National Newswatch
May 25 2015 — Emma Loop

The federal government’s decision to replace its prison watchdog after a decade of success has baffled some corrections experts, with one former high-ranking insider suggesting Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney wants a Quebecer for the post. Howard Sapers, who holds the job of Correctional Investigator of Canada, was appointed in 2004 by the then-Liberal government. […]

May 25 2015 — Elizabeth Payne

A large majority of Canadians — even among Conservative supporters — think the Conservative government’s planned memorial to the victims of communism is a poor idea, a poll has found. Across the country, just 23 per cent of Canadians said they would support the Memorial to Victims of Communism “in its current form after they […]

May 25 2015 — Mark Burgess

The videos public servants shot of Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre glad-handing constituents and explaining Conservative tax breaks are “propaganda” that show the government’s “manic obsession with image management,” experts say, and they’re undermining the public service’s independence. Public service experts and critics on the political right and left are calling for reforms […]

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Federal Election 2015: NDP, Liberals Release New Campaign Ads

May 24 2015 — Mohamed Omar

Canada’s federal election is less than five months away, but the political advertisement season seems to have already started. The federal NDP and Liberal parties have released new election advertisements with very different tones. The NDP’s ad, uploaded to YouTube on Friday and embedded above, is titled “Bring change to Ottawa.” “You work hard every […]

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NDP hit airwaves to boost leader Thomas Mulcair

May 24 2015 — Bruce Campion-Smith

The NDP’s first big pre-election ad campaign puts a softer focus on Mulcair and highlights the middle class as a priority. The NDP are launching their first big pre-election ad campaign that shows a smiling Thomas Mulcair talking about the need to bolster Canada’s middle class. The 30-second ad, which will begin airing on television […]

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Conservatives hopeful new Alberta premier will consider major pipeline projects

May 24 2015 — Michelle Zilio

The Conservative government is hopeful Alberta’s newly-elected NDP government will entertain major pipeline projects, despite Premier-Designate Rachel Notley’s hesitant language toward some energy projects. Speaking on CTV’s Question Period, Industry Minister James Moore cautioned against concerns that Notley’s government may stand in the way of building pipelines. “To be fair to Premier-Elect Notley, I think […]

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Trade talks have stalled between Canada and Japan — one of the Harper government’s priority countries for a breakthrough — because the Asian country has lost interest, The Canadian Press has learned. An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says the level of progress with Japan has failed to meet […]

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A look at Alberta’s NDP cabinet sworn in Sunday: Rachel Notley (Edmonton Strathcona) Premier, minister of intergovernmental affairs. Notley, 51, is serving her third term in the legislature. She has been government house leader and won the party leadership last October. She has a law degree from Osgoode Hall, has worked as labour lawyer and […]

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May 24 2015 — Mark Kennedy

Canadians must acknowledge that for generations their public schools have fed them misinformation about aboriginal people, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Justice Murray Sinclair, whose commission has examined the history and abuses that took place in Indian residential schools, made the comment in a personal interview with the Citizen. Sinclair’s commission […]

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Mulcair looking more like a potential PM in waiting

May 25 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

Two polls on the weekend agree on one thing—the NDP is firmly back in first place in Quebec. Both EKOS for iPolitics and CROP for LaPresse have reported a surge in NDP support in the province in the first three weeks of May, at the expense of the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois. EKOS has […]

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Harper proving weak on governance, even weaker on courage

May 25 2015 — Michael Harris

And so Canadian public life has come down to an empty chair. JFK’s unoccupied rocking chair following his assassination meant the end of Camelot. When imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, it was placed on an empty chair reserved for Liu. But what does Stephen Harper’s empty […]

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Harper now has to battle rivals on two fronts

May 24 2015 — Tim Harper

We’ve been here before. There was a time, in the not too distant past, when the NDP led the national polls, it appeared electoral revolution was at hand and the leader of the day, Ed Broadbent, was being spoken of as the next prime minister. In 1988, as today, the country seemed headed for a […]

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A great party, then a cabinet short on Calgary ministers

May 25 2015 — Don Braid

There’s never been a swearing-in ceremony like that: a joyous, friendly, noisy party with thousands occupying the legislature plaza, cooling their heels in the pools, lining up at the food trucks, and listening to folk music from Hundred Mile House, the Edmonton trio that remade O Canada into a softly haunting ballad. After attending at […]

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Conservatives are out to manipulate debate rules

May 24 2015 — Toronto Star

The longer and more convoluted the so-called debate over debates gets in advance of this fall’s federal election, the clearer it becomes that the Conservative party’s goal is simply to manipulate the rules in its favour. In some senses there’s nothing surprising about this: it’s what political parties always try to do, the Harper Conservatives […]

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Marcus Belgrave, jazz musician, dead at 78

May 25 2015 —

Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. Belgrave was 78. He died of heart failure at an Ann Arbor, Mich., facility, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of his wife, Joan. Born into a family of musicians in […]

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