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Nov 21 2014 — Chris Hall

It’s not easy to see victory in defeat. But that’s exactly what proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline should be thinking after a bill to approve the project failed to get the necessary votes in the U.S. Senate this week. The pipeline that would connect Alberta’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas and […]

Nov 21 2014 —

This year’s Power List—the second annual compilation by Maclean’s writers and editors of this unapologetically subjective ranking—highlights the clout of a truly diverse selection of 50 influential Canadians. Our list ranges from household names to: who’s that? Pinnacle corporate predators rub shoulders here with non-profit paragons. To help you understand how we picked them, you’ll […]


Inflation rate was 2.4 per cent in October

Nov 21 2014 —

The country’s annual inflation rate climbed higher than economists’ expectations last month, accelerating to 2.4 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday. The October increase follows a 2.0 per cent rise in September. The federal agency says the consumer price index climbed as prices rose in all of the categories it tracks in the 12 months […]


Ontario, Quebec to craft united stand on Energy East pipeline project

Nov 21 2014 — Shawn McCarthy

Ontario and Quebec are forging a common strategy on TransCanada Corp.’s $12-billion Energy East pipeline project to address its impact on greenhouse gas emissions and to ensure that their natural gas customers will not be disadvantaged. Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard are meeting in Toronto on Friday for a joint cabinet session. Officials confirmed that […]


PSAC wants public servants to have say in cuts

Nov 21 2014 — Kathryn May

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is asking for major contract changes to the way the federal government manages downsizing that would give employees who provide services to Canadians more say in what should be cut. The giant union presented Treasury Board negotiators with 30 amendments to the highly complicated “workforce adjustment agreement” during collective […]

Nov 20 2014 —

The federal ethics commissioner says Heritage Minister Shelly Glover didn’t breach the conflict of interest law in connection with a fundraiser early this year. But Mary Dawson says that while Glover didn’t personally ask for funds or ask anyone to do so on her behalf, it was inappropriate that Heritage Department stakeholders were invited to […]

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Nov 20 2014 —

A hike in passport fees has become a cash cow for the federal government. Recently released figures show the government took in $200 million more than it cost them to produce passports last year. The cost for a five-year passport increased to $120 from $87 last year, while a new 10-year passport was introduced at […]

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Nov 20 2014 —

For anyone who wonders why the New Democrats and the Liberals never seem to want to talk about a merger, try spending a little time with them on Parliament Hill these past two weeks. The recent allegations of personal conduct levelled by two unnamed female NDP MPs against two of their Liberal counterparts has added […]

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Nov 20 2014 —

Veterans groups are responding angrily to news that the federal department responsible for their care and benefits was unable to spend upwards of $1.1 billion of its budget over seven years. The figures are contained in answers to written questions posed in Parliament by the opposition and come as the Conservative government tries to figure […]

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Premiers deserve a little respect from Stephen Harper

Nov 21 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial premiers. It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he expressed it this way once, but the quote remains elusive – Canada is also more […]


No détente in sight for Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne

Nov 20 2014 — Tim Harper

The Long War between Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne is only going to get longer — and likely more intense. There’s simply too much at stake for both sides for détente, certainly not heading into a federal election campaign and the electoral riches available in this province. The Harper Conservatives remember how Wynne campaigned against […]


Is it too late for Harper to mend fences with veterans?

Nov 21 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

In September, the Department of National Defense published some shocking statistics. Between 2002 and 2014, 138 soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan. During the same period, 160 military personnel committed suicide. The fact that more servicemen and women were dying of suicide than enemy action prompted outrage across the country, and umbrage on Parliament […]


Women’s issues are just, well, issues

Nov 21 2014 — Mia Rabson

Sexual harassment. Violence against women. Child care. Abortion. There is a clear trend this fall in the subjects dominating our national discussions, in that issues which have long been considered the purview mainly of women, are taking centre stage. It might just be a sign this country is taking a major step forward towards topics […]


Keystone kibosh just another bump in bilateral road

Nov 21 2014 — Peter McKenna

It seems fairly clear now that the $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast is dead in the water. Indeed, not much is going to happen on that file as long as Barack Obama occupies the White House. That wasn’t always the case. Many commentators, myself included, thought that Obama would […]


Canada losing friends over climate change

Nov 21 2014 — Carol Goar

Stephen Harper is running out of places to hide on the environment. The prime minister tucked himself behind the United States for seven years, promising to move in lockstep with Canada’s powerful neighbour and biggest trading partner on climate change. But President Barack Obama has leapt out in front him, determined to use his second […]


Russia’s aggression is against its own best interest

Nov 21 2014 — John Baird

Friday marks one year since protests erupted on the Maidan in Kyiv, and the world’s attention was brought to bear on Ukraine. Visiting there a couple of weeks later, it was incredibly humbling to witness the courage and the passion with which people came out and chanted for democracy, reform and European integration. A few […]

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What wasn’t said speaks volumes

Nov 21 2014 —

NDP even failed to leak tidbits to media to try to control message ahead of speech. Back in the old days, long before the NDP caucus room started to look like a Discovery Channel documentary on shark attacks, there was a predictable strategy used by government to promote its speech from the throne. Each fall, […]

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