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Tories revive union bill that provoked Senate rebellion; move to limit debate

Sep 21 2014 —

Conservative senators are making a bid to cut short debate on private members’ business just as the Senate is about to revive debate on a controversial bill that would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. The timing of the two moves has sparked suspicions that the Harper government wants to whisk bill […]

Sep 21 2014 — Theophilos Argitis

Canada won’t make any sudden changes to the country’s system of housing finance, even as the government looks at ways to reduce its role in the market, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said. Oliver said that while he’s studying proposals, such as the idea of the government passing on more risk to lenders, these are longer-term […]

Sep 20 2014 —

In the end he never even showed up to hear the final results. Calgary MP Rob Anders, whose controversies spanned the last 17 years, was beaten Saturday in this rural riding east of Calgary where he had hoped to resurrect his flagging political career. Anders had sought the Conservative nomination in the new riding of […]

Sep 21 2014 — Margo McDiarmid

Environmental groups think this week’s UN Climate Summit could help move the world towards a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. It’s been convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as way to generate momentum for next year’s climate conference in Paris. The hope is that Tuesday’s summit will see leaders outline their […]

Sep 21 2014 —

David Suzuki says it’s likely his last major campaign and it won’t be another bullhorn protest but a much higher goal: to enshrine clean air and water in the Charter of Rights. Canada’s famed environmental activist, now 78, can hear the blowback already. “People say: ‘That’s crazy. You want to try to get a change […]

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Oliver urges targeted stimulus for Europe

Sep 21 2014 —

Finance Minister Joe Oliver says while some European countries need more stimulus spending, that’s not what he’s planning for Canada. Oliver says the G20 nations will come close to meeting their goal of raising global GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years if they all implement solid economic plans. But though […]

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Ottawa revoking passports of Canadians who join extremist groups: Alexander

Sep 20 2014 —

Canadians who travel overseas to join extremist groups can expect to have their passports revoked, the government is warning. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Saturday that Ottawa has begun revoking travel documents for those who travel to places such as Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State and other militants groups.

Sep 20 2014 —

Egypt’s president says he can’t interfere with his country’s courts in the case of a jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist. In an interview with the Associated Press, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says if he had been in power at the time when Mohamed Fahmy and his fellow Al-Jazeera English colleagues were arrested, he would have simply deported them instead […]

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Sep 20 2014 — Glen McGregor

Conservative staff members deleted comments critical of the Canada-China investment deal that were posted on the party’s Facebook page. Angry notes about the controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) were among more than 100 Facebook comments purged from the party’s page in less than a week, an analysis by Postmedia News found.

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Sep 20 2014 — Kristen Everson

Despite assurances that the new engagement in Iraq is not a combat mission, Canada could be on the hook to provide more support according to former prime minister Jean Chrétien. “They are part of it. It is a done deal. They said yes to the coalition and they sent soldiers,” Chrétien told Evan Solomon on […]

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Sep 20 2014 —

Rob Ford’s brother Doug has officially kicked off his campaign for Toronto mayor, greeting a throng of supporters with a message from his ailing sibling. Doug Ford was met with chants of “we love you” by a few dozen supporters at his campaign office in for Saturday’s big launch. And he brought word from his […]

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Breaking up the old 2011 Tory gang

Sep 21 2014 — Tim Harper

Rob Merrifield joined a growing parade last week. He’s the latest to bid so long to that old gang, the Conservative class of 2011. In accepting the post as Washington envoy for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, Merrifield became just the latest Conservative MP to turn his or her back on Ottawa and to choose something […]

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U.S. owes Canada an apology for Keystone delays

Sep 21 2014 — Karen A. Harbert

We’re sorry, Canada. For many years, you’ve been a valuable friend, ally, trading partner and good neighbour to us here in the United States. But on Sept. 19, 2008, six years ago yesterday, one of your companies, TransCanada, filed a permit application with our government to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which will bring some […]

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Who speaks for the Liberals?

Sep 21 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Suppose in the aftermath of the latest Israel-Gaza conflict, while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was expressing support for Israel, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had said Israel fired indiscriminately at Palestinian civilians, essentially a war crime. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau would have been the first on his feet in Parliament demanding to know who spoke […]

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Trudeau’s photobomb simply bombs

Sep 21 2014 — Ezra Levant

Last weekend, the Liberal Party published the above photo of their leader, Justin Trudeau. They captioned it, “Trudeau photobombs a bridal party,” but that’s not what it was. Photobombing is when someone is accidentally in the background of a photo, or when someone sneaks in. It’s like a blooper. But this was a posed picture […]

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Why Dalton McGuinty is lobbying for a living

Sep 21 2014 — Martin Regg Cohn

During his decade in power, Dalton McGuinty relied on sturdy gatekeepers to shield him from the demands of grubby lobbyists always trying to make the big pitch. Now the former premier’s heady world has been turned upside down: Having tumbled from the summit of power to the ground floor lobby, he has registered as a […]

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Doug Ford’s the wild card

Sep 21 2014 — Adrienne Batra

Notes from the campaign trail: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford remains the biggest story of the election he withdrew from. The shocking developments that started last Friday have continued to dominate the public’s attention. The mayor now faces a much larger fight than any political contest. Cancer is a struggle too many Canadians know personally, and […]

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Ex-NFL kicker Rob Bironas killed in car accident

Sep 21 2014 —

Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after […]

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