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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper listens to a speaker during an event at the Yukon college in Whitehorse, Thursday August 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

What did you just call me? Harper tags Trudeau as an elite in run-up to election

Aug 21 2014 —

In the communications arsenal the Conservatives are building against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the word “elite” is proving to be one of the most popular put-downs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used the word “elite” repeatedly when referring to Trudeau and those around him, part of the narrative the party is building in advance of […]

Aug 21 2014 —

Alberta Tory leadership hopeful Jim Prentice says he will introduce term limits on provincial politicians if he becomes premier. Prentice says the restrictions would be three terms for members of the legislature and two terms for premier. He says the changes would be grandfathered in and would be the first of their kind in Canada. […]

Aug 21 2014 —

Canada’s Senate may never become an elected parliamentary chamber, but a move is afoot to bring at least a measure of democracy to the appointed upper house. Terry Mercer, an independent Liberal senator, is proposing a constitutional amendment to have the Speaker of the Senate elected by senators, instead of being appointed by the prime […]

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Harper rebuffs renewed calls for murdered, missing women inquiry

Aug 21 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has dismissed renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women after the killing of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. “It’s very clear that there has been very fulsome study of this particular … of these particular things. They’re not all one phenomenon,” said Harper. “We should not […]

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Mounties, military spend millions on weeding out illicit marijuana harvest

Aug 21 2014 —

The RCMP and the Canadian military have spent nearly $11.5 million in the last eight years on a national search-and-destroy mission for illicit marijuana crops. Federal figures show the annual Mountie-led effort, known as Operation Sabot, has led to tens of thousands of pot plants being wiped out each year.

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CRTC offers up broad proposals for changing Canada’s TV delivery system

Aug 21 2014 —

Canada’s broadcast regulator has issued broad new proposals that could dramatically alter how Canadians receive and pay for their television. The proposals issued Thursday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission include requiring cable and satellite providers to offer a basic service made up primarily of local Canadian channels.

Aug 21 2014 — Daniel Dale

Karen Stintz bowed out of the Toronto mayoral race on Thursday. “I’m announcing my decision to exit the race for mayor of Toronto,” she said at an 11 a.m. news conference. “I knew more than anyone I was in for a difficult race,” Stintz said. She decided to run because “I know how to get […]

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Aug 21 2014 — Alex Boutilier

Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off his annual northern trip in Whitehorse on Thursday morning, announcing a partnership between Yukon College and the National Research Council. The partnership will see the council invest approximately $2 million annually over eight years with Yukon College’s Cold Climate Innovation Centre. The centre specializes in the development and commercialization […]

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Aug 21 2014 —

Ontario and Quebec are calling on the federal government to increase infrastructure funding because of the slower rate of economic recovery and job creation in Eastern Canada. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard say they are looking for improved and stable funding that allows provinces to determine their own infrastructure investment priorities.

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Aug 21 2014 — Patrick Cain

A controversial tax deal with the United States, under which Canadian banks agree to try to find U.S. citizen clients and report them to the IRS, using the CRA as an intermediary, took effect July 1. But many dual citizens in southern Ontario aren’t waiting to be found – they’ve decided to shed U.S. citizenship. […]

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Federal Politics without a BQ?

Aug 21 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our first past the post elections can be won or lost on movements of only a few points in voter support. So, the question of what BQ voters would do, if there were no BQ candidates to vote for, is a pretty interesting one. We’ve gone back over our data from surveys conducted by Abacus […]

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Harper kicks off northern tour with a peek at 2015 election strategy

Aug 21 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

He came to the north, as it were, loaded for bear. In response to a journalist’s question about his government’s growing list of long-promised, as-yet unfulfilled big-ticket commitments to Canada’s far north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t having any of it. In an answer that ran to five minutes-plus — an uncharacteristically long statement from […]

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What would have come after a Yes

Aug 21 2014 — Paul Wells

Paul Wells on Chantal Hébert’s important new book about the 1995 referendum. A team of Saskatchewan officials worked quietly to develop contingency plans in the event of a Yes vote in the 1995 Quebec referendum — options that included Saskatchewan following Quebec out of Canada, a new book reveals. Roy Romanow, the premier of Saskatchewan […]

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An unhealthy dose of partisanship

Aug 21 2014 — Konrad Yakabuski

Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both. This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the […]

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Justin Trudeau’s political style a phenomenon to watch

Aug 20 2014 — Mark Kennedy

In the age of the selfie, he is the political king. They cluster around him. Mothers and fathers with children. Old men with canes. Teenagers with that star-struck look in their eyes. Many of them carry cell-phone cameras, and as he approaches, they ask him to pose with them. Justin Trudeau, the man who wants […]

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Chow-Tory dust-up portends nothing good

Aug 21 2014 — Marcus Gee

Yes, it’s a minor incident in a long race that has yet to begin in earnest. And, okay, it’s only Warren Kinsella, a long-time political operative notorious for his feuds and flare-ups. All the same, the Kinsella affair is bad news at a critical time for the faltering Olivia Chow campaign. We are on the […]

Aug 21 2014 — Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

When Canada’s premiers meet next week in Charlottetown, I sincerely hope they will take the time to reflect on the tragic story of Tina Fontaine. Tina is the 15-year-old Anishinabe girl whose body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River this week – the sort of occurrence repeated all too often in cities and towns across […]

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