National Newswatch

Cliché alert: Grits ‘rolling up their sleeves’ for Canada

Aug 22 2014 — Chris Hall

The Liberals are “rolling up their sleeves” for Canadians. We know that because Liberal leader Justin Trudeau dug repeatedly into his bag of clichés for that one when speaking to reporters covering this week’s caucus retreat in Edmonton. “We’ve had a good year, really rolled up the sleeves, drawing together a great team across the […]

Aug 22 2014 — Peter O'Neil

The Conservatives think that’s impossible. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals say they can legalize marijuana and make it tougher for kids to get. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are warning Canadians that Justin Trudeau wants to make weed “more accessible to kids” by displaying and selling it in neighbourhood stores.

Aug 21 2014 —

In the communications arsenal the Conservatives are building against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the word “elite” is proving to be one of the most popular put-downs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used the word “elite” repeatedly when referring to Trudeau and those around him, part of the narrative the party is building in advance of […]

Aug 22 2014 — Douglas Quan

Growing numbers of Canadian police agencies in recent years have added armoured vehicles to their crime-fighting arsenals — beasts on wheels that go by such names as Thunder 1, BearCat and Grizzly. Several are retired military combat vehicles that have been modified and donated by the Canadian Forces. Other police agencies have spent hundreds of […]


Fewer students said to be finding work in federal public service

Aug 22 2014 —

While the federal government has made it a priority to curb youth unemployment in recent months, students are finding it increasingly hard to find jobs within the public service, according to a think-tank. Kayle Hatt, who authored the report Help Not Wanted: Federal Public Service Cuts Have Hit Student Hiring Hard, said that he believes […]


Cost of Victims of Communism memorial jumps to $4M

Aug 22 2014 — Don Butler

The federal government has quietly boosted its support for the planned Memorial to Victims of Communism in downtown Ottawa to about $4 million. The revelation came as the government unveiled six final design concepts for the memorial, which will occupy a 5,000-square-metre site on Wellington Street between the Supreme Court and Library and Archives Canada. […]


Mulcair calls government cuts to veteran’s offices ‘shameful’

Aug 22 2014 —

Calling it a “profound commitment,” NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair vowed his support Thursday for veterans including a promise to reopen Windsor’s Veterans Affairs office once he is elected prime minister. “You were always there for us. We’re always going to be there for you,” Mulcair told a gathering of veterans and their supporters at Amherstburg’s […]

Aug 21 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has dismissed renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women after the killing of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. “It’s very clear that there has been very fulsome study of this particular … of these particular things. They’re not all one phenomenon,” said Harper. “We should not […]

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Aug 21 2014 —

Alberta Tory leadership hopeful Jim Prentice says he will introduce term limits on provincial politicians if he becomes premier. Prentice says the restrictions would be three terms for members of the legislature and two terms for premier. He says the changes would be grandfathered in and would be the first of their kind in Canada. […]

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Aug 21 2014 —

Canada’s Senate may never become an elected parliamentary chamber, but a move is afoot to bring at least a measure of democracy to the appointed upper house. Terry Mercer, an independent Liberal senator, is proposing a constitutional amendment to have the Speaker of the Senate elected by senators, instead of being appointed by the prime […]

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Why free trade is the unfinished business of Confederation

Aug 22 2014 — Colin Robertson

When our 13 provincial and territorial leaders meet next week in Charlottetown for their 55th annual conclave, they will discuss, yet again, how to create free trade within Canada. It is the unfinished business of our Confederation. The intention in the Constitution is clear: “All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one […]


Term limit promise a desperate mistake

Aug 22 2014 — Don Braid

Jim Prentice’s vow to limit Alberta premiers to two terms in office might seem trivial, since they don’t seem to last longer than a couple of years anyway. But hold on. With a law like that, Peter Lougheed wouldn’t have been around to fight the Liberals over the National Energy Program. Ralph Klein couldn’t have […]


In Toronto: Tory rises, Chow sinks, Ford floats

Aug 22 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Karen Stintz may have beaten Rob Ford in a climbing contest last month, but in Toronto’s mayoral race, she just couldn’t get a toehold. With the latest poll from Forum Research showing her still mired at 4 per cent of the decided vote, Stintz surprised no one when she announced that she was quitting the […]


Harper kicks off northern tour with a peek at 2015 election strategy

Aug 21 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

He came to the north, as it were, loaded for bear. In response to a journalist’s question about his government’s growing list of long-promised, as-yet unfulfilled big-ticket commitments to Canada’s far north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t having any of it. In an answer that ran to five minutes-plus — an uncharacteristically long statement from […]


Federal Politics without a BQ?

Aug 21 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our first past the post elections can be won or lost on movements of only a few points in voter support. So, the question of what BQ voters would do, if there were no BQ candidates to vote for, is a pretty interesting one. We’ve gone back over our data from surveys conducted by Abacus […]


Workers not to blame for Quebec pension problem

Aug 22 2014 — Don Pittis

A deal’s a deal, right? Well, not when it comes to the province of Quebec and the pensions of its municipal employees. And if Quebec gets away with cutting municipal worker pensions, which have been eaten away through mismanagement by the very people doing the cutting, then watch this phenomenon spread. Quebec is pulling a […]


Don’t let ISIS in

Aug 22 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Man is the cruelest animal, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, and he might know: His works arguably served as an inspiration for later German militarism and National Socialism. But the truth of his observation about the cruelty of men – the evil that men do – remains difficult to deny. Take this week’s […]


Child welfare system must be improved

Aug 22 2014 — Farzana Hassan

Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old Manitoba teenager whose body was found discarded in a bag dumped into the Red River, joins the list of 1,200 murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada. Canadians are naturally saddened by any such death. Calls for a national public inquiry into the sombre aboriginal statistics are understandable.

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Stiviano claims Sterling is gay, she was his ‘beard’: Report

Aug 22 2014 —

V. Stiviano has reportedly filed new documents in her legal battle with Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly, claiming the former Los Angeles Clippers owner is gay and he paid her to pretend to be his mistress. According to TMZ, Stiviano argues that Sterling gave her gifts in exchange for being his “beard” – a person of […]

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