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New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 31, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Mulcair’s secret meetings with the Tories

Jun 29 2015 — Martin Patriquin

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, discussions that several sources, including former senior Harper staffers, say was the first step in securing Mulcair to run as a Conservative candidate in 2008.

Jun 30 2015 — Eric Grenier

After focusing their attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau since he took over the party in 2013, the Conservatives may need to start worrying about the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair. Because according to the latest polls, if an election were held today, the New Democrats would probably win. ThreeHundredEight.com’s latest weighted averages show the NDP in […]

Jun 30 2015 —

Twelve federal public service unions have filed a legal challenge to the budget bill passed earlier this year — and the country’s largest such union plans to file its own challenge Tuesday — arguing that the bill’s plan to save $900 million by overhauling sick leave and disability programs is unconstitutional.

Jun 30 2015 — Douglas Quan

The federal public safety minister’s office has asked the Mounties to review their decision to classify a rifle as prohibited after it roused the ire of gun enthusiasts. This is not the first time the government has taken issue with the way the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has classified a gun and the latest spat […]

Jun 30 2015 — Dean Beeby

The federal government has shortchanged hundreds of low-income families of their full government benefits since at least 2007, an internal review has found. A staff member at Employment and Social Development Canada recently identified a “system anomaly” that has been withholding employment insurance money from about 800 needy families in each of the last eight […]

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Canada 150 infrastructure program ready to allocate funding

Jun 30 2015 — Bill Curry

The federal government says it will soon be ready to hand out cash from a new Canada 150 program, just weeks after announcing the community infrastructure fund and setting tight application deadlines. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the program on May 15, saying it would fund the renovation of up to 1,800 community facilities like […]

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Conservative Exodus Bodes Ill for Harper in Canada Election

Jun 30 2015 — Josh Wingrove

Stephen Harper is losing incumbent lawmakers at one of the highest rates in decades, and history suggests that weighs heavily on the Canadian Prime Minister’s chances of winning another term in power later this year. Of 166 Conservatives elected to the House of Commons during Harper’s first majority in 2011, at least 46 are not […]

Jun 30 2015 — James Wood

The Calgary Stampede will be a high-stakes political rodeo this year as federal Opposition leaders see another chance to buck a dominant conservative party from the saddle in Alberta as a national election draws near. With the election of Alberta’s first NDP government last month under Premier Rachel Notley, ridings in Calgary — and Alberta […]

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Jason Kenney agrees with late prime minister John Diefenbaker. “Polls are for dogs,” Kenney said Monday as Canada’s defence minister visited with the Waterloo Region Record editorial board. Doghouse lining or not, the Conservative cabinet veteran seemed happy to bite hard into the early election polls — most notably last week’s release from the Waterloo-based […]

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In HarperPAC’s demise, a lesson about democracy

Jun 30 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

So long HarperPAC, we barely knew ya. But we know what you represent, and this has plenty of people worried. South of the border lies the land of Political Action Committees, where money, causes and advertisers meet in an orgy of spending that makes Canadian elections look like campaigns for student council. In the 2012 […]

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Trudeau’s green shift for votes

Jun 30 2015 — David Akin

Justin Trudeau stood on a park overlooking Vancouver’s English Bay Monday to make the case that when it comes to battling climate change the Liberal Party he leads today will not do what the Liberal Party under Jean Chretien did which was precisely nothing. In the battle for the hearts, minds and, most importantly, votes […]

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Mellower NDP sets its course, free of the drag of socialism

Jun 30 2015 — Lawrence Martin

“The problem with socialism,” said Margaret Thatcher, “is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Winston Churchill was no fan, either. “Its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery,” said he. As for that eternal oracle, Alexis de Tocqueville, he was able to contain his enthusiasm as well. Democracy seeks “equality in […]

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Harper’s Rule Breaking Rush to Crush Unions

Jun 30 2015 — Bill Tieleman

“There’s nothing democratic about what’s going on here. It’s like watching the Roman Empire collapse.” — BC Liberal Senator Larry Campbell on Conservative senators imposing Bill C-377 Is there anything more undemocratic than Canada’s most tainted organization — the Conservative-controlled Senate — breaking its rules and then overturning its own Conservative Speaker’s ruling, all to […]

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Trudeau promises we’ll pay more

Jun 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Justin Trudeau said Monday it’s time you paid higher taxes. He also said it’s time you paid higher prices for virtually every good and service you buy. More for gasoline, more for electricity, more to heat and cool your home, more to buy food, clothe yourself and your children, more to fly and buy a […]

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Rachel Notley forging new role for Alberta on national stage

Jun 30 2015 — Gillian Steward

Will the walls come down now that Alberta has an NDP government? It certainly looks like it. For so long Alberta presented itself through the long-reigning PCs as the outlier, the province that preferred to create its own little fortress rather than collaborate on national issues. Rachel Notley and her NDP government have been in […]

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Flying a flag for the right reasons

Jun 30 2015 —

This Canada Day, let’s pause to admire the Maple Leaf flag. It’s a beautifully inclusive ensign, one all Canadians can wave. A fluke? Or was Parliament far-sighted enough in 1965 to imagine our diversity in 2015? Certainly it rejected an unsightly runner-up: the same Maple Leaf flag flanked by a French Fleur-de-lys and a British […]

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Despite promises, Tory government pulls punches on tamper-proof drugs

Jun 29 2015 — John Ivison

Achieving anything in Canadian politics is the art of the possible — and experience suggests not much is possible. Rona Ambrose, the health minister, was undoubtedly sincere when she identified prescription drug abuse as a growing problem where government action was required. The research suggested 410,000 Canadians were abusing prescription drugs in 2012, with the […]

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Paris Hilton I’m Suing the ‘Plane Crash’ Pranksters

Jun 30 2015 —

Paris Hilton is telling business associates … she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode … just to get a rise out of her. We’re told Paris is furious over the stunt … in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to […]

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