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Prime Minister Stephen Harper does arts and crafts with a student at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, Ont., on Wednesday, October 30, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Harper unveils controversial marquee tax relief for Canadian families

Oct 30 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing ahead with income splitting for families with kids under 18 — a multibillion-dollar Conservative election promise from 2011 that critics have said would benefit too few Canadians. To address that complaint, the Conservative government is also boosting the universal child care benefit — $160 a month for kids under […]

Oct 30 2014 —

Justin Trudeau isn’t the only federal political leader with a bone to pick with Sun Media. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is upset over an editorial cartoon that ran in the Toronto Sun newspaper, featuring mayoral candidate Olivia Chow. Mulcair says the Andy Donato cartoon is racist, sexist and offensive. In the cartoon, Chow, a former […]

Oct 30 2014 — Kady O'Malley

A backbench bid to force Canada’s electronic intelligence-gathering agency to shed more light on its operations has garnered the support of at least one unlikely ally. The National Firearms Association — not a group that often finds itself aligned with the Liberal Party — went public with its endorsement of Liberal MP Joyce Murray’s private […]

Oct 30 2014 —

Another woman is going public with allegations of abuse against Jian Ghomeshi. Author and lawyer Reva Seth has detailed her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog published by The Huffington Post Canada. Seth recounts meeting the former CBC host in 2002 when she was 26 and starting a new job at Toronto City Hall. Seth […]

Oct 30 2014 —

The Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Internship event each year attracts politicians, journalists and people who love politics to raise funds for a good project, and in a spirit of fellowship. We’ve posted a few videos from this year’s event featuring musical performances by some MP’s and journalists, (with their kind agreement). Filmed at the Black Sheep […]

Oct 29 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his hushed caucus Wednesday morning he felt remorse for surreptitiously ducking into a closet during last week’s assault on Parliament Hill, CBC News has learned. Many Conservative MPs were alarmed at the prime minister’s sudden disappearance during the terrifying 15 minutes between the moment Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fired the first shot […]

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Oct 30 2014 —

The CBC says it is hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation in the wake of allegations against former “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi. A memo from the CBC’s Heather Conway says the move follows “accounts of impropriety towards (CBC) employees.” Reports in the Toronto Star and on CBC have outlined allegations from women […]

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Oct 29 2014 — Kevin Donovan and Jesse Brown

Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment. The allegations the Star is probing range from 2002 to the present. One of the women, popular Canadian television actor Lucy DeCoutere, has agreed to be identified. […]

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Oct 30 2014 —

Jian Ghomeshi says he intends to “meet these allegations directly” after several women have come forward alleging that he abused them. Ghomeshi posted a two-line statement to Facebook on Thursday morning. “I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly,” Ghomeshi wrote.

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Oct 30 2014 —

As the Conservative government doles out good-news announcements thanks to a looming budget surplus, newly released public documents show it continues to shortchange the military. Public Accounts for 2013-2014 show that for the third consecutive year, spending on military equipment, weapons systems and infrastructure declined significantly. This spending is down roughly $1 billion from a […]

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Murder, mayhem and the case for an early vote

Oct 30 2014 — Tim Harper

Stephen Harper is about to get a bump in public approval. It comes with the turf for a leader after a period of national trauma, which then manifests itself in flag-waving, resolve and defiance. The prime minister earned this expected bump. His partisans would have cheered his vow that we will not be intimidated, but […]

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Bullets give way to cheap shots, security concerns

Oct 30 2014 — Don Martin

The post-shooting political reaction has been almost as bizarre as what went on inside the Conservative caucus room after gunfire erupted outside their door last week. In the immediate aftermath, sources say senior ministers, particularly some linked to the security file, understandably cowered while the Prime Minister was stuffed into a closet by the petite […]

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The dam breaks on Jian Ghomeshi

Oct 30 2014 — Robyn Urback

In CBC’s Toronto office in 2012, the story goes, three people sat down for an interview. At least two of them knew that not long before, the interviewee allegedly has been thrown against a hotel room wall and fondled forcefully against her will. According to her statement to the Toronto Star, she performed fellatio “just […]

