As speculation of an imminent writ drop grows increasingly louder, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives appear to be bouncing back from a recent slide in the polls, data released Tuesday suggests. The rally brings the Conservatives into a statistical tie with the NDP, taking the country back into familiar territory of a two-party race, but with an […]
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan says the NDP is more concerned with catchy slogans than delivering meaningful changes. Vaughan says he is confident in his ability to defeat Olivia Chow in his Toronto riding in the upcoming election.
The NDP continue to score highest on the Nanos Party Power Index. The NDP registered 55 points out of a possible 100 points while the Conservatives registered 52 points, and the Liberals 50 points. The Green Party of Canada scored 31 points while the BQ scored 33 points (QC only). Of note, the Liberals have […]
It’s not just political parties that will be spending money hand over fist if Stephen Harper fires the starting gun for the Oct. 19 federal election weeks earlier than necessary. Taxpayers will be shelling out big bucks, too — millions in extra administrative costs and tens of millions more in rebates to parties and candidates […]Read More
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 […]Read More
A written agreement between the RCMP and the Speakers of the House of Commons and Senate makes clear that Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney is now ultimately responsible for security on Parliament Hill. A memorandum of understanding notes that while the Constitution gives the two speakers authority over parliamentary security, it is the RCMP commissioner […]Read More
Canada has begun discussions with the United States on allowing more foreign dairy products into the Canadian market – among the thorniest issues for Ottawa at the Pacific Rim trade talks, which have entered their final stretch this week in Hawaii. Sources familiar with the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks say Canada has yet to specify exactly […]Read More
It may be high summer on the calendar, but Canada’s energy companies are already looking towards the coming winter. What they see is looking worse now than it was even a month ago. After a rough start to the year that saw companies lay off thousands of workers amid falling crude prices, lower cash flow […]Read More
The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit involving 40,000 people in the medical marijuana access program. The case was launched in 2013 after Health Canada sent letters to people with the program’s name on the envelope. Before that, mail sent to people in the program didn’t mention marijuana. Recipients were upset, saying […]Read More
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s reputation as an economic manager has taken a bit of a hit as Canada experiences a possible recession. So much so that a Nanos Research poll this week showed that 47 per cent of people believe that electing NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair would have a positive or somewhat positive effect on […]
The continuing saga of Honourable Senators exposed as proboscis-in-the-trough, high-living exploiters of the public purse, entitled to their entitlements, generates a feeling of digestive unease among Canadians. Citizens expect their appointed legislators to labour in the trenches of public service for the annual salary that goes with the honour of elevation to the upper chamber […]
The Canadian Energy Strategy marks the first time all of Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders have collectively recognized the energy sector as the “primary driver of Canada’s economy” and the global opportunity presented by the responsible development of our country’s abundant energy resources, including oil and natural gas.
It would be wrong to call him a relic, as he is far too engaged and engaging to wear that label. But he is nonetheless an improbable member of Parliament who seems to have been teleported from an earlier time, from an era that valued intellect over show and unstinting courtesy over childish combat — […]
There will be national issues, there will be regional issues and, most importantly, the performance of the national party leaders. Very few of these races will be self-contained. And then there is Spadina-Fort York. This downtown Toronto riding is one of a handful in this country that can hold its own as national political winds […]
It didn’t look like a coincidence — and it wasn’t. Last week, only an hour before the parliamentary budget office forecast a $1 billion deficit for the current fiscal year, the Finance department scrambled to deliver a Fiscal Monitor report showing a $3.9 billion surplus in April and May. Normally, the PBO would have given […]
In the fall of 2008, private sector economists were forecasting that the Canadian economy was already in a recession due to the financial crisis. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his finance minister, the late Jim Flaherty, ignored these warnings and told Canadians there was nothing to worry about. The prime minister even advised Canadians that […]
One thing is clear in the debate around pharmacare: Canadians want a pan-Canadian pharmacare program—the question is, what kind? While there is clear consensus that Canadians overwhelmingly support the “concept” of pharmacare, determining what the program would look like—what Canadians are looking for in such a program—is where the national conversation needs to shift. Filling […]
This column is not about supply management. It’s not about agriculture. The media has been shining a bright light on trade in agricultural products lately, because this is where the most serious barriers exist among the nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Food security is an issue – a reluctance to rely on foreign supplies of […]
Premier Kathleen Wynne had a perfect opportunity to keep a long-standing commitment, set an important precedent and demonstrate her government’s principles. She passed it up. Last week Ontario Power Generation, wholly owned by the government of Ontario, named its new president and CEO. Jeffrey Lyash was recruited from CB&I Power (Chicago Bridge and Iron), a […]
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says acquiring Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado was too good a chance to pass up. The Jays also get reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.