John Paul Tasker

Parliamentary Bureau

John Paul (J.P.) Tasker is a reporter in the CBC's Parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. He can be reached at

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Canadian woman faces lifetime ban after getting caught with CBD oil at U.S. border

U.S. border protection has barred a young Canadian woman from crossing the border after cannabidiol (CBD) oil was found in her backpack — a non-psychoactive product of the cannabis plant she uses to treat the painful side effects of scoliosis.

Andrew Scheer promises to make EI maternity, parental benefits tax-free

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that, if his party forms the next federal government, he'll make Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new parents tax-free to ease the cost of raising a child in Canada.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she didn't know how aggressively SNC-Lavalin lobbied for remediation agreements

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Thursday she didn't realize just how aggressively SNC-Lavalin had lobbied senior members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to create a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime, a legal avenue it hoped would help it avoid a criminal trial for alleged corporate wrongdoing.

'I take responsibility,' Trudeau says in wake of damning report on SNC-Lavalin ethics violation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts full responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and get her to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

Manitoba election stretching federal Conservative resources in the province

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has plunged his province into an election nearly a year before he had to, and voting day will happen while a federal election campaign is also underway — meaning Conservative resources could be stretched thin in the Prairie province.

Maxime Bernier excluded from initial invitations to leaders' election debates

The Leaders' Debate Commission has invited the leaders of five political parties to participate with the notable exception of People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier — who has been left off the list, at least for now.

Trudeau taps outgoing NDP MP to chair new national security oversight body

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that outgoing NDP MP Murray Rankin will serve as chair of a new National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, a body that will be keep tabs on the country's intelligence agencies, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Jody Wilson-Raybould to release 'timely' and 'must-read' book during election campaign

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will release a book in the middle of the fall election campaign. Her publisher is promising a "timely" and "impassioned" piece of work, while another reviewer is calling the text a "must-read for all Canadians."

Ottawa formally asks companies to make their pitches to replace CF-18 jets

The federal government formally submitted requests for proposals (RFP) today to procure fighter jets to replace the decades-old CF-18s.

EU president takes shot at Trump's 'unacceptable' tweets after Trudeau meeting

The president of the European Commission said Thursday he was happy to be in Canada where citizens don't say things like "Send him back" — a clear reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent tweets that told ethnically diverse congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin.

Canada needs to triple the amount of protected land and water to tackle 'nature emergency': report

Amid shocking declines in the health of the world's ecosystems and species, a new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) says the federal government must now commit to much more ambitious targets to protect the country's land and water to have any chance of staving off what they call a 'nature emergency.'

'That's not how we do things in Canada': Trudeau stops short of calling Trump's tweets 'racist'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today denounced tweets sent by U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend that told a series of first-term congresswomen of diverse ethnic backgrounds to "go back" to their countries of origin rather than tell U.S. politicians how America should be governed.

Trudeau defends anti-pipeline Liberal candidate, reaffirms commitment to Trans Mountain

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today defended recruiting a known anti-pipeline campaigner to run for the Liberal Party in Quebec, saying there’s room for ideological diversity in the party's ranks.

Trudeau calls Ford government cuts to Ontario's education system 'frightening'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the provincial Progressive Conservative government's cuts to Ontario's education system are "frightening" — and he worries they could undermine the quality of the education his three kids receive at an Ottawa-area public school.

Trudeau nominates Quebec jurist Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped Quebec lawyer and judge Nicholas Kasirer to fill a pending vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada, his office said in a statement Wednesday.