Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ottawa Observations: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments
from the Federal scene for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Chinese conglomerate Anbang defends takeover of B.C. retirement-home chain
A question for Ottawa: How well do you really know Anbang Insurance?
Marie Henein hired to defend vice-chief in military leaks investigation
In Quebec, weak membership numbers have Tory organizers dreaming big
Indigenous Affairs Minister confident about improving water quality on reserves
Public Service unions urge creation of $75-million Phoenix contingency fund
Trudeau, Trump talk border cooperation as asylum seekers come to Canada
In promising to take axe to federal spending, Maxime Bernier ha fun with figures
Wake up Toronto, to your housing crisis
Vice-Admiral Mark Norman victim of 'bureaucratic crossfire' says high-profile lawyer
Backlog in military pensions won't be cleared until end of year
Federal Government still shortchanging First Nations children a year after tribunal ruling, advocates say
MPs investigate use of national security exceptions in federal procurement
Trudeau and Trump talk about border, softwood lumber and next summits
Latvia becomes first EU country to sign on to Canada's trade deal
Canadian children 'locked up' in immigration detention centres, report says
Wall with Canada? White House spokesman, media share a laugh over question
The Bloc Quebecois looks for a leader
Kevin O'Leary's Conservative leadership rivals struggle to raise profiles
Treasury Board President still 'impatient' to fix how Parliament approves spending
Senators rejected Mike Duffy's request to cover some legal fees
Federal public service unions want $75M Phoenix fund in federal budget
Nearly $3B in federal spending approved for 2016-17 to go unspent: PBO
Supreme Court clarifies handling of expert evidence in drugged-driving cases
Public servant in Phoenix mess devastated over $65K tax slip error
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has run out of money so more help for the middle class will have to wait
Ottawa should name a children's advocate
Average of 48 Canadian kids held in immigration detention each year, study finds
Federal government accused of 'racially discriminating' against First Nations children
A dark road beckons Canada's Conservatives and the Manning Conference is speeding their way
How to fix a problem like Robin Camp? I isn't Rona Ambrose's private member's bill
Canada has failed at innovation for 100 years. Can the Trudeau government change that?
Ottawa suggests banning smoking in apartments or condos and cigarette sales to anyone under 21
From Canadian Tire to BlackBerry to Israel, a top federal bureaucrat searches for answers on innovation
Forget New Brunswick, P.E.I. politicians seek to end any debate over where Confederation began
NDP needs to heed widespread rejection of climate-change plan
Refugees: Ready or Not, Here they come
Scientists' Union, Famed Whistleblower Fight for Better Whistleblower Protections
Rona Ambrose introduces bill calling for judges to receive training on sex assault cases
Canadian children being held as 'guests' in immigration detention centres: report
One year and millions of dollars later, the 'Phoenix fiasco' continues

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