Liberals propose move to House of Commons voting by app as throne speech approaches

Article content continued The reduced form allowed for a daily question period, but it didn’t allow for private member’s bills, opposition days or order paper questions, all legislative tools the opposition can use to hold the government to account. In a minority government, it also crucially offered no ability for the opposition to vote no […]

Liberals non-committal as B.C. premier joins calls for drug decriminalization amid overdose spike

Article content OTTAWA – B.C. Premier John Horgan has joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the federal government to decriminalize drugs, as overdose deaths reach grim new heights in his province during the pandemic. Horgan sent a letter Monday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for the decriminalization of small, personal amounts of […]

First woman of colour to lead Quebec Liberals vows ‘constructive approach’

Article content QUEBEC — It was one of most emotional events of the fall session of the legislature, with not a dry eye in the house. Ten years after an earthquake killed an estimated 200,000 people in Haiti in 35 seconds, the Liberal MNA for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne Dominique Anglade rose to speak to a motion of […]

Randall Denley: The Liberals screwed up hydro in Ontario and now Doug Ford has to clean up the mess

The Ontario government’s effort to eliminate its projected $9-billion deficit is a grim struggle that involves unpopular service changes, wage restraint and general penny-pinching. Imagine if there was one change that would cut that deficit nearly in half without raising taxes or taking away any services. As it turns out, there is. Have you heard […]

In a backtrack, Liberals move to reinstate parliamentary secretaries’ power at committees

OTTAWA — In an about-face on one of the Liberals’ parliamentary reforms in the last session, the government has moved to reinstate parliamentary secretaries’ ability to be voting members on House of Commons committees. Quietly during routine proceedings on Thursday, Kevin Lamoureux, the parliamentary secretary to the government House leader got unanimous consent to “suspend” […]