Greg Weston

Greg Weston was an investigative reporter for CBC News and a regular political commentator on CBC Radio and Television from 2010 to 2015.

Latest from Greg Weston


Thomas Mulcair and the black hole of party accountability

The NDP is not the only federal party to feel it can do what it wants with its taxpayer-subsidized donations. Maybe that should change?

If Supreme Court nixes Senate reform, is referendum next?

Unless the Supreme Court is in a mood to deliver shock and awe on Friday, history and a legion of experts suggest the noble cause of Senate reform will probably continue down the same long, futile road that has challenged its proponents almost since Confederation.

Jim Flaherty’s personal touch was a rarity on Parliament Hill: Greg Weston

Jim Flaherty was promising improvements to a federal disability savings plan that helps parents of special needs children when he welled up with tears and then openly sobbed. "The politician lost to the parent on that one," he later told a friend. Thursday, it was his critics' turn to cry.

Joe Oliver's replacement of Jim Flaherty reassures Bay Street: Greg Weston

In tapping Joe Oliver to replace retiring Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, the prime minister has apparently opted for public confidence over personal charisma, Greg Weston writes.

CSEC exoneration a 'mockery of public accountability'

A federal watchdog is attracting howls of protest from some privacy and internet experts after absolving Canada’s electronic spy agency of using data from a Canadian airport internet service to track thousands of passengers for days after they left the terminal.

Conservative budget a political road map to next election

The timing of Tuesday’s federal budget in the midst of Olympic-mania was a good clue the Harper government had either something to hide or nothing much to say in its latest economic plan for the country.

CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents

Canada's international spy agency, CSEC, tapped into the free Wi-Fi service at a major Canadian airport to track the comings and goings of cellphone-carrying travellers for two weeks, according to documents obtained by CBC News. It was apparently part of a trial run to see how wide an electronic net could be cast.

Other spy watchdogs have ties to oil business

While the head of the watchdog committee overseeing Canada’s intelligence agency is under attack for also being a lobbyist for the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, it turns out that half of the other Harper government appointees keeping an eye on the spies also have ties to the oil business.

Is 'a walk in the snow' in Stephen Harper's future?

With the Senate scandal and other problems, this past year has been among the worst for Stephen Harper and his Conservative government, and the year ahead isn't looking any brighter, Greg Weston writes.

Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA

A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the request of the U.S. National Security Agency.

NSA document raises questions about Canada in G8 spying

CBC News has published a top-secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden showing the Canadian government allowed the largest U.S. spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits and raising questions about Canada's possible role in the surveillance.

New Snowden docs show U.S. spied during G20 in Toronto

Top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show the Harper government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits.

MP expense disclosure promise no 'brave new world': Greg Weston

As public opinion against the Senate has turned from bad to ugly, all three parties in the Commons are promising to post online all of their travel and hospitality expenses starting in April next year. But Greg Weston says the Commons is not entering some brave new world of full disclosure.

FINTRAC collecting too much info on innocent Canadians

Canada's privacy commissioner says the government agency tasked with keeping tabs on money laundering and terrorist financing continues to accept and retain personal information on Canadians not relevant to its mandate. It is the second time Jennifer Stoddart has taken FINTRAC to task.

This throne speech won’t succeed in changing the channel: Greg Weston

The NDP and Liberals will waste no time opening the new session of Parliament with questions for the Harper government about the Senate scandal, Greg Weston writes.