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Harper’s on thin ice snubbing the premier of Ontario

Nov 22 2014 — Stephen Maher

In December 2013, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne had a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill to discuss plans to build infrastructure to allow miners to exploit the Ring of Fire mineral fields north of Thunder Bay. Both sides said that the meeting went well, but the next day, Wynne complained to reporters […]

Nov 22 2014 — Evan Solomon

Behind closed doors, Canadian officials are working feverishly to prepare for Canadian jets to strike targets inside Syria, CBC News has learned. Sources have told CBC that Canada is close to clearing away “the legal hurdles” that stand in the way of extending the combat mission from Iraq into Syria, should the government decide to […]

Nov 21 2014 —

Public servants were asked to use official government Twitter feeds to promote Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recently announced tax measures, using the slogan “Strong Families.” A senior bureaucrat with the Finance department sent out a mass email across government asking organizations to retweet messages about the announcement using the hashtag #StrongFamilies. “We ask that your […]

Nov 22 2014 —

Opposition parties continued to hammer the Conservatives in the House of Commons Friday after it was revealed that more than $1 billion in funding for the Veterans Affairs department has gone unspent. The department, which is responsible for the care and benefits of military veterans, has returned $1.13 billion to the federal coffers over the […]

A Canadian-owned open-pit mine in the Philippines, pictured in an undated handout photo, slices right through Mount Canatuan, a sacred mountain of the indigenous Subanen people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

Feds move gingerly toward protecting ‘Canada brand’ in foreign mining operations

Nov 22 2014 —

It’s taken almost a decade of loud, often unwelcome advocacy, but the federal government appears to finally recognize that Canada’s international brand needs a little spit and polish. In back-to-back addresses this week to a Mining Association of Canada luncheon, two federal cabinet ministers repeatedly stressed the critical importance of what they called the “Canada […]

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Fundraiser paid ex-MP’s legal tab

Nov 22 2014 — Mia Rabson

Del Mastro should return funds, says NDP’s Martin. Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin wants the Conservatives to demand former MP Dean Del Mastro repay money raised by his riding association to pay for his legal bills. Del Mastro, the former Conservative MP for Peterborough, was convicted last month of charges under the Elections Act, including […]


Keystone pipeline delays symbolic of strained Canada-U.S. relations

Nov 22 2014 — Les Whittington

Canada’s dealings with the United States seemed full of shining promise when U.S. President Barack Obama arrived on his first official visit to Ottawa in early 2009. But the enthusiasm that Canadians displayed for the new American leader six years ago has not translated into any improvement in Canada’s most important bilateral relationship. While Canada-U.S. […]

Nov 22 2014 —

Barely any Russian delegates showed up to the Halifax International Security Forum this year, but those who did will get rare frank talk from the Ukrainian participants, says Justice Minister Peter MacKay. “I would suggest to you that it would be a rare occurrence that they would be at the conference, let alone in the […]

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Nov 21 2014 — Susan Delacourt

By now, it should be clear that it’s perilous to get on the wrong side of Justin Trudeau, at least for members of the Liberal leader’s own party. Suspended MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, at the centre of the still-murky harassment case on Parliament Hill, are only the latest Liberals to be sent to […]

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Nov 21 2014 — Alex Boutilier

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s six-day trip to the North in August cost taxpayers over $786,000. Documents tabled in Parliament this week show that RCMP security for Harper’s annual trip came in at $252,921 alone, including overtime, accommodations and meals. The Privy Council Office — the department that supports the prime minister — estimated its share […]

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Nov 21 2014 — Allan Woods

There was already sufficient controversy in Quebec around a decision earlier this week not to lay criminal charges against a police officer who lost control of his speeding cruiser and crashed into another car, killing a 5-year-old boy. But revelations Friday that the provincial police officer, who was travelling at 122-kilometres-an hour in a 50-kilometre-an-hour […]

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Nov 21 2014 —

Ottawa-Orléans Liberal nominee David Bertschi was removed from the race to run as the Liberal party representative for the riding, but he’s challenging the decision. In 2013, Bertschi ran for leadership of the federal party. He eventually dropped out, but amassed about $150,000 of debt in the process. He was earlier given approval to seek […]

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Nov 21 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Federal ethics watchdog Mary Dawson has one word of advice for MPs who may be wondering whether to grab a gift bag when doing the rounds on the Hill reception circuit: Don’t. In an official advisory opinion sent to MPs earlier this month, Dawson notes that several industry associations, advocacy groups and other organizations are […]

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Liberal MPs left in limbo due to women’s silence

Nov 22 2014 — Susan Martinuk

It’s another day, and another woman has gone public with allegations of sexual harassment/assault or rape against some public figure. Ho hum. It’s happened so often lately, that it’s getting hard to sort out which headlines go with which story. Canadians were shocked when Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced that he had suspended two of […]


Conservatives inadvertently give Justin Trudeau a leg up

Nov 21 2014 — Chantal Hébert

By the standards of extended family gatherings, the gala hosted by the Broadbent Institute on Thursday night in Toronto was a sober affair and not just because the issue of inequality was on the menu. For the past and present New Democrat luminaries who make up the backbone of this progressive think tank, federal life […]


Byelections show why the NDP should move left

Nov 22 2014 — Tom Walkom

If there is a political lesson from this week’s federal byelections, it is that the New Democrats must go left. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are eating up the middle. There is increasingly little room for Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats there. In Whitby-Oshawa, the NDP picked up only 8 per cent of the vote — down from […]


Where are the great leaders of today?

Nov 22 2014 — Andrew Coyne

Looking at the “class picture” of the leaders at the recent meeting of the G20, a student of history might be inclined to despair. What became of leaders past, that we should now be governed by such minnows? How could we have gone from Churchill to David Cameron? From De Gaulle to Francois Hollande? From […]

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Is Trudeau as controlling as Harper?

Nov 21 2014 — Don Martin

Stephen Harper is widely viewed as the control freak among federal party leaders. Any Conservative MPs jaywalking outside the scripted lines of a PMO-controlled intersection will quickly feel the tires of the prime minister’s bus running them down. But there is another. Behind the sunshine disposition of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, a freakish tilt toward […]

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Harper needs more of his ‘haters’ to like Mulcair

Nov 21 2014 — David Akin

A week that started poorly for Thomas Mulcair’s NDP finished with a bit of promise and no one should be happier about that than Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. That’s because the surest route for Harper to win his fourth consecutive election – a feat matched in our history only by two guys named Laurier and Macdonald […]


How the West has won Canada’s youth

Nov 22 2014 — Mark Milke

Question: If you’re young, or have very little education, where’s the best place in the country to find a job, make a decent income and prosper? Answer: Alberta, followed by Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Most Canadians likely suspect that economic opportunities are increasingly available in Western Canada. But the hard numbers for young adults (a […]

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