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Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enter the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, January 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Matthew Usherwood

Rona Ambrose brands Liberal changes to ISIS mission ‘shameful’

Feb 8 2016 — John Paul Tasker

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says it’s “shameful” that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pulling back from the combat mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, even as the United States lauds the new Canadian contribution. The Alberta MP said Trudeau’s plan to pull CF-18 fighter jets back from the region by Feb. 22 was […]

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The Liberal government says it’s making a different choice when it comes to the ISIL mission, pulling out of bombing in favour of more training and intelligence work, more humanitarian aid, more diplomacy. But why is a different choice even necessary? What is the real reason they can’t keep six CF-18 fighter jets in the […]

Feb 8 2016 — Daniel Leblanc

Canada’s frontline officers and police chiefs are alarmed by the growing chaos in the marijuana industry, saying the Liberal Party’s promise to eventually legalize the drug has sparked confusion across the country. Illegal pot dispensaries are opening up from coast to coast at the same time as some users feel they should no longer be […]

Feb 8 2016 — John Paul Tasker

The men and women who protected Parliament Hill against the violent incursion of gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Oct. 22, 2014 were honoured by the Governor General at Rideau Hall today. Sixteen security personnel, a mix of uniformed officers from the RCMP and guards from the Parliamentary Protective Service, received medals for bravery from Gov. Gen. […]

Feb 8 2016 — Rachel Aiello

Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to strengthen and make House committees more independent, the new Liberal government’s parliamentary secretaries are expected to attend and keep tabs on all committees relevant to the ministers’ portfolios, says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux, parliamentary secretary to the government House leader. “For me there is an expectation, as there […]

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Canadian military trainers will likely face “engagements” with enemy Islamic militants in Iraq, but that doesn’t mean they’re in a combat mission, the chief of the defence staff said Monday as the Liberal government finally deployed its long-awaited alternative to bombing sorties in the Middle East. In offering his view of Canada’s expanded training mission, […]

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How the Conservative Party can avoid the political wilderness

Feb 8 2016 — Jenni Byrne

Ten years ago this past weekend, Stephen Harper was sworn in as prime minister of Canada, leading the Conservatives to victory on a wave of change. In the Conservatives’ wake was left a weakened and divided Liberal Party that had allowed its local riding associations to atrophy and die on the vine, with no money […]

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On fighting Islamic State, Trudeau’s message is muddled

Feb 8 2016 — John Geddes

It’s not often that Justin Trudeau is upstaged when it comes to conveying a message, but the Prime Minister was clearly not the most compelling communicator today for his government’s new position on the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Trudeau showed up at the National Press Theatre, just off Parliament Hill, to explain why […]


Where’s the government’s longer-range vision on ISIL?

Feb 8 2016 — Wesley Wark

Prime Minister Trudeau wants to put a new Liberal stamp on the Canadian mission to Iraq and the region. His press conference on Monday marked an expected shift away from a direct Canadian contribution to air attacks against Islamic State targets in Iraq and towards greater humanitarian assistance and capacity building in the region. Half […]


Canada’s back? With jets out, we’re almost gone

Feb 8 2016 — Anthony Furey

By removing our fighter jets from the anti-ISIS coalition, Canada has sent the wrong message not just to the people who want to kill us, but to our allies. The Liberals held up “evidence-based decision making” as what made them different from the other guys. Yet when it comes to the government’s announcement Monday to […]


Will it be Paris or Calgary, Mr. Trudeau?

Feb 8 2016 — Rex Murphy

What will it be, Paris or Calgary? That is the question. Are the commitments made so energetically and with such a show of elan in Paris superior to the need to give support and relief to the oil industry in Calgary? Indeed, the commitments made in Paris run counter to the needs of Calgary (let […]


It’s time to show you what really happens in the Commons

Feb 8 2016 — Tim Harper

Late last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion rose in the Commons to answer a question on our policy on Ukraine. As he stumbled slightly, someone from the Conservative side shouted: “It’s not easy making priorities.” The Dion line was either funny, mocking an infamous fumble from the former Liberal leader, or the type of […]


Trudeau could do with a little less sunshine

Feb 7 2016 — Michael Den Tandt

As the milestone of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first 100 days in office comes and goes, he’d do well to smack someone in the jaw, figuratively speaking, and scowl now and then. Before we get to that, though, let’s put paid to the emerging Conservative theme that the Trudeau Liberals at this early juncture are […]

Feb 8 2016 — Tom Parkin

In a show that ran last Sunday, “Neil from London” was among the ten “ordinary Canadians” the CBC picked to chat with Prime Minister Trudeau. Among his questions: do you agree the minimum wage should go up? If you watched the Liberals’ last campaign, you’d expect Trudeau to quickly say yes. Trudeau supported an NDP […]

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Feb 8 2016 — Ian Robinson

In my continuing series on politicians — or as I like to think of them, tapeworms that talk — I suspect after the PM’s Alberta visit, some of you might need a Politician-to-English translation. Fortunately for you, I speak fluent tapeworm. With an accent of course, but I get by. Justin Trudeau was joined in […]

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Feb 8 2016 — Murray Dobbin

What are we to make of the Trudeau government’s schizophrenic attitude towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland formally signed the agreement Feb. 4 in New Zealand but repeated her assurances that critics shouldn’t worry—the government hasn’t committed to ratifying it and consultations and a full parliamentary debate will precede any ratification. Fair enough—ratification […]

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Feb 8 2016 — Carol Goar

For more than a decade, the International Labour Organization, the UN body that tracks the human toll of economic progress, has been sounding the alarm about youth unemployment. So far, its member governments, including Canada’s, have paid little heed. As its warnings became starker — de-skilling, social instability, lost generation, global crisis — policy-makers acknowledged […]

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Beyoncé Sacks the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Feb 8 2016 —

It was difficult to imagine exactly how Beyoncé would insert herself into the Super Bowl halftime show after surprise-releasing the video for her new single, “Formation.” (If you haven’t watched it yet, now is the time.) The video is everything the halftime show historically has not been: politically charged, visually daring, sexy, confrontational, revelling in […]