Elizabeth Thompson

Senior Reporter

Award-winning reporter Elizabeth Thompson covers Parliament Hill. A veteran of the Montreal Gazette, Sun Media and iPolitics, she currently works with the CBC's Ottawa bureau, specializing in investigative reporting and data journalism. She can be reached at: elizabeth.thompson@cbc.ca.

Latest from Elizabeth Thompson

Commander of reserve unit being probed for far-right activity is being replaced

The commander of a troubled military reserve unit at the centre of an army investigation into far-right extremist activity is being replaced, CBC News has learned.

Senator co-signed order barring international travel during pandemic — then went to Mexico

Conservative Sen. Don Plett — who sparked controversy by travelling to Mexico on vacation over the holidays — co-signed a directive last year barring all MPs and senators from travelling outside Canada as part of interparliamentary delegations.

Senator Don Plett vacationed in Mexico over the holidays despite pandemic advisory on travel

Senate Opposition Leader Don Plett spent part of the Christmas holidays in Mexico, despite government advisories against international travel.

Dozens of airline passengers in Canada hit with fines, warning letters for refusing to wear a mask

More than 70 passengers on Canadian airlines have been slapped with fines or warning letters by Transport Canada in recent months for refusing to wear a mask on board a flight, with more incidents involving Alberta airports than any other province.

Millions of Canadians working from home could qualify for new tax deduction

The Canada Revenue Agency has simplified the rules to make millions of Canadians working from home eligible for a tax deduction.
The Big Spend

Ottawa's COVID-19 wage subsidy for salaries — not dividends, says Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a warning to Canadian companies that have tapped into the government's wage subsidy program that the money is to be used to pay workers — not to pay for dividends or executive bonuses.

Facebook enforcing new rules to prevent discrimination in advertising

Facebook has started enforcing new rules for advertisers in Canada meant to prohibit discrimination in ads for jobs, housing and credit services. Human rights commission officials say that's even more important in a pandemic.

Trudeau government won't say who got billions of dollars in aid

When Justin Trudeau ran for office in 2015, he promised Canadians a more open and transparent government. However, an investigation by CBC News reveals the Trudeau government hasn't been entirely transparent about where billions of dollars in pandemic aid has gone.

Rangers group facing probe over reservist's far-right ties touted role in watching for 'illegal immigrants'

A Canadian Ranger group under investigation over ties between one of its members and two far-right militia groups has advertised on its website for years that part of its mission is to guard Canada against illegal immigration.
CBC Investigates

Military intelligence probes far-right activity in Canadian Ranger unit

Almost four years ago, the Canadian military found supporters of two far-right movements within a unit of the Canadian Rangers but allowed them to continue serving, a CBC News investigation has determined. The military’s counterintelligence branch singled out a pair of reservists for activity involving the Soldiers of Odin and the Three Percent movement. The discovery has prompted an internal investigation at the defence department.

Victims of CRA hackers vulnerable to other cyberattacks: experts

Thousands of Canadians affected by recent attacks on the Canada Revenue Agency and federal government computer systems could be vulnerable to other attacks, warn cybersecurity and privacy experts.

Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until Sept. 21

The federal government will extend the Canada-U.S. land border closure for another 30 days until Sept. 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Friday. 

COVID Alert app could result in some people being ID'd

The federal government's new COVID Alert app doesn't offer 100 per cent privacy and could allow some who test positive for the coronavirus to be identified, particularly those who live in small communities or who don't interact with many people.

New COVID-19 notification app rolls out in Ontario

Residents of Ontario can now download a new app that can tell them whether they have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous two weeks. But while government officials say the goal is to make the contact notification app available across the country, they can't say yet when it will be available in other provinces.

Facebook partners with Ontario university on 'global network' to counter rise in online hate

Faced with a rising tide of online hate and advertiser boycotts, Facebook Canada will announce today that it is teaming up with Ontario Tech University's Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism to create what it calls the Global Network Against Hate.