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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Federal cabinet to decide again on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this week

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will decide Tuesday whether to greenlight the Trans Mountain expansion project, amid political and legal uncertainty for the pipeline the government bought last year for $4.5 billion.

Ottawa needs to boost carbon tax by $50 a tonne to meet emissions reduction targets: budget officer

The federal government would have to levy an additional carbon tax worth as much as $50 a tonne on greenhouse gas emissions to achieve Canada’s emissions reduction targets, the parliamentary budget officer (PBO) said in a report released Thursday.

Federal government accepts dozens of amendments to environmental review bill, rejects most of the Tory ones

The federal Liberal government has accepted some substantial Senate changes to its environmental assessment overhaul legislation — but has rejected 90 per cent of those proposed by Conservative parliamentarians that environmental groups warned would weaken the review process.

Senate committee passes UNDRIP bill, Tories warn of an Indigenous 'veto'

The Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee has passed a bill that will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada — over the objections of Conservative senators who say they fear adopting the legislation will give Indigenous peoples a veto over future natural resource development.

It is 'its own thing': Andrew Scheer disagrees with Indigenous inquiry's genocide finding

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the level of violence directed at Indigenous women and girls in Canada should not be labelled a genocide.

Trudeau's Senate appointees save B.C. oil tanker ban bill from defeat

While the Senate's transport committee recommended the upper house defeat the bill outright, a coalition of Independent and Liberal senators has cobbled together enough votes to rescue legislation to implement the government's planned ban on oil tankers along B.C.'s northern coast.

After years of legal wrangling, Ottawa moves to ban imports of shark fins

With an estimated 90 per cent of the world's shark population depleted after decades of over-fishing, the federal Liberal government is poised to ban imports of shark fins into Canada.

Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women issues final report with sweeping calls for change

After more than three years, dozens of community meetings and testimony from well over 2,000 Canadians, the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry delivered its final report to the federal government at a ceremony in Gatineau, Que., today.

Independent senators struggle with how independent they should really be, memo reveals

Free from the restraints of sitting in a partisan caucus, newly-appointed senators who identify as Independents are struggling with just how independent they should really be, and how far they should go in opposing the Liberal government's agenda, according to a memo obtained by CBC News.

The Senate has spent $66K on 'ushers' to hold doors open in its inaccessible building

Senate bureaucrats approved a sole-sourced contract — now worth as much as $95,000 — to hire people to hold doors in the Senate's new building because there aren't enough automatic door openers in place, the internal economy committee heard Thursday.

Liberal government's firearms bill clears Senate, despite Tory attempts to gut it

The federal Liberal government's firearms legislation, Bill C-71, was passed by the Senate last night as Independent senators fought off an attempt by the Conservatives to weaken key provisions of the legislation designed to tackle gun violence.

'A stampede of stupid': Rachel Notley urges Senate to block oil tanker ban bill

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley continued her crusade today against federal legislation she says unfairly singles out her province by banning oil tankers from docking along the B.C. north coast — and threatens national unity in the process.

Pipeline constraints cost Canadian oil producers $20 billion in lost revenue last year: report

Canadian oil producers could have collected $20 billion more in revenue last year if they'd been able to sell their product at prices closer to the going world rate, according to a new study from the Fraser Institute.

Coastal First Nations slam senators, say upper house doesn't have 'legitimacy' to kill tanker ban

With some in the Senate angling to end the federal Liberal government's B.C. oil tanker ban bill, some coastal First Nations are slamming "unelected" senators for even thinking about killing legislation that was promised by the prime minister in the last election.

Liberal government looks to extend Commons hours with time running out to pass key bills

The federal Liberal government will ask MPs to extend sitting hours in the House of Commons for the rest of the parliamentary session — the last before a fall election — to pass a lengthy list of government bills in relatively short order.