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AG Ferguson sends out final audit reports to Senators

Apr 27 2015 — Abbas Rana

Auditor General Michael Ferguson started to send out the potentially politically explosive final audit reports of Senators’ expenses to Senators and, following procedure, the AG has also asked Senators to respond to his findings which will be incorporated in the report to be tabled in the Upper Chamber in late May or early June, Conservative […]

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Former Kandahar combat commander named as Canada’s next defence chief

Apr 27 2015 —

A former combat commander who has led operations at home and overseas has been appointed to the country’s top military job. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Defence Minister Jason Kenney say Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance will be the next chief of defence staff, replacing the soon-to-retire Gen. Tom Lawson. Vance twice led the army’s task force […]

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Del Mastro back in court Tuesday

Apr 27 2015 —

Dean Del Mastro is back in court Tuesday. Elections Canada began investigating former Peterborough’s former MP in 2012, alleging he overspent on his 2008 election campaign, then lied to cover it up. His trial was spread out over several months in 2014. Here’s how events unfolded. June 6, 2012: Peterborough Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro […]

Apr 27 2015 — James Cudmore

​Gerald Donohue is expected to emerge this week as a central figure in the fraud and breach of trust trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy. But who is Donohue and what did he do for the $64,916.50 the Senate directed his way on Duffy’s behalf? Duffy and Donohue were friends for years before they became […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Kathryn May

The largest union representing workers in Canada’s non-partisan public service is appealing to its members to defeat the Conservatives in the upcoming election as part of a sweeping emergency resolution to “beat back” the government’s attack on collective bargaining rights and sick leave benefits. More than 700 delegates are gathered in Quebec City this week […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Shawn McCarthy

Canada faces significantly higher costs than the United States to meet the same targets for greenhouse-gas reduction, a difference that is heightened by federal delays in policy action. Prime Minister Stephen Harper signalled last week that Canada will set a less ambitious emissions-reduction goal for 2025 than the one announced by President Barack Obama, which […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Stewart Bell

A Canadian military veteran has described life on the front lines with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, writing in a blog post that he had taken part in several raids and helped liberate villages from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Brandon Glossop, a 26-year-old former member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light […]

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Tragi-comic Duffy plot thickens

Apr 27 2015 — Dan Leger

In the list of history’s great courtroom dramas, The Queen vs. Mike Duffy might not rank in the top 10. There’s been no shock DNA evidence, no glamorous witness with a mysterious past. No one has yelled, “You can’t handle the truth!” Duffy’s defence lawyer, Donald Bayne, is sharp but he’s no Horace Rumpole, the […]

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A mid-campaign scare or end of an era in Alberta?

Apr 27 2015 — Tim Harper

The barbarians are at the gate again — and this time the dynasty is having trouble with the drawbridge. As the Alberta election campaign enters its final full week, the Progressive Conservative dynasty — the country’s longest ever — is being entrusted to the increasingly shaky grip of leader Jim Prentice. Of course, we’ve been […]

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Stephen Harper gives the Order of Canada a strange makeover

Apr 27 2015 — Heather Mallick

The wrong people are getting the Order of Canada, apparently, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper has snuck $13.4 million into the federal budget to prod for nominations of the “under-represented.” As the Ottawa Citizen’s wry Glen McGregor has suggested, it appears Harper is upset that the Ordered of Canada are thin on the ground in […]

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Harper feigns ignorance as Crown’s case against Duffy in shambles

Apr 26 2015 —

Just who is on trial in Ottawa’s famous current criminal case; suspended Senator Mike Duffy, or the Senate of Canada? Is the “Old Duff” getting his crack at justice? Or is this some gaudy form of Senate abuse using the courts the way politicians have been known to dump political problems into the laps of […]

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Polls show why Harper needs to cozy up to blue-haired set

Apr 26 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

If you’re wondering why last week’s budget had so much stuff for seniors -— from compassionate leave to home accessibility tax credits — you only have to look at the voting intention by age demographic in the latest weekly EKOS poll for iPolitics. The Conservatives own the 65-and-up demographic, with 40-per-cent support, compared to 30-per-cent […]

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Clock ticking on Canada’s latest military effort

Apr 27 2015 — Scott Taylor

Shortly after being elected in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew into Kandahar Airfield to deliver a rousing pep talk. At that juncture, the Canadian contingent was experiencing a dramatic increase in casualties, and for the first time Canadians were beginning to question our military involvement in Afghanistan. To rally the troops, Harper uttered the […]

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Let the Omar Khadr furor fade away with him

Apr 27 2015 — Rosie DiManno

There is nothing alleged about Omar Khadr or “so-called” about the terror he inflicted. The crimes were confessed, in his own words, under oath at trial in Guantanamo. Convicted and sentenced means dropping the qualifiers, whatever retractions Khadr floats now. He did throw the grenade that killed U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer and wounded another serviceman. […]

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Ashton a shoo-in for shuffled cabinet, but rebels’ fate in question

Apr 27 2015 — Dan Lett

Damned if he does. Damned if he doesn’t. Those are the two scenarios facing Premier Greg Selinger as he contemplates changes to his cabinet in advance of the provincial budget. Late last week, rumours abounded Selinger was going to remake his cabinet. The rumours turned out to be a false alarm, although NDP sources continue […]

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Laverne Cox is tired of talking about Bruce Jenner

Apr 27 2015 —

When transgender “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox hit the Vanity Fair and Bloomberg party after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, she said she was over weighing in on Bruce Jenner’s transition. But “people’s lives will be saved,” Cox said of Jenner’s decision. “People will be helped by this.” She then hit a […]

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