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Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau waves while accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire as he gives his victory speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2015. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Sophie Gregoire-What? It may be 2015, but not for political wives

Nov 27 2015 — Anne Kingston

How Teskey became Harper, Gregoire acquired a hyphenated add-on, and the strange case of surname morph in Canadian politics. “Because it’s 2015,” Canadian women have multiple choices when it comes to their post-marital surnames. They can keep the one they were born with—Quebec law since 1981 requires they do or go through a hassle to […]

Nov 27 2015 — Paul Wells

The French have a phrase for the challenge a child of a famous parent faces: “Se faire un prénom”—to make a first name for yourself. Until you can do that, you have to make your way through a fog composed of equal parts familiarity and incomprehension. Everyone knows who you are; nobody knows who you […]

Nov 27 2015 — Jason Fekete

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered the toast to the Queen on Friday at the Commonwealth summit in Malta, honouring her more than 60 years on the throne, the 12 Canadian PMs during her rule, and the role she has played in some significant moments in Canadian history. Here are Trudeau’s speaking notes for the black-tie […]


A user’s guide to our wondrous Parliament

Nov 27 2015 — Kady O'Malley

Welcome, newly elected — and returning — MPs! For many of you, the Speech from the Throne may be your first experience as an active participant in the parliamentary process — aside from your swearing-in, of course. As far as pomp and ceremony goes, it’s hard to beat the Throne Speech — there is, after […]


Mike Duffy trial: Gerald Donohue says senator didn’t receive kickbacks

Nov 27 2015 —

The man who received $65,000 in contracts from his friend Mike Duffy testified Friday that the senator never received any sort of financial kickback. The Crown has alleged Duffy signed contracts with his friend, Gerald Donohue, a former television technician and human resources professional, as a way to funnel cash to certain contractors, some of […]


Liberals announce $2.65B to help developing countries fight climate change

Nov 27 2015 — Rosemary Barton

Canada today promised $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries fight climate change. The funding was announced on Friday in Malta, where Commonwealth leaders are meeting. “The needs are there, the projects are there,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion at a news conference in Malta. “We will not have a […]

Nov 27 2015 —

Marine Le Pen, the controversial leader of France’s far-right National Front, is scoffing at Canada’s plan to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees with open arms, calling it “madness.” “There. I’ve said it. Madness,” she said In an interview with the fifth estate. “There are other ways to do it,” she went on, adding that the “danger […]

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Nov 27 2015 — Peter Loewen and Daniel Rubenson

On Oct. 19, the Canadian electorate delivered a stunning victory to the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau. When the campaign started in August, few people would have put money on the Liberals even coming in second. And yet they resoundingly defeated Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, which had held power for the previous nine years.

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Nov 27 2015 —

Paul Davis is the fourth PC premier since Danny Williams first took office in 2003. Davis has struggled to reverse the party’s flagging popularity, which dropped precipitously under Williams’ successor Kathy Dunderdale. Liberal sweep possible One recent poll has been interpreted as a sign that the gap between the Liberals and the other parties may […]

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Nov 27 2015 —

When James Moore announced in June he would not be seeking another term, the Conservative industry minister followed a line of cabinet ministers – John Baird, Peter MacKay, Shelly Glover – backing away from public life. At the time Moore said he had “every confidence that Prime Minister (Stephen) Harper and our Conservative government will […]

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Nov 27 2015 — Kathryn May

Canada’s public servants take up to twice the number of sick days a year as private sector workers do, because of different motivations, work cultures and rules that encourage “gaming the system,” says a new report by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Phillip Cross, Statistics Canada’s former chief economic analyst, concludes in the report that the existing […]

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So far, Justin Trudeau’s still not into the Parliament scene

Nov 27 2015 — Susan Delacourt

With one notable exception, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been lavishing attention on many who felt neglected during the Conservative years in power. Premiers, public servants, scientists, the United Nations, reporters, the United States, diplomats, cabinet ministers, Green party Leader Elizabeth May — all have received abundant assurances that the new guy at the top […]


Trudeau twirls the baton in a parade of promises

Nov 26 2015 — Don Martin

The trick to living long and prospering in politics, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein used to say, is to figure out which way the parade is going – and jump in front of it. Watching Justin Trudeau’s government on the march this week, it’s clear the new prime minister is twirling the big baton in […]


Trudeau breaks promise for right reasons

Nov 27 2015 — John Gormley

Although of uncertain provenance, decades ago a grizzled politico uttered the famous words “never concede, never explain and never apologize.” No matter how it’s pulled off, the rule seldom changes. From the arrogance of Pierre Trudeau the Elder to the obsequiousness of Brian Mulroney, the bluntness of Jean Chretien or the recalcitrance of Stephen Harper, […]


Curing the public sector’s sick leave malaise

Nov 27 2015 — Philip Cross

The federal government’s ailing sick leave system is in need of a cure. A new Macdonald-Laurier Institute report finds federal employees are calling in sick more often than their private-sector counterparts – and the gap is growing larger with each passing year. Author Philip Cross, Statistics Canada’s former chief economic analyst, delves into the numbers […]


‘Progressive’ Liberals may muscle out NDP

Nov 27 2015 — Anthony Furey

It’s going to be a tough few years for the NDP as it sits on the sidelines and watches the Liberals claim to be the most progressive party. Holding down the fort as third party isn’t fun, especially after you’ve been used to having the limelight as the official Opposition. But it’s even less so […]

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The RCMP wants more online surveillance power. We should say no.

Nov 27 2015 — Michael Harris

The Mounties may always get their man, but they shouldn’t always get what they ask for. That includes warrantless Internet snooping. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson wants warrantless access to online subscriber information. That, in itself, is not remarkable. Police always want fewer obstacles between their work and the people they pursue — more John Wayne, […]


Muslims grapple with their place in Canada

Nov 27 2015 — Carol Goar

The book was conceived in happier times. Novelist M.G. Vassanji and his wife, editor Nurehan Aziz — who had always resisted being pigeonholed by race, religion, culture or origin — were pondering their Muslim identity in the wake of 9/11. Living as they had for 30 years as members of the Indo-Canadian diaspora, distinguished by […]


TPP and Canada’s misunderstood dairy industry

Nov 27 2015 — Don Pittis

As hugely profitable companies from Bell to the banks continue to lay off employees in a quest to squeeze out higher profits, it is a reminder that market driven efficiency, including in Canada’s dairy industry, can have a dark side. So far it appears supply managed agriculture has escaped its worst fears. Nonetheless, commentary on […]

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Daniel Radcliffe had 2 personal assistants on set of new movie ‘Victor Frankenstein,’ insider says

Nov 27 2015 —

Daniel Radcliffe required two personal assistants during the filming of his new flick “Victor Frankenstein,” a well-placed insider tells Confidenti@l. “But James McAvoy, who plays the title character and is the star of the movie, only required one assistant,” adds the source, who says that it’s “ironic” that Radcliffe portrays Igor, Victor Frankenstein’s loyal assistant, […]

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