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Envelopes with white powder found at offices of federal ministers in Quebec

Mar 5 2015 —

Police in Quebec are investigating after envelopes containing white powder were sent to the riding offices of at least two federal ministers. They say a third suspicious envelope has also been found in the riding office of another cabinet minister, Maxime Bernier. The office of Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel in Roberval, about 250 kilometres north […]

Mar 5 2015 —

The Conservative party helped the RCMP piece together Sen. Mike Duffy’s whereabouts when he attended events with Tory MPs and candidates across Canada, details that could form part of the Crown’s case when the trial opens next month. But the question of what types of events are considered legitimate Senate business is a central issue […]

Mar 5 2015 —

An Edmonton MP is defending the Conservative Party’s use of a jihadi video threat to West Edmonton Mall to build support for its anti-terror bill. “The international jihadi movement absolutely has declared war on Canada,” said Edmonton-Sherwood Park MP Tim Uppal. “What we are doing is trying to keep Canadians safe.” The federal Conservatives drew […]

Mar 5 2015 —

Canada’s chief elections investigator pushed hard against moving his operations out of the same building as Elections Canada, fearing it would interfere with his ability to investigate electoral wrongdoing and could taint evidence needed to prosecute offenders. Yves Cote, the commissioner of elections, had already lost the battle last spring over Conservative legislation that severed […]

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Mar 5 2015 —

Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was on the defensive during an appearance at his former university in Vancouver. Students at UBC repeatedly asked him why he supports the Conservative government’s new anti-terrorism legislation, even if amendments proposed by the Liberals are rejected. “We’re still going to support the bill, yes.” Several students challenged Trudeau to […]

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Mar 5 2015 — Aaron Wherry

Peter MacKay apparently believes that politicians can’t be trusted to oversee the federal government’s national security operations. And this is problematic. Not least because Peter MacKay is himself a politician—a politician, for that matter, who is also the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. MacKay’s dismissal of politicians is included in his response […]

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No need for Tories’ ‘Throw Away the Key Act’

Mar 5 2015 — Andrew Coyne

On past form, the Conservatives’ latest piece of tough-on-crime legislation will come with some sort of folksy name attached, of a kind suitable for use in Tory ad campaigns. The Life Means Life Act, perhaps? The Throw Away the Key Act? The Hanging’s Too Good For Them (And What If It Wasn’t) Act? The legislation, […]


Progressive Conservative reboot a kick in the teeth to many Tories

Mar 5 2015 — Martin Regg Cohn

The Progressive Conservatives were once the province’s natural governing party, for better or for worse. Now they’re Ontario’s natural opposition party — and it keeps getting worse. After losing four straight elections — and their near-death experience under Tim Hudak in 2014 — the Tories are choosing a new leader. But instead of recovering, PCs […]

Bob Hepburn

It’s time Canada scrapped oath to Queen

Mar 5 2015 — Bob Hepburn

As a Canadian who was born and raised in this country, I am appalled that we still force immigrants who want to become citizens to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Surely, this country that champions itself as being a multicultural nation and an international leader in diversity should no longer require our […]


With his new ‘life means life’ bill, Harper has found his wedge

Mar 4 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Life means life. Vote Conservative. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that that the government will introduce legislation to keep criminals “too cruel and dangerous to be put back into freedom” locked up permanently, with no possibility of parole. “Our Government believes in standing up for victims of crime and their families, putting their […]


Where Canada stands on the Obama-Netanyahu Iran brawl

Mar 5 2015 — Tom Walkom

Where does Canada stand in the bitter dispute over Iran that has pitted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against U.S. President Barack Obama? If this country’s politicians had their way, they would be firmly on the side of both. Following Netanyahu’s provocative address to the U.S. Congress Tuesday, Canadian MPs weren’t lining up to comment. […]


Facts, lies and Keystone XL

Mar 5 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

The Harper government’s campaign to get the Keystone XL pipeline built received a boost from two American sources this week. First, billionaire Barack Obama supporter Warren Buffet said the Keystone XL pipeline delivering bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to the Gulf Coast should have been approved by now and the U.S. refusal to do so risks […]


Harper senators hold McCarthyesque hearings

Mar 5 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

Bullies maintain that their victims are being overly sensitive — making too much fuss about nothing, really. Similarly, a Conservative senator is berating Canadian Muslims for being “thin-skinned” in reacting to increasing hostility towards them. Senator Lynn Beyak did so last week at a hearing of the Senate committee on national security, as my colleague […]

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Buddy Holly plane crash ‘review’ by US transport panel

Mar 5 2015 —

The plane crash that claimed the lives of three rock ‘n’ roll stars, including Buddy Holly, could be investigated afresh by US transport safety experts. The 22-year-old Holly, Ritchie Valens and Jiles P Richardson – known as the Big Bopper – died in a crash shortly after take-off in Iowa in 1959. The pilot of […]

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