Catherine Cullen

Parliamentary Bureau

Catherine Cullen is a senior reporter covering politics and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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CEO of Canadian drug company says Ottawa has approached him about his firm's made-in-Canada vaccine

Providence Therapeutics CEO Brad Sorenson says he has been approached by a number of provincial premiers and the federal government about his company’s made-in-Canada vaccine. 

Bracing for 'a tax season like no other,' CRA hires private firm to answer Canadians' questions

Preparing for what promises to be an extraordinarily busy tax season, the federal government is taking the unusual step of hiring a private company to answer some Canadians' questions about pandemic benefits — a move that has one union warning about privacy concerns.

Poilievre leaves Finance as Conservatives shuffle critic roles

He has been the most high-profile face among the Conservative Party's front bench critics — needling Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and her predecessor, Bill Morneau, about the state of the economy and the country's balance sheet while blasting the Liberal government on ethical foibles like the WE Charity scandal.

Some self-employed Canadians caught up in CERB confusion won't have to repay: PM

Some self-employed Canadians are being let off the hook on repayment of thousands of dollars received through the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB).

Canadians with pandemic benefit debt to get one year of interest relief from Ottawa, says source

Canadians who received pandemic benefits will have up to a year to pay back any debt from those benefits without interest, CBC News has confirmed.

Ottawa beefing up suicide prevention services, but 3 digit hotline could be more than year away

The health and financial crises caused by COVID-19 have caused growing mental health concerns, but advocates working towards a national, three-digit suicide prevention hotline say it could still take a year or two to launch.

Liberal government says CRA gave 'unclear' instructions on eligibility requirements for CERB

The federal government acknowledged Friday night that it provided unclear instructions to self-employed Canadians on how to apply for the $2,000 monthly Canada emergency response benefit.

3-digit suicide prevention hotline gets green light from House of Commons

A national three-digit suicide prevention hotline is a step closer to becoming a reality today. On Friday the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of a Conservative motion calling on the federal government to act immediately to set up a national 988 number that consolidates all existing suicide crisis numbers.

Erin O'Toole walks back claim that residential schools were designed to 'provide education'

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole is walking back comments he made to Ryerson University students claiming the residential school system was designed to "provide education" to Indigenous children before it went off the rails and became a "horrible program."

Federal government has no plans for debt forgiveness over CERB confusion, says Qualtrough

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said today she feels "bad" for Canadians who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit thinking that they met the minimum income requirement, only to learn they might now have to repay thousands of dollars.