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Spokeswoman defends Trudeau family’s use of taxpayer-funded caregivers

Dec 1 2015 —

A spokesperson for Justin Trudeau is defending the prime minister’s use of taxpayer dollars to finance two nannies who are helping to look after the family’s three children. Kate Purchase, Trudeau’s director of communications, says in a statement the family employ two household employees as secondary caregivers who also perform what she calls “other duties […]

Dec 1 2015 — Chris Hall

Canadian taxpayers are paying the wages of two nannies hired to care for the children of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, according to cabinet orders posted online. The hirings were approved late last week, with cabinet authorizing the appointment of the two women under the Official Residences Act as “special assistants […]

Dec 1 2015 —

An online petition calls on the University of Northern British Columbia to reconsider its decision to name former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore as its next chancellor. The petition, posted Friday by an anonymous senator from the Prince George, B.C.-based university, had topped 1,000 signatures by early Tuesday. Supporters have signed from as far away […]

Dec 1 2015 — Josh Wingrove

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge of a balanced budget by the next election is overly optimistic, with his government on pace to record at least four consecutive deficits, Canada’s budget watchdog said. The Parliamentary Budget Officer painted a different picture of Canada’s fiscal outlook than that of the finance department — forecasting, for instance, slower […]

Dec 1 2015 — Althia Raj

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint his parliamentary secretaries in the next day or two, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. Parliamentary secretaries resemble junior cabinet ministers, but they traditionally don’t attend cabinet meetings and they have no managerial responsibilities over departments. They mostly answer questions on behalf of their minister when he or she […]

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Dec 1 2015 —

Before the debates in question period can begin, before the tabling of bills and the political grandstanding, first things first: the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons. MPs will cast their ballots Thursday when the new Parliament sits for its first day, in keeping with parliamentary procedure. The speech from the throne […]

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Why I’m having trouble getting excited about the House Speaker election

Dec 1 2015 — Kady O'Malley

It’s all Conservative Scott Reid’s fault. He is, after all, the long-time backbench MP who successfully convinced his colleagues to abandon the decades-old tradition of choosing a House speaker via the evocatively (and accurately) named “exhaustive ballot” — a run-off system that generally saw MPs vote in multiple run-off rounds until one candidate managed to […]


Any role Canada might play in Paris is strictly for show

Dec 1 2015 — Andrew Coyne

“Canada is back, my good friends,” Justin Trudeau said at the end of his speech to the Paris climate summit, and then he did that thing he does, where he touches his heart with his hand. For fans of self-serving humbug, this was the trifecta: the glib sloganeering, the false humility the gaudy theatricality, and […]


Wall vs. Trudeau — Is Paris a preview of 2019 race?

Dec 1 2015 — John Ivison

Justin Trudeau spoke in Paris with the enthusiasm of the true believer, calling the climate change conference “an historic opportunity to create economic growth.” Brad Wall, if not a climate change skeptic, is less messianic about the positive impact on the economy of attempting to mitigate emissions. The Saskatchewan premier was the only discordant voice […]

Lawrence Martin

Mulcair faces tough odds in his fight to survive

Dec 1 2015 — Lawrence Martin

In just four months, the NDP sets down a major marker for its future – whether to keep Tom Mulcair as party leader. The leadership review vote is in April. These confrontations can be divisive, if not cutthroat. Think of the donnybrook in the Liberal ranks occasioned by the John Turner review in 1986, which […]

Ken Boessenkool

How Harper’s Philosophy Transformed Canada for the Better

Dec 1 2015 — Ken Boessenkool and Sean Speer

The dust has finally settled following the 2015 federal election. A new government has been sworn in. Outgoing Parliamentarians have departed. A leadership race to select the permanent Official Opposition Leader will soon commence. A Speech from the Throne is expected for early December. Ottawa is gradually returning to post-election normalcy. Yet, after nearly ten […]


Rachel Notley’s climate policies set a new standard

Dec 1 2015 — Gillian Steward

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pulled off quite a coup when she announced her government’s new climate change policies. No one had expected the head honchos from both the oil industry and environmental NGOs to be on stage with her but there they were looking like one big happy family. How did she do it? How […]

Jan Wong

Sea of red tape faces refugees looking to Canada

Dec 1 2015 — Jan Wong

Consider the to-do list of a Syrian refugee who hopes to come to Canada. This isn’t someone who floated on a leaky boat across the open sea last month. This is someone who has been under observation for several years in a refugee camp in Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey. He or she has registered with […]

Desmond Cole

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo spells out her party’s identity crisis

Dec 1 2015 — Desmond Cole

For the second time in two years, Cheri DiNovo has some tough words for members of her own political family. The NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park says the federal New Democrats’ setback in the October election is a sign the party is losing its way. DiNovo thinks party officials aren’t owning up to their failures, […]

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