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TORONTO, ON: MARCH 11, 2012 -- Protesters gather and chant at Toronto's Yonge Dundas Square, Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2012, on what organizers are calling the National Day of Action Against Election Fraud.  Elections Canada is reviewing more than 31,000 reports of Canadians receiving robocalls. (Aaron Lynett / National Post)  //NATIONAL POST STAFF PHOTO

Elections commissioner halts robocalls probe, says evidence lacking for charges

Apr 24 2014 —

Canada’s elections investigator says there is not enough evidence concerning fraudulent robocalls during the 2011 election to warrant charges by the federal public prosecutor. The long-awaited report from commissioner of elections Yves Cote lays out what he calls the difficulties that investigators faced in gathering evidence in ridings other than Guelph, Ont., where a single […]

Apr 24 2014 — Greg Weston

Now well into its second century of political futility, Senate reform is about to reach another historic milestone Friday when the Supreme Court rules on the Harper government’s power to overhaul the upper chamber. The answer may well be that it can’t. Unless the high court is in a mood to deliver shock and awe, […]

Apr 24 2014 — John Ivison

Canada, which has long blocked discussion of Arctic issues at NATO, is under increasing pressure from allies to drop its resistance and come up with a co-ordinated response to Russia’s aggressive militarization in the Far North. President Vladimir Putin this week detailed Russia’s plans for a united system of naval bases, ships and next-generation submarines […]

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Maclean’s exclusive looks at sexual assault in the military

Apr 24 2014 —

A scathing look at the sexual violence that plagues the Canadian military is the focus of an exclusive investigation by L’actualité, Maclean’s sister publication. Every day, five individuals in the Canadian military community become victims of sexual assault, according to statistics obtained through Canada’s Access to Information Act.

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Implementing Canada-EU free-trade deal could take another two years

Apr 24 2014 — Les Whittington

Six months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Brussels to announce Canada’s largest-ever free-trade pact with Europe, Canada and the European Union are still negotiating key aspects of the deal, with implementation possibly as much as two years away. While the ongoing talks are cloaked in secrecy, industry sources are worried about the delay […]

Apr 24 2014 — Darcy Henton

Former premier Alison Redford has notified the Alberta legislature Speaker’s office that she has a legitimate excuse for not attending the legislative assembly. Redford’s staff advised the Speaker she is declaring her absence under rules that exempt MLAs from being docked pay if they can’t attend due to illness or injury, bereavement, or public or […]

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Apr 23 2014 — Jessica Hume

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau walked off with a skateboard under his arm Wednesday when asked about an international study that contradicts his claims Canada’s middle class has faltered under the Harper Conservatives. The New York Times study found Canada has the richest middle class in the world, with incomes surpassing those of our American counterparts […]

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Apr 23 2014 — Alison Crawford

A controversial Italian-made plane ordered by former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli a decade ago is on the auction block. Bids start at $2.5 million for the twin-engine Piaggio 180 Avanti, according to the government of Canada’s surplus website. The RCMP paid more than $8 million for the nine-seater when it made the eyebrow-raising purchase in […]

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Mr. Harper goes to war

Apr 24 2014 — Linda McQuaig

In this skill-testing exercise, see if you can spot the one who doesn’t belong:Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Douglas Roche, Pamela Wallin. Long-time Ottawa observers will have figured out that Douglas Roche is the one least likely to appear in an RCMP line-up. Certainly he has few of the behavioural traits we’ve come to associate with […]

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Why Rob Ford won’t win re-election

Apr 24 2014 — Bob Hepburn

Take a deep breath and relax, Toronto. That’s because, despite all his bluster about sweeping to victory, Rob Ford won’t be re-elected as mayor when voters go to the polls in October. Indeed, Ford stands a real chance of finishing a poor third in the race and could end up playing more of a role […]

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Making sense of Canada’s middle-class distress debate

Apr 24 2014 — Tom Walkom

In a weird way, the debate over Canada’s middle class is like medieval angelology. Then, theologians would argue over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Today, the questions from the political priesthood are equally abstruse. Is the middle class really hurting, as the Liberals and New Democrats claim? Or, as […]

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Time to retire claims that Canada’s middle class is ‘struggling’

Apr 23 2014 — Andrew Coyne

“The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction,” the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing groundbreaking new research tracking incomes in the developed economies. And who do you suppose might have stolen its crown? The Times story never quite comes out and says it, but leaves readers in […]

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How to fix the foreign-workers program

Apr 24 2014 — Terry Glavin

It’s hard enough to keep track of all the scandals and scoundrel-outings that are now associated with the federal Temporary Foreign Workers program. If it isn’t those poor waitresses losing their jobs to foreign workers at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, it’s the gong show of McDonald’s franchises in Victoria using the […]

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Keystone delay pointless politics

Apr 24 2014 — Sun Media

“Support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is now at its highest level ever.” Those aren’t our words. Those aren’t the words of someone in the oil industry — or anyone else who has skin in the game. That’s the opening line of the latest Rasmussen Reports release. The American pollster’s recent national telephone survey […]

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Avril Lavigne video for ‘Hello Kitty’ pulled after broad criticism

Apr 24 2014 —

Avril Lavigne’s brightly coloured music video for “Hello Kitty” has been removed from YouTube after being broadly criticized as insipid and, in some cases, offensive. The video, still viewable on Lavigne’s website as of Wednesday afternoon, features the Canuck pop-punk princess prancing about in front of four grimacing Asian dancers and squawking lyrics including: “Let’s […]

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