Families and protesters flock to Ottawa’s Canada Day

Families and protesters flock to Ottawa’s Canada Day

OTTAWA — Hundreds of protesters marching in the name of “freedom” returned to the capital’s downtown streets Friday, capping off a Canada Day which began with a call for unity from the prime minister. “Canada is about people who are constantly fighting for something instead of against,” Justin Trudeau said, after arriving at a daytime … Read more

‘Freedom’ protesters are angry and returning to Ottawa

‘Freedom’ protesters are angry and returning to Ottawa

The honking. The semi-trucks clogging the streets around Parliament Hill. The constant bellows of “freedom!” For three weeks this winter, that scene was a crisis for police, politicians and downtown Ottawa residents that only ended after the federal government invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act to clear what it described as a dangerous damaging and illegal … Read more

Doug Ford defends appointing his nephew to cabinet

Doug Ford defends appointing his nephew to cabinet

Premier Doug Ford has explained his theory of relativity. Defending the appointment of his newly elected nephew to cabinet, the first said Monday that Michael Ford’s “extensive experience” made him a minister — not his family connections. “He’s been democratically elected four times now,” Ford said of his sister’s 28-year-old son. “Two years as a … Read more

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticalizing colleagues

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticalizing colleagues

OTTAWA — A law that allows MPs to eject fellow members from their caucus encourages abusive behavior inside political parties and that’s unacceptable, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner said Friday. Her comments came in the wake of revelations by the Star that some fellow Conservatives have been threatening Rempel Garner with expulsion from the party’s … Read more

There are seven new faces — including a former CFLer — in Doug Ford’s cabinet

There are seven new faces — including a former CFLer — in Doug Ford’s cabinet

Former city councilors, former mayors and a former CFLer were among the seven MPPs appointed to cabinet by Premier Doug Ford. Six of the seven are newly elected MPPs, with one — Michael Parsa — serving a second term at Queen’s Park. Charmaine Williams, a former Brampton councilor who is now associate minister of women’s … Read more

Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives

Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner walked away from running for leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party on Thursday, citing the inhospitable internal political environment she’d inherit and a lack of time to fix it. But the high-profile MP is not returning to an overly hospitable federal political environment either. The Star has learned … Read more

NDP had good ideas, but Liberals are in charge, Freeland says

NDP had good ideas, but Liberals are in charge, Freeland says

OTTAWA—The NDP may not like what the federal Liberal government is doing — or not doing — to combat inflation, but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says their agreement to give stability to the minority Parliament stands and it’s the Liberals who are in charge. “This is not a coalition,” she said. Appearing at the … Read more

Enbridge to raise natural gas prices by as much as 23 per cent July 1

Enbridge to raise natural gas prices by as much as 23 per cent July 1

Just in time for BBQ season, Enbridge is set to raise natural gas prices in Ontario — and the province’s oversight body is warning there could be more increases to come. A decision from the Ontario Energy Board released Thursday approved Enbridge Gas Inc.’s June application for an increase, after the utility company outlined North … Read more

Airport chaos could get worse as Ottawa removes vaccine mandates

NDP had good ideas, but Liberals are in charge, Freeland says

OTTAWA—“Science” — not politics or airport delays — is the reason the Liberal government gave for why it has finally halted — or “suspended” — federal vaccine mandates starting next Monday. Yet if politics is the art of the possible, politics were definitely in play. Some Liberal MPs say caucus pressure played a role. Cabinet … Read more

Liberal MP apologizes for coarse language on Instagram

Liberal MP apologizes for coarse language on Instagram

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Adam van Koeverden has issued a mea culpa after it surfaced on social media that he swore at a woman on Instagram who contacted him about her opposition to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. “Last week, I let my emotions get the better of me and I responded in an unacceptable way to … Read more