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May 25 2015 — Emma Loop

The federal government’s decision to replace its prison watchdog after a decade of success has baffled some corrections experts, with one former high-ranking insider suggesting Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney wants a Quebecer for the post. Howard Sapers, who holds the job of Correctional Investigator of Canada, was appointed in 2004 by the then-Liberal government. […]

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Feds’ ‘propaganda’ videos reflect ‘manic obsession with image management,’ undermine public service independence: experts

May 25 2015 — Mark Burgess

The videos public servants shot of Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre glad-handing constituents and explaining Conservative tax breaks are “propaganda” that show the government’s “manic obsession with image management,” experts say, and they’re undermining the public service’s independence. Public service experts and critics on the political right and left are calling for reforms […]

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Ontario to legislate striking high school teachers back to work

May 25 2015 —

The Ontario government will be tabling back-to-work legislation this afternoon for striking secondary school teachers. Education Minister Liz Sandals says a branch of the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled that strikes by high school teachers in three boards are putting the students’ school years in jeopardy. More than 70,000 students have been kept from […]

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Most Canadians oppose communism victims memorial: poll

May 25 2015 — Elizabeth Payne

A large majority of Canadians — even among Conservative supporters — think the Conservative government’s planned memorial to the victims of communism is a poor idea, a poll has found. Across the country, just 23 per cent of Canadians said they would support the Memorial to Victims of Communism “in its current form after they […]

May 25 2015 — Theophilos Argitis

Canadian consumer confidence rose to its highest since December amid increased optimism over the outlook for the nation’s economy, weekly polling shows. The Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index rose to 56.9 last week, from 56.3 a week earlier. The share of Canadians predicting a weaker economy in the next six months fell to 27.5 percent, […]

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May 25 2015 — Kim Mackrael

The federal government should work with the provinces to integrate mental-health services into the health system, the opposition NDP and Liberals say. NDP health critic Murray Rankin said his party would implement the broad strokes of recommendations from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, which include a call to make psychotherapy and clinical counselling more […]

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Auditor general to blow lid on Senate Scandal, Part II

May 25 2015 — Dan Leger

The other shoe is about to drop on the Senate, and it’s going to land with a King Kong stomp. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s expensive, painstaking audit of Senate expenses will be released within days, and it could take down many members of the Red Chamber. It’s not just a Mike Duffy problem anymore. Details […]

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Why Quebeckers are ready to embrace Tom Mulcair

May 25 2015 — Antonia Maioni

There’s a buzz in Quebec and it’s not just about PKP. While a Leger poll showed that the new Parti Québécois leader, Pierre Karl Péladeau, has arrived with significant support in the polls, another CROP survey showed that Thomas Mulcair and the NDP have become the strongest contenders among federal parties, with an even larger […]

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Mulcair looking more like a potential PM in waiting

May 25 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

Two polls on the weekend agree on one thing—the NDP is firmly back in first place in Quebec. Both EKOS for iPolitics and CROP for LaPresse have reported a surge in NDP support in the province in the first three weeks of May, at the expense of the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois. EKOS has […]

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Conservatives’ debate strategy a game changer

May 25 2015 — Dan Lett

It appears there could be three times more debates between party leaders in the 2015 federal election campaign than in any previous campaign. A good thing, right? That depends on whom you talk to. For the first time since 1968, a consortium of Canada’s principal broadcasters will not hold a monopoly on televised debates among […]

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Harper trumpets pro-Israel foreign policy shift

May 25 2015 — David Akin

Last week, on the same day the Conservative Party agreed their leader would participate in an election debate focused solely on foreign policy, their leader, Stephen Harper, thundered through a 30-minute speech in Montreal that left no doubt why they want that debate. The Conservatives believe that there are more (or at least enough) votes […]

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Harper proving weak on governance, even weaker on courage

May 25 2015 — Michael Harris

And so Canadian public life has come down to an empty chair. JFK’s unoccupied rocking chair following his assassination meant the end of Camelot. When imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, it was placed on an empty chair reserved for Liu. But what does Stephen Harper’s empty […]

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Harper now has to battle rivals on two fronts

May 24 2015 — Tim Harper

We’ve been here before. There was a time, in the not too distant past, when the NDP led the national polls, it appeared electoral revolution was at hand and the leader of the day, Ed Broadbent, was being spoken of as the next prime minister. In 1988, as today, the country seemed headed for a […]

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Ramadi is indeed a setback, Mr. Kenney

May 25 2015 — Scott Taylor

The propaganda machine of the U.S.-led alliance in Iraq suffered a serious setback last week. Contrary to what we have been told for months, ISIS fighters were not “on their back foot,” nor have they been “contained” as a result of allied airstrikes. Instead of being downgraded and on the defensive, ISIS has been very […]

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A great party, then a cabinet short on Calgary ministers

May 25 2015 — Don Braid

There’s never been a swearing-in ceremony like that: a joyous, friendly, noisy party with thousands occupying the legislature plaza, cooling their heels in the pools, lining up at the food trucks, and listening to folk music from Hundred Mile House, the Edmonton trio that remade O Canada into a softly haunting ballad. After attending at […]

May 24 2015 — Toronto Star

The longer and more convoluted the so-called debate over debates gets in advance of this fall’s federal election, the clearer it becomes that the Conservative party’s goal is simply to manipulate the rules in its favour. In some senses there’s nothing surprising about this: it’s what political parties always try to do, the Harper Conservatives […]

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Art Garfunkel ‘created a monster’ in Paul Simon, singer tells The Telegraph

May 25 2015 —

Even 45 years later, Art Garfunkel still feels salt in the wound after his acrimonious split with Paul Simon. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the singer says he still can’t understand why Simon went off to start a musical career on his own when the pair were seemingly at the height of their […]

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