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Feb 24 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith

Conservative political parties are the institutions the least trusted by Canadians aged 15-34, researchers told a Manning Centre Conference audience Friday. Young people, according to a survey commissioned for the centre, trust right-wing parties less than they trust all levels of government, left-leaning parties, corporations and unions, among other institutions. It proves a challenge for […]

Feb 24 2017 — Peter Zimonjic

The 14 contenders for the Conservative Party leadership were quick to focus on candidate Kellie Leitch during the debate at the Manning Centre Conference today. The battle came over the issue of health-care funding, when candidate Erin O’Toole challenged Leitch to back up her claims that she has the answer for creating innovation to improve […]

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Kevin O’Leary: Butt-Grabbing Moment On ‘Dragon’s Den’ Was Just For TV

Feb 24 2017 —

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says that he doesn’t recall whether he asked for permission to touch a model’s rear-end during an episode of “Dragon’s Den.” The Huffington Post Canada asked O’Leary about the 2013 TV segment on Friday after he wrapped up a leadership debate at the Manning Conference in Ottawa. “I honestly don’t […]

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Kevin O’Leary supports transgender rights amid U.S. bathroom debate

Feb 24 2017 — Laura Payton

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says the party has to respect the rights of LGBTQ people in order to win over millennial voters — and that the party’s social conservatives will get on board if it means winning a majority government. In an interview to air Sunday on CTV’s Question Period, O’Leary said his 24-year-old […]

Feb 24 2017 —

The man who once successfully harnessed populist sentiment in Canada into political success is warning of what’s at stake if today’s political leadership fails to do so. Preston Manning, founder of the Reform party, says the greatest challenge facing political leaders is that people are becoming increasingly disenchanted with government, mainstream media and politics. He […]

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The race to the political bottom

Feb 24 2017 — Evan Solomon

It should not have been a surprise. In the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean, the Mariana Trench, scientists recently discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxins inside sea life. According to a study by Dr. Alan Jamieson, PCB levels in life forms were “fifty times more contaminated than crabs from paddy fields fed by the Liaohe […]

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The O’Leary factor is real

Feb 24 2017 — Anthony Furey

“I hardly recognize any of these people,” a long-standing Conservative activist said to me as we stood surveying the room at a party for Kevin O’Leary at a downtown Ottawa bar. She meant it as the biggest of compliments. The event took place Thursday on the first night of the Manning Centre Conference, the biggest […]

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For Trump and the Trudeaus, the past is back

Feb 24 2017 — Susan Delacourt

It is hard to imagine a better gift for Donald Trump than the one Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave him during that recent White House visit: a framed photograph of Trump and Pierre Trudeau on stage together at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1981. For Trump, who expertly played the politics of nostalgia in the presidential […]

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The appeal of wealthy politicians — we see them as ‘incorruptible’

Feb 24 2017 — Scott Reid

“You can trust me, I’m super-rich.” If this strikes you as an unlikely political slogan, take a look around. Plagued by deep cynicism and a profound mistrust of institutions, voters seem increasingly ready to place their confidence in the hands of a very specific sort of leader: the wealthy. In the U.S., billionaire President Donald […]

Feb 23 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein

With the greatest respect to Justin Trudeau, Liberal MP Iqra Khalid and the federal Liberal caucus, it’s none of your damn business whether I have a fear of Islam, which is what “Islamophobia” means. As a Jew, my fear of Islam — pertaining specifically to that malignant and widespread strain of it that hates Jews […]

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Feb 23 2017 — John Barrett

Ontario has a nuclear advantage.  Unfortunately, many in the province don’t realize it — or how much it benefits them.  The Ontario Government’s Long-Term Energy Plan, expected to be released shortly, provides a timely opportunity for some fresh thinking about nuclear energy. When we flick on the lights, turn on the computer, or charge electric […]

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Feb 22 2017 — Rick Salutin

It’s kind of Brian Mulroney to re-embarrass himself every generation or so. It lends a sense of continuity to our history. In 1946, when he was seven, he set the pattern, asking the Chicago businessman who more or less owned his Quebec hometown what song he’d like and getting paid to sing it. Forty years […]

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Bill Cosby trial: Judge bars several accusers from testifying

Feb 24 2017 —

In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian’s multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, accused of sexually […]

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