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Canada plans new ‘prestigious’ embassy in Israel

Apr 20 2015 — Alex Boutilier

Canada is planning to build a new embassy in Israel, even as the Conservative government attempts to sell $80 million in diplomatic properties abroad. The federal government is seeking outside help in assessing the cost of constructing a new, 26,000-square-foot embassy and ambassador’s residence in Tel Aviv, documents show. The price tag for the project […]

Apr 20 2015 — Glen McGregor

The federal government is scrambling to ensure that families who qualify for the new child benefit won’t be left out of the monthly payments that the Conservatives hope will bolster their re-election bid. With 10 days to go before the registration deadline, the government wants to ensure as many families as possible are signed up […]

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The independent senator for Northern Ontario, Marie Charette-Poulin, has resigned for health reasons. Charette-Poulin is originally from Sudbury and was appointed to the Senate in 1995 by Jean Chrétien. She sat as a Liberal until early last year, when Liberal leader Justin Trudeau expelled every Liberal member of the upper house from his caucus and […]

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Almost half of Canadians approve of the Canadian Forces’ latest mission to the Ukraine, while 40 per cent disapprove, according to a Forum Research poll released today. The mission has divided Canadians across regions and demographics, according to the poll. Anglophones, males and Canadians living in Alberta and the prairies all polled more than 50 […]

Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver tries on his new budget shoes with the assistance of Bruce Dinan, president of Town Shoes, during a photo op in Toronto on Monday, April 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

On your mark: balanced budget to set 2015 federal election campaign running

Apr 20 2015 —

The symbolism of Finance Minister Joe Oliver donning a pair of Tory blue sneakers Monday for the traditional new-budget-shoes photo opportunity shouldn’t be lost on anyone. A federal election date may yet be six months away, but Tuesday’s promised delivery of the Harper government’s first balanced spending blueprint in eight years means the Conservatives are […]

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U.S.-led coalition in Iraq admits not investigating Canadian’s death

Apr 20 2015 — Steven Chase

The friendly-fire death of a Canadian soldier at the hands of Kurdish fighters appears to be receiving less scrutiny than Canada’s military has claimed. Contrary to what the Canadian Armed Forces have said publicly, the shooting of Sgt. Andrew Doiron is not being investigated by the U.S.-led coalition spearheading the fight against Islamic militants in […]

Apr 20 2015 —

At least one political analyst believes the Alberta provincial election has all the makings of a perfect storm. “People are walking in eyes closed, refusing to listen to anything and, frankly, voting or being prepared to vote in a bit of protest way without even realizing there could be consequences,” said Corey Hogan, the director […]

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Days ahead of the federal budget, Canada’s international development minister has been touting a new, relatively cheap initiative that could mask the fact that it won’t contain any new aid spending. Christian Paradis recently told a major international financing meeting that Canada lacks a public sector, profit-driven financial lending institution that would help generate growth […]

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Apr 20 2015 — Laura Ryckewaert

A number of current and former Conservative ministerial staff, as well as staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, are potential witnesses in the ongoing trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy, an experience that’s likely to be “unnerving” for staffers who typically dodge the political spotlight. “I think it would be a fairly unnerving experience,” said […]

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Budget goodies can’t guarantee Stephen Harper re-election

Apr 20 2015 — Chantal Hébert

If popular budget measures could guarantee the re-election of a three-term government, Paul Martin would have won the 2006 election. The 2005 Liberal budget — as rewritten under the guidance of the NDP — was chock full of social policy initiatives that, taken individually, enjoyed support well beyond the party’s base. As a bonus to […]

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Duffy trial’s price already being paid

Apr 20 2015 — Dan Leger

Senator Mike Duffy’s fraud and bribery trial has ground through two glacial weeks, with the verdict still entirely in doubt. There’s no point second-guessing what that verdict will be, but the fallout is already being felt. No matter the result, the most drastic impacts are on Duffy himself; public disgrace, the threat of jail and […]

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Time is running short for Justin Trudeau to produce his policies

Apr 20 2015 — Carol Goar

One of the biggest challenges Justin Trudeau faces is his lack of economic heft. The Liberal leader has no business or financial experience. The closest he has ever come to a Laffer Curve was teaching elementary school arithmetic a decade ago. None of the positions he has held in Parliament – critic for multiculturalism and […]

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Tories woo families, seniors with pre-election love

Apr 20 2015 — Tim Harper

Joe Oliver may be delivering his maiden budget Tuesday, but he will give a nod to tradition by trying on a pair of new, no doubt sensible, shoes at a North York store Monday. Beyond that time-worn gesture, nothing is really unspooling according to the grand plan for the Conservatives as they deliver a pre-election […]

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Wait times in Canada longer than health report suggests

Apr 20 2015 — Bacchus Barua

You know things are bad when the best you can say is “at least it hasn’t gotten any worse.” That, essentially, is the main takeaway from the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s updated report on wait times for healthcare in Canada. The media seems to have taken the bait, though, seemingly content with CIHI’s news […]

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Budget will likely lay out an election blueprint

Apr 20 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

Budget 2015 will be Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Red Book, the document by which he hopes to show Canadians he is the dull, familiar, stable and dependable best choice to govern Canada. It is Harper’s last, best opportunity to push the debris of Mike Duffy and fatigue with his autocratic style to the background, with […]

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Justin Trudeau – The good, the bad and the ugly

Apr 19 2015 — Bob Hepburn

With exactly six months to go before the federal election, Justin Trudeau is facing a rising chorus of complaints about his leadership of the Liberal party. Importantly, many of the complaints are coming from within the party itself, especially among long-time Liberals who fear the party’s chances of winning the Oct. 19 election are slipping […]

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Canadian mission to train Ukrainians leaves big question

Apr 20 2015 — Scott Taylor

It is official that Canada will be deploying 200 military personnel for a period of up to two years to train Ukrainian soldiers. The stated purpose of this commitment is to enhance the Ukrainians’ capacity to withstand further “Russian aggression.” For the last year, Ukraine has been embroiled in a violent albeit localized civil war […]

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Harper Brings CBC to Heel

Apr 20 2015 — Antonia Zerbisias

The thing about public broadcasters is that governments too often get confused between “publicly-owned” and “state-owned.” Technically, of course, there is no difference. Both are funded with tax dollars.

 But the former suggests that citizens get a public good like, say, when they fund public transit or public roads. Public broadcasting should, as a result, […]

Apr 20 2015 — Ian Robinson

So far, the opposition taking on the Prentice Tories are doing it right. Rachel Notley’s NDP seems pretty glitch free. Minus the candidate charged with assault, but he got KO’d by his own party. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean seems to be doing it right, too. Possible WR candidate suggests he’s not personally behind all things […]

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