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May 27 2015 — Chris Hall

When Auditor General Michael Ferguson delivers his report on senators’ spending next week, it won’t be the final word on who played by the rules and who didn’t. That decision will rest with retired Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, who was announced Tuesday as the special arbitrator for any disputes between the auditor general’s findings […]

May 27 2015 — Steven Chase

The Canadian government is refusing to make public the assessments it conducts to determine whether Ottawa’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia is compatible with foreign policy or poses a risk to the civilian population in a country notorious for human-rights abuses. The Department of Foreign Affairs argues it must keep deliberations secret regarding this […]

May 27 2015 — Eric Grenier

There is no doubt that the federal parties are playing politics with the election debates. And why wouldn’t they? The stakes are tremendously high. No other event has the potential to have such a major impact on an election as a leaders’ debate. Polling during each of the last three federal election campaigns gives clues […]

May 26 2015 —

Expense claims from NDP MPs who have yet to repay millions in alleged improper satellite office spending will be denied by House of Commons administration, CTV News has learned. Sources say that following a failed attempt by the party to negotiate payment, the House will begin to collect funds from NDP MPs July 1. Administrators […]

May 27 2015 — Dean Beeby

A $300-million aboriginal housing fund created by the Conservative government is falling far short of its promise of creating thousands of new homes on reserves that desperately need dwellings. A CBC News investigation has found the First Nations Market Housing Fund helped build just 99 homes to date and is nowhere near meeting its ambitious […]

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May 26 2015 —

Nine senators will have their spending referred to the RCMP after Auditor General Michael Ferguson hands over his long-awaited audit to the Senate late next week. The report will be given to the Board of Internal Economy, and released to the public the week of June 8. Most of the nine senators are no longer […]

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May 27 2015 —

The largest union representing federal public servants plans to get back to the bargaining table on June 12 to resume talks over the proposed sick leave plan. The Public Service Alliance of Canada walked away from talks with the Treasury Board on May 11 when the government introduced proposed changes to sick leave as part […]

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For Stephen Harper, danger comes in threes

May 27 2015 — Tim Harper

A fixed election date provides party strategists a roadmap to determine when best to slot in announcements, make appointments and unveil policies for political advantage. You can plot, you can strategize and you can prognosticate. But it is always the events beyond tactical control that carry the most peril. In 2015, as always, that danger […]

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Justin Trudeau under attack from anti-union group

May 27 2015 — Tom Walkom

A business group that cut its teeth fighting “union bosses” in last year’s Ontario election campaign is now airing attack ads federally — against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Exactly why the organization that calls itself Working Canadians has chosen to single out Trudeau’s Liberals rather than Tom Mulcair’s far more labour-friendly New Democrats is not […]

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Coffee shops and character attacks: The ad war takes shape

May 27 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

One of the consequences of fixed election dates is the permanent campaign — like the one we’re living through now. Another consequence: Given that everyone knows when the writ drops, the pre-writ period is a political marketing free-for-all. During the five weeks of a writ period, political parties are limited to spending about $21 million. […]

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Ontario’s Sex-ed Battle Enters a Dangerous Phase

May 26 2015 — John Milloy

The debate around Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum is entering a dangerous phase. As media coverage moves on, myths have started to solidify and a convenient narrative has taken hold about a secular society trampling over the rights of people of faith. A narrative that the federal Conservatives plan to use to win key GTA seats […]

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Weep for our media, times are bad

May 27 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Fittingly, it took a small-town radio station to ask The Question. It came on Dave Glover’s drive-time show on CFWN in Northumberland. “What,” I was asked, “do you think about Postmedia’s purchase of the Sun Media newspaper chain?” “Thank you for asking that question,” I told Glover and his co-host. “As someone who used to […]

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Senate needs to pass Reform Act — now

May 26 2015 — John Ivison

It has been suggested that the collective noun for a group of senators should be a “compromise.” It’s true, when one or two senators are gathered together and do nothing in particular, they do it very well. But when they interfere in the important affairs of state, it reminds people that this is an institution […]

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What are we willing to pay for the society we want?

May 27 2015 — Daphne Bramham

While we may grumble about how much we pay in taxes, most of us accept the premise that it’s the price we pay for a civil society. Without taxes, we wouldn’t have roads, transit, courts, public schools, libraries, hospitals and a social safety net that includes welfare, old age pensions and unemployment insurance. And most […]

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Bristol Palin breaks silence on called-off wedding to Dakota Meyer

May 27 2015 —

Bristol Palin has broken her silence, addressing her called-off wedding to U.S. Marine and war hero Sgt. Dakota Meyer for the first time. “Sorry it’s taken me so long to talk about this… It’s been hard,” the 24-year-old began in a Facebook post Tuesday that linked to a statement on her blog. There, in a […]

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