Stephanie Levitz

Canadian Press

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Virtual Canada Day citizenship ceremony celebrates nurses, care workers

Nineteen people were taking the oath of citizenship to become Canadian citizens at a special virtual ceremony on Canada Day.

Asylum-seekers who tried to cross from U.S. last month turned back

The Canada Border Services Agency says it turned back 21 people who tried to enter the country from the U.S. in May to claim asylum. 

Erin O'Toole used U.S. call centre to contact Conservative voters

Erin O'Toole, running for the leadership of the federal Conservative party promising to stand up for Canadian workers, used American ones on his campaign.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says police misconduct is indefensible

Discrimination within Canada's criminal justice system is abhorrent, unacceptable and unlawful and related police misconduct is indefensible and must be addressed, the federal public safety minister said Tuesday as demands continue for a broad overhaul of policing in Canada. 

Details on federal food buy-back program coming soon, Bibeau says

Details of a program that will see the federal government buy surplus food from farmers and redistribute it to food banks and other community groups are coming soon, Liberal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau promised Tuesday. 

Having all MPs at virtual Parliament next week beyond current capacity: Clerk

Having a virtual meeting of Parliament next week with all 338 MPs present remains beyond the capacity of the House of Commons, the institution's most senior administrator said Tuesday. 

Fewer than 10 asylum-seekers tried to cross from U.S. after border closed: Blair

The historic closure of the Canada-U.S. border appears to have stopped the flow of asylum seekers into Canada, with fewer than 10 people turned back to the U.S. in the month since the shutdown to all but essential traffic went into effect. 

Campaigning in a time of crisis: Tory leadership candidates carry on

Conservative leadership candidates remain on the campaign trail despite a request from the party to put their efforts on pause. A recording of a campaign conference call for Peter MacKay's Nova Scotia team, obtained by The Canadian Press, includes a discussion of how his team can raise $40,000 in the next month just in Nova Scotia.

Internal audit of Scheer's expenses turns up money spent on school, clothes, minivan: CP

An internal audit of outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's expenses has found he spent $18,000 a year of party money on private parochial school for four of his children.

Erin O'Toole latest to call for delay in Conservative leadership vote

Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole is adding his voice to the chorus of people calling for the June 27 vote to be delayed.

Conservative Party punts Karahalios from leadership race as Peterson drops out

The ballot for the Conservative leadership race appeared to firm up even more Friday as one candidate was kicked out of the contest and another dropped out.

Tory leadership candidate says he's out of the race if deadlines don't change

Conservative leadership candidate Rudy Husny called off his campaign Thursday, saying it's just not right to ask people for money during a public health emergency.

Conservatives need to start thinking about approach to Indigenous issues, MP says

National protests sparked by the opposition of some Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to a pipeline project in B.C. are also sparking debate in Conservative circles about the party's own relationship to Indigenous communities.

Scheer appears to backtrack on commitment not to allow debate on abortion

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer appears to be backtracking on a campaign commitment to stop efforts to reopen the abortion debate, with a Conservative MP allowed to introduce a bill seeking to ban abortions for the purpose of choosing a child's sex.

'I don't have anything to add': Scheer declines to address use of party funds for private school fees

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer declined Saturday to shed any light on lingering questions about the use of party money to pay for his children's tuition, an issue that threw his party into turmoil just as he announced his decision to step back from the leadership job.