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Harper government braces for grilling on oil price plunge, sputtering economy

Jan 25 2015 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to set the tone for Monday’s resumption of Parliament by vowing his government will focus on jobs and economic security. He told Conservative party supporters in Ottawa today that despite global economic uncertainty, Canada is moving in the right direction. The Senate expenses scandal and the government’s treatment of […]

Jan 25 2015 —

The government will introduce new legislation aimed at giving more powers to Canada’s police and security agencies in the wake of two attacks by converts to Islam last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Sunday. Harper said the new laws will be put before Parliament next Friday. Security officials have been on alert since […]

Jan 25 2015 —

A veteran member of British Columbia’s legislature is going to try to jump to federal politics. Jenny Kwan says she’ll attempt to get the NDP nomination for the riding of Vancouver-East for this year’s federal election. The seat is coming open because high-profile New Democrat MP Libby Davies announced last month she will not run […]

Jan 25 2015 — Terry Milewski

Nobody loves the sidewalk Cassandra with his hand-lettered message of doom: “Repent! The end is nigh!” All you can do is look down and scurry on. So, if your MP seems a little downcast as she trudges back to Ottawa, show a little sympathy. Just when all the parties are hoping for a breakthrough, the […]

RCMP officers perform door-to-door checks on Cedar Street in Moncton, N.B., on Sunday, Jan.25, 2015 after reports of a man walking around with a weapon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison

Moncton RCMP search for suspicious man reportedly carrying firearm

Jan 25 2015 —

RCMP officers are searching a neighbourhood in Moncton, N.B., after receiving a report today of a suspicious male walking down a street with what appeared to be a firearm. Police set up a perimeter around a large area of northwest Moncton after receiving the complaint at about 11:15 a.m. A news release issued four hours […]

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CTV QP lookahead: MPs back to work, eyeing economy, anti-terror bill

Jan 25 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Parliament returns Monday after a six-week winter break. And MPs are heading into a key sitting — the last one expected before this year’s federal election. Canada’s role in Iraq, the economy – specifically tanking oil prices – and the government’s new anti-terror legislation will top the parliamentary agenda next week. Hill-watchers will also be […]

Jan 25 2015 —

Conservative politician Michael Chong takes nothing in life for granted. His 43 years of successes, setbacks, joy and heartbreak taught him that — a lesson both priceless and horrible. The backbench MP for Wellington-Halton Hills applies it to something as basic as whether his bill to change the balance of power in Parliament will become […]

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Jan 25 2015 —

Bloc Québécois Leader Mario Beaulieu has chosen to run in the Montreal riding of La Pointe-de -l’Ile. The riding was won by the NDP in the last election after having long been represented by the Bloc’s Francine Lalonde, who died last year. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Mario Beaulieu would not confirm the […]

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Jan 24 2015 —

Legendary figure skater Toller Cranston has died. He was 65. A Skate Canada spokesperson says Cranston was found dead at his home in Mexico this morning. There’s no immediate word on the cause of death. Cranston won Olympic bronze at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck and was a six-time national champion. Cranston, who spent […]

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Jan 24 2015 —

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says she should have waited to hear from Albertans before she and other caucus members crossed the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives. Smith took to Facebook on Saturday to say she’s sorry that she “did not take more time to allow Albertans to consider and debate the idea […]

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The three pillars of Stephen Harper’s re-election hopes

Jan 25 2015 — Tim Harper

He left this place before Christmas with a bump in the polls and a potential road map to a fourth victory. When the House of Commons reconvenes Monday for a pre-election sprint, Stephen Harper will seek to recapture that combination in a political environment which has been radically reconfigured in six short weeks. How to […]

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Trudeau’s wrong, again

Jan 25 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Today let’s deconstruct the silliness of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s claim U.S. President Barack Obama would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline by now if Prime Minister Stephen Harper had put a price on industrial carbon dioxide emissions. First, the U.S. has never put a price on its emissions so it’s clearly not a priority […]

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Tax system needs a good cleanup

Jan 25 2015 — Carol Goar

According to the Fraser Institute, which takes a dim view of tax credits, Stephen Harper has created 68 new ones since taking office. According to Employment Minister Jason Kenney, who never met a tax break he didn’t like, the prime minister has doled out $3,400 to the average family in credits, deductions, shelters and exemptions. […]

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Hypocrisy marks our relationship with Saudi Arabia

Jan 25 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

The king is dead. Long live the king. That’s so in Saudi Arabia as well. The transition from King Abdullah to King Salman on Friday was smooth, as it always is at the death of the monarch there. Whatever the internal differences in the ruling House of Saud, the world never hears about them, the […]

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Free pass for the House of Saud

Jan 25 2015 — Adrienne Batra

One of Shakespeare’s famous quotes about Julius Caesar seems appropriate in light of the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” The focus of his peers abroad is on the good Abdullah did, the bad — perhaps deliberately — […]

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Don Cherry for the Order of Canada

Jan 25 2015 — Rex Murphy

As he toils toward the crest of his eighth decade, does Don Cherry feel a chill? Does he ever have the slightly cold feeling that despite all he’s done, all he is, all he has been, that the recognition of his place in the life and spirit of Canada hasn’t really been acknowledged? I suspect […]

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Defending self-defence

Jan 25 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Self-defence is legal in Canada. So how come police and Crown prosecutors keep charging victims who have the courage to fight back against their attackers? Two weeks ago I wrote about Michael Woodard, a 68-year-old from Honeydale, N.B. On Dec. 19, Woodard found three burglars in his remote home, a 20-minute drive down a gravel […]

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Kerry’s grotesque love letter

Jan 25 2015 — Ezra Levant

When Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, the U.S. sent no senior dignitaries to her funeral. Next to Winston Churchill, Thatcher was the most consequential prime minister the U.K. had in a century, and she was an indispensable ally to the U.S., in the Cold War and the first Gulf War too. But the only representative […]

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