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The not inconsiderable cost of ‘re-engaging’ with the UN

Feb 12 2016 — Chris Hall

He came. They met. They smiled for the cameras and said all the right things. After years of uneasy relations between the UN and the previous Conservative government, the mere meeting of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau passed for news here in Ottawa on Thursday. Ban emerged from his meeting […]

Feb 11 2016 — John Ivison

The multi-billion dollar sole source deal to build a new fleet of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy is being reviewed by a newly-formed Cabinet committee set up to take a closer look at controversial defence procurement contracts. Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax was awarded the build contract as part of Canada’s largest-ever defence procurement project, […]

Feb 11 2016 — Glen McGregor

Federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has told Liberal house leader Dominic LeBlanc he must avoid participating in any decisions involving the powerful Irving family of New Brunswick. LeBlanc, a key political lieutenant to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cited his friendship with James D. “Jim” Irving as a potential conflict-of-interest in an undertaking filed with Dawson […]

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The Progressive Conservatives won a byelection Thursday in Whitby-Oshawa, easily fending off the Liberals despite the governing party dropping Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into the campaign in the waning days. The Tories have held the riding east of Toronto since 1995, but the Liberals had hoped the resignation of Christine Elliott would afford them a […]

Feb 12 2016 — Margo McDiarmid

Canada, the United States and Mexico will sign a trilateral agreement Friday that could mark the start of discussions on the first North American accord on climate change and clean energy. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Mexico’s secretary of energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, will sign a memorandum of […]

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Feb 12 2016 — Eric Grenier

A majority of Canadians believe the ride-sharing service Uber should be subject to the same regulations as taxis, a new poll suggests. The survey, conducted by the Angus Reid Institute and published Friday, indicates 63 per cent of Canadians feel the government should regulate Uber the same way it regulates taxis, while just 37 per […]

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Rona Ambrose sticks to partisan clichés

Feb 12 2016 — Carol Goar

She had no choice, really. Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative party, had to denounce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to trade warplanes in the skies over Iraq for boots on the ground as “a shameful step backward from our proud traditions.” She had to dismiss the government’s decision to focus on training local […]


Dealing with life and death at breakneck speed

Feb 12 2016 — Tim Harper

Meet the most important MP you may not have heard of, the co-chair of the most important Parliamentary committee no one seems to be noticing. Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant, a soft spoken United Church minister, has 13 days to present to Parliament and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a framework for a federal law […]


The NDP’s failure; a crisis of strategy, or of ideology?

Feb 12 2016 — Jen Gerson

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair seems to have successfully waited for the election-night Molotov cocktails to fizzle before emerging from obscurity to offer his personal apologies for the party’s collapse. “I agree with the overarching assessment that our campaign came up short,” he wrote in a note accompanying an election postmortem. “As leader, I take full […]

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The 100-day honeymoon faces a reality check

Feb 11 2016 — Don Martin

One hundred days is the approximate gestation period for lions, leopards and pigs. In an unrelated development, it is also the incubation period for new governments to be first assessed in style, if not substance. Today is Justin Trudeau’s 100th day as Liberal prime minister. Much will be written and said by way of analysis, […]


Europe’s SOS to a Canadian ship

Feb 12 2016 — Colby Cosh

The Canadian frigate Fredericton left port early in the new year. It crossed the Atlantic in order to, in the words of the Department of National Defence (DND), “engage in NATO counter-terrorism patrols and related activities in the Mediterranean Sea.” You do not have to read between the lines very closely to translate this into […]

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Barry Manilow rushed to hospital in Los Angeles

Feb 12 2016 —

Barry Manilow has been rushed to hospital “due to complications from emergency oral surgery”. The 72-year-old singer was taken to a Los Angeles hospital shortly after playing a sold-out show on Wednesday evening. In a message posted on Manilow’s Facebook page, his management team said it was due to complications arising from an operation he […]