Justin Trudeau, the man who was supposed to lead Canada’s Liberals out of the political wilderness, has instead sunk to third place just months from an election, with some in his party complaining he is missing in action. Born to a sitting prime minister and raised at the foot of power, he presents himself as […]
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Canadian economy, the government’s fiscal and trade policies, the Keystone XL pipeline project and the outlook for Canadian elections on Oct. 19. Harper speaks with Bloomberg’s Theophilos Argitis at his office in Ottawa.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office ignored edits that would have toned down a counter-terror statement issued in January, according to a document obtained by Global News. Instead, the statement, issued Jan. 26 in response to an ISIS audio file calling for attacks on Canada, used language Canadian law enforcement has called “inflammatory.” An e-mail […]
Stephen Harper isn’t offering any hints on when he will formally begin the campaign for his fourth term as Canada’s prime minister, though he said the election date itself is set in stone. “I don’t speculate, and I particularly don’t speculate on my own actions,” Harper said in an interview Wednesday at his Ottawa office. […]Read More
The White House says a decision will be made on the Keystone XL pipeline while President Barack Obama is still in office, as rumours swirl that the long-delayed project is on the verge of rejection. It’s not saying when the decision will come or what it will be. A spokesman for the president was asked […]Read More
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said U.S. delays in approving the Keystone XL pipeline are “not a hopeful sign” and reflect the “peculiar politics” of the Obama administration. “A positive decision has not been rendered for a very long time, that’s obviously not a hopeful sign,” Harper said in an interview Wednesday at his Ottawa […]Read More
Canada is determined to reach a final deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, though the government will safeguard the country’s highly restricted dairy and poultry markets “as best we can,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. While Canada has defended its protectionist system of quotas and tariffs, known as supply management, in previous trade talks, […]Read More
Canada’s Conservative government is studying whether to extend Arctic drilling licenses, a move that could open the door to relinquishing millions of dollars in deposits paid by major energy companies. The right-leaning government is considering the change in law in response to oil industry lobbying to extend licenses that expire in 2020 for seven years […]Read More
Amidst churning rumours that the election could be called as early as this weekend, Engage Canada, a political group run by Liberal and NDP supporters and funded in part by union money, has launched yet another anti-Harper ad. It’s called “Storm” and features rumbling thunder as the narrator criticizes Prime Minister Stephen Harper for refusing […]Read More
A shakedown is defined as extortion by means of force, threats, or intimidation. That’s a pretty accurate description of what’s now happening in Hawaii to Canadian negotiators at the hands of their U.S. counterparts in charge of the more political than economic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. Predictably, the Canadian big business community is urging our […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s reputation as an economic manager has taken a bit of a hit as Canada experiences a possible recession. So much so that a Nanos Research poll this week showed that 47 per cent of people believe that electing NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair would have a positive or somewhat positive effect on […]
The continuing saga of Honourable Senators exposed as proboscis-in-the-trough, high-living exploiters of the public purse, entitled to their entitlements, generates a feeling of digestive unease among Canadians. Citizens expect their appointed legislators to labour in the trenches of public service for the annual salary that goes with the honour of elevation to the upper chamber […]
The Canadian Energy Strategy marks the first time all of Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders have collectively recognized the energy sector as the “primary driver of Canada’s economy” and the global opportunity presented by the responsible development of our country’s abundant energy resources, including oil and natural gas.
It would be wrong to call him a relic, as he is far too engaged and engaging to wear that label. But he is nonetheless an improbable member of Parliament who seems to have been teleported from an earlier time, from an era that valued intellect over show and unstinting courtesy over childish combat — […]
There will be national issues, there will be regional issues and, most importantly, the performance of the national party leaders. Very few of these races will be self-contained. And then there is Spadina-Fort York. This downtown Toronto riding is one of a handful in this country that can hold its own as national political winds […]
It didn’t look like a coincidence — and it wasn’t. Last week, only an hour before the parliamentary budget office forecast a $1 billion deficit for the current fiscal year, the Finance department scrambled to deliver a Fiscal Monitor report showing a $3.9 billion surplus in April and May. Normally, the PBO would have given […]
In the fall of 2008, private sector economists were forecasting that the Canadian economy was already in a recession due to the financial crisis. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his finance minister, the late Jim Flaherty, ignored these warnings and told Canadians there was nothing to worry about. The prime minister even advised Canadians that […]
One thing is clear in the debate around pharmacare: Canadians want a pan-Canadian pharmacare program—the question is, what kind? While there is clear consensus that Canadians overwhelmingly support the “concept” of pharmacare, determining what the program would look like—what Canadians are looking for in such a program—is where the national conversation needs to shift. Filling […]
This column is not about supply management. It’s not about agriculture. The media has been shining a bright light on trade in agricultural products lately, because this is where the most serious barriers exist among the nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Food security is an issue – a reluctance to rely on foreign supplies of […]
Premier Kathleen Wynne had a perfect opportunity to keep a long-standing commitment, set an important precedent and demonstrate her government’s principles. She passed it up. Last week Ontario Power Generation, wholly owned by the government of Ontario, named its new president and CEO. Jeffrey Lyash was recruited from CB&I Power (Chicago Bridge and Iron), a […]Read More
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says acquiring Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado was too good a chance to pass up. The Jays also get reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.