Employers will not be forced to match any extra voluntary payments made by workers under the Conservative government’s proposed Canada Pension Plan expansion. Finance Minister Joe Oliver provided new details Thursday on the government’s surprise announcement that it will hold consultations on a voluntary expansion of the CPP.
A long-time Nova Scotia Tory says he’s shocked to hear Justice Minister Peter MacKay plans to announce he’s stepping down as MP, calling the cabinet minister the most influential federal politician from the province since the Trudeau era. The Central Nova MP, who was first elected in 1997, is scheduled to make his announcement at […]
Statistics Canada says the Canadian economy contracted at an annualized rate of 0.6 per cent in the first quarter of this year.
he Mounties are investigating allegations from a whistleblowing accountant at TSX-listed mining company MagIndustries that his bosses paid bribes to officials in the Republic of Congo to win approvals tied to a potash mine development in that country. According to newly unsealed court documents, the RCMP’s sensitive and international investigations unit raided the Toronto offices […]Read More
A leading human-rights watchdog is pressing the Conservative government to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding a $15-billion arms deal Ottawa has inked to sell fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a country notorious for its treatment of women, dissidents and offenders. The Harper government has stunned rights advocates by refusing to divulge how it is […]Read More
Oilsands producers should speed up development of new technologies to temper the environmental effects of the industry, a new study commissioned by the Harper government suggests. An expert panel from the Council of Canadian Academies pointed to problems with tailings ponds and greenhouse gas emissions as key priorities for oilsands producers.Read More
Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says Canada attempted to commit “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples, in what she calls the worst stain on Canada’s human-rights record. Genocide – an attempt to destroy a people, in whole or part – is a crime under international law. The United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment […]Read More
The House of Commons has asked police forces across Canada to institute regular patrols of MPs’ constituency offices and to include the offices on a “priority response list” for emergency calls, House Speaker Andrew Scheer disclosed Thursday. The requests were part of a sweeping response to the Oct. 22, 2014 attack on Parliament by a […]Read More
She waited weeks to find the time to go and to get permission from her boss, who just happens to be the prime minister. But when Kellie Leitch, Canada’s minister of labour, finally made it to Nepal after a day of travel, she hit the ground running. The Ontario MP isn’t there as a representative […]Read More
If it were not for Peter MacKay, Stephen Harper would never have become prime minister and it is an open question whether he can secure another majority mandate or, for that matter, another election victory, without him. What is certain is that, in the absence at his side of the man who led the Progressive […]
For Stephen Harper, it’s another sign that the old gang is gone. For Peter MacKay, the exit had been beckoning for a long time. The departure of Mr. MacKay, last leader of the old Progressive Conservative Party, is symbolic because one partner to the merger that formed the current Conservative Party is going, leaving Mr. […]
As if to assure Canadians that they hadn’t completely deserted the political low road, Conservatives tossed in a gratuitous poke at Justin Trudeau’s appearance in their newest attack ad, released this week. “Nice hair,” says one of the panellists reviewing Trudeau’s resumé in the ad. It is not meant as a compliment. Though the tone […]
Stephen Harper wasn’t interested in discussing change to the Canada Pension Plan a few years ago, but now he is. What happened? Chantal, Bruce and Andrew share their thoughts.
U.S. President Barack Obama could not give two figs about Canada, it is generally agreed. He has touched down here twice since winning the White House – once for five hours in 2009, which barely qualifies as a visit, and again in 2010 for G8 and G20 summits. Pfffft. It’s a slight. Obama’s relationship with […]
The trial (or is it ‘smile’?) of the century is about to resume. Before it’s done, Mike Duffy’s day in court could resemble an extended Rick Mercer skit. In the end, the former happy Buddha of the news biz could wind up convicted of … being a senator. (Unless, of course, the Royal Conservative Mounted […]
Free, free, set them free. In what has to be seen as another sign of the growing restlessness of the backbench, Saskatchewan Conservative MP Ed Komarnicki tabled a private members’ motion on May 28 that sought to affirm the right of MPs to vote according to their beliefs — not party diktats — on “matters […]
It’s not often the Prime Minister calls in sick. But on Tuesday, Stephen Harper was down with a vicious head cold exacerbated by his aversion to taking cold medications. Even so, he still went ahead with meeting the Aga Khan spiritual leader, a Chamber of Commerce delegation and who knows who else on his unpublished […]
In a pre-election capital, one word dominates any conversation with any politician or strategist of any party. Change. It may not yet be in the air, but it is certainly on the tip of the tongue. New Democrats and Liberals are seeking it, and, it is fair to say, Conservatives are eyeing it warily. If […]
Vietnam is surely haunting the U.S. in Iraq, as Tony Burman wrote here last week. But something scary and vague is always haunting the U.S.: not just the sellout at Munich, the Berlin Wall, or the battle of Little Big Horn. Maybe it’s hauntedness itself. I happened to rewatch Apocalypse Now last week, Coppola’s Vietnam […]
Alberta NDP minister Brian Mason says skeletons found in the PC’s books, but won’t say anything more
We’re talking skeletons and it isn’t even Halloween. But then we’re talking Toryland where scary wasn’t limited to one day a year. Yes, those of us who watched the horror show for a living always thought the PCs had so many skeletons they would need more than one Skypalace closet to house them. And finding […]Read More
A few weeks ago, one after another after another, the women on Canada’s national soccer team talked about wanting to be good role models, about the importance of sports for kids, especially girls, in gaining confidence and allowing themselves to dream big dreams. They talked about how soccer changed them, moulded them, made them better […]Read More
Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch is up for sale. The Santa Ynez Valley property that once served as the late pop star’s home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 2,700-acre ranch featuring a train station, six-bedroom house and 50-seat movie theater has been in limbo since […]