Seven Canadians including a federal cabinet minister, the director of an organization that promotes political participation and the former president of a Quebec political party are among 215 people named this year to the World Economic Forum’s special team of young leaders.
OTTAWA - The mayor of Portage la Prairie, Man., is not happy that his local community newspaper is owned by a media magnate who wants to break up the country."It's a damn shame that the guy's chosen to go separatist," Earl Porter barked down the telephone line Tuesday.Much has been made already of Pierre Karl […]
Provincial elections normally get their fair share of gimmick candidates – such as Earl Grey the cat during the last Nova Scotia election. In fact, speaking of cats, for over 15 years, a feline has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Enter Anarchopanda, aka Professor Julien Villeneuve.
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Pierre Karl Peladeau's decision to run for the Parti Quebecois doesn't impact the NHL's position on potentially putting an expansion franchise in the province, the league said Tuesday.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he started getting calls Sunday night about Peladeau running for the sovereigntist party in the upcoming provincial election.Peladeau has […]Read More
OTTAWA - Canada's minister of state for social development is heading to Chicago on Wednesday to tout Canada as an emerging world leader in the battle against homelessness.Candice Bergen is slated to address the international Housing First conference on Thursday after a day of meetings with anti-homelessness advocates on the opening day of the event. […]Read More
NOTRE-DAME-DES-BOIS, Que. - Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois is insisting the federal government pick up the complete tab for moving a rail line that cuts through Lac-Megantic.Forty-seven people were killed and most of the community's downtown was destroyed last July after a fuel-laden train derailed and exploded.Marois says moving the rail line falls under federal […]Read More
If Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives ever thought they had a friendly ideological soulmate in Pierre Karl Peladeau, they must still be reeling from the bombshell the Quebec media mogul dropped on the weekend. Not only is the former head of Quebecor – which owns the Journal de Montreal, the French TV network TVA, Videotron, […]Read More
Former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who took the government to court over its refusal to hand over details of federal spending cuts before his controversial term ended last year, is joining NDP Leader Tom Mulcair this week for a public airing of “public finance and democracy in Canada.” A spokesman for Mr. Mulcair (Outremont, […]Read More
KABUL - A map on the wall at the Gandamack Lodge, a well-worn Kabul haunt for western aid workers, officials and journalists, traces in meticulous detail the disastrous, bloody retreat of British troops from the Afghan capital in January 1842. It was an unmitigated rout. A British and Indian force of 4,300 troops was wiped […]Read More
Media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau is the brightest but most mercurial star to appear on the Quebec political firmament since Lucien Bouchard. His decision to run for the Parti Québécois in the April 7 election could lead to a dramatic realignment of the constellations in Quebec. His addition to Pauline Marois’ candidate lineup was initially described as […]
On the day it was announced, Pierre Karl Peladeau’s entry into provincial politics was hailed as a “masterful coup” for the Parti Quebecois, a “game-changer” that would bolster the party’s credentials on economic issues. And not just in the newspapers he owns. A day later, the hazards of inviting rogue billionaires to try their hand […]
In 1976, when Parti Québécois founder René Lévesque led his party to power for the first time, he said his government would have a “favourable prejudice to workers.” Now it’s 2014, Lévesque is dead, and so is his Parti Québécois. After the announcement on Sunday of Pierre Karl Péladeau’s candidacy for the PQ, Quebec’s largest […]
Be careful what you wish for — you might just get it. That’s good advice for Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, who announced the ‘star’ PQ candidacy of Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau in the riding of St. Jerome over the weekend. Peladeau brings many positives to the Parti Quebecois, notably in the realm of economic policy — […]
It is not certain that Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois will win a majority government in Quebec next month. The polls could be wrong, the Liberals might recover, Quebecers might decide that they have no stomach for another self-indulgent conversation on their future.
Quebec politics are akin to watching a game of 3 card Monte. You think the shell is under the middle card….but. The announcement of Quebecor Poobah Pierre Karl Peladeau as a Parti Quebecois candidate for Ste. Jerome is a boost for Madame Marois’ hopes of a Majority Separatist government in her Spring election, and […]
We want our leaders—and governments—to be clear in their views and decisive in their actions; all the more so when it concerns hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women was created to find solutions to this horror. A year later, it has imploded and the process is in ruins. Why? The flashpoint appears to be the NDP and Liberals' call for a national commission of inquiry. Conservative MP and Committee Chair Stella Ambler opposes this option. She says there's been enough talk and now it is time for action, but what kind of action does she want?
Our neglect of our history being what it is, March 11 won’t signify much to most Canadians. It’s March 17 that gets all the notoriety and all the boozing. But while there’s no problem with raising a glass to the patron saint of Ireland, Tuesday’s date should be a greater day of celebration in this […]
An old hand who has worked the wheat fields of Canada for many years said yesterday there used to be a saying in the business that Canadian wheat is “13% protein and 87% politics.” The ratio may have come down in recent years on average, but for a few days last week the Canadian grain […]
Last October during the U.S. government shutdown I argued Canada needed some form of debt ceiling legislation. Right now, debt just increases every time we approve the federal budget. People spend the budget process fixated on items like niche tax credits without stopping to think of how much the overall package increases our debt. Many […]
Ezra Levant’s libel trial could have been settled long ago — if the two sides had cut each other some slack
At one point, the judge begged, “Please be quiet.” At another, she said wearily, “Can I ask you both to stop?” Ontario Superior Court Judge Wendy Matheson was addressing the witness and the lawyer questioning him, respectively the right-wing pundit Ezra Levant and Brian Shiller, the lawyer from the Toronto firm of Ruby & Shiller, […]Read More
Dear Barack Obama, Stephen Harper et al.: We sense Vladimir Putin is making you angry. Even worse, we sense that he is – once again – making you look like a band of powerless eunuchs. As he did over Syria. As he did with Edward Snowden. As he did with his gay-hating laws leading up […]Read More
Drake and Rihanna have been acting like a “loved-up couple” behind closed doors. The ‘Take Care’ rapper is rumored to have rekindled his romance with the Bajan beauty – who he was first linked to in 2009 – and though they have mostly kept their union private, they were spotted out together in London restaurant […]