James Fitz-Morris

Parliament Hill

James Fitz-Morris covered federal politics in CBC's Parliament Hill bureau from 2006 to February, 2016.

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North American foreign ministers adopt new tone ahead of Quebec City meeting

When the foreign ministers of North America last met, they all agreed on the military mission against ISIS, sang the praises of a yet-to-be-finalized TPP trade deal and held out some hope for the Keystone XL pipeline. What a difference a year makes.
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New child benefits coming later in 2016 – after tax bill comes due on UCCB

It's a new year, with a new government and a promised new approach to government child care benefits. But until the Liberals roll out their new tax-free Canada child tax benefit, the old system remains in place — including a potential hit come tax time.

Tax changes will affect 2016 paycheques, but few may notice

A person making $200,000 a year in British Columbia will reap the biggest tax cut of 2016. A top-income earner in Alberta, conversely, will fare worse. How much worse? For every dollar over $300,000 in income, Albertans will be paying 7.75 percentage points more in taxes on that money than last year.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau may have enough provincial support to boost CPP

As the federal, provincial, and territorial finance ministers gather in Ottawa for a meeting today and tomorrow there will be some new faces around the table. Eight of the 14 have been appointed to their portfolios since the finance ministers last held a meeting.
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How Canada attempts to cut carbon emissions

With the adoption of a new global climate change treaty, Canada must now work on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Here are the three main ways Canada is currently trying to do that.
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TFSA limits lower in 2016, but past contribution room remains

Don't panic. Liberals may have rolled back the Conservatives' increase for tax-free savings account limits — but you aren't losing any contribution room that has already accumulated.

Liberal government passes 'middle-class' tax cut

The paycheques of nearly a third of Canadian workers will look a little different in the New Year. The House of Commons made official today the government's "middle-class tax cut" and corresponding tax-hike for the "one per cent," Both will kick in on Jan. 1
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Finance Minister Bill Morneau won't be nailed down on $10B deficit

Before pen has hit paper on next year's budget, the Liberals look to be already in the hole by about $15-billion — 50 per cent more than the Liberal election platform promised either of the first two deficits would be.

Bill Morneau confirms tax cuts coming for 'middle class'

Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined his plans today to move ahead with tax cuts for what the government calls "middle class" workers, while at the same time hiking taxes on the "top one per cent."
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The history behind the pomp and ceremony of the throne speech

Friday's speech from the throne draws its tradition from the mother of parliaments, Westminster — albeit with a Canadian slant. The Governor General is conveyed to Parliament Hill by a horse-drawn carriage — unless, of course, it's too cold. Here's more on the history of the throne speech.

Bill Blair, Adam Vaughan among new parliamentary secretaries

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named the Liberal MPs that will make up his middle bench: those who didn't make the cut for the cabinet benches up front, but will play specific roles as parliamentary secretaries. Beyond assisting ministers, the gig can be a reward for solid performers.

Government's fiscal outlook may be too optimistic, budget watchdog warns

The parliamentary budget officer says the new government's numbers are "similar," in the short-term, but as time goes on — the two views of the economy start to go their separate ways.
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Paris climate talks: Why all the fuss over 2 measly degrees?

As leaders from about 150 countries around the world gather in Paris for the next two weeks, they have already agreed on one point: Global average temperatures must not be allowed to rise more than 2 C over the averages of the pre-industrial era.

Justin Trudeau tells Paris climate summit Canada ready to do more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told delegates at the Paris climate change summit that Canada "will take on a new leadership role internationally." He made the comment in his opening address to the UN summit as two weeks of meetings are set to begin. "Canada is back, my friends," Trudeau declared. "We're here to help."

Syrian refugees: Canada issues 928 visas, adding $100M in aid

Canada has so far issued 928 permanent resident visas to Syrian refugees — but there is still no timeline for when they could start arriving. Immigration Minister John McCallum blames red tape overseas for the delays.