National Newswatch

Duffy trial set to begin next April

Sep 23 2014 —

Suspended Sen. Mike Duffy will go to trial starting in April, a court ruled today. The court has set aside 41 days for the politically charged case. The trial is scheduled for April 7-May 12 and June 1-June 19. The proceeding comes just months before the next scheduled federal election in October 2015.

Sep 23 2014 —

Calls for a recount in New Brunswick’s election grew today as the leader of the People’s Alliance added his voice to Progressive Conservative party’s push for a hand count of every ballot cast on Monday. The Liberals won a majority government but the count by Elections New Brunswick was plagued by problems with vote tabulation […]

Sep 23 2014 —

Tom Mulcair is harkening back to the NDP’s social democratic roots, casting his party as the champion of working class Canadians and the bane of what he calls corporate “freeloaders.” In a toughly-worded speech to be delivered today to a Teamsters rail safety conference, the NDP leader’s rhetoric is reminiscent of the party’s former leaders, […]

Sep 23 2014 — Gary Mason

Getting First Nations approval for the Northern Gateway pipeline will be “pretty tough,” as long as the proposed terminus remains at Kitimat, B.C., says Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. The Premier says there are other options besides Kitimat from which to load unrefined, heavy oil onto tankers destined for Asian ports, saying the environmental concerns of […]

Sep 23 2014 — Laura Armstrong

John Tory maintained a seven-point lead over Doug Ford (Open Doug Ford’s policard) Monday in the second Forum Research poll released since the campaign-manager-turned-candidate threw his hat in the ring 10 days ago. The poll — conducted Monday exclusively for the Star and Citytv — sees Tory maintain his lead in Toronto’s mayoral race at […]


Brian Gallant’s Liberals prepare for transition after win

Sep 23 2014 — Daniel McHardie

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant won a tight election campaign that was beset by a vote-counting fiasco that still may take more time to settle. New Brunswick voters also made history by electing Green Party David Coon in Fredericton South. The well-known environmentalist has become the first-ever MLA elected under the Green Party’s banner in New […]


Islamic State threat on Canadian soil can’t be dismissed, experts warn

Sep 23 2014 — Douglas Quan

A new audio recording from the Islamic extremist group controlling parts of Iraq and Syria urging attacks on Canadians and other westerners cannot be dismissed as mere propaganda, security experts said Monday. The slick social media messaging of the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, coupled with its apparent recruitment of […]

Sep 23 2014 — Lee Berthiaume

The 30-day countdown on Canada’s initial mission to Iraq officially started when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the deployment, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson’s office has revealed. “The clock started on Sept. 5,” Nicholson’s spokeswoman Johanna Quinney said in an email to the Citizen after Nicholson dodged several NDP questions about the date in the House […]

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Sep 23 2014 —

Canadians will get a better idea today of when disgraced Sen. Mike Duffy will go on trial on criminal charges. What happens when Duffy’s lawyer appears in an Ottawa courtroom could have an impact on the next federal election — specifically, whether it’ll be held as scheduled in the fall of 2015, or earlier. Donald […]

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Sep 22 2014 — Karolyn Coorsh

A Quebec NDP MP is apologizing on Monday after offering a bizarre perk to anyone who donated $50 to her online fundraising campaign. Charmaine Borg, who represents the riding of Terrebonne-Blainville in Quebec, came under fire over social media when her crowdsourcing platform came to light over Twitter.

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Sep 22 2014 —

Nathalie Normandeau may perhaps have an interest in re-entering politics, but at least one political party is slow to show its enthusiasm. Radio-Canada is reporting that Jean Charest’s former minister has been approached by both the federal Liberals and the Conservatives to run as a candidate in the 2015. CJAD`s political analyst Jean Lapierre says […]

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Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Why mandatory voting is a vote against (real) change

Sep 23 2014 — Don Lenihan

Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’m here because I believe our democracy is in trouble. Voter turnout is the most important indicator of citizens’ faith in the political system and the numbers are falling fast, especially among young people. We have to fix this. Some very sensible people think mandatory voting may be the answer. They say that youth need a gentle “nudge” to prod them out of their indifference and help them become responsible citizens.


