National Newswatch
Nov 28 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Leave it to New Democrat MP Pat Martin to turn the normally largely ignorable prelude to Friday question period into Must See Parliamentary TV. In a statement delivered in his signature irascible style, the Winnipeg MP devoted every one of his allotted 60 seconds to decrying Treasury Board President Tony Clement’s “refusal” to appear before […]

Nov 28 2014 —

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq never demanded an apology from a Rankin Inlet politician for making disparaging remarks about the federal Nutrition North program, the Conservatives said Friday. And Aglukkaq is now threatening to take legal action over the comments. The hamlet’s deputy mayor, Sam Tutanuak, told an impromptu council meeting Friday that he is standing […]

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Auditors say Attawapiskat First Nation should repay $1.8M in housing money

Nov 28 2014 —

Aboriginal Affairs wants the Attawapiskat First Nation to repay more than $1.8 million in housing funding after an audit could not substantiate the spending. The audit, finished in April,was a follow to an earlier audit that was ordered after the James Bay community declared a state of emergency in November 2011 over what it said […]

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Massimo Pacetti incident could be misunderstanding, former colleague says

Nov 28 2014 — Stephen Maher

A former Liberal MP says people should be open to the possibility that Massimo Pacetti’s late night hotel-room encounter with an NDP MP could be a misunderstanding, not an assault. Alexandra Mendes, who worked closely with Pacetti when they both represented Montreal-area ridings from 2008-2011, said Thursday that if a process eventually clears Pacetti of […]

Nov 28 2014 — Peter O'Neil

B.C. businessman and philanthropist Barjinder Singh Dhahan has pulled out of the Vancouver South Liberal nomination battle in a move that has raised questions about leader Justin Trudeau’s vow to hold open contests to run in the 2015 election. It was widely believed that Trudeau and his senior advisers preferred retired Lt.-Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan, […]

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Nov 28 2014 —

The federal government posted a $400-million surplus for September compared with a $3.8-billion deficit in the same month last year. According to the monthly fiscal monitor, the improvement came as revenue was up by $1.1 billion or 5.4 per cent, helped by higher personal and corporate income tax revenue. Meanwhile, program spending was down by […]

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Quebec austerity could hurt Justin Trudeau at the polls

Nov 28 2014 — Chantal Hébert

Judging by the lineup of readers waiting to have their copies of his autobiographical book Terrain d’entente signed at the Montreal’s Salon du livre last weekend, Justin Trudeau was one of the main political attractions of the city’s popular annual celebration of French-language books. Former Parti Québécois minister Jean-François Lisée even took time out from […]

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In the Wynne-Harper detente, it will take two to tango

Nov 28 2014 — Paul Wells

In recent weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has met with the prime ministers of India, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He’s met with the presidents of France and China. He met football legend Pinball Clemons before an Argos game. He met Jim Prentice, who used to be minister of this and that in […]

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Want to make amends with vets? Start by firing Fantino

Nov 28 2014 — Michael Harris

There are bullying, disingenuous, condescending windbags … and then there’s Julian Fantino. This is the minister who yelled at octogenarian veterans in front of the cameras, offered a fake apology for his rudeness after standing them up — and then insulted them again the next day by calling them union dupes. (Still better than a […]

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Financial Literacy Month ends and the real challenge begins

Nov 28 2014 — Terry Campbell

Financial Literacy Month (FLM) is over but the real challenge is just beginning – getting Canadians to move from learning about smart money management to actually taking action.  It isn’t always easy, so the federal government along with the private sector – including banks – and many community organizations across the country are collaborating on […]

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The Supreme Court of Canada won’t want this award

Nov 28 2014 — Benjamin Perrin

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Quebec lawyer Suzanne Côté to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Côté joins the Court at a moment in history when it is having an increasingly large impact on policy, is remarkably united, and is handing the federal government a string of major losses. Each year, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute […]

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When it comes to news, TV still rules all

Nov 28 2014 — Warren Kinsella

It’s quaint, almost, the notion that other media are more important than television. Watching a CTV helicopter hover over King St. E. in Toronto at lunchtime on Wednesday should have dispensed with it, once and for all. The helicopter was there, clattering overhead like a antediluvian bird of prey, for most of the lunch hour. […]

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PKP and the PQ: Get ready for a weird year, Canada

Nov 28 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Within hours of Doug Ford announcing that he was not running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Pierre Karl Peladeau confirmed that he will be a candidate for the leadership of the Parti Quebecois. So any journalists out there who were worrying that Canadian politics was going […]

Nov 28 2014 — Carol Goar

There is a $200-million pot of money in Ottawa earmarked for Ontario’s hard-hit manufacturing sector. The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) was announced in February 2013 by then-finance minister Jim Flaherty. It was officially launched last December by Minister of State Gary Goodyear, who speaks for Ontario in cabinet. It was cited by Prime Minister Stephen […]

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Ray Rice, suspended running back, wins appeal, NFLPA says

Nov 28 2014 —

Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been “vacated immediately,” the players’ union said Friday. The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. district judge Barbara S. Jones. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice’s two-game suspension, making it indefinite […]

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