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International, Politics

China lashes out at Canada over Uighur genocide vote

The Chinese government lashed out at Canada today, accusing Ottawa of deliberately smearing China and seriously violating international law, after the House of Commons voted to declare that Beijing is committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

MPs vote unanimously to grant permanent residence to wrongly accused man

Legislators in Canada’s House of Commons unanimously voted on Tuesday to ask the federal government to grant permanent residence to a Guinean man who was held in detention for six days last month after being wrongly accused of shooting a »

Health, Politics

House of Commons returns from break–debates vaccine rollout

Canada’s vaccine rollout program took centre stage as the House of Commons resumed sitting on Monday following a six week break. Canada is not receiving any doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week, and future deliveries are expected to drop »


Parliament resumes with debate on throne speech

The fate of Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hangs in the balance as Parliament resumes full operations on Thursday for the first time since the pandemic shut down normal operations in March. The minority Liberals, who govern without »

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 »