Catharine Tunney


Catharine Tunney is a reporter with CBC's Parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. She can be reached at or @cattunneyCBC.

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Singh invokes Tommy Douglas to pitch 2019 election platform

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh summoned the legacy of Tommy Douglas — the father of universal health care in Canada — while unveiling his party's 2019 election platform, pitching voters on a plan to dramatically expand that system to cover mental, dental, eye and hearing.

Trudeau and Trump will meet in Washington next week

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is travelling to Washington next week to visit with President Donald Trump.

CBSA launches investigation after licence plate reader linked to U.S. hack

The Canada Border Services Agency launched an investigation after the licence plate reader system it uses became the target of a malicious cyberattack in the U.S.

Third parties take advantage of massive Raptors audience — and free-range pre-election spending

Political third-party groups made their presence known during Game 5 of the NBA finals last night with big ad buys — taking advantage of a chance to beat the buzzer and reach a massive audience before new spending restrictions kick in at the end of the month.

Mountie broke the law when he leaked protester's background, says watchdog report

A British Columbia Mountie broke the law when he started snooping into a protester's background and leaked information to city officials — but it took an outside investigation to convince RCMP brass to see it that way.

Gould urges Twitter to take more responsibility for content as election approaches

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould delivered a scolding to Twitter today, urging the social media platform to take more responsibility for its content ahead of the upcoming federal election.

Long-anticipated RCMP civilian advisory board named

Today, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled the names of the people who will serve on an external board of civilian advisers to strengthen oversight of RCMP management - an announcement years in the making.

Trudeau says deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls amount to 'genocide'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government accepts that the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls across Canada in recent decades amount to a genocide.

RCMP will 'give careful consideration' to MMIWG recommendations, says commissioner

The head of the RCMP won't commit to the recommendations out of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry, which lambasted decades of police 'indifference' and called for fundamental policing reforms, but is promising to review the report.

Canada partly to blame for trash fracas with Philippines, say environmentalists

The federal government says it’s pursuing all legal options against the now-defunct company that shipped tons of garbage to the Philippines, but experts say Canada bears part of the blame.

'Call their bluff': Shut down social media platforms, ex-Facebook adviser urges

A former Facebook adviser is urging governments around the world to shut down social media platforms until they can be reformed.

Facebook's Zuckerberg, Sandberg won't appear before committee, could be found in contempt of Parliament

Canadian MPs are warning that Facebook's top officials could be found in contempt of Parliament if they continue to ignore a subpoena to testify in Ottawa this week, as representatives for the company confirmed Monday that founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg would not attend.

Canada hires company for $1.14M to bring trash back home from the Philippines

Canada is spending more than a million dollars to bring home dozens of containers of rotting garbage back to Canada from the Philippines in the coming days. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced today that her government has awarded a contract to Bolloré Logistics Canada.  

Canadian delegation in China pushes for release of Spavor and Kovrig

A Canadian delegation is in China this week pushing for the release of two Canadian men accused of spying, according to the foreign affairs minister.

Canada, U.S. reach deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs within 2 days

The nearly year-long tariff war between Canada and the U.S. is almost over. The Canadian government released a statement Friday saying the two sides have agreed to eliminate the tariffs within two days.