National Newswatch
Apr 21 2014 —

Canada’s official gift shop is tucked into the fourth floor of a government building in nearby Gatineau, Que., but you won’t see any tourists lining up at the cash register to buy coffee mugs adorned with Mounties. This taxpayer-funded store carries only high-end souvenirs, reserved for the elite ranks of the federal government. The so-called […]

Apr 21 2014 —

The Finance Department has ordered its pollsters to stop asking Canadians potentially embarrassing questions about Economic Action Plan advertising. In 10 public-opinion surveys since 2009, Canadians were asked whether they took any action as a result of seeing ads placed with newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet on the benefits of the Economic Action Plan, […]

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Star memo on Cathal Kelly, Robyn Doolittle moving to Globe

Apr 21 2014 —

Subject: of course they raid the Star … where else are they going to look? It’s a tough week for the Star. Our competitors have woken up after 5 years of slumber and are coming after our best people, and in some cases are successful in luring them away. Despite the losses of Doolittle and Kelly, […]

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Keystone Pipeline Fate Now in Hands of Nebraskan Jurists

Apr 21 2014 — Jim Snyder

The focus of the Keystone XL debate has shifted from a fierce lobbying war in Washington to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the state Supreme Court has been asked to weigh a legal challenge to the pipeline. The U.S. State Department, which is responsible for reviewing whether the project is in the nation’s interest, said April 18 that it would […]

Apr 21 2014 — Les Whittington

The Harper government, which never foresaw that pipelines would become the battleground in a frenzied struggle over climate change, is contending with a continentwide wave of political opposition that has imperilled plans to sell more Canadian petroleum in foreign markets. In British Columbia, a few thousand people in the small coastal town of Kitimat have […]

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Apr 21 2014 — Rhéal Séguin

Bloc Québécois MP André Bellavance is launching a bid to lead the separatist party in Ottawa on the heels of a devastating setback for the sovereignty movement. Mr. Bellavance will officially launch his leadership challenge on Tuesday, just two weeks after the crushing defeat of the Parti Québécois in the provincial election. He is also […]

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Apr 20 2014 — Susan Delacourt

We used to talk about Canada having an identity problem. Now, it seems, we have a proof-of-identity problem. This may be the larger point that we’re missing in all the debate over the Fair Elections Act and how it will affect some Canadians’ right to vote. How do you prove you’re a Canadian citizen?

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Apr 20 2014 —

A Conservative senator on the committee recommending changes to the controversial Fair Elections Act says she is convinced that vouching is “problematic,” and that alternatives to proof of identification must be found. A Senate committee made up primarily of Conservative members earlier this week recommended nine changes to the Harper government’s Fair Elections Act — […]

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A way to get rid of the unelected power mongers

Apr 21 2014 — Lawrence Martin

In every government you hear the same complaint. The place is being run by a secretive group of unelected operatives in the prime minister’s office. Some of the top members of the inner sanctum, like the prime minister’s chief of staff, are more powerful than cabinet ministers. They are not accountable to the people. They […]

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Wright absolved, but PM and Duffy still on the hook

Apr 21 2014 —

So, the RCMP spent a full year investigating whether Nigel Wright committed a crime by giving Mike Duffy $90,000 to pay off his disputed expenses. After that year, in which Wright apparently co-operated with the investigation, the Mounties decided he did nothing criminally wrong. The prime minister’s former chief of staff is therefore off the […]

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Harper sees role as protector of the rich and powerful

Apr 21 2014 — Michael Harris

Why do I know that Stephen Harper would hate these guys? You have probably never heard of Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page but their message just might wake up dozing Canadians oblivious to the decline of our democracy. They are professors from Princeton and Northwestern universities and they have just pronounced American democracy dead. Some […]

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Harper’s tough choice on new fighter jet for Canada

Apr 21 2014 — Michael Byers

An 800-pound gorilla has moved into the Prime Minister’s Office in the form of an “options analysis” of possible replacements for Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter jets. Delivered by the Royal Canadian Air Force last week, the document was supposed to help Stephen Harper achieve his long-standing goal of buying F-35s. Harper has wanted F-35s since […]

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The anointed vs. the disappointed

Apr 21 2014 — Sun Media

It was another tough week for Justin Trudeau. We’re not sure he’ll be able to keep it all together. No, we’re not talking about the controversy over his posing for a selfie with a fan while heading into Jim Flaherty’s funeral. That is what it is. We’ll leave it up to the folks to decide […]

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Canada became a nation on the battlefield

Apr 21 2014 — John Robson

Easter is about death and resurrection. Also you get little candy eggs because life should be fun. But it is fitting that it was on Easter 1917, rising from the grotesque mass slaughter of the First World War, that Canada became a nation at Vimy Ridge. The “Great” War enjoys an evil reputation and rightly […]

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Lindsay Lohan reveals she had miscarriage

Apr 21 2014 —

Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series. The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday’s final episode of “Lindsay,” the OWN cable channel series. Lohan said the miscarriage was the reason she was unable to appear on the program at one point. She was sick and unable […]

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