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Liberals apologize for mixing up living and dead Russian politicians

Mar 4 2015 — Josh Elliott

The federal Liberal Party has apologized for confusing a slain Russian politician with one who is very much alive. The mix-up came earlier this week when the Liberals mistook former Russian deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov for ex-PM Mikhail Kasyanov in a statement regarding Nemtsov’s death. The statement quoted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau recalling a […]

Mar 4 2015 — Paola Loriggio

The Harper government says it plans to introduce legislation that would keep what it calls “Canada’s most heinous criminals” behind bars for life with no chance of parole. The government says the law would apply to those convicted of first-degree-murder involving the killing of police officers or correctional officers; who commit acts of terrorism; carry […]

Mar 4 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Life means life. Vote Conservative. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that that the government will introduce legislation to keep criminals “too cruel and dangerous to be put back into freedom” locked up permanently, with no possibility of parole. “Our Government believes in standing up for victims of crime and their families, putting their […]

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Conservative government mum on taxpayer-funded ad spending

Mar 4 2015 — Bill Curry

The Conservative government’s annual report on government advertising is nowhere to be found at a time when the use of taxpayer-funded ad spending is under close political scrutiny. Nearly a year after the 2013-14 fiscal year came to an end, Public Works has not yet released its annual report outlining spending trends and the exact […]

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Senate Fails to Override Obama’s Keystone XL Veto

Mar 4 2015 —

The Senate has failed to override the president’s veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. As expected, proponents of the project were not able to reach the veto-override threshold of 67 votes on Wednesday. Sixty-two senators supported the measure, including all Republicans and eight Democrats. Thirty-seven Democrats opposed it. President Barack Obama vetoed […]

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Franck Gervais pleads guilty to illegally wearing military gear on Remembrance Day

Mar 4 2015 —

A Quebec man has pleaded guilty to illegally wearing a military uniform and medals during the 2014 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa at the National War Memorial. Franck Gervais, 32, pleaded guilty in an Ottawa courtroom on Wednesday to the unlawful use of military uniforms and unlawful use of military decoration while dressed as a […]

Mar 4 2015 — Carlito Pablo

What was initially promised as a competitive selection of federal Liberal candidates for nomination isn’t going to happen in Vancouver Kingsway. The same thing occurred in Van­couver South and Vancouver Granville amid grumblings in those ridings about favouritism by party brass. These appear to contradict Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s promise of open nominations across Canada. […]

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Mar 4 2015 — Terry Milewski

Canada’s military, though modest in size, is of great political value to the Harper government. Ever since taking power in 2006, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have bemoaned a “decade of darkness” under the Liberals. They’ve missed few opportunities to drive home the message: those other guys just can’t be trusted to protect Canada. Now, in the […]

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Why Bill Gates is Stephen Harper’s favourite American

Mar 4 2015 — Paul Wells

We’ve finally found a world leader who enjoys a productive, mutually respectful working relationship with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He’s socially awkward, he’s a man of few words, and his dress shirts never seem to fit. No, not Harper: I’m talking about the other guy. Bill Gates. “Canada and the Gates Foundation have been on […]

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Would Trudeau govern from the right or left?

Mar 4 2015 — Paul Adams

There’s a simple mathematical explanation to the Trudeau Liberals’ current rightward tilt. Every former Conservative voter that the Liberals are able to woo is a two-fer, not only increasing the Liberals’ vote tally but decreasing the Conservatives’ at the same time. For hockey fans, the best analogy would be the four-point games that loom so […]

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The subtle reshaping of Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau

Mar 3 2015 — Tim Harper

It’s an election year and that means last year’s versions of the two men who are bent on unseating Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are gone. The 2015 versions of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are different in both style and message. Some of the changes are subtle — a little tweaking there, […]

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She can win Ontario, but can Christine Elliott win her own party?

Mar 4 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

In the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, Christine Elliott has by far the most money and endorsements, while Patrick Brown has sold the most party memberships. Insider vs. outsider. Elliott has raised over $600,000 — at least twice as much as reported by Brown, though he apparently raised quite a bit more before the race […]

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Federal government ignoring the real threat to national security

Mar 4 2015 — Tom Walkom

For Prime Minister Stephen Harper, national security is a top priority. Climate change is not. Yet as a new study suggests, the two are inexorably linked. More specifically, the study — published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — concludes that man-made climate change aggravated the four-year drought that spawned Syria’s […]

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There is a great deal for Ben Levin to be shame-faced about

Mar 4 2015 — Rosie DiManno

He sinks lower and lower into the chair, neck disappearing beneath the collar of his suit jacket. Covering his face with his hands in a posture of abject shame. And indeed Ben Levin is profoundly ashamed of himself. “I apologize unreservedly,” declares the bureaucrat who was once Ontario’s deputy education minister —though the Liberal government […]

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Wynne talks booze while Rome burns

Mar 4 2015 — Christina Blizzard

By any standard, Tuesday should have been an immensely embarrassing day for the government of Kathleen Wynne. Beset by damaging allegations of bribery from both the OPP and Elections Ontario in the Sudbury byelection and with the Ornge air ambulance probe and the deleted e-mails investigation still plodding away in the background, you’d think this […]

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Chris Brown — Surprise, I’m a Father!

Mar 4 2015 —

Chris Brown is the proud father of a 9-month-old baby girl … TMZ has learned. The baby’s mother is a 31-year-old former model named Nia — who we’re told has known Chris for several years. Sources connected to both Nia and Chris tell us they are on very good terms — however they’re not together […]

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