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Saudi arms deal exempt from global treaty, Ottawa says

Feb 10 2016 — Steven Chase

Canada’s controversial $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia will be exempt from a global arms trade treaty that the Trudeau Liberals promised they would sign if they won office, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion’s department says. This means Canada’s biggest military export contract, to supply weaponized armoured vehicles to a country regularly ranked by Freedom […]

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Kevin O’Leary says Canada shouldn’t be involved in any international military engagements other than peacekeeping – and that includes the allied mission against the Islamic State (ISIS). The business TV star and possible Conservative Party leadership candidate made the comments on News Talk Radio 580 CFRA Tuesday. “I don’t want to bomb or get involved […]

Feb 10 2016 — Ian MacLeod

Don’t hold your breath for the legalization of marijuana to happen any time soon. The 415-page briefing book prepared for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has the Liberal campaign pot pledge on page 410. Obtained under access to information laws, the heavily-redacted briefing lays out priorities for Wilson-Raybould’s first 100 days in office. Beyond an overview […]

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Do Canadians want to end the ISIS bombing mission? It depends

Feb 10 2016 — Eric Grenier

What do Canadians think about the country’s mission against ISIS in the Middle East? Finding out the answer to that is trickier than you might think. Recent polls have reported seemingly contradictory information about public opinion on the mission. One recent survey showed a strong majority of Canadians preferring the bombing mission against ISIS to […]

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A crush of Canadians seeking to give up their U.S. citizenship is causing long delays and mounting frustration. A record number of Americans willingly renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2015 as the burden of a sweeping U.S. tax crackdown spreads. U.S. Treasury Department figures released this week show that 4,279 individuals renounced last year, up […]

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NDP leader Tom Mulcair says the Liberal government needs to allow more Canadians to take advantage of employment insurance, especially given the economic hardships in the west. “We know there is an increase in unemployment here in Saskatchewan and that there is opportunity therefore for the government to move rapidly on unemployment insurance,” Mulcair told […]

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Feb 10 2016 —

A political advisor who helped Selinger through the NDP leadership crisis has stepped down from her party and union roles amid financial allegations that have been forwarded to police. “Heather Grant-Jury is no longer employed by the UFCW Local 832 Training Centre. We are conducting an internal investigation and have no other details to provide […]

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Jenni Byrne would like you to know it wasn’t her fault

Feb 10 2016 — Susan Delacourt

Many Conservatives may be less than grateful that Jenni Byrne, the party’s former campaign director, has aired her views on what went wrong for the party in the 2015 election. But Canadian political historians ought to thank Byrne for her unexpected columnist’s turn in The Globe and Mail this week, which clears up a couple […]

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Justin Trudeau makes his leadership style clear in first 100 days

Feb 10 2016 — Carol Goar

A pattern is developing in Canadian politics. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet a group expected to be unfriendly or censorious. He will listen carefully to its position but make no firm commitment. To the surprise of his critics, he will emerge unscathed. The scenario keeps repeating itself. After each encounter, his adversaries accuse him […]

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Whatever happens with the ISIS mission now, Trudeau will wear it

Feb 10 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald

Whether Canada’s re-profiled role in the allied campaign against ISIS is a combat or non-combat mission, one thing is clear: Justin Trudeau owns it. He inherited a very different operation from the previous Conservative government, one led by six CF-18 fighter jets and 69 Special Forces members training Kurdish resistance fighters on the ground in […]

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Let’s call our anti-ISIS mission what it is

Feb 9 2016 — Tim Harper

The new Canadian role in the anti-ISIS coalition actually takes its roots from a decision taken 16 months ago when Justin Trudeau decided he could not align himself with Stephen Harper. If Harper wanted to bomb Islamic State targets, then the Liberals didn’t want to do that. There was principle at play and internal Liberal […]

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Trudeau repays a debt to Kathleen Wynne with feel-goodery

Feb 10 2016 — Chris Selley

Rest assured: Justin Trudeau, campaign mode, is still operational. Thirty-six hours after sombrely chewing the scenery while announcing Canada’s new anti-ISIL mission, the prime minister strode into Whitby’s Zingers Bar and Grill, flanked by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Elizabeth Roy, her candidate in Thursday’s Whitby-Oshawa byelection, and set the crowd afire with some of […]

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Liberal infrastructure plan may not be sexy, but it’s sensible

Feb 9 2016 — John Ivison

Navdeep Bains spent most mornings during the federal election campaign at his local GO Transit station in Mississauga, Ont., handing out flyers that read: “Tired of your long commute?” The message that his Liberals would spend billions on new transit systems resonated with stressed-out, frustrated voters. Justin Trudeau is now prime minister, and Bains his […]

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First Nashville. Now New Hampshire. Is Canada next?

Feb 9 2016 — Dylan Marando

Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders. John Scott. They matter for Canada. For those unfamiliar with the story, John Scott was an obscure point-deficient enforcer in the NHL. Then the league opened its all-star voting to fan-sourcing. An unexpected campaign emerged with the intention of sending Scott to the big show. And, voila, a couple weeks ago […]

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Kanye West declares Bill Cosby is innocent

Feb 10 2016 —

Kanye West is once again causing drama online. The rapper declared “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” via Twitter on Tuesday night. “Kanye please don’t do this,” one fan pleaded with him. Another fan responded, “it is getting progressively harder to continue loving you like I do when you are continually so dense.” A number of fans […]