Tonda MacCharles Reporter
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  • Toronto Star

Tonda MacCharles is a Newfoundland native and a senior reporter in the Toronto Star's Ottawa bureau where she has covered federal politics and public policy for 20 years. Her 35-year journalistic career includes nearly 10 years in broadcast journalism with CBC's The National and The Fifth Estate. Her beats have spanned coverage of all major political parties, legal affairs and public safety issues.

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Focus Areas

  • National Politics
  • Liberal Party of Canada
  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Public Policy
  • Legal Affairs
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Justice and Public Safety issues
  • RCMP
  • CSIS
  • Free Trade

325 Articles
3 days ago
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Feuding politicians. Candid texts. A stunning inquiry. The behind-the-scenes story of how the ‘Fr...

Testimony and evidence at the inquiry into the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act to quell the “Freedom ...

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10 days ago
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Justin Trudeau gives Emergencies Act inquiry scathing assessment of police during ‘Freedom Convoy...

The prime minister gave a scathing description of what he saw as police mishandling of the crisis in the nation’s cap...

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10 days ago
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Transcript reveals Justin Trudeau’s call with former Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen

As the prime minister testified Friday, a rough transcript of a Feb. 3 call was shown at the public inquiry into Just...

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11 days ago
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify at final day of Emergencies Act hearings

Trudeau’s appearance is the grand finale after 30 days of hearings looking into last winter’s so-called “Freedom Conv...

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11 days ago
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Freedom Convoy’ lawyer called ‘idiot’ after mistaken identity

Brendan Miller seemed to think a man attending the Emergencies Act inquiry was the man he accused of carrying a Nazi ...

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11 days ago
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Trudeau staffers’ evidence contradicts former Conservative interim leader’s recollection of call ...

PMO officials say the former Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen told the prime minister there would be “signi...

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12 days ago
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Chrystia Freeland and Katie Telford to testify at Emergencies Act inquiry

The finance minister and Trudeau’s chief of staff are the latest officials to speak about use the Emergencies Act to ...

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13 days ago
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Judge rejects ‘Freedom Convoy’ lawyer’s racist flag claims as a ‘fishing expedition’

It would be a distraction and a waste of time for the Emergencies Act inquiry to pursue a “Freedom Convoy” lawyer’s c...

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13 days ago
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Lawyer for ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizers kicked out of Emergencies Act inquiry

A lawyer for some organizers of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests was ejected from the Emergencies Act inquiry ...

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14 days ago
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Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to testify at inquiry on why government invoked Emergencie...

Mendicino is expected to clarify exactly what RCMP Comm. Brenda Lucki advised him prior to a key cabinet meeting on F...

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14 days ago
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Border blockades tipped ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests into national security threat, Bill Blair tells...

Blair said the blockades were harming Canada’s economy, and he thought police had exhausted existing powers or couldn...

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15 days ago
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CSIS head told Justin Trudeau to use Emergencies Act, inquiry told

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service advised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the federal governm...

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