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Trudeau was going to be in trouble over Aga Khan trip, dealings: watchdog

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was going to find himself in hot water one way or another when he took a trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, then later attended a pair of meetings about one of the spiritual leader’s projects, the former House of Commons ethics watchdog said Wednesday. Mary Dawson — …

Liberal MPs shoot down opposition bid to summon Trudeau over ethics, Aga Khan

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has been spared from testifying before a parliamentary committee over his controversial Bahamas vacation, as Liberals on the House of Commons ethics committee said Trudeau and can answer questions about the getaway during a cross-country town hall tour. Opposition MPs on the committee had hoped to convince the Liberal majority to …

Feds to start overhaul of social security tribunal after latest review

OTTAWA—Canada’s problematic social security tribunal is in for an overhaul, with a renewed focus on serving the people who challenge federal benefit decisions instead of making them jump through administrative hoops. In the coming weeks, the federal government says it will implement the first — and easiest — of dozens of recommendations contained in a …

Garneau makes push for voice, video recorders in locomotives after Amtrak crash

OTTAWA— A deadly derailment on the west coast of the United States this month underlines the need to have voice and video recorders in trains to improve safety on Canada’s rail lines, the transport minister says. An Amtrak train derailed Dec. 18 in DuPont, Wash., killing three people and injuring dozens of others when it …

Garneau makes push for voice, video recorders in locomotives after Amtrak crash

OTTAWA — A deadly derailment on the west coast of the United States this month underlines the need to have voice and video recorders in trains to improve safety on Canada’s rail lines, the transport minister says. An Amtrak train derailed Dec. 18 in DuPont, Wash., killing three people and injuring dozens of others when …

What a federal ethics report reveals about how Justin Trudeau sees his job

OTTAWA—The prime minister doesn’t have business meetings. He has relationship sessions. That’s the view Justin Trudeau outlined to the ethics commissioner during her probe of Trudeau’s family vacations to the Aga Khan’s private island, which ended with Mary Dawson finding the prime minister violated four parts of the conflict of interest act. But her report …

Liberals look to put stamp on CMHC with new board focused on social housing

OTTAWA — Canada’s housing agency is getting a makeover as the Liberals look to cement the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. as a vehicle to deliver more affordable housing to millions of Canadians. The federal Liberals have named seven new members to the CMHC board of directors this week as they look to leave their …

Trudeau becomes first prime minister found in violation of ethics law

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau, who came into office vowing to set the gold standard for transparency and ethical behaviour, became Wednesday the first prime minister found to have violated federal conflict of interest rules. Federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson concluded Trudeau violated the rules when he vacationed last Christmas at the private Bahamian island owned …

Liberals child care spending faces uphill slog to tackle high fees, report shows

OTTAWA—A new report shows child care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it. Toronto remains the most expensive city for child care, where median daycare costs families about $21,096 a year. The cheapest spaces …

Feds to spend millions to reverse low take up rates for low income benefits

OTTAWA — The Liberals are looking beyond the bureaucracy to figure out how to spend more than $1 billion in uncollected benefits meant to help low-income families save for their children’s post-secondary education. Federal officials have tried for years, with only limited success, to boost take-up of the Canada Learning Bond, which gives up to …