Catharine Tunney


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

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Trudeau says he's looking to improve vetting process for GGs following Payette controversy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking at ways to strengthen the vetting process for the next governor general after his choice for the job — Julie Payette — resigned yesterday following reports she presided over a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall.

Correctional services missed signs leading up to Marylène Levesque murder, says report

The Correctional Service of Canada missed warning signs while supervising a parolee with a history of violence against women who went on to kill Marylène Levesque last year, according to the findings of a federal investigation.

Conservatives have voted to expel Derek Sloan from caucus

Conservative MPs have voted to expel Derek Sloan from caucus after the eastern Ontario MP accepted a donation from a notorious white nationalist.

Trudeau says he'll make sure 'Canada's views are heard' on Keystone XL

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he will continue to press Canada's case for the Keystone XL pipeline project with the incoming Biden administration in the U.S., which is poised to rescind the presidential permit allowing cross-border construction tomorrow.

RCMP union warns of officer burnout after pandemic delays training

The union representing thousands of Mounties says it fears pandemic-related delays at the RCMP training depot will worsen its staffing crunch and increase the risk of officer burnout.

Trudeau 'open to strengthening' international travel measures as new COVID-19 variants emerge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the federal government is open to strengthening pandemic restrictions on international travel as concerns mount about Canadians travelling abroad — but suggested the government's pre-existing measures are still effective.

Radio-Canada head travelled to Florida despite federal travel advisory

CBC/Radio-Canada's executive vice-president of French services is apologizing for travelling to Florida last month despite the federal government strongly warning against non-essential travel during the pandemic.

RCMP union calls for clear guidelines on when body cameras can be turned off

The union representing more than 19,000 Mounties is seeking clearer guidelines on when body-worn cameras can be turned off — and tougher penalties for those who make false accusations against officers.

Trudeau says he has no plans to trigger an election as he shuffles key cabinet positions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he wants to see every willing Canadian vaccinated before the next election — but pointed out that, as prime minister in a minority Parliament, it's not entirely up to him.

Rideau Hall intruder wanted to have Trudeau arrested: RCMP investigation

The Canadian Forces reservist accused of breaching the gates of Rideau Hall last summer while armed wanted to see the prime minister arrested, according to a preliminary investigation by the RCMP.

New COVID-19 testing rules for air travellers kick in Jan. 7

New rules requiring air travellers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering Canada will kick in on Jan. 7, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today.

Health Canada waiting on more data before making a decision on AstraZeneca vaccine

Health Canada says it still needs more information before it can make a decision on approving the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca.

RCMP should be updating the nation on reform efforts, head of watchdog body says

The head of the RCMP's watchdog body says she wants the national police force to start tabling annual reports explaining how it has succeeded — or failed — in following her reform recommendations.

CSIS warns of threats to vaccine distribution chain

The country's spy agency is warning companies in the vaccine supply chain that malicious foreign actors could threaten the largest inoculation program in Canadian history — by targeting their workers, among other tactics.

Watchdog finds RCMP's policing of anti-pipeline protesters reasonable — but sees gaps in surveillance policies

The RCMP's monitoring of Northern Gateway pipeline protesters was for the most part reasonable, says a new report from the force's watchdog. But it said it was concerned about the possibility of police creating profiles of peaceful demonstrators and urged the Mounties to draft better policies on data retention.