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Trudeau promises he’d be accessible PM, unmuzzle bureaucrats, ministers

Dec 22 2014 —

Justin Trudeau is promising to scrap Stephen Harper’s brand of message discipline if he becomes prime minister, giving more freedom to bureaucrats, ditching the scripts for cabinet ministers and making them and himself more accessible to journalists. The Liberal leader says Harper’s penchant for strictly controlling the flow of information — and the select few […]

Dec 22 2014 —

Stephen Harper held a private meeting Sunday with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in Calgary. Only a few broad details about the session were disclosed in a short news release from the Prime Minister’s Office. It stated the two leaders focused on “the provincial, federal and global economies and on working together to keep Canada’s energy […]

Dec 22 2014 —

It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others. The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the ghostly Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding […]

Dec 22 2014 —

The past year will be remembered for the death of long-serving finance minister Jim Flaherty, a heated political tussle over Toronto’s mayoral seat and a string of ups and downs for provincial politicians. CBC News looks back at some notable political stories — and ahead at the one big story set to dominate the agenda […]

Dec 22 2014 — Josh Wingrove

Parliament Hill gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was wounded, trapped and bleeding before his fatal shootout with Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers and others – and it may be impossible to pinpoint who fired the shot that killed him, sources say. Two months after the Centre Block shooting, several probes continue in secrecy with no official account of the […]


E-cigarette use slapped with growing provincial regulation

Dec 22 2014 —

he electronic cigarette business is booming, but this still largely unregulated industry remains a mystery to many Canadians who aren’t exactly sure what they are vaping. E-cigarettes are often described as a less dangerous alternative for regular smokers who can’t or don’t want to kick the habit. The battery-powered devices use a liquid to produce […]


Federal polls show race is tightening but can’t explain the reasons why

Dec 21 2014 —

A spate of public opinion surveys this autumn has prompted the usual end-of-year parsing of political fortunes and chin-stroking prognostications about a federal election that may still be 10 months in the future. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are up. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are down. Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats are out of it. Reader beware. In fact, […]

Dec 21 2014 —

Two Canadians killed in cold blood on home soil for simply wearing a soldier’s uniform have been selected the country’s Newsmaker of the Year for 2014. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, whose senseless murders in October shook the country, were the top choice of editors and news directors surveyed by The Canadian […]

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Oswald not looking like formidable force

Dec 22 2014 — Dan Lett

It had all of the trappings of a big-time campaign launch. There was some cheesy Fleetwood Mac rock music, assorted journalists and cameras, a throng of chanting supporters and an oppressive heat produced when you put too many people into too small a room. And yet, when Theresa Oswald finally strolled into the second-floor meeting […]

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Harper must aim for a majority or bust in 2015

Dec 22 2014 — Campbell Clark

A poll this week showed 48 per cent of Canadians think the country is on the wrong track, and only 37 per cent think it is moving in the right direction. Stephen Harper would probably think: “Not bad.” His party has always thrived without fretting that it doesn’t have a majority on its side. In […]


The year’s top foot-in-mouth moments from Canadian politics

Dec 21 2014 — Tim Harper

Say what? We’ve all done it: blurted out something we immediately wanted to take back. In Canadian politics, it was a banner year for blurting and regretting, but this being Ottawa, the blurting was always clearer than the regretting. Regardless, here are 10 instances in which our federal representatives might have wanted a do-over: Film […]


Political shorthand for 2015: It’s all up to Trudeau

Dec 21 2014 —

Here’s the shorthand for the next ten months in Canadian politics, and more broadly for the next few years: It’s all up to Justin Trudeau now. The rest, including the personal performances of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP leader Tom Mulcair, are supporting plots to this main narrative. We know this because of the […]


Harper has reason to hope in 2015

Dec 22 2014 — Dan Leger

For those waiting around for Stephen Harper to move on to greener pastures, 2015 is going to be a frustrating year. Short of an election defeat, the prime minister isn’t going anywhere. Harper insisted in year-end interviews that he will lead the Conservatives into the next election, which he’s in no rush to call. “It’s […]

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Blue Rodeo sings the melancholy side of Christmas

Dec 22 2014 —

Holiday shoppers have an abundance of Christmas themed album releases to choose from this year. Everyone from British pop singer Sam Smith, to the cast of the popular TV show Downton Abbey seem to have new holiday albums in the market. Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and Toronto-based country-pop band Blue Rodeo are among those entering […]

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