Matthew Millar

Matthew Millar is Vancouver Observer's National Correspondent. Follow him on twitter @dmatthewmillar 

New poll fans rumours of Veterans Affairs Minister leaving federal politics

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino is featured in yet another poll listing him as a potential mayoral candidate, and appears in ads ahead of a municipal election.

Government invites, then blocks witnesses from citizenship and immigration debate

“There's a cost to taxpayers, who pay for the expenses of witness to be flown in, only to have them shut out of the process," said prominent Toronto immigration lawyer Chantal Desloges.

Conservative MPs quietly developing partisan software for upcoming elections

Are Conservative MPs being paid to work on apps for the 2015 election rather than doing their duties in public office? If so, "that should be illegal," says a democracy advocate.

Strange robocalls fuel rumours of Fantino's forthcoming resignation

Amid calls for his resignation, curious robocalls in Vaughan fuel rumours that Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino may be leaving the Harper government.

Government muzzles expert witnesses on major citizenship bill

“Do they think citizenship legislation is a joke?” said one witness, who was denied the right to speak before the committee moments before the meeting began.

Elizabeth May slams Harper government's treatment of humpback whales

Is the move a retaliation against the federal court's decision in favour of environmental groups?

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty passes away "peacefully" in Ottawa

The former finance minister had distanced himself from politics only a month earlier, saying he would return to the private sector.

Canada Revenue Agency shuts down website over security concerns

Canadians across the country woke up to news today that the Canada Revenue Agency shut down public access to their tax-filing website over security concerns. The scare is over an internet...

Christy Clark partnered in Enbridge lobbying firm before becoming BC premier

B.C. Premier Christy Clark was a partner in a lobbying firm that was contracted by Enbridge and lobbied the federal government on the company's behalf, according to documents obtained by ...

Natural Resources Minister dodges questions on personal assets in energy sector

If the Natural Resources Minister has large investments in the energy sector, he stands to gain personally from political policies, an NDP critic says.