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Trudeau promises he’d be accessible PM, unmuzzle bureaucrats, ministers

Dec 22 2014 —

Justin Trudeau is promising to scrap Stephen Harper’s brand of message discipline if he becomes prime minister, giving more freedom to bureaucrats, ditching the scripts for cabinet ministers and making them and himself more accessible to journalists. The Liberal leader says Harper’s penchant for strictly controlling the flow of information — and the select few […]

Dec 22 2014 —

Stephen Harper held a private meeting Sunday with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in Calgary. Only a few broad details about the session were disclosed in a short news release from the Prime Minister’s Office. It stated the two leaders focused on “the provincial, federal and global economies and on working together to keep Canada’s energy […]

Dec 22 2014 —

he electronic cigarette business is booming, but this still largely unregulated industry remains a mystery to many Canadians who aren’t exactly sure what they are vaping. E-cigarettes are often described as a less dangerous alternative for regular smokers who can’t or don’t want to kick the habit. The battery-powered devices use a liquid to produce […]

Dec 22 2014 —

It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others. The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the ghostly Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding […]

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Federal polls show race is tightening but can’t explain the reasons why

Dec 21 2014 —

A spate of public opinion surveys this autumn has prompted the usual end-of-year parsing of political fortunes and chin-stroking prognostications about a federal election that may still be 10 months in the future. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are up. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are down. Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats are out of it. Reader beware. In fact, […]

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Cabinet post for former Wildrose leader? No promises, says Prentice

Dec 21 2014 — Michelle Zilio

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he has not promised former Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith a cabinet post, days after she led a historic floor crossing of Wildrose MLAs to the Progressive Conservatives. Speaking to CTV’s Question Period, Prentice said “there have been no promises” to Smith. “I will have to look at my cabinet. I […]

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Theresa Oswald gets support as she launches campaign to oust Manitoba premier

Dec 21 2014 —

Former Manitoba health minister Theresa Oswald has attracted some high-profile caucus support for her bid to oust Premier Greg Selinger at the helm of the governing New Democrats. Oswald kicked off her leadership campaign today with the support of Tourism and Culture Minister Ron Lemieux, who has been in cabinet since 1999.

Dec 21 2014 —

Two Canadians killed in cold blood on home soil for simply wearing a soldier’s uniform have been selected the country’s Newsmaker of the Year for 2014. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, whose senseless murders in October shook the country, were the top choice of editors and news directors surveyed by The Canadian […]

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Dec 21 2014 — Bill Kaufmann

The Wildrose Party began nearly seven years ago in much the same way it crumbled — in distrust and division. Calgarian John Hilton-O’Brien recalls those birthing pains when the Alberta Alliance Party merged with the Wildrose — two right-wing movements seeking political traction. “The Wildrose and Alliance people never got along,” said Hilton-O’Brien, who became […]

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Dec 21 2014 — Janyce McGregor

The chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission says there’s no evidence that the quality of Canadian wheat exports has decreased since the dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly in 2012. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that international buyers had experienced problems ever since the Harper government introduced what it called “marketing freedom” […]

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The year’s top foot-in-mouth moments from Canadian politics

Dec 21 2014 — Tim Harper

Say what? We’ve all done it: blurted out something we immediately wanted to take back. In Canadian politics, it was a banner year for blurting and regretting, but this being Ottawa, the blurting was always clearer than the regretting. Regardless, here are 10 instances in which our federal representatives might have wanted a do-over: Film […]

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Political shorthand for 2015: It’s all up to Trudeau

Dec 21 2014 —

Here’s the shorthand for the next ten months in Canadian politics, and more broadly for the next few years: It’s all up to Justin Trudeau now. The rest, including the personal performances of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP leader Tom Mulcair, are supporting plots to this main narrative. We know this because of the […]

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Political life will go on

Dec 21 2014 — Lorne Gunter

“This is just going to make voters more cynical about politicians.” That was the basic message from a staunch Alberta Wildrose supporter who called me this week. At least that is the heavily scrubbed and sanitized version of what she said. Despite being a grandmother of four from a good church-going family in Southern Alberta, […]

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Making sense of Wildrose defections

Dec 21 2014 — Ezra Levant

There are many strange things about Danielle Smith quitting her post as leader of the opposition in Alberta, defecting to the governing Progressive Conservatives, and effectively dissolving the province’s first real opposition party in a generation. But the strangest is Smith’s excuse for it — that the low price of oil means that “all conservatives […]

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Canada must face up to its complicity in torture

Dec 21 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

It’s easy to criticize others’ mistakes, difficult to admit one’s own. The recent Congressional acknowledgment of the CIA’s use of torture was widely condemned in Canada, as were earlier revelations of torture at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, as well as the American use of intelligence obtained under torture by unsavory regimes. […]

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Smart meters, stupid Liberals

Dec 21 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Reading Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s evisceration of the Ontario Liberal government’s smart meter scandal in December 2014, reminded me of reading former auditor general Jim McCarter’s evisceration of the Liberal government’s green energy scandal in December 2011. In both cases, the same thing happened and both are part of the same bigger problem. That is, […]

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Blue Rodeo sings the melancholy side of Christmas

Dec 22 2014 —

Holiday shoppers have an abundance of Christmas themed album releases to choose from this year. Everyone from British pop singer Sam Smith, to the cast of the popular TV show Downton Abbey seem to have new holiday albums in the market. Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and Toronto-based country-pop band Blue Rodeo are among those entering […]

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