Catherine Cullen

Parliamentary Bureau

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

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Bernier's party taps anti-'trans agenda' activist as candidate in Burnaby-South

One of the first candidates out of the gate for Maxime Bernier's new party calls the idea of gender fluidity "the greatest and most insidious assault against our children that this nation has ever seen" and says she has dedicated her life to fighting it.

Tony Clement says he plans to return to Parliament this month

Sidelined by a sexting scandal and facing a future as an independent MP, Tony Clement says he'll still be back on Parliament Hill in January.

Tories accuse Trudeau of bribing media with tax breaks

The Conservative Opposition is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of trying to bribe Canadian media to secure favourable media coverage in the run-up to next year’s federal election.

Probe of Conservatives' handling of sexual assault claim against ex-MP nearing its end

More than 10 months after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer first ordered an investigation, it appears the third party probe into Rick Dykstra's candidacy in the 2015 election could soon be coming to a close.

Trump and other politicians empower anti-Semitism in Canada, says Liberal MP

A Liberal MP says U.S. President Donald Trump and other politicians who use intemperate language when referring to instances of racial discrimination or hate speech are "empowering" anti-Semitism in Canada.

Bernier getting riding officials in his new party to sign 'no embarrassment' pledge

In an effort to avoid unwanted controversy, Maxime Bernier's new political party is requiring all riding association officials to sign a pledge saying they won't "embarrass" the party. Officials also must vow not to steer the People's Party of Canada in a different direction.

Conservative known for confrontational approach to media leaves Scheer's office, citing health

An outspoken Conservative staffer has left Andrew Scheer's office, citing health concerns.

Trudeau to unveil carbon tax plan Tuesday for provinces that don't comply

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil Tuesday the federal government's plan for wayward provinces that do not comply with the national climate plan.

'(It's) the way to go': Brian Mulroney explains his about-face on cannabis

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney — whose government once introduced legislation continuing to classify marijuana in the same category as heroin — has not only become a born-again weed evangelical, but now says Canada is poised to influence the rest of the world to join the cannabis bandwagon.

Ex-Liberal treasurer putting up $25K to fight drug-impaired driving law

The Liberal Party's former treasurer is vowing to use his own money to fight the government's new drug-impaired driving laws.

RCMP expect massive spike in blood test requests with new impaired driving law

The RCMP is expecting its national forensic labs to be flooded with blood test requests over the next four years as Canada's new impaired driving laws mature.

Bernier team 'can't keep up' with offensive, off-message online content

From Facebook groups that suggest an affiliation that doesn't exist to a website that riffs off Bernier's party name, there's a lot of content circulating online that the leader of the People's Party of Canada and his team are anxious to put at a distance.

Anatomy of a mutiny: How Leona Alleslev walked away from the Liberals

Leona Alleslev says her decision to cross the floor to the Conservative Party in dramatic fashion on the first day of the fall sitting wasn't one she made lightly — or in a hurry.

Libertarians considering a merger with Bernier's People's Party

The Libertarian Party of Canada is considering a merger with Maxime Bernier's new People's Party.

Why immigration could make or break Maxime Bernier's new party

As Maxime Bernier prepares to launch his new political party, some of his supporters are clamouring for more debate about immigration levels. Depending on where he decides to draw the line on the issue, it could help him - or hurt him.