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Stephen Harper takes big words, small stick to NATO summit

Sep 1 2014 — Terry Milewski

Canada’s modest military might has always made it hard for its prime ministers to strut convincingly on the world stage. Stephen Harper is only the latest to offer stirring rhetorical contributions to the Western alliance, without having much firepower to back them up. When it comes to speeches, Harper has not pulled his punches, even […]

Sep 1 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

“Didn’t come back for you” was the Conservative attack line trained on the last leader of the Liberal Party, and it may well have helped douse the political career of Michael Ignatieff. Will “in over his head” do the same to Justin Trudeau? Things could change, of course, but so far, not very many voters are […]

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Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week’s NATO […]

Sep 1 2014 — Jane Taber

Justin Trudeau and his Liberal team are using New Brunswick’s Sept. 22 election to test-drive their organization and potential policies for the federal campaign expected in the fall of 2015. Both Mr. Trudeau and the 32-year-old provincial candidate for premier, Brian Gallant, are young, fluently bilingual and untested leaders, who are riding high in the […]

Sep 1 2014 —

Controversial Conservative MP Rob Anders may not find the welcome mat out as he attempts to make the move from a big-city riding where he lost his nomination to a brand new rural one. Earlier this year, Anders lost a bitterly fought nomination battle in Calgary Signal Hill, which takes in a large part of […]

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Rana Sarkar shunted aside; Liberals get Mandarin-speaking candidate

Sep 1 2014 —

Toronto’s suburbs are becoming a Mandarin-speaking powerhouse for the federal Liberal Party. Four ridings around in Toronto have Chinese-Canadians candidates, and in sharp contrast to the Conservatives’ top-down ethnic strategy of wooing voters through messaging that appeals to a specific minority, the Mandarin community is fielding its own candidates. In Don Valley North’s nomination contest, […]

Sep 1 2014 — Kathy Tomlinson

Canadian tradesmen from a huge oilsands construction project are waving a red flag about safety hazards and near misses, which they blame on the use of foreign workers who aren’t qualified and can’t speak English. “When you bring in a bunch of workers who are unqualified to do this job it’s only a matter of […]

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Sep 1 2014 — Rachel Aiello

The director of the RCMP’s aboriginal policing unit says a national inquiry is “immaterial to the prevention efforts that we are implementing” and wouldn’t impact the force’s investigations. Facing renewed calls for a national public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women, the Conservative government remains steadfast in its position that action is needed […]

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Sep 1 2014 — Joe Warmington

The sabre-rattling words of two world leaders has the hair on the back of people’s necks here standing at attention. The first was most frightening for people in this region, which in its history has been occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviets. Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the “political organization of society […]

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Sep 1 2014 —

All summer long, there’s been one overriding conversation amongst the hundred-plus employees at a Vancouver financial firm who have school-age children: British Columbia’s acrimonious teachers’ strike. Project analyst Robert Ford, with Credential Financial, has a 12-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who won’t be starting their school year this Tuesday, and he said the parents at […]

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Aug 31 2014 —

British Columbia expects to start giving cash to parents to offset the costs of daycare that result from kids not being in school because of a teachers strike. Education Minister Peter Fassbender says parents who start registering at the government’s website can expect to receive $40 a day starting late September or early October. He […]

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The Tims/BK deal: All donut, no hole

Sep 1 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

At the Maxville exit on Highway 417 between Ottawa and Montreal, someone recently parked his car outside a Tim Hortons at a service station. His Ontario vanity plate said it all: GOINGTOTIMS. And that tells you everything you need to know about the inherent brand equity of Tim Hortons in Canada. (That’s Tim Hortons without […]

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The cost of cutting ties with Uncle Sam soar

Sep 1 2014 — Tim Harper

Thomas Jefferson is famously believed to have defined the price of freedom as eternal vigilance. The price of freedom from Uncle Sam is a lot steeper. Faced with a historic number of Americans renouncing their U.S. citizenship, Washington has decided to grab some cash from their one-time citizens on their way out, raising the processing […]

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Has Trudeau become boring?

Sep 1 2014 — Gerry Nicholls

Here are two words you never expect to see in the same sentence: “Trudeau” and “boring”. But keep reading, because believe it or not, it’s going to happen in this column. Ready? Here goes. Since the common perception of Justin Trudeau is that he’s a “dynamic” and “exciting” and “charismatic” politician, who’s going to radically […]

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Good things don’t grow in Ontario

Sep 1 2014 — Monte Solberg

Canada’s premiers are sad, and that makes me sad. And when I’m sad, obviously you’re going to be sad. Anyway, the premiers wrapped up their Council of the Federation meeting in Canada’s cutest province, P.E.I., and they feel badly that the federal government doesn’t give them the attention they deserve. Sure the provinces can comfort […]

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How to be good at going to school

Sep 1 2014 — Heather Mallick

There are few subjects more fraught than education. We live in an era when people can blow up over every minor difference, but education is always at the sharp point of the pin. Because we no longer see it as having intrinsic worth, it has become almost entirely a matter of money. And because there […]

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