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Saskatchewan considered separation, Roy Romanow reveals

Aug 22 2014 —

While the referendum campaign was gearing up in Quebec in 1995, a team of Saskatchewan officials headed by then-Premier Roy Romanow considered the possibility that Saskatchewan might leave Canada in the event of a Yes win. The tantalizing footnote to Saskatchewan history is contained in a new book by Toronto Star columnist (and CBC At […]

Aug 22 2014 — Glen McGregor

Listed below, for posterity, is the telephone directory from the Prime Minister’s Office as it appears today. It’s worth noting because, if persistent rumours circulating Parliament Hill are to be believed, it is about to change in substantial ways. The PMO has not covered itself in glory since Chief of Staff Nigel Wright left last […]

Aug 22 2014 — Glen McGregor

On a near-daily basis, the Conservative Party sends out emails trying to inflame supporters into giving money. Terror-loving Justin Trudeau figures prominently in the text of these but the CBC and the Parliamentary Press Gallery often guest star, along with, as per the most recent missive, Big Union Bosses.

Aug 22 2014 —

A Conservative MP from northern Alberta has announced he will not be seeking re-election. Brian Storseth, the member for Westlock-St. Paul, says in a letter to the editor published in The Morinville News community paper that he will fulfill his duties to the riding until the next election is held.

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In politics, as in life, we all do all the jobs

Aug 22 2014 — Susan Delacourt

A Justin Trudeau rally in Edmonton puts the crowd to work making cold calls to strangers in hopes of drumming up Liberal support. It was a strange sight, in a magnificent park on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton this week. Inside a penned-in area festooned with red-and-white signs, a crowd was […]

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Federal Court allows more latitude for refugee appeals

Aug 22 2014 — Laura Payton

The Federal Court is giving refugees a broader basis for appeals, telling Canada’s Refugee Appeal Division that it can overturn a decision based on the merits of the case, rather than only if there was a mistake in the legal process. Until now, the Refugee Appeal Division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board would only […]

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Stephen Harper targets Justin Trudeau in Yukon speech

Aug 22 2014 — Alex Boutilier

It sounded very much like the 2015 election was already underway outside Whitehorse on Thursday evening, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper took aim at opposition parties and boasted of the Conservatives’ accomplishments in a speech to party faithful. Speaking to a crowd of about 150 people, Harper suggested the next federal election will pit the […]

Aug 22 2014 —

A watchdog group says some local TV stations could close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada’s broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is proposing new regulations that would, among other things, allow consumers to pick the individual channels they want from […]

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Aug 22 2014 — Chris Hall

The Liberals are “rolling up their sleeves” for Canadians. We know that because Liberal leader Justin Trudeau dug repeatedly into his bag of clichés for that one when speaking to reporters covering this week’s caucus retreat in Edmonton. “We’ve had a good year, really rolled up the sleeves, drawing together a great team across the […]

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Aug 21 2014 —

In the communications arsenal the Conservatives are building against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the word “elite” is proving to be one of the most popular put-downs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used the word “elite” repeatedly when referring to Trudeau and those around him, part of the narrative the party is building in advance of […]

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Harper has to call an inquiry into crimes against aboriginal women

Aug 22 2014 — Scott Reid

Roughly two weeks ago today, Tina Fontaine’s lifeless body was crammed into a plastic bag and tossed into the mud-brown water of Manitoba’s Red River. Some inhuman bastard dumped her like she was trash. We don’t know what specific terrors accompanied the end of her short life but if you’re a parent it’s almost impossible […]

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Why free trade is the unfinished business of Confederation

Aug 22 2014 — Colin Robertson

When our 13 provincial and territorial leaders meet next week in Charlottetown for their 55th annual conclave, they will discuss, yet again, how to create free trade within Canada. It is the unfinished business of our Confederation. The intention in the Constitution is clear: “All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one […]

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Term limit promise a desperate mistake

Aug 22 2014 — Don Braid

Jim Prentice’s vow to limit Alberta premiers to two terms in office might seem trivial, since they don’t seem to last longer than a couple of years anyway. But hold on. With a law like that, Peter Lougheed wouldn’t have been around to fight the Liberals over the National Energy Program. Ralph Klein couldn’t have […]

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In Toronto: Tory rises, Chow sinks, Ford floats

Aug 22 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Karen Stintz may have beaten Rob Ford in a climbing contest last month, but in Toronto’s mayoral race, she just couldn’t get a toehold. With the latest poll from Forum Research showing her still mired at 4 per cent of the decided vote, Stintz surprised no one when she announced that she was quitting the […]

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Harper kicks off northern tour with a peek at 2015 election strategy

Aug 21 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

He came to the north, as it were, loaded for bear. In response to a journalist’s question about his government’s growing list of long-promised, as-yet unfulfilled big-ticket commitments to Canada’s far north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t having any of it. In an answer that ran to five minutes-plus — an uncharacteristically long statement from […]

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Federal Politics without a BQ?

Aug 21 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our first past the post elections can be won or lost on movements of only a few points in voter support. So, the question of what BQ voters would do, if there were no BQ candidates to vote for, is a pretty interesting one. We’ve gone back over our data from surveys conducted by Abacus […]

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Workers not to blame for Quebec pension problem

Aug 22 2014 — Don Pittis

A deal’s a deal, right? Well, not when it comes to the province of Quebec and the pensions of its municipal employees. And if Quebec gets away with cutting municipal worker pensions, which have been eaten away through mismanagement by the very people doing the cutting, then watch this phenomenon spread. Quebec is pulling a […]

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Don’t let ISIS in

Aug 22 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Man is the cruelest animal, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, and he might know: His works arguably served as an inspiration for later German militarism and National Socialism. But the truth of his observation about the cruelty of men – the evil that men do – remains difficult to deny. Take this week’s […]

Aug 22 2014 — Farzana Hassan

Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old Manitoba teenager whose body was found discarded in a bag dumped into the Red River, joins the list of 1,200 murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada. Canadians are naturally saddened by any such death. Calls for a national public inquiry into the sombre aboriginal statistics are understandable.

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Stiviano claims Sterling is gay, she was his ‘beard’: Report

Aug 22 2014 — QMI Agency

V. Stiviano has reportedly filed new documents in her legal battle with Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly, claiming the former Los Angeles Clippers owner is gay and he paid her to pretend to be his mistress. According to TMZ, Stiviano argues that Sterling gave her gifts in exchange for being his “beard” – a person of […]

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