National Newswatch

Bloc’s drop in Quebec a big chance for NDP and Liberals, polls suggest

Sep 30 2014 — Eric Grenier

Ever since the controversial Mario Beaulieu became its leader in June, the Bloc Québécois has been drifting further into irrelevance. What kind of opportunity has this opened up for the other parties in Quebec? It is undeniable the Bloc has taken a significant hit in recent months. It was already struggling to better its 23 […]

Sep 30 2014 — Tara Deschamps

John Tory remains in front in Toronto’s mayoral race, with Councillor Doug Ford in the hunt and Olivia Chow slipping, a new poll suggests. Results released by Forum Research late Monday night said Tory has captured 43 per cent of support — a number based on 1,167 randomly chosen respondents who were surveyed Monday. He […]


Question period: 3 ways to encourage Speaker to clean it up

Sep 30 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Barring a caucus-wide change of heart or backbench rebellion, the Conservatives will use their majority today to put the boots to an NDP motion to give Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer explicit authority to intervene during question period and compel the government to provide answers that are relevant and non-repetitious.

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Senators’ ‘optional’ travel plunges after Wallin audit

Sep 30 2014 — Jordan Press

Senators have slashed their optional travel spending by more than half in the year since an audit criticizing Sen. Pamela Wallin’s travel habits was released, new spending figures show. Combined, senators spent less than $500,000 on “other” travel in the 12 months after Wallin was found to have run afoul of Senate spending rules on […]

Sep 30 2014 —

The federal Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada’s provinces, territories and municipalities need to make “significant” policy changes if they want to keep their debt under control. The PBO says those levels of government must find ways to raise their revenues, receive greater federal transfer payments or save money in health care or other programs. The […]

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Sep 30 2014 —

Economic growth in Canada was put on hold in July as Statistics Canada says the country’s economic output remained largely unchanged for the month following gains over six consecutive months. Economists had expected a gain of 0.2 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters. The federal agency says manufacturing and the public sector were the biggest […]

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Sep 29 2014 —

The federal cabinet is poised to consider the possible deployment of CF-18 jetfighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the ever-expanding air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But there is concern within National Defence and among critics about the wear and tear of yet another combat mission on the veritable […]

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Sep 29 2014 —

Sun Media apologized on Monday for an on-air rant by its outspoken provocateur, Ezra Levant, about Justin Trudeau and the Liberal leader’s famous parents. The apology aired at the beginning of Levant’s Sun News Network show. It was read by a narrator; Levant didn’t deliver the mea culpa. “It is the view of Sun News […]

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Sep 29 2014 —

Quebec’s premier says Parti Quebecois heayweight Pierre Karl Peladeau should get a grip on reality after he compared the repatriation of the Constitution to the imposition of communist rule in East Germany. Philippe Couillard said he found Peladeau’s attempt to suggest parallels bizarre and pointed out that Canadians live in a democratic country. Peladeau made […]

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Featured Ink


Harper’s election timing? Expect the unexpected

Sep 30 2014 —

A federal election this fall? Don’t rule it out. Top Liberal Party strategist Gerald Butts says his party is preparing for that scenario, among others. While most speculation has centred on the possibility of Prime Minister Stephen Harper moving up the election date from next fall to next spring, the Liberals believe it’s even possible […]


Question period and the healing power of humiliation

Sep 30 2014 —

Tears, I tell my five-year-old daughter, are for serious things. Tears are for when you scrape your knee really badly, when someone you love falls ill, or when your pet fish dies. Tears are not for stupid non-answers in the House of Commons, shed by a grown man who appeared to thoroughly enjoy delivering said […]


Man up and stop the Question Period farce, Mr. Speaker

Sep 30 2014 — John Ivison

The Prime Minister wasn’t in the House of Commons but a full complement of his front bench was present, including the Minister of Fudging the Numbers and the Minister for Concealing Errors. The NDP had introduced a motion to give the Speaker of the House authority to cut off government members who insult the intelligence […]


Polls highlight PQ’s referendum conundrum

Sep 29 2014 — Chantal Hébert

Scotland’s recent independence referendum undeniably struck a chord in Quebec but based on the first two polls to be published on the post-vote state of play it has not acted as a game changer on the political dynamics of the province. CROP, whose poll was published last week in La Presse and Le Soleil, covered […]


Pierre Karl Péladeau increases his lead for the PQ leadership

Sep 30 2014 — Don Macpherson

It’s PKP-mania, the kind of enthusiasm for a politician that Quebecers have usually reserved for the ones who walk with a cane. Even among supporters of the left-wing Québec solidaire party, right-wing businessman Pierre Karl Péladeau is the first choice for the Parti Québécois leadership in the latest poll on the subject by the Léger […]


Crown and defence will battle over Luka Magnotta’s state of mind

Sep 30 2014 — Rosie DiManno

Due to the nature of the trial, this column contains graphic content. MONTREAL—Somewhere somebody is thanking his lucky stars, his guardian angel and a mystifying twist of fate. A man who walked in — and walked out again alive — of the apartment where Luka Rocca Magnotta murdered and dismembered 33-year-old Concordia computer engineering student […]


Look around, ISIS’s acolytes are just apprentices at atrocity

Sep 30 2014 — Neil MacDonald

Back in July, Barack Obama signed an executive order punishing anyone responsible for some of the hideous excesses of the Congolese civil war. Hardly anyone noticed Obama’s order. But for the record, the people it targets have reportedly committed: mass rape (of men and women, by rebels and government soldiers) often in front of communities […]


Pope’s sacking of Paraguayan bishop resonates in Vancouver

Sep 30 2014 — Daphne Bramham

When news of the Vatican’s sacking of a Paraguayan bishop broke late last week — ostensibly because he was protecting pedophile priests — it had a special resonance in Vancouver. For more than four years, the Shaughnessy parish raised money for priests, a seminary and an orphanage in Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano’s diocese of […]

Sep 30 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

Vancouver is a recognized urban-design leader in North America but recent city planning decisions suggest “a feeling of having lost our way.” Patrick Condon, chairman of the urban-design program at the University of B.C., expresses concern about the city’s recent approval of large-scale housing developments beyond the downtown core. And his thoughtful perspective deserves attention. […]

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Amanda Bynes Driving Under the Influence of ADDERALL … Desperate Situation

Sep 30 2014 —

Amanda Bynes was under the influence of Adderall when she was arrested for DUI … sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … but her problems go much deeper than a criminal case. We’ve learned the Adderall was prescribed by a doctor and she had taken the drug before getting stopped in Van Nuys Sunday […]

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