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Tories revive union bill that provoked Senate rebellion; move to limit debate

Sep 21 2014 —

Conservative senators are making a bid to cut short debate on private members’ business just as the Senate is about to revive debate on a controversial bill that would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. The timing of the two moves has sparked suspicions that the Harper government wants to whisk bill […]

Sep 21 2014 — Ethan Lou

Business lawyer Raj Grewal won the federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Brampton East Sunday night after a vote that party officials say was marred by a brawl. An official of the local Liberal riding association said at least 750 people were denied participation in the nomination meeting, in which 2,910 voted. “The complaints […]

Sep 21 2014 — Theophilos Argitis

Canada won’t make any sudden changes to the country’s system of housing finance, even as the government looks at ways to reduce its role in the market, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said. Oliver said that while he’s studying proposals, such as the idea of the government passing on more risk to lenders, these are longer-term […]

Sep 21 2014 — Josh Wingrove

One of Parliament’s most high-profile bills appears set to become law without major changes – as one senator says the committee considering Bill C-36, aimed at reining in the sex trade, is “highly unlikely” to call for changes. The approval of the bill by the Conservative-dominated Senate committee would be a strong signal it will […]

Sep 21 2014 — Jane Taber

In the last week of the campaign, the New Brunswick Liberals ran a television ad featuring a picture of a smiling David Alward, the Progressive Conservative leader and Premier, beside Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Ominous music played in the background as a female narrator said: “Conservatives David Alward and Stephen Harper have made a mess […]

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Aboard HMCS Toronto for ‘Operation Reassurance’ on the Black Sea

Sep 21 2014 —

Canadian warship HMCS Toronto is preparing to lead a patrol in the Black Sea as part of a three-week NATO exercise aimed at boosting maritime security in the region and keeping a close eye on Russia. HMCS Toronto is to sail from Bulgaria to the Crimean peninsula next week, where the Halifax-based frigate will patrol […]

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Conservative MP Rob Anders a no-show as he loses nomination in Bow River

Sep 20 2014 —

In the end he never even showed up to hear the final results. Calgary MP Rob Anders, whose controversies spanned the last 17 years, was beaten Saturday in this rural riding east of Calgary where he had hoped to resurrect his flagging political career. Anders had sought the Conservative nomination in the new riding of […]

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Oliver urges targeted stimulus for Europe

Sep 21 2014 —

Finance Minister Joe Oliver says while some European countries need more stimulus spending, that’s not what he’s planning for Canada. Oliver says the G20 nations will come close to meeting their goal of raising global GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years if they all implement solid economic plans. But though […]

Sep 21 2014 —

David Suzuki says it’s likely his last major campaign and it won’t be another bullhorn protest but a much higher goal: to enshrine clean air and water in the Charter of Rights. Canada’s famed environmental activist, now 78, can hear the blowback already. “People say: ‘That’s crazy. You want to try to get a change […]

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Sep 20 2014 —

Egypt’s president says he can’t interfere with his country’s courts in the case of a jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist. In an interview with the Associated Press, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says if he had been in power at the time when Mohamed Fahmy and his fellow Al-Jazeera English colleagues were arrested, he would have simply deported them instead […]

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Sep 20 2014 — Glen McGregor

Conservative staff members deleted comments critical of the Canada-China investment deal that were posted on the party’s Facebook page. Angry notes about the controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) were among more than 100 Facebook comments purged from the party’s page in less than a week, an analysis by Postmedia News found.

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Breaking up the old 2011 Tory gang

Sep 21 2014 — Tim Harper

Rob Merrifield joined a growing parade last week. He’s the latest to bid so long to that old gang, the Conservative class of 2011. In accepting the post as Washington envoy for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, Merrifield became just the latest Conservative MP to turn his or her back on Ottawa and to choose something […]

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U.S. owes Canada an apology for Keystone delays

Sep 21 2014 — Karen A. Harbert

We’re sorry, Canada. For many years, you’ve been a valuable friend, ally, trading partner and good neighbour to us here in the United States. But on Sept. 19, 2008, six years ago yesterday, one of your companies, TransCanada, filed a permit application with our government to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which will bring some […]

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Who speaks for the Liberals?

Sep 21 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Suppose in the aftermath of the latest Israel-Gaza conflict, while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was expressing support for Israel, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had said Israel fired indiscriminately at Palestinian civilians, essentially a war crime. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau would have been the first on his feet in Parliament demanding to know who spoke […]

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Trudeau’s photobomb simply bombs

Sep 21 2014 — Ezra Levant

Last weekend, the Liberal Party published the above photo of their leader, Justin Trudeau. They captioned it, “Trudeau photobombs a bridal party,” but that’s not what it was. Photobombing is when someone is accidentally in the background of a photo, or when someone sneaks in. It’s like a blooper. But this was a posed picture […]

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Why Dalton McGuinty is lobbying for a living

Sep 21 2014 — Martin Regg Cohn

During his decade in power, Dalton McGuinty relied on sturdy gatekeepers to shield him from the demands of grubby lobbyists always trying to make the big pitch. Now the former premier’s heady world has been turned upside down: Having tumbled from the summit of power to the ground floor lobby, he has registered as a […]

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Doug Ford’s the wild card

Sep 21 2014 — Adrienne Batra

Notes from the campaign trail: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford remains the biggest story of the election he withdrew from. The shocking developments that started last Friday have continued to dominate the public’s attention. The mayor now faces a much larger fight than any political contest. Cancer is a struggle too many Canadians know personally, and […]

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Ex-NFL kicker Rob Bironas killed in car accident

Sep 21 2014 —

Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after […]