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Liberal transparency reforms subject to ‘review’ next year

Nov 30 2015 — Dean Beeby

Delivery of a key Liberal promise on transparency is likely months away, as an election commitment to reform the Access to Information Act has morphed into a “review” of the legislation starting next year. During the election campaign, Leader Justin Trudeau said a Liberal government would end fees for processing information requests; give the information […]

Nov 30 2015 — Margo McDiarmid

The much-anticipated United Nations climate summit officially starts in Paris on Monday with a growing sense that it may not deliver any kind of hammer to force countries to curb their emissions, other than a moral one. Global leaders from 150 countries will be there for Day 1 of the conference to provide some momentum […]


Birks botches brooch boost: Brands exploit the Trudeaus’ glamour at their own risk, experts say

Nov 30 2015 — Claire Brownell

A Birks Group Inc. press release intending to draw attention to a diamond brooch Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau wore to meet Queen Elizabeth II has instead raised questions about whether such gifts are ethical and in good taste. On Wednesday, the Montreal-based jewelry retailer issued a release with a photo of Gregoire-Trudeau, her husband Prime Minister Justin […]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the media following the Commonwealths Heads of Government meeting in Valletta, Malta Saturday, November 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada joins group of countries promising to double investment in clean energy

Nov 30 2015 — Jason Fekete

Canada will join 19 other countries around the world in doubling government-funded research and development over the next five years on clean energy projects. French President François Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama and several other world leaders on Monday will launch Mission Innovation, a commitment to dramatically accelerate public- and private-sector clean energy innovation, according […]

Nov 30 2015 — Rachel Aiello

Five-hundred federal employees from various departments are being deployed overseas to assist in processing the 25,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada by the end of February—an “astonishing number” according to Mike Molloy, the former federal official who oversaw the Vietnamese resettlement 40 years ago. When he was managing the immigration of more than 60,000 Vietnamese […]

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Nov 30 2015 —

Greenhouse gas levels in the Earth’s atmosphere are higher than they have been in two million years and that’s making our little planet hotter. It’s thanks in no small part to the huge volumes being spewed out by humans burning fossil fuels, and Canadians are some of the highest emitters per person in the world. […]

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Nov 29 2015 —

Familiar, experienced Conservatives will take their places on the opposition benches this week in the Commons, but behind them is a party that is exhausted, in organizational limbo, and only slowly beginning to plan for a leadership race. A consensus has begun to emerge inside the caucus that the party should take time to regroup […]

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Why climate change hope is not misplaced

Nov 30 2015 — Tim Harper

It was 13 years ago. Jean Chrétien’s government ratified the Kyoto Protocol and the Liberal prime minister proclaimed “Canada is a good citizen of the world.’’ It was four years ago. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives pulled Canada out of the protocol. “Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past,’’ said his environment minister, Peter Kent. After more […]


Will Trudeau’s victory be Wynne’s undoing?

Nov 30 2015 — Matt Gurney

The Ontario Liberals were at it again last week. Canada’s most fiscally hapless government — for now, at any rate — happily announced that the deficit for this year is coming in a billion dollars lower than expected. Charles Sousa, finance minister, immediately hit the TV news and talk-radio circuit to tout the accomplishment. Ontario’s […]


On climate change, Trudeau pulls a bait-and-switch

Nov 30 2015 — David Akin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting a lot of love from climate change campaigners these days simply because he doesn’t insult them. The last prime minister — that would be Stephen Harper, of course — had a natural resources minister that talked about “environmentalists and other radical groups” who would “hijack our regulatory system.” One […]


Obama’s climate scam backed by Canada

Nov 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

It’s beyond bizarre. U.S. President Barack Obama — backed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna — heads into Monday’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris opposed to any global deal that includes legally binding targets to reduce industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change. It’s bizarre because […]


Barnacle of politics attaches itself to shipbuilding contracts

Nov 30 2015 — Dan Leger

It had to be too good to be true. A politics-free defence acquisition project? It seemed like a miracle. But Ottawa’s naval shipbuilding project now looks to be going the way of all the others into political squabbling, corporate manipulation and expensive cost overruns. On Oct. 19, 2011, the Conservative government announced the results of […]


Tories appear in no hurry to choose Harper’s replacement

Nov 30 2015 — Adam Radwanski

Rona Ambrose should probably settle into Stornoway a bit. As the federal Conservatives’ national council prepares to meet next weekend for the first time since this fall’s election, the party seems in no hurry to select Stephen Harper’s long-term replacement as leader. While it’s unlikely the date for the leadership vote will be announced until […]

Tom Parkin

Battle for the hearts of progressives

Nov 29 2015 — Tom Parkin

The House of Commons returns this week for a Throne Speech that will be carefully analysed for signs the Liberals are backing away from election promises. Concerns are further heightened by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal report. Post-election claims of bare cupboards have been used many times to prepare voters for broken promises to come. […]

Michael Harris

A Liberal win in NFLD could be sweet justice for Dunphy

Nov 30 2015 — Michael Harris

Don Dunphy’s daughter is waiting. For what, you ask? The longest wait of them all — justice. And tomorrow night, if the political stars align, she might just get it. The last Conservative government in Canada is headed towards oblivion at warp speed. Of three polls done during the dying days of the campaign (Corporate […]

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Eskimos score late, hold on to capture 103rd Grey Cup

Nov 29 2015 —

The Edmonton Eskimos scored with less than three minutes to play and held on for a 26-20 win over the Ottawa Redblacks to capture the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg. Jordan Lynch punched in the winning score from a yard out for the Eskimos. Mike Reilly had two touchdown passes for the Eskimos who came […]

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