Talks between the mayors of Canada’s largest cities and Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government continue today in Ottawa. “We are restarting a relationship that had been significantly neglected over the last ten years,” Justin Trudeau told reporters at the conclusion of their Friday morning meeting on Parliament Hill. From the mayors’ perspective, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson […]
The Public Service Alliance of Canada is denouncing the Liberal government’s plan to reform sick leave for government workers, saying it mirrors the controversial plan put forward by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.
Jian Ghomeshi trial: Lucy DeCoutere wrote accused that she wanted to have sex with him after alleged assault
Lucy DeCoutere emailed Jian Ghomehsi hours after an alleged assault saying she wanted to have sex with him, and sent him a handwritten letter days later saying she was sad they didn’t spend the night together, court heard today. “You kicked my ass last night and that makes me want to f–k your brains out […]
Elections Canada says last fall’s marathon federal election campaign cost $443 million to administer — 53 per cent more than the 2011 election. And that’s just the preliminary estimate. The independent agency doesn’t yet know how many millions it will have to pay out to political parties and their candidates, who are eligible for rebates […]Read More
The auction for a sketch of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights drawn by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET Friday.Read More
QUEBEC — The lawyer for ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault argued in favour of a lighter sentence for his client Friday, telling the province's Court of Appeal the trial judge erred in sentencing her to 18 months in jail for fraud and breach of trust. Marc Labelle argued before a panel of three appellate judges that Thibault be allowed […]Read More
The Prime Minister’s Office says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Ottawa and Montreal next week. He and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are scheduled to discuss a number of topics, including climate change and the Syrian refugee crisis. The PMO says Trudeau will use the meeting to reaffirm Canada’s commitment to the UN and […]Read More
The Liberal government will lay out its new role in the U.S.-led war against Islamic State next week that will include additional Special Forces, a non-combat air component and participation in an enlarged training mission, sources say. The long-awaited announcement will be made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attends a […]Read More
he Senate’s ethics officer has resumed an investigation into allegations that Sen. Don Meredith had a sexual relationship with a teenager. Lyse Ricard suspended her probe in October so as not to interfere with a police investigation. But her office says she’s now resumed her investigation after being advised that the Ottawa police are no […]Read More
Three months in, the governing style of Justin Trudeau’s government is coming into focus. It is one part not being Stephen Harper, one part symbolic gesture, one part wriggling out of campaign promises, and one part saying yes to everybody. You thought the Harper government was all about the permanent campaign? Get used to it.
When an overflow crowd turns out in Ottawa on a cold February night to hear a newspaper editor speak, a couple of things may be going on. Either Ottawa has a lot of journalism junkies, or a lot of movie fans. The answer is probably both: the editor in question was Martin Baron, the former […]
House of Commons Speaker (and Liberal MP) Geoff Regan is trying to crack down on heckling during question period in the House of Commons and he’s had to single out more than a few members, almost all of them on the Conservative benches. One of those Regan has singled out is Michael Cooper, the young, […]
At a time when newsrooms are being Googled out of existence, it comes as no surprise that Justin Trudeau was recently interviewed not by 10 trained journalists, but by 10 random citizens. Welcome to the brave new world. Had the convener of this affair been anyone other than the (soon to be even more luxuriously) […]
He’s got politics in his DNA as a long-time Halifax Liberal MP whose father was a former Nova Scotia premier and wife is a current MLA in Nova Scotia. During that time, Geoff Regan has made few waves and left no scandalous footprints on the national political landscape. Mild-mannered, soft-spoken, family-focused, he is, frankly, borderline […]
What is the latest strategy behind Canada’s fight against ISIS and just how united is the cabinet on the issue? The At Issue panel weighs in.
When he landed in Alberta for two days of meetings this week, Justin Trudeau had a number of options. I suppose he could have charismatically willed the price of oil back up to $100 per barrel. He could simply, as the Conservative opposition in Ottawa keeps telling him, just build a pipeline already. He could […]
So they say Alberta may be getting equalization payments! Well, not quite, strictly speaking. Technically the federal government’s Fiscal Stabilization Program (FSP) is a whole separate thingy unto itself. But it’s like equalization, in principle: an unconditional transfer to a provincial government whose economy is struggling. And ours, or so you may have heard, is […]
During a remarkable two-day visit to Alberta by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the most telling moment emerged from something that happened in the United States. It showed beyond doubt that we’re in a new world where Alberta’s energy companies, rather than dominating the landscape, are just one panicky beast in the stampede to an uncertain […]
Brother, can you spare $250 million? How about $700 million? As the bad news keeps piling up in the Alberta economy, the cries for help get louder. The province’s unemployment rate hit 7 per cent in December 2015, up 2.2 points in just one year. Over 54,000 Albertans lost their jobs during that period, a […]
There is considerable discussion in Alberta these days about the need to create a united conservative alternative to the NDP prior to the next provincial election. While agreeing with this objective, my concern is that such an undertaking needs to be very carefully launched, co-ordinated, and managed if it is to be successful. My own […]Read More
Christy Clark’s Liberals have always seen a friend in the upstart B.C. Green Party, believing the Greens siphon away votes from the Liberals’ mortal enemy, the NDP. That’s why the Liberals rarely miss a chance to pump the tires of the Green machine, hoping to split the left-wing vote and clear an easier path to […]Read More
Why do we care about the charges against Jian Ghomeshi? Why are some of the country’s smartest journalists reporting it? Why are there daily updates and live-streaming? Because Ghomeshi is special. A celebrity. That’s enough reason to cover it. But that awe and fascination isn’t helping journalists write about, nor the public better understand, sexual […]Read More
Raphael Schumacher, the Italian actor who accidentally strangled himself during a live theatre performance, has been declared clinically dead. Schumacher, 27, was re-enacting a hanging scene during an interactive performance in Pisa, when a spectator realised the stunt had gone wrong. The actor, who had been in a coma since Saturday night, has subsequently been […]