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Bob Dechert’s income-splitting comments spark Twitter backlash

Dec 19 2014 —

UPDATE: As spotted by @PressProgress, it appears Dechert’s original comments were removed from the story on Friday afternoon, and replaced with the following quote: Many new Canadians, Dechert said, prefer to receive the Universal Child Care Benefit – the actual cash – to use for childcare services because they want to send their children in […]

Dec 19 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says that if he is elected prime minister, he will hold annual first ministers’ conferences with premiers to restore “collaboration” among Canada’s politicians. Trudeau made the pledge Friday in a year-end interview with the Citizen in his Parliament Hill office. Among the other highlights from the discussion: – Trudeau said he […]

Dec 19 2014 — Kady O'Malley

The federal ethics watchdog has launched a preliminary investigation into whether Conservative MPs Rob Clarke and Rod Bruinooge may have breached House conflict of interest rules by voting to drop a longstanding ban on the use of smartphones, tablets and other communications devices at polling stations.

Dec 19 2014 —

Canada is once again imposing new sanctions against Russia in response to its incursions into Ukraine. The latest sanctions target 20 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and include new export restrictions on technologies used in Russia’s oil sector. The sanctions against individuals involve freezing of assets and travel bans. But it’s the oilpatch sanctions that will […]

Dec 19 2014 —

Senator Lillian Dyck is apologizing for suggesting an aboriginal Conservative MP from northern Saskatchewan was behaving like a “white man” during a debate in the Senate earlier this month. Dyck, who is also Cree and from Saskatchewan, says she was exasperated during discussions Dec. 9 on a private member’s bill from Rob Clarke to replace […]

Travis Vader is shown in an RCMP handout photo. First-degree murder charges have been re-activated against a suspect in the deaths of a pair of Edmonton-area seniors who vanished in July 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP

Travis Vader charged with McCann murders

Dec 19 2014 —

First-degree murder charges have been re-activated against a suspect in the deaths of a pair of Edmonton-area seniors who vanished in July 2010. Police discovered the charred remains of Lyle and Marie McCann’s motorhome but their bodies have never been found. RCMP announced Friday afternoon they are proceeding with the case against Travis Vader, 42. […]


How Ghomeshi’s publicist worked to shut down Toronto Life story

Dec 19 2014 — Kevin Donovan

Former Q star Jian Ghomeshi was “incredibly disappointed” with attempts by a Toronto magazine to contact former girlfriends of his in the summer of 2013 for a future article. So disappointed that his publicity team asked the magazine to stop its attempts and offered the publication access to Ghomeshi for a full profile. “We feel […]

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Canada sending HMCS Fredericton to Mediterranean Sea over Ukraine crisis

Dec 19 2014 —

Canada is sending another one of its frigates to help a NATO maritime force aiming to provide reassurance to eastern European allies that are jittery over the crisis in Ukraine. The Defence Department says HMCS Fredericton will deploy in the coming weeks to replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean Sea. HMCS Toronto has been in […]

Dec 19 2014 —

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has formally announced that the air force will get a fifth C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift transport plane. The federal cabinet recently signed off on the proposal, which the military has been pushing for, calling it a uniquely time-sensitive opportunity because Boeing aircraft, the U.S. manufacturer, has closed the assembly line. Nicholson made […]

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Dec 19 2014 —

At least 30 of Pierre Karl Peladeau’s posts and declarations have disappred from his official Facebook page. The missing status updates are no longer visible in Peladeau’s Timeline, which means they can not be seen by a visitor to his page. However, they have not been deleted entirely. Many of the Peladeau’s past statements can […]

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We’re overdoing the outrage over political floor crossing

Dec 20 2014 — Stephen Maher

In 1924, when Winston Churchill crossed the floor of the British House of Commons to serve as Conservative finance minister, he joked: “Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.” Churchill, first elected as a Tory, crossed to sit with the Liberals 20 years earlier after falling out with the […]


PCs, Wildrose playing footsie while trading barbs

Dec 20 2014 — Graham Thomson

Premier Jim Prentice is not comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, but … This Christmas, he bought up every copy he can find in Western Canada of the bestselling book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, to give as gifts. The award-winning book by author Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the American president, […]

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Danielle Smith has become what she claimed to loath

Dec 20 2014 — Colman Byfield

“It was a pig walking on his hind legs.” The above comes, as the reader probably guessed, from the denouement of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, when the pigs finally erase the last of the Seven Commandments: notably, “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy” and “No animal shall wear clothes.” On Wednesday The Reviled […]

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Don Martin’s 10 political predictions for 2015

Dec 19 2014 — Don Martin

Break out the crystal ball. It’s the 2015 prediction edition of the Last Word, all of them subject to change without notice if proven wrong. Be they based on whispers in the backrooms or just gut feelings, these are ten plausible scenarios for election year politics in Canada.


In Newfoundland, Joey Smallwood looms large

Dec 20 2014 — Rex Murphy

The art of politics in Newfoundland has always had its own delicious patterns, and over the ages it has produced formidable personalities. The name most familiar to outsiders is probably Joey Smallwood, the first premier of the province, who owned that office for the better part of 23 years. Smallwood stands out not only because […]


There is only one Christmas song that truly matters

Dec 20 2014 — Andrew Coyne

Christmas is a time of music, unfortunately. Nowadays they start in October, and by November they are inescapable: Christmas carols, Christmas songs, Christmas jingles. Merchants long ago discovered the sales value in pressing Christmas into our skulls through every orifice, and the music business was not far behind it: Christmas songs sell. Most are dreadful, […]

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Sony Music bigwigs ‘freaking out’ over possible leak

Dec 20 2014 —

Sony Music bigwigs are “freaking out” that details of their hefty salaries could be leaked next after hackers pilfered 100 terabytes of data from Sony servers and successfully killed the movie division’s “The Interview.” Sources tell Page Six all high-level correspondence on music deals is being done by fax these days. They say a main […]

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