What Harper learned from Chrétien the street fighter

Sep 23 2014 — Lawrence Martin

There he was, age 80, back at it, making news again. In his endless career, Jean Chrétien has thrown more punches and taken more hits than George Chuvalo. But he’s still standing. Not much has changed. The gravel voice, the broken diction, everything raw, unschooled and straight from the gut. This time, in talking to […]

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Harper wants to talk security, not climate. Here’s why

Sep 23 2014 — Campbell Clark

It’s foreign-policy week for Stephen Harper, and not all international issues are equal. Trade and international security are what he wants to talk about. Climate change is on a list of things he doesn’t have much time for. The foreign issues themselves don’t change many votes, but what he really wants is to look like […]

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An alternative to the Tories’ broken EI plan

Sep 23 2014 — Justin Trudeau

Canadians need a plan for jobs and growth. After nearly a decade of Conservative government, unemployment is still stubbornly high and economic growth is sluggish. In the past 12 months, only 15,000 full-time jobs have been created in Canada. That’s why Liberals are focused on a jobs and growth agenda. Since I became leader of […]


Keep on doing what you’re doing, Mr. Prentice

Sep 23 2014 — Karin Klassen

Having decided to play loose with democracy, Premier Jim Prentice should keep calm and carry on, with earplugs, if necessary. If voices were tethers, Prentice would look like Gulliver in Lilliput. After 43 years of uninterrupted togetherness, one humdinger of a fight has been brewing between the reigning provincial Conservatives and political colleagues, columnists and […]


Scotland’s referendum was a fundamentally undemocratic process

Sep 23 2014 — Andrew Coyne

In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very little cheating, turnout was massive, and so on. But before we hold up the Scottish process as an example for […]


Netflix to CRTC: Hands off our subscriber data

Sep 23 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Hands off my Netflix. That’s what Canadian consumers should be telling the CRTC, and the federal government, after the disgraceful performance last Friday by CRTC president Jean-Pierre Blais during the organization’s ‘Let`s Talk TV’ marathon. A heated exchange with the Internet broadcaster’s global public policy director, Corie Wright, culminated in a threat by Blais: “The […]

Sep 23 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Media expert on climate change, I am not. You want columnist climate connoisseur? Go read Lorrie Goldstein or Ezra Levant. “Humanity’s burning of fossil fuels is having a warming effect on the climate,” Goldstein has written. “But that it’s not as dramatic as we were initially led to believe.” Levant is slightly less nuanced. Climate […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit in New York is a glorified photo-op. Its main purpose — complete with global demonstrations and protests in the days leading up to it — is to promote another UN meeting on climate change next year in Paris. Also to pressure developed nations like Canada and the U.S. to contribute […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Ezra Levant

There were two big marches on opposite sides of the planet this weekend. At the Turkish border an estimated 130,000 destitute refugees flooded in from Syria. They were fleeing from the Islamic State terrorist group. It was the equivalent of a whole city on a death march. No electricity, no heat, no clean water and, […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

New Conference Board research, ranking Canadian cities’ appeal to migrants, ranks Vancouver in fifth place among top performers, lauding “its over-all high quality of life.” The board’s 160-page report, released Monday, praises Vancouver’s “beautiful setting and temperate climate,” as well as its planning and good governance. However, it also points to the city’s high cost […]

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Man who spoke about Palin family brawl fired from job for sharing details

Sep 23 2014 —

The Alaska man who divulged details about the bizarre brawl that broke out between the Palin family and a large group of other inebriated snowmobile enthusiasts has been fired from his job for the revelation, according to a bombshell report. Eric Thompson gave his account of the bizarre fight, which occurred earlier this month at […]