Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he wants cabinet ministers from Alberta – and it may not be just wishful thinking. The Huffington Post Canada has learned that the party has targeted about eight seats for the next federal election in 2015. Speaking to his caucus at the Westin hotel in Edmonton, Trudeau said: “[We] are […]
An RCMP protective detail stood watch at Justin Trudeau’s rally in Edmonton Tuesday night, though that didn’t stop the federal Liberal leader from wading into the crowd of supporters. The security detail was assigned following a threat assessment by the RCMP after a break-in at Trudeau’s Ottawa home.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves for his ninth annual trip north today — a visit that has become a bit of a summer ritual. Soon after he was elected in 2006, Harper went to the military base in Alert, Nunavut and has made a point to go back north every summer.
On the campaign trail, there are few first encounters with Justin Trudeau. Working a crowd, he enters as if returning, arms outstretched, a big smile and a Hey or Hi that suggests a personal connection, friendship even. He moves swiftly, as if rushing to pick up the conversation where he left off. His easy manner […]Read More
The federal Liberals are proposing to legalize marijuana and now the Conservatives are considering looser weed laws. Will all the pre-election discussions on pot get more people to the polls?Read More
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau paid tribute to what he called Alberta’s “entrepreneurial spirit” as he took the stage during a rally Tuesday night in a downtown Edmonton park. Trudeau said it’s Alberta’s drive to succeed that turns “resource opportunities” into economic realities” and attracts people from across Canada and around the world.Read More
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has told media in Vancouver that the government is still assessing whether to allow police to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of pursuing charges. Speaking ahead of a meeting with law-enforcement experts, MacKay says that if the government were to introduce looser pot laws, that would […]Read More
Former Prime Minister Joe Clark registered to lobby the federal government on behalf of a French private equity firm that hoped to help build a replacement for Montreal’s Champlain Bridge. In July, Clark met with officials from Transport Canada and Public Works and Government Services on behalf of Paris-based Meridiam Infrastructure S.A.R.L., becoming the first […]Read More
Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are talking about the magic number of 170 — the seats needed to form a majority government — as they gear up for an election that could be less than a year away. In a meeting with big Liberal donors in Edmonton on Monday night, and again in election-readiness sessions […]Read More
It is critical to provide veterans with facts about the benefits and services that are available to them so they may get the help they need. I believe that it is important that I address some of the myths that were published recently. One myth is that veterans no longer receive monthly benefits and just […]
So far, the firewall senior Conservative party operatives have erected around the 2011 federal election robocalls scandal has protected every high-profile party functionary who concocted , assisted in or helped conceal one of the biggest political crimes in Canadian history. Make no mistake. These people are very smart and very determined. And no one should […]
The summer of 2014 has been a bad one for Canadian politicians who have slipped into the dark world of imagined entitlement. This doesn’t presage the dawn of any golden age of political ethics, but it is cause for celebration for those who are weary of politicians wantonly dipping their hands into your wallet.
When the Liberal Party emerged from the worst defeat in its history three years ago, it was the time to do things differently. After all, when you’re on your back, what do you have to lose? And so the Liberals picked a new leader with a magical name and a thin résumé named Justin Trudeau. […]
When I was a 22-year-old press aide in Brian Mulroney’s PMO, the task fell to me one day to call Finlay MacDonald to have him approve the press release on his own Senate appointment. Finlay was one of those people — like Mike Duffy — who were already so widely referred to as “Senator” that […]
From 34,000 feet, I scan an iceberg-strewn ocean for two red and white specks of Canada, sailing up the east coast of Greenland. My vantage point is an Air Canada Boeing 777 travelling from London to Vancouver. While commercial airliners regularly fly this route, the presence of Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers in the area below […]
Each August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a gaggle of staffers and senior cabinet ministers, accompanied by a gaggle of reporters, make the trek north for a round of tightly scripted photo opportunities. These Arctic sojourns are, if not quite working holidays, opportunities for the PM to do politics in an environment he clearly enjoys, […]
With the Alberta government, you can never quite be sure how the worm will turn. Up is down, down is up, and the people who seem to be losing suddenly win. Today’s Exhibit A is Finance Minister Doug Horner, who recently wrote a pleading email to many Tory MLAs admitting that some of them wanted […]
When I was a kid, I thought I was Harriet M. Welsch from the novel Harriet the Spy, which is weird because I was right and did grow up to be her. In the singular American urban children’s novel that has been a flashlight-under-the-covers hit since Louise Fitzhugh wrote and drew it in 1964, Harriet […]
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff … but he can’t order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it … so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer. Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold […]