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NDP MP Sana Hassainia walks out of the House of Commons with her baby Skander-Jack as she makes her way to meet with reporters on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on February 8, 2012. A New Democrat MP has quit the party over what she deems leader Tom Mulcair's excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza. Sana Hassainia, who represents the Montreal-area riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes, has told Montreal's La Presse she can't accept Mulcair's position and will now sit as an independent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

New Democrat MP quits party, complains that Mulcair is too pro-Israel

Aug 20 2014 —

A New Democrat MP has quit the caucus over what she felt was an excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza and demeaning party demands to toe the line. Sana Hassainia, who represents the Montreal-area riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes, was specifically critical of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in a blog post that appeared […]

Aug 20 2014 — Mike De Souza

Canada’s language watchdog is investigating Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s Twitter account following a complaint the Conservative MP posts most of his messages in English without enough French. The probe by official languages commissioner Graham Fraser has puzzled officials in Baird’s office and department.

Aug 20 2014 —

Industry Minister James Moore lays out recommendations ahead of annual meeting of premiers in P.E.I. Industry Minister James Moore has released potential options for reforming trade between provinces, including throwing out the current Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The recommendations come ahead of the meeting of Canada’s premiers in P.E.I. next week.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair addresses the Canadian Medical Association's annual meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Mulcair maligns Conservatives for proposed cuts to health care, marijuana stance

Aug 20 2014 —

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is chastising the Conservatives on their proposed cuts to health care while accusing them of politicizing the debate on marijuana. In a speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Mulcair contends the Tories unsuccessfully tried to recruit Canadian doctors in an ideological crusade against marijuana.

Aug 20 2014 — Hugo de Grandpré

Quebec MP slams the door on the NDP over its position on Israel and harshly criticizes Mulcair’s leadership. Sana Hassainia, elected in 2011 in the riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes in the wake of the Orange Wave, now sits as an independent in the House of Commons.

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