David Thurton

David Thurton is a national reporter in CBC's Parliamentary Bureau. He's worked for CBC in Fort McMurray, the Maritimes and in Canada's Arctic.

Latest from David Thurton

Joshua Boyle's lawyers seek to exclude evidence from estranged wife, in-laws

Defence lawyers for Joshua Boyle want an Ontario court to discard portions of the evidence from his estranged wife, Caitlan Coleman, and his in-laws.

Got a simple pot conviction? There's a new pardon system

The federal government has unveiled a free and quicker way for Canadians to apply for pardons for simple cannabis possession.

Shortages feared as U.S. looks to Canada for cheaper prescription drugs

The prospect of Americans raiding Canadian pharmacies for cheaper prescription drugs is raising the spectre of drug shortages north of the border.

Liberals block committee probe into claims of inappropriate pressure on ex-China diplomats

Liberal members of the House committee on foreign affairs Tuesday shut down opposition parties' attempt to launch an investigation into claims a federal official pressured two former diplomats over their statements on Canada-China relations.

Justin Trudeau denies PMO pressured former diplomat over China statements

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today his office did not pressure a former Canadian ambassador to avoid recommending Canadians cease non-essential travel to China.

Paint therapy session takes over Parliament Hill

On Sunday about 100 people grabbed a paper plate with dollops of green, blue and yellow paint and blank rectangular canvasses waiting to become masterpieces.

Celebrity Tom Green draws crowds at picnic in support of Château Laurier

Canadian celebrity comedian Tom Green drew in the crowds at a sunset picnic in Ottawa Saturday– in the shadow of the Château Laurier and its looming controversial addition.

TMX board approved additional $5M in future bonuses for federally owned project

Months before the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was greenlit a second time, the leadership of the new government-owned pipeline company approved $5 million in future bonuses for top executives to keep them onboard.

Indigenous services minister vows to replace Attawapiskat's water treatment plant

Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan says he's committed to building a new water plant and finding an alternative source of fresh water for the troubled reserve of Attawapiskat — but he's not ready to offer a timeline for those promises.

Caitlan Coleman 'like a robot' after Afghan captivity, mother tells sex assault trial

Caitlan Coleman's mother told an Ottawa courtroom today she hardly recognized her daughter when she and her then-husband Joshua Boyle returned from captivity in Afghanistan in 2017.

Joshua Boyle sexual assault trial delayed as estranged wife's lawyer steps aside at least temporarily

The sexual assault trial in Ottawa of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle has hit another bump, with the lawyer for the complainant stepping aside at least temporarily as he may have to testify.

Ottawa earmarks $60M for school retrofits in provinces that fought carbon tax

While attacking premiers who refuse to adopt a carbon tax, Canada's environment minister today announced millions of dollars in funding for energy retrofits in schools in provinces that have resisted or abandoned the Liberal climate change plan.

Tax levies, subsidies could pay for high-risk flood insurance, report says

After a summer of devastating flooding, Public Safety Canada will consider a proposal to place levies on municipal taxes as a way to provide high-risk insurance to homeowners who aren’t eligible and can’t afford it.

NDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all

The NDP will be the first political party to unveil an election platform that promises to drastically expand Canada’s health care system to include, not just pharmacare, but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.

Court allows Joshua Boyle's lawyers to introduce wife's sexual history as evidence

Joshua Boyle’s defence lawyers will be allowed to introduce as evidence the sexual history of his wife, who accuses him of several counts of assault following their years together as prisoners in Afghanistan.