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Timing of Peter MacKay’s departure politically damaging

May 30 2015 — Evan Solomon

Even senior Conservative ministers, still reeling from an announcement most did not see coming, could not spin this one: losing Justice Minister Peter MacKay leaves a big hole in their party. “I’m sure our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee and talking about sinking ships and deck chairs on the Titanic and whatever other […]

May 30 2015 — Sean Fine

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s assertion that Canada attempted “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples is launching a debate on whether Canada has sugar-coated its history, failing to confront the magnitude of the harm it has done to aboriginals. It is also highlighting a debate about the proper role of judges. Slightly more than two […]

May 29 2015 — John Paul Tasker

At least 6,000 aboriginal children died while in the residential school system, says Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sinclair, who has been tasked with studying the legacy of the residential schools, says that the figure is just an estimate and is likely much higher. Residential schools were established in […]

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Peter MacKay just latest loss for federal Conservatives

May 29 2015 —

The news that Justice Minister Peter MacKay will not run in the upcoming federal election is just the latest in a long line of Conservative cabinet and caucus members who aren’t seeking re-election. The veteran Nova Scotia MP has held several senior cabinet positions since the Conservatives took power in 2006, including foreign affairs and […]

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As Peter MacKay exits stage right, Liberals eye his Nova Scotia riding

May 29 2015 — Laura Stone

Almost four months ago, Justice Minister Peter MacKay was fielding reporters’ questions about the sudden departure of longtime Conservative minister John Baird. “I had no idea,” MacKay said. “I suspect he has a lot on his mind.” On Friday it was MacKay’s turn to talk about his own period of “reflection.” The Nova Scotia MP […]

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Riding a wave of recent good news, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair brought his party’s plan to win the coming election to members of one of Canada’s largest unions Friday. Mulcair addressed more than 1,100 members from the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Toronto, delivering a speech that focused mainly on […]

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Former Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton has announced he’s seeking the federal NDP nomination in Kenora, Ont., which is shaping up to be a hotly contested riding. Hampton represented the area districts of Rainy River and later Kenora-Rainy River provincially from 1987 to 2011. If he secures the nomination, Hampton would be up against Natural […]

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May 29 2015 — Althia Raj

The NDP union’s head says its relationship with the party is not “utopian” but negotiations are still ongoing over some staff concerns that party managers want to stop filling vacant positions, offering any grievance settlements and won’t meet with the union till the next election is over. “It would be misleading for me to tell […]

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Taxpayers take the hardest hit from attack ads

May 30 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

It’s Moron Time, again, when the political parties roll out television ads designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator of voter intelligence. As expected, because this is how they do politics, the Conservatives unveiled an attack ad against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives tried attack ads against Mr. Trudeau soon after he became […]

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Monumental folly on Ottawa, Cape Breton fronts

May 30 2015 — Dan Leger

Is there a moment in the life of every government when it decides it must, absolutely must, build a monument? Power is fleeting in a democracy, thank heavens, and governments aren’t made of concrete. But monuments are made of that sturdy stuff. They last, no matter how ugly. For prime ministers and potentates who want […]

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Why more voters might go to the polls this election day

May 29 2015 — Bruce Anderson

Every day, I run into people who are really into politics. And on Twitter and Facebook, it happens almost continuously. Some love what Stephen Harper stands for. Some believe he’s run the worst government they’ve ever seen. And some are attentive, but undecided. For them, a change may be tempting, but staying the course doesn’t […]

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Canadians still expect the prime minister to be macho

May 29 2015 — Susan Delacourt

As if to assure Canadians that they hadn’t completely deserted the political low road, Conservatives tossed in a gratuitous poke at Justin Trudeau’s appearance in their newest attack ad, released this week. “Nice hair,” says one of the panellists reviewing Trudeau’s resumé in the ad. It is not meant as a compliment. Though the tone […]

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Conservatives flog values, make desperation moves

May 30 2015 — Ralph Surette

In a rare acknowledgement that Atlantic Canada actually exists, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Truro recently to buck up support for his candidate against Bill Casey, the Liberal standard-bearer for Cumberland-Colchester. Casey’s the former Tory MP who got booted out of the Conservative party in 2007 for a principled act of opposition to one […]

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What Putin’s 86% popularity says about Russian polls

May 29 2015 — Oleh Iwanyshyn

Imagine this. You’re Russian. You’re living in a dictatorship. You get a phone call. An anonymous voice on the other end tells you it’s a poll. The question – Do you approve of Putin’s activities as President of Russia. You think to yourself. This guy holds all the power. He is ex-KGB.  And he doesn’t […]

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The deepest level of customer service hell, courtesy Hydro One

May 30 2015 — Rex Murphy

Soon after the explosive report this week by the Ontario ombudsman, dealing with Hydro One, I did a quick check of Dante’s imperishable Inferno and learned the noble Italian neglected to assign a place for corporate communications — customer complaint division. They inflict miseries on a grand scale, resign their victims to futile and wearying […]

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Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond convicted

May 30 2015 —

A former Saved by the Bell actor has been convicted of two charges after a bar fight on Christmas Day last year during which a man was stabbed. But Dustin Diamond – who played Screech – was cleared of recklessly endangering public safety by a jury in Wisconsin. Diamond had told the US court he […]

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