Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads, boosted posts

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads, boosted posts
OTTAWA — The government of Canada has been increasing its use of paid Facebook advertisements over the last three years, spending tens of millions of dollars on boosted posts, videos and ad campaigns, new figures tabled in Parliament show. From Jan. 1, 2016 to March 2018, federal government departments and agencies spent more than $24.4 million on Facebook and Instagram ads, promotions and sponsored posts... Read More

Pipeline decision too close to chastise B.C. at western premiers meeting: Notley

Pipeline decision too close to chastise B.C. at western premiers meeting: Notley
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she’ll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it. Notley said she is not attending the meeting Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead. “When it comes to interprovincial relations,... Read More

Take the lid off the ‘carbon tax cover-up,’ Poilievre urges government

Take the lid off the ‘carbon tax cover-up,’ Poilievre urges government
OTTAWA — If the federal Liberal government truly believed in carbon taxing, it would come clean on the potential cost to Canadians, Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre charged Tuesday in a sneak preview of the protracted partisan barrage Finance Minister Bill Morneau was likely to face later in the day. Poilievre was set to face off against Morneau in a four-hour,... Read More

Craft cannabis growers in B.C. sound alarm over survival of the sector

Craft cannabis growers in B.C. sound alarm over survival of the sector
VANCOUVER — Craft cannabis growers and sellers in British Columbia want the federal and provincial governments to take immediate steps to protect the future of their businesses ahead of legalization expected this year. Five groups representing small-scale pot producers delivered an open letter today to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her B.C. counterpart David Eby demanding regulatory changes. The federal government... Read More

Investors steering clear of Canada’s energy sector

Investors steering clear of Canada’s energy sector
Uncompetitive policies and regulatory uncertainty are largely to blame Canada’s investment climate for the energy sector can be described as unfavourable, at best. Clearly, investors have reached their breaking point with Canada’s uncompetitive policies and regulatory uncertainty and are steering clear. The result is fewer Canadian jobs and lower economic growth. According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, foreign... Read More

Trudeau uses NYU graduation speech to criticize growth in identity politics

Trudeau uses NYU graduation speech to criticize growth in identity politics
NEW YORK — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first order of business after descending on Donald Trump’s hometown Wednesday was to enlist thousands of newly minted American university graduates in the fight against a rising tide of intolerance and nationalism around the world. Officials had billed Trudeau’s three-day trip to New York and Boston as focused on trade and the economic... Read More

Plan to ease penalties for corporate crime has drawbacks: internal analysis

Plan to ease penalties for corporate crime has drawbacks: internal analysis
OTTAWA — A federal plan to take a bite out of corporate crime by allowing prosecutors to suspend criminal charges against companies has potential downsides, an internal analysis says — including the risk it could fail to discourage misdeeds and erode public confidence in the legal system. The Trudeau government has quietly tucked a proposal to amend the Criminal Code into its 582-page budget legislation. The measure would allow for the use... Read More

Saskatchewan wants Ottawa to get tough with B.C. over Trans Mountain pipeline

Saskatchewan wants Ottawa to get tough with B.C. over Trans Mountain pipeline
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is calling on the Prime Minister to get tough with British Columbia over its opposition to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Moe says Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government should withhold sending federal infrastructure money to B.C. He says it has been a month since Trudeau met with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley... Read More