Joanna Smith

Canadian Press

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Ottawa wanted all of Canada speaking with one voice on NAFTA: emails

The Liberal government has been orchestrating the Canadian approach to the North American Free Trade Agreement talks so carefully that at one point, Ottawa issued talking points to help ensure even the provinces and territories were all speaking with one voice.

NDP asking MPs to invite Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools

The NDP is hoping MPs from other parties will join them in issuing a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize to residential school survivors.

N.L. MP Scott Simms removed as fisheries chair after breaking with Liberal party line

Liberal MP Scott Simms does not regret voting with the Conservatives over a controversial change to the student summer jobs program — even though it ended up costing him his job as chair of the Commons fisheries committee.

Evidence behind Ottawa's choice to cut preliminary inquiries remains elusive

Not long ago, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould seemed hesitant to embrace the idea of eliminating preliminary inquiries as a way to reduce court backlogs. Now, things have changed.

Goal of latest NAFTA pitch from U.S.: Credit countries for higher auto wages

Several sources in different countries say the U.S. has offered to drop its controversial demand for 50 per cent U.S. content in every car. One American source familiar with the proposal told the Canadian Press the level in question involves incentives for a salary range between $13 and $17 an hour.

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget

The Liberal government is trying to move beyond the obvious in its quest for gender equality, thinking outside the daycare box to more thoroughly examine how the federal budget would impact men and women in different ways — even before committing to a dime of spending.

Chagger never told of allegations against staffer because he'd already quit

Liberal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger was never told about allegations that a senior staffer had acted inappropriately towards a job applicant because he had already left Ottawa and returned to the private sector, her spokesman said Monday.

Conservatives revamp candidate vetting with question on sexual misconduct

The Conservatives are now ready to ask potential candidates specifically whether they have ever been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

MPs studying Bill C-65 willing to hear stories of sexual harassment in secret

The MPs studying proposed legislation to strengthen harassment regulations in federal workplaces, including Parliament Hill, will invite staffers, interns and even their colleagues to share their stories behind closed doors.

MPs share stories of sexual misconduct on and off Parliament Hill

There have long been obstacles in the path of women seeking to succeed in politics — and some female MPs are now coming forward to share their own experiences with sexually inappropriate behaviour, both on and off Parliament Hill.

Maryam Monsef still waiting on citizenship paperwork after birthplace revelation

More than a year after Maryam Monsef revealed she was not actually born in Afghanistan, as she had previously believed, the Liberal cabinet minister is still waiting for the government to update her documents.

RCMP looks to expand third-party reporting for sexual assault cases

The RCMP is exploring ways to expand a program that allows victims to report allegations of sexual assault — and get the help they need — without actually having to go to the police and face their fear of not being believed.

LGBTQ apology will keep remedies separate from regret: PM special adviser

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will back up his promised apology for state-sanctioned discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community with reparations for the harm they suffered over the decades, says the Liberal MP handling the file.

Alice Wong accuses Liberal MP of intimidating her over House of Commons heckle

Conservative MP Alice Wong says she was riding a bus back from Parliament Hill when she started to feel intimidated by a fellow passenger.

Science and Technology Museum reopening with new sensory exhibit

The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa reopens Nov. 17 with an interactive exhibit called "Medical Sensations," a chance for visitors to use all their senses as they explore advancements in medicine through the ages.