford says there’s ‘pressure’ from Canadians to get a health-care funding deal

Vowing to work collaboratively with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other prime ministers next week on a new health funding accord, Doug Ford says Canadians are demanding action. “The premiers, the federal government, they just want to get a deal,” Ford told reporters Wednesday in Brampton. “I agree with the prime minister’s comments the … Read more

News stories from the Star you should know about on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Good morning. This is the Wednesday, Feb. 1 edition of First Up, the Star’s daily morning digest. Sign up to get it earlier each day, in your inbox. Here’s the latest on national long-term-care standards, Toronto schools possibly swapping Shakespeare for Indigenous authors and Trudeau’s health-care offer to provinces. DON’T MISS: New long-term-care standards have … Read more

Is McKinsey a political headache for Justin Trudeau?

The Liberal government has come under fire over revelations the consulting firm McKinsey and Company has received a sharp increase in federal contracts since 2015. During Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s seven years in office, federal contracts with McKinsey have amounted to at least $116.8 million, according to reporting by the Globe and Mail. That estimate … Read more

Here’s what we know about Justin Trudeau’s secret health-care offer to provinces

OTTAWA—The federal government won’t make public its multibillion offer to the provinces on health care until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets premiers and territorial leaders in Ottawa next week. Behind the scenes, however, federal and provincial officials are number-crunching to ensure the “working meeting,” as Trudeau called it, ends with no blow-ups, a solid overall … Read more