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May 28 2015 —

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says Stephen Harper’s economic stewardship, combined with his anti-terrorism efforts, may give Stephen Harper the advantage he needs on the campaign trail this fall. Mulroney made the comments in an interview with BBC News. “It’s going to be a tough election,” he noted. “There are three major parties, almost neck […]

May 28 2015 — Janyce McGregor

Only a fraction of self-employed Canadians are taking advantage of the Harper government’s 2010 offer of employment insurance benefits, according to figures published this spring by Employment and Social Development Canada. EI’s special benefits, including maternity leave, were previously only available to salaried employees. In 2009, then Human Resources Minister Diane Finley predicted between 300,000-500,000 […]

May 28 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

A Senate committee is offering to conduct a review of Canada’s new anti-terrorism powers five years after Parliament adopts Bill C-51, and is calling on the government to quickly adopt new measures to fight terrorism and improve its existing counterterrorism operations. The committee on national security and defence has voted in favour of the legislation, […]

Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. displays the parts and function of a defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the US, during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov.20, 2014. The federal government says an expanded recall of faulty Takata airbags covers about 1.2 million vehicles in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Takata airbag recall affects 1.2 million vehicles in Canada

May 28 2015 —

Transport Canada has released a detailed list of vehicles being recalled in Canada due to faulty airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corp., saying 1.2 million vehicles in this country are part of the worldwide recall. The list of affected vehicles was posted online and includes the Honda Civic, Accord, and CR-V, Chrysler products, including the […]

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Harper government proposes small changes to expat voting bill

May 28 2015 —

The Harper government is proposing seven minor amendments to legislation that would tighten voting rules for expatriates casting ballots from abroad. Pierre Poilievre, the minister for democratic reform, says the changes will clarify some parts of the bill. The legislation is designed to ensure that voters outside the country provide identification and proof of citizenship […]

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Conservative CPP plan won’t help savers or stop the pension crisis

May 28 2015 — Don Pittis

If as many suggest, the government’s latest plan to expand the Canada Pension Plan is pure politics, perhaps the details don’t matter. But based on the little we know so far, you should not expect the new scheme to solve what many worry is a coming Canadian pension crisis. At first glance, the plan is […]

May 28 2015 — Steven Chase

The head of the Canadian government agency that brokered a controversial deal to supply $15-billion worth of armoured fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia sees the Middle East as “a strategic region” for Canadian arms sales. Martin Zablocki, the president and chief executive of Canadian Commercial Corp., recently told an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper that he considers […]

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Scrutiny of expense accounts should be extended to MPs

May 28 2015 — Stephen Maher

Next week, auditor general Michael Ferguson will deliver an audit to the Senate in which he will recommend that nine senators be referred to the RCMP for criminal investigations and 21 others be made to pay back money they ought not have received. This will hit the chamber of sober second thought like a mortar […]

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Whether voluntary or mandatory, there is no need to expand the CPP

May 28 2015 — Andrew Coyne

If you’re just joining us, the Conservatives are now, as of this Tuesday, formally in favour of a voluntary expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, having earlier been opposed. The Liberals are now in favour of a mandatory expansion of the CPP and against a voluntary expansion, having earlier been in favour of the latter […]

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How to create a 21st-century leaders’ debate

May 28 2015 — Robin V. Sears

The visiting Canadian political hacks sat demurely in the Washington campaign director’s office waiting for him to get off the phone. They stared carefully at their shoes as they listened to his expletive-laden attack on someone on the other end. It went something like, “Well, lady, you can tell your girlfriends there that there is […]

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Harper on defence spending: ‘Canada a major contributor’

May 28 2015 — David Akin

There’s a trade show for military and defence contractors this week in Ottawa that is the largest of its kind in the country. More than 350 companies will display their wares for 11,000 military personnel, government bureaucrats and industry types as they all hope to get a piece of Canada’s $20-billion defence spending pie. That’s […]

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Hating Stephen Harper like reverse Beatlemania

May 28 2015 — Les MacPherson

Hating Stephen Harper is a little like reverse Beatlemania. It is more about social status than politics. With Beatlemania, otherwise sensible teenage girls were reduced to screaming, weeping and swooning just by beholding the Beatles, even on television. They did this not to impress the Beatles, because there was no chance of anything going on […]

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Oilsands not the dirtiest

May 28 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Today I am going to explain why you, as a Canadian citizen, are not an energy-consuming glutton who is helping to burn up the planet by greedily consuming fossil fuels. In fact, as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change go, Canada is small potatoes. According to the World Research Institute, 2011, China is […]

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Rejected ideas new again for Conservatives

May 27 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the dying days of a third mandate, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver is about to spend the last summer before the October election consulting the provinces on a public pension reform that all governments including his own dismissed as unworkable five years ago. When the idea of allowing Canadians to make supplementary voluntary contributions […]

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