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The Conservatives Propose Family Policy for a Bygone Age

Oct 30 2014 — Rick Smith

The Harper government’s tax package released Thursday is a throwback to the family policies of a bygone era. It turns its back on the pressing need for affordable, high quality child care; introduces a new tax measure which will mainly benefit traditional families with a stay at home spouse; and brings back the old family […]

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Why Harper went negative

Oct 30 2014 — Gerry Nicholls

In his just released book, Party of One, Michael Harris makes the astounding claim that the most influential man in Canadian politics is a foreigner. Yes, according to Harris, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tactics, strategies and methods of governing are inspired by Arthur Finkelstein, a “secretive” American Republican political consultant, known for his aggressiveness. As […]

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For Stephen Harper, fear works

Oct 30 2014 — Linda McQuaig

Stephen Harper insisted last week that we will not be intimidated by terrorism. He then did everything he could to ensure that we will be intimidated by terrorism. I’ve always been confused by the assertion that we won’t be “intimidated” by terrorism. Has anyone ever suggested that we should be — that because a man […]

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The NDP’s problems are piling up across Canada

Oct 29 2014 — Chantal Hébert

On a day when the NDP was already mourning the defeat of an icon at the hands of Toronto voters, the sole New Democrat provincial government in the country was flirting with implosion. With his ruling party sinking in the polls, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has a cabinet rebellion on his hands. Until further notice, […]

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Canadian cities need fiscal and governance reforms

Oct 30 2014 — Andrew Coyne

A lot has changed of late at the top of Canada’s city governments, mostly for the better. Toronto has just elected a new mayor, John Tory, who’s guaranteed to be a huge improvement over the last, as earlier did Montreal, with Denis Coderre, after the corruption and turmoil of recent years. Winnipeg’s new mayor, Brian […]

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Tough questions for CBC

Oct 30 2014 — Warren Kinsella

What did they know, and when did they know it? That’s a question that has its origins in the Watergate scandal, 40 years ago. What did the president know, and when did he know it? In the intervening years, in respect of assorted real and perceived scandals, it’s a question that you hear a lot. […]

Oct 30 2014 — Tom Walkom

The war on terror continues unabated. When one enemy falls off the radar, we replace it with another. In the early days of this never-ending war, the enemy was the Taliban. They were the terrorists we had to defeat in Afghanistan to prevent attacks here. Nobody talks much about the Taliban any more. Britain quietly […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Bob Hepburn

As the Toronto mayoral results were being announced Monday, a campaign adviser for one of the early major candidates fired off an email expressing shock at how well runner-up Doug Ford fared despite losing to John Tory. “More than 330,000 people voted for Doug Ford for mayor!” the advisor wrote. “Who are these people? What […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Might give party urban votes. Don’t underestimate the power of Doug Ford to win the leadership of the provincial PC party. Tories at Queen’s Park are abuzz at the prospect of the former Toronto mayoral candidate throwing his hat in the ring. It would be a seismic shift. He’s a political juggernaut and could steamroll […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Michael Taube

John Tory’s long-suffering political ambitions were finally realized this week when he was elected Toronto’s next mayor. His victory could have significant implications not just for Toronto, but also for a nearly moribund political philosophy. Tory’s campaign cobbled together a very diverse group of individuals. This included federal Tories, provincial PCs, Liberals of all shapes […]

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Jian Ghomeshi arrives on the green carpet for the Juno Gala in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Ghomeshi thanked his supporters Thursday and vowed to meet the allegations against him head-on, a pledge that came as a "Trailer Park Boys" actor became the first to go on the record with accusations the ousted CBC-Radio personality engaged in abusive behaviour.THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Jian Ghomeshi cancels B.C. speaking event

Oct 30 2014 —

Embattled former “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi has pulled out of a speaking engagement in British Columbia organized by the Prince George Citizen. The newspaper says representatives for the ousted CBC-Radio personality called off the Nov. 7 event late Wednesday afternoon. The cancellation comes amid new allegations Ghomeshi engaged in abusive behaviour. The paper says […]