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Spy service to get stronger anti-terror powers under federal bill

Jan 30 2015 — Jim Bronskill

Newly tabled anti-terrorism legislation would give Canada’s spy agency more power to thwart a suspected extremist’s travel plans, disrupt bank transactions and covertly interfere with radical websites. The plan to boost the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s ability to counter terrorist threats flows from a review of fatal attacks on two Canadian soldiers last October — […]

Jan 30 2015 — Joanna Smith

The current low price of oil should not scare provincial governments away from making long-term investments in getting natural resources to market, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz said Friday. “We still need to look long-term. Yes, there is a drop in oil prices today. Is that drop going to stay on forever? Most likely […]

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New anti-terror law might not have stopped Zehaf-Bibeau

Jan 30 2015 — Jordan Press

Had it been in place earlier, the anti-terrorism legislation proposed on Friday might have prevented the attack that killed a soldier in Quebec last October. But it’s unlikely it would have headed off the death of a soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The attacks on Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent on Oct. 20 […]

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Mulcair slams Thibeault as ‘beneath contempt’

Jan 30 2015 — Carol Mulligan

Members of his caucus are more sad than bitter former Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault defected from the New Democrats to become the appointed Liberal candidate in a Sudbury byelection, says Thomas Mulcair. Thibeault’s behaviour is “beneath contempt,” said the federal NDP leader, and he’s coming to Sudbury to warn people not to vote for the […]

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Tony Merchant’s law firm faces $25M claim over residential school cases

Jan 30 2015 — Bonnie Allen

The federal government has filed a $25-million statement of claim accusing Tony Merchant’s law firm of overbilling for legal services and falsifying documents to cover it up, in a scheme to defraud Canada. The civil suit, filed in Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, claims the Merchant Law Group should repay $25 million, plus interest, […]

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Deputy Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Christine Elliott has raised far more money than her four rivals in the party’s leadership race, according to figures filed with Elections Ontario. Nominations for the race to replace Tim Hudak closed at noon but the five candidates still have until the end of February to sign up new members, […]

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The Canadian government says it posted a budgetary deficit of $3.3 billion over the first eight months of the 2014-15 fiscal year — a considerable change from the $13.4 billion shortfall over the same period in 2013-14. The Finance Department’s latest fiscal monitor shows the federal books received a boost from a $6.5-billion drop in […]

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Jan 30 2015 — Mike Blanchfield

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down as unconstitutional a Saskatchewan law that prevents public sector employees from striking. By a 5-2 majority, the high court granted an appeal by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour of the province’s controversial essential services law that restricts who can strike. The ruling will affect public service unions […]

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Jan 30 2015 — Alex Boutilier

As parliament continues to debate the role of Canadian Forces in the fight against the Islamic State group, a new poll shows support remains strong for CF-18 airstrikes in Iraq. The poll, released by Forum Research, found that 63 per cent of Canadians somewhat or strongly approve the Conservatives’ decision to send six CF-18 fighter […]

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Anti-terror law raises crucial question: Who will spy on the spies?

Jan 30 2015 — Stephen Maher

As the government tabled a sweeping new anti-terrorism bill in Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a strong speech in suburban Toronto, looking profoundly self-assured as he laid out the political case for the enormous change his government is making. We live in a dangerous new world, Harper said, and must deal with […]

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Stephen Harper discovers Ontario

Jan 30 2015 — Carol Goar

The biblical parable of the prodigal son contains a large grain of political wisdom. The moral of the story — to forgive those who treat you badly — is counterintuitive in this era of caustic partisanship but it is relevant, especially for Ontario. Stephen Harper, like the prodigal son in the narrative, turned his back […]

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Buckle up! It’s a bumpy year

Jan 30 2015 — Warren Kinsella

What a difference a few weeks make. Not so long ago, the federal government was counting on a structural surplus — and lots of largess to dispense around the time of the final budget before the general election. Not so long ago, the price of oil per barrel was going up. Not so long ago, […]

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Harper whispers his way into another war

Jan 30 2015 — Michael Harris

You go quietly past the bedroom of someone who is sleeping. You go quietly when you walk a trout stream with a fly-rod. You go quietly when you’ve outlived your usefulness. But there is one thing you do not do quietly. You do not go quietly to war. When you are a democratically-elected government and […]

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Stephen Harper spinning gold from his little Iraq war

Jan 29 2015 — Tim Harper

Here’s an exclusive for you: Canada Stands Strong and Free. It’s right there on Stephen Harper’s propaganda video network, complete with that “exclusive” tag before its flag-waving title, more than three minutes worth of fighter jets and military ships, the National War Memorial and the Centennial Flame, poppies and police tape, Kevin Vickers and uniformed […]

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The economy is headed for a cold, dark spring

Jan 30 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Down, down the dollar goes; where it stops, nobody knows. It’s now sunk below 80 cents, for the first time since 2009. In the past two years, it has slid 20 per cent against the greenback, 15 per cent in the last six months alone. Like it or not, when it comes to our currency, […]

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Ignoring the poor impoverishes politics

Jan 30 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

The poor will always be among us, the Bible instructs, but they have disappeared in Canadian politics. The words “the poor” or “poverty” have apparently become so distasteful, or at least so politically risky, that no federal political leader dares to utter them. Or perhaps this studied reluctance reflects the politician’s regrettable but repeated preference […]

Jan 30 2015 — Deveryn Ross

We may now have a better idea of what Gord Mackintosh was up to last week, when he announced he has been approached by representatives of Greg Selinger and Theresa Oswald to broker a truce between the two warring factions. He told the media that “there are deeply held and divided camps that have to […]

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