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Matthew Millar

Matthew Millar worked on special reports and investigations from Ottawa. Follow him on twitter @dmatthewmillar 
Peter Van Loan, Christopher Alexander

Media "impolite" to ask questions about secretive Iraq meeting, Minister says

Canadians got few answers today as reporters pressed for more details on Harper's plans for joining the fight against ISIS.
SIRC member Yves Fortier

Spy watchdog owns TransCanada shares while investigating complaints of CSIS spying on activists

Documents reveal that Security Intelligence Review Committee member Yves Fortier is a shareholder in TransCanada Corporation – the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.  Fortier is one of...
Prime Minister Stephen Harper during an official trip to Jordan, Flickr

Critics question use of official photographers to capture Harper's good side

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is headed to the UN in New York on Tuesday and The Vancouver Observer has learned that seven "photographer and videographers"—including two...
John Baird - United Nations - DFAIT photo - 2011

Canada off to war: Harper sends troops to fight Islamic extremists

"Cowering in a bunker is not an option for Canada” says Foreign Minister John Baird

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?