National Newswatch
Apr 17 2014 — Tim Harper

Adam Vaughan knows he surprised a lot of supporters and detractors with his decision to seek the Liberal nomination in the upcoming Trinity-Spadina byelection. “It caught me by surprise,’’ he says. That’s how quickly this all came together for the 52-year-old Vaughan, a man who once mulled a run for mayor but instead decided to […]

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Canada is sending six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the measures Thursday morning. The move comes following a request from NATO amid increasing tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Harper said the military assets will be used on enhanced operations in Eastern Europe.

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s long-awaited opinion on what it will take to reform or abolish the Senate will be delivered next week. Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought the top court’s advice after a number of provinces strenuously objected to the federal government’s attempts to unilaterally reform the upper house. Ottawa argues it doesn’t need […]

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Key report on F-35 rivals now complete; cabinet to decide on open competition

Apr 17 2014 —

Public Works Minister Diane Finley says a key report that will determine whether the Harper government sticks with the F-35 jet fighter program is complete, and the federal cabinet will take a few weeks to consider its next step. An analysis of what fighter jets already on the market would be best suited to replace […]

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Thousands more public-sector jobs than planned to be cut, watchdog says

Apr 17 2014 —

Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts. The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Quarterly Expenditure Report, dated April 11, said more than 20,000 full-time federal public-service jobs have been cut since March 2010.

Apr 17 2014 — Mark Kennedy

The federal government has rejected a request from the NDP to withdraw its controversial bill to overhaul Canada’s election law in favor of a new draft that reflects parliamentary consensus. The request came Thursday from NDP MP Craig Scott, who wrote to Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre. Without a “fresh start” to the bill, Scott […]

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Apr 17 2014 —

On Wednesday afternoon during a somber ceremony, Canada’s former finance minister was laid to rest. The message of funeral etiquette however appears to have been lost on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Upon arriving at the funeral, Trudeau was caught on camera posing for ‘selfies’ with his admirers outside St. James’ Cathedral.

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Criminal Code not the sole boundary for politicians

Apr 16 2014 — Chantal Hébert

Now that the RCMP has decided not to file criminal charges against Nigel Wright for reimbursing Mike Duffy’s housing allowance out of his own pocket, there remains only a faint possibility that Canadians will ever know for sure whether the prime minister was in the loop of the controversial arrangement between his former chief of staff and the suspended […]

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The Israel trap

Apr 17 2014 —

As a Liberal staffer during the 2008 federal election, I often received incredulous emails from Jewish friends who wondered how I could possibly be trying to defeat Stephen Harper, a prime minister who was such an adamant supporter of Israel. When I worked for Michael Ignatieff, I was treated to regular pronouncements that my boss […]

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Does the RCMP work for us, or the PMO?

Apr 17 2014 —

The other night on television, Stephen Harper’s former communications manager, Geoff Norquay, said that since the RCMP has assured Nigel Wright he will not be charged, nobody cares about the whole stinking mess any longer. Well, I do. As the saying goes, justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.

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The snob factor in the Harper universe

Apr 17 2014 — Linda McQuaig

After years of relative obscurity in the splendour of the Upper Chamber, Senator Linda Frum’s plunge onto the national stage last week was odd, to say the least. Frum’s adamant insistence — at a Senate hearing and later in a series of well-publicized Twitter exchanges — that Elections Canada should not encourage people to vote sounded so […]

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NDP wades into Quebec politics

Apr 17 2014 — Eric Duhaime

Even though the provincial election just ended in Quebec, some are still in full campaign mode. The New Democrats are considering having their own provincial entity next time around. They have registered the name “Nouveau Parti Démocratique du Québec” with Quebec’s director of elections, according to Joël-Denis Bellavance of La Presse.

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Flaherty’s legacy: Making Canada the envy of its peers

Apr 17 2014 — David Akin

On Halloween night 2006, eight months after he’d been sworn in as Canada’s 37th minister of finance, Jim Flaherty went on TV and told Canadians that, though he and newly elected Prime MInister Stephen Harper had just campaigned on a promise not to tax income trusts, he was, in fact, going to do just that. […]

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A fitting tribute to Jim Flaherty

Apr 17 2014 — Terence Corcoran

At Tuesday’s state funeral for James Michael Flaherty — politician, minister of finance in two governments, master of self-deprecation, hockey player, husband and father — more than a few at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto mentioned that Mr. Flaherty was of Irish descent. What nobody could say, however, is that he should be inducted into the Irish […]

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The real problem with the Fair Elections Act: Populism

Apr 16 2014 — Colin Horgan

There is a search ongoing for the real problem with the Fair Elections Act. Over at the Globe and Mail Tuesday, Lawrence Martin pointed to the possibility that the problem may lie in the Act’s connection to Republican strategies. What it shows, he said, is a “parallel” with the way the GOP has been working to “limit […]

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Ottawa public servant’s smart bet pays off on Jeopardy!

Apr 18 2014 — Michael Woods

Frédérique Delaprée’s time on Jeopardy! wasn’t going very well. The Ottawa woman had spent most of the game in third place, and the Final Jeopardy category — 19th-century U.S. presidents — wasn’t her forte. “I didn’t think my odds were very good on that,” Delaprée said. “When I saw that I lost a little bit […]

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