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Conservatives likely to lengthen election campaign: sources

Jul 28 2015 — David Ljunggren

Canada’s governing Conservatives are likely to lengthen this year’s election campaign by launching it in August, three senior party sources said, a move that would benefit the cash-rich party. Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 19. Given that campaigns must last at least 37 days, the latest date Prime Minister Stephen Harper could start […]

Jul 28 2015 —

A high-ranking Canadian Forces officer faces serious, sex-related charges involving allegations that stem from the mentoring of military cadets. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service says Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker has been charged with 10 offences including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and breach of trust. The investigative service says the charges are connected to a series […]

Jul 27 2015 — Laura Payton

Former New Democrat MP Olivia Chow said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is the only person who can beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as she announced she’s running once again in a downtown Toronto riding. “I refuse to stand on the sideline while we can deliver change,” Chow said Tuesday, pointing to the NDP’s plan to […]

Jul 28 2015 — Althia Raj

The Conservative party has launched a new website aimed at naming and shaming some of the 68 current and former NDP MPs who, in total, owe taxpayers $2.7 million for inappropriate party expenses. The site,, is the latest push by the Tories to embarrass and pressure the New Democrats into repaying public money diverted […]


Yukon Senator Dan Lang defends Senate in wake of Harper announcement

Jul 28 2015 —

Yukon Senator Dan Lang says that it’s “very important” that a Senate position be maintained for the territory, as he responded to an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying he would not name any new senators until reforms were made in Canada’s upper house. Harper made his announcement with an election looming and the […]

Jul 28 2015 —

The Canada Revenue Agency says it fielded more than a million phone calls on the day that increased child benefits took effect. An agency spokesman says many callers had to be directed to check their mailboxes when they called to ask about their money, which in some cases amounted to more than $500. Philippe Brideau […]

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Jul 28 2015 —

A new trend is emerging on the Alberta political landscape as New Democrats are battling it out to win nominations to run in the upcoming federal election. The NDP’s historic victory in the provincial election this spring has given the party new hope federally, in a province that sent 27 Conservative MPs and one New […]

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Jul 27 2015 — David Akin

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have both vowed to change the way Canada chooses its prime minister. The current prime minister, Stephen Harper, has no such plans but he does vow this: If any future government wants to get rid of the first-past-the-post system we’ve used since Confederation, it will need the will of the […]

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Jul 28 2015 — Adrian Humphreys

Secrets about the foreign activities of Canada’s spy agency — including the size of its network of foreign stations, the volume of sensitive communications they handle and their deeply antiquated system of information sharing — are revealed in what is purported to be a sensitive government document hacked by Anonymous and released Monday in a […]

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I’m Canadian – and I have a right to vote

Jul 28 2015 — Donald Sutherland

My name is Donald Sutherland. My wife’s name is Francine Racette. We are Canadians. We each hold one passport. A Canadian passport. That’s it. They ask me at the border why I don’t take American citizenship. I could still be Canadian, they say. You could have dual citizenship. But I say no, I’m not dual […]


Harper’s NEP? Senate moratorium a lazy end run around the constitution and provincial rights

Jul 28 2015 — Paula Simons

“When a Vacancy happens in the Senate by Resignation, Death, or otherwise, the Governor General shall by Summons to a fit and qualified Person fill the Vacancy,” says our constitution. The word “shall” isn’t a suggestion. In law, it’s an imperative, creating a clear legal obligation. Public cynicism about the Senate is widespread these days, […]


Stephen Harper rolls the pork barrel out west

Jul 28 2015 — Gillian Steward

If Stephen Harper’s tour of the West last week is any indication, the Conservatives seem more than a little worried that they are losing their grip on their traditional stronghold. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was enthusiastically touring Ontario at about the same time so that might have had something to do with the timing of […]

Peter Clark

The TPP talks: Things happen slowly — when they happen at all

Jul 28 2015 — Peter Clark

Day Four of the TPP chief negotiators’ sessions … no news of breakthroughs yet. No news of failures, either. No news period — full stop. All of this, hopefully, will change when United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and the other assorted trade ministers arrive. There are no new impasses; the negotiators are too busy […]


Trump-et blasts, Senate reform, the sounds of election phony war

Jul 28 2015 — Neil MacDonald

Snicker at the political foolishness south of the border if you wish. That’s the point. At least it’s fun. Donald Trump is having a blast staging a summer clown show, dropping howlers, hogging up far-right love in a jingoistic baseball cap. Ant Man, a movie about an insect-sized superhero, is leading at the box office, […]


Premiers should convene Senate summit

Jul 28 2015 — Anthony Furey

Canada’s premiers need to sit down together and talk over the Senate. Until this happens, nothing is ever going to change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper definitely pawned off the problem of Senate reform to his fellow first ministers. On Friday he announced that he was more or less done even thinking about the Senate until […]

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