Stephanie Levitz

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Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

After what police called an 'ambush-style' shooting in the Toronto area killed a teenager and wounded five other people, federal party leaders were swift to offer condolences Sunday but had little in the way of new ideas to address gun violence.

Federal party leaders focus on wooing union heartland on Labour Day

Wooing workers in Canada's union heartland was the focus for federal party leaders this Labour Day.

After outcry, company to remove pro-Bernier billboards that criticize 'mass immigration'

The owner of billboards currently showcasing ads that seek to promote the People's Party of Canada's controversial stance on immigration reversed course on Sunday, saying the company would take the material down in response to "overwhelming" criticism.

News that's safe to use: Researchers aim to track information during campaign

A research effort called the Digital Democracy Project aims to analyze how information ricochets around the Canadian political landscape as the country enters an election campaign.

Scheer says Tories will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital if elected

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if his party forms government in 2019, it will follow Donald Trump's lead and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Over-burdened refugee tribunal ditches legislated timelines for hearings

The Immigration and Refugee Board is giving up on following regulations that say refugee claims must be heard within certain time limits.

Conservatives also reviewing internal policy in wake of Rick Dykstra

The federal Conservative party will be conducting a third-party review of its internal policies after it was revealed that party officials allowed former MP Rick Dykstra to run as a candidate in 2015, despite knowing that he had been accused of sexual assault.

Scheer mum on persistent questions about blame in Rick Dykstra affair

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer refused to say Tuesday what fate might await those involved in the party's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against Rick Dykstra during the 2015 election campaign.

Tories to pitch change to benefits clawback for disabled people who want to work

The federal Conservatives will keep rolling out policy this week, with the latest move in their playbook — a new approach to disabilities benefits — expected to be detailed later today.

Federal leaders reading populist tea leaves to figure out what's brewing in 2018

A year after Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election, it's not just the pollsters and pundits continuing to mull over whether a similar populist upheaval could ever take root in Canada.

Latest stats show illegal border crossings continued to decline in November

A decision by the Trump administration to yank protected status for thousands of Haitians doesn't appear to have prompted a new surge of asylum seekers at the Canada-U.S. border.

Leitch, Trost among Tory MPs facing challenge for right to run in 2019 election

Three Conservative MPs who sought the party's leadership earlier this year are bracing for a fight to represent the party at all come the 2019 election.

Meet the Scheers: Andrew and Jill on faith, politics and parenting

The line of separation between politics and home life for the Scheers is set to get a little less sharp in 2018 as the Conservatives move to position Andrew as the next best leader for the country.

Canada on alert as U.S. announces end to temporary resident status for Haitians

A decision by the Trump administration to end a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States has the Canadian government on alert for a potential new surge of asylum seekers at the border.

Tories say Harper's letter doesn't change their approach to NAFTA

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole was sitting in the departure lounge at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., last week when his eyes landed on a story he wasn't expecting.