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CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill

Jan 30 2015 — Chris Hall

Canada’s spy agency is expected to be given new powers to stop would-be Canadian jihadists before they leave the country as part of sweeping new anti-terrorism measures being unveiled Friday. Sources familiar with the proposed legislation tell CBC News the goal is to give the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service the kinds of legal tools […]

Jan 30 2015 — Alex Boutilier

As parliament continues to debate the role of Canadian Forces in the fight against the Islamic State group, a new poll shows support remains strong for CF-18 airstrikes in Iraq. The poll, released by Forum Research, found that 63 per cent of Canadians somewhat or strongly approve the Conservatives’ decision to send six CF-18 fighter […]

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They are the elder statesmen of the Liberal party’s election machine — yet many will sit on the sidelines during this year’s campaign. It’s an unusual position for many in what’s called the Senate Liberal caucus, as they look ahead to the vote this year. Although they call themselves Liberals, a year ago this week […]

Jan 30 2015 — Carol Mulligan

Members of his caucus are more sad than bitter former Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault defected from the New Democrats to become the appointed Liberal candidate in a Sudbury byelection, says Thomas Mulcair. Thibeault’s behaviour is “beneath contempt,” said the federal NDP leader, and he’s coming to Sudbury to warn people not to vote for the […]

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Third Québec NDP MP facing nomination challenge

Jan 30 2015 — Alice Funke

The sitting Member of Parliament in Joliette is long-time NDP activist Francine Raynault, who finally ran in 2011, taking her turn after supporting earlier runs by her husband in the same seat. Mme Raynault will be turning 70 years old in March – not to suggest that our elders don’t belong in Parliament, but most […]

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Premiers gather in Ottawa to discuss trade, climate, health care

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Canada’s premiers meet today to discuss a range of issues that include climate change, infrastructure, internal trade barriers and the health-care needs of the country’s seniors. The premiers — all but Alberta’s Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall — are gathering at a conference centre just a few blocks from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office. […]

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CIBC cuts 500 jobs is past 2 weeks: Wall Street Journal report

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A published report says the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) has cut more than 500 jobs over the past two weeks. The Wall Street Journal quoted an email from the bank as saying the reductions are part of “an overall alignment of resources.” The cuts at CIBC follow a string of other recent job […]

Jan 29 2015 — Dina Cappiello

The Republican-controlled United States Senate has passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on the privately funded Canadian project advanced a top priority of the newly empowered Republicans, who championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House […]

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Jan 29 2015 — Laura Payton

CBC News has learned the commissioner of Canada Elections has cleared the organizers of an event that raised nearly $40,000 — and provided tax receipts — to pay some of former MP Dean Del Mastro’s legal fees. Investigator Al Mathews, who investigated the 2011 illegal robocalls in Guelph, Ont., probed the fundraiser but found nothing […]

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Jan 29 2015 — Laura Payton

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office invites MPs to session when they’re supposed to be in House. A briefing tomorrow for MPs regarding the government’s new anti-terror legislation is set for a rather inconvenient time: the middle of question period. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office sent an invitation to MPs on Wednesday to tell […]

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Jan 29 2015 — Jordan Press

The federal government has spent approximately $57 million on outside consultants over the past nine years to help decide which government records Canadians are allowed to obtain. Most of that spending, on what are called access to information consultants, occurred during the last four years. The $57-million price tag is for spending starting in fiscal […]

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A Toronto MP has apologized for comments he made over the weekend during a meet-and-greet with some members of the Iranian-Canadian community. Willdowdale MP Chungsen Leung attended an event hosted by the Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers on Saturday. Approximately two dozen people were at the meeting, where Leung was asked about […]

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Stephen Harper spinning gold from his little Iraq war

Jan 29 2015 — Tim Harper

Here’s an exclusive for you: Canada Stands Strong and Free. It’s right there on Stephen Harper’s propaganda video network, complete with that “exclusive” tag before its flag-waving title, more than three minutes worth of fighter jets and military ships, the National War Memorial and the Centennial Flame, poppies and police tape, Kevin Vickers and uniformed […]

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As election looms, Tom Mulcair’s NDP walks a fine line

Jan 29 2015 — Tom Walkom

Tom Mulcair is walking a careful line. The New Democratic Party leader wants to continue the work that his predecessor, Jack Layton, did in attracting new voters. But he’s also trying to hang on to the NDP’s traditional left-of-centre base. As the tribulations faced by Andrea Horwath’s Ontario NDP demonstrated last year, this is not […]

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Is Stephen Harper friend or foe of democracy?

Jan 29 2015 — Bob Hepburn

Back in 2006, Stephen Harper rode to electoral victory by promising the most sweeping package of democratic and parliamentary reforms the country had ever seen. Harper made the campaign pledge in the wake of a controversial series of political scandals and democratic abuses under successive Liberal governments. While his critics may have doubted his commitment, […]

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More infrastructure, stronger economy

Jan 29 2015 — Scott Brison

Middle class Canadians are paying a hefty price for poor infrastructure. Canadian homeowners face expensive repairs when sewer systems back up under the pressure of “extreme” weather events that are becoming increasingly more common. Manufacturing workers lose wages when their assembly line shuts down because the parts they need are stuck in transit. Commuters regularly […]

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Quebec corruption inquiry struggling for relevance

Jan 29 2015 — Chantal Hébert

There were high hopes at the time of its creation that a public inquiry into collusion and corruption in the province’s construction industry would provide Quebecers with a comprehensive picture of the situation. Three-and-a-half years later, those hopes have mostly given way to curiosity as to how the commission presided by Justice France Charbonneau will […]

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Allow Canadian special forces privacy to do necessary task in Iraq

Jan 29 2015 — Matthew Fisher

Unlike our allies who have kept a tight lid on the operational activities of their special forces in Iraq, the Harper government and the Canadian military made an uncharacteristic decision to permit details to be released about what Canada’s special forces are doing there. Hence the storm of criticism led by the opposition and the […]

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Vancouver’s high housing costs mean less cash on hand to pay more taxes

Jan 29 2015 — Barbara Yaffe

Vancouver-area politicians still do not get it. Due to crushing housing costs, Lower Mainlanders have far less discretionary income than other Canadians. In such circumstances, it is not reasonable to ask them to finance additional fees and taxes — including more PST for transportation initiatives — no matter how urgent. Vancouver’s affordability crisis was underscored […]

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