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AG’s confidential reports refer tens of thousands of misspending to Senate Internal Economy Committee: sources

May 4 2015 — Abbas Rana

Written on controlled and numbered documents with instructions not to make any copies, Auditor General Michael Ferguson sent out his final confidential audit findings to Senators two weeks ago, clearing some Senators while flagging the expenses of others and referring those cases, which in some instances run into tens of thousands of dollars, to the […]

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The key to victory for whichever party wins Tuesday’s provincial election will be its ability to get out the vote, a political strategist says. Having the resources and organization to get likely supporters to the polling stations will be especially vital in battleground Calgary, said Stephen Carter, who was behind Naheed Nenshi’s first mayoralty campaign […]

May 4 2015 — Eric Grenier

Albertans are telling pollsters that they will elect an NDP majority government on Tuesday. But is that what they will actually do when they cast their ballots? Seven polls were published between Thursday and Sunday, and all of them told the same remarkable story. The New Democrats were awarded between 37 per cent and 44 […]

May 4 2015 — Terry Milewski

A milestone approaches on June 3. It will be the fifth anniversary of one of the largest capital projects ever announced by the Canadian government: the $40-billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. But hold the applause. It hasn’t yet built or procured any ships. Be patient.

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VE-Day tarnished by new war of words between Russia, the West

May 4 2015 — Brian Stewart

Only a few years ago it was still possible to imagine Russia and the West coming together to celebrate a shared moment of history — the end of the Second World War in Europe 70 years ago. That was then. Now we’re in a much harsher world in which this week’s normal celebratory sentiments have […]

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Canadians support increasing CPP benefits, poll finds

May 4 2015 — Bill Curry

Canadians strongly support the Conservative government’s move to raise the contribution limits for Tax Free Savings Accounts, but expanding the Canada Pension Plan would be an even more popular move. A new Nanos survey conducted for The Globe and Mail reveals 64 per cent of Canadians polled said they support increasing how much Canadians can […]

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Polls put spring in Harper’s step

May 4 2015 — Dan Leger

Has spring sprung? It might have been tardy arriving here but in Stephen Harper’s world, it’s already full on. The prime minister can gaze out upon vistas of sunny opportunities almost everywhere he looks. Harper’s post-deficit budget, four years in the making, is winning new friends. His wars seem to be popular. His appointed senator, […]

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If Prentice falls in Alberta, he will have defeated himself

May 3 2015 — Tim Harper

It may be a cliché, but in the final hours of the Alberta election campaign it bears repeating. Governments defeat themselves. Sometimes it takes a while — in Alberta’s case that would be 44 years — but if the Progressive Conservatives under Jim Prentice were to lose Tuesday’s election, they will have shot themselves. Prentice […]

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Is the PC fear card an ace or a joker?

May 3 2015 — Don Braid

With voting day almost upon us, the election campaign is following the Progressive Conservative script. Tuesday will determine if the voters are following it, too. The script is to demonize the NDP while virtually ignoring and marginalizing Wildrose. This began during the April 23 televised leaders’ debate, when Premier Jim Prentice literally turned his back […]

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Polls show Alberta ready for change

May 4 2015 — Geoffrey Stevens

The desire for change is the most powerful force in politics. We are seeing that in Alberta where voters will go to the polls on Tuesday in a provincial election that appears destined to end the Progressive Conservatives’ 44-year stranglehold on power. All the pollsters agree: the New Democrats will take over in Alberta, their […]

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Premier Jim Prentice and the missteps that got him here

May 4 2015 — Ian Robinson

When it comes to politics, in the end I always take my frontal lobes out of the equation. I lead with my heart. I know what’s right. I want right to prevail. It almost never does. But I never stop hoping. It’s the reason if you go to my profile @SunIanRobinson on Twitter, I describe […]

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Violence explodes in ‘Game of Thrones’

May 4 2015 —

Tonight’s episode is titled “The Sons of the Harpy,” but they’re hardly the only ones marauding their way through the most violent installment yet of Season Five. War, not winter, is what’s coming, and it’s roiling in every corner of the Seven Kingdoms. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) has moved from virtual imprisonment in a carriage with […]