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Politics, Society

What does it mean to prorogue Parliament and what happens now?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought and received Gov. Gen. Julie Payette’s consent on Tuesday to prorogue Parliament until Sept. 23. Trudeau said the move is a way to address a long-term plan to recover from COVID-19. But prorogation also puts »

Economy, Politics

Opposition parties thwart Liberals’ emergency COVID-19 aid legislation

Canada’s minority Liberal government suffered a legislative setback Wednesday as opposition parties refused to give unanimous consent to speedily pass the latest emergency legislation proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The emergency sitting of the House of Commons came to »


Trudeau calls on House to pass emergency aid bill quickly

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on a special session of the House of Commons convening Tuesday to quickly pass direct financial aid measures for Canadians and businesses proposed by the Liberal government. “When you’re trying to help get money »

Economy, Politics

Canada House of Commons suspended temporarily

Canada’s MPs decided to suspend the House of Commons until Monday April 20, this morning due to concerns of the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. The motion to suspend the House of Commons, also allows for the federal »


Liberal MP Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House of Commons

Liberal legislator Anthony Rota became the Speaker of House of Commons and the first Italian-Canadian to hold the position after beating four other Members of Parliament in a secret ballot election on Thursday. After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leader »


MPs end marathon vote but questions remain about SNC-Lavalin affair

After nearly 30 hours of voting, Canadian parliamentarians concluded a record-setting marathon session in the House of Commons in the wee hours of Friday, but a cloud still hangs over the Liberal government after an explosive interview by a former »


Liberal MP Leona Alleslev crosses the floor to join Conservatives

Ontario MP Leona Alleslev delivered a painful blow to the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by announcing Monday that she is crossing the floor from the governing Liberals to join the opposition Conservatives just as the House of Commons »

International, Politics

House of Commons votes against restoring ties with Iran

The Trudeau government’s surprising decision Tuesday to back a Conservative motion in the House of Commons denouncing Iran puts an end to the Liberals’ quest of normalizing relations with Tehran in the foreseeable future, experts say. In a reversal of »

Indigenous, Politics

House of Commons gearing up for Indigenous languages in chamber

The federal government is working to beef up its ability to present simultaneous translation of the House of Commons proceedings from English and French into Indigenous languages and vice-versa, according to documents obtained by CBC News. Currently simultaneous translation is »

Economy, Politics, Society

The unruliness of Members of Parliament

Seeking more dignity in Parliamentary debates This month a U.S. Senator said he would not seek re-election as he did not want to be a part of the indecorous level of debate in U.S. politics of late. In Canada’s House »