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Jul 30 2015 — Jane Taber

The federal and Ontario governments are announcing a multimillion-dollar loan and grant package to Toyota on Friday morning to upgrade its Cambridge and Woodstock plants, an announcement that was suddenly moved up by a week on Ottawa’s insistence, according to a well-placed provincial source. Initially, the event was locked in for Aug. 7, but Ontario […]

Jul 30 2015 —

The message sounds familiar in a mash-up of speeches delivered by 13 Conservative MPs this week. “Our conservative government has delivered on our promises,” they each say. “We’ve cut taxes for families, for seniors and for every single Canadian. The universal child care benefit is supporting every single family with children.” “And we balance the […]

Iraq's Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, left, shakes hand with U.S. General John R. Allen, special presidential envoy, as Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson, centre, looks on, at a meeting of the anti-ISIL Coalition Political Directors, Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Canada offers up to $8.3 million to Iraq and neighbours in fight against ISIL

Jul 30 2015 —

Canada is prepared to give up to $8.3 million in additional funding to Iraq and neighbouring countries in the fight against Islamic State militants, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday. The money will fund defence programs in Iraq and non-lethal military equipment purchases to countries in the region having trouble containing the flow of […]


Conservative attack ad may not be damning enough to damage NDP

Jul 30 2015 — Kerry McKibbin

An online video just released by the Conservative Party of Canada “walks us through” a narrative in which the NDP has swindled Canadian taxpayers of $2.7 million. The advertisement uses animated headlines set against an NDP-orange background and the voice of a frank, older-sounding man. The execution feels friendly and fresh with a visual style […]


NDP raised record $4.5 million in second quarter: campaign director

Jul 30 2015 — Michelle Zilio

The NDP raised nearly $4.5 million in the second quarter, more than any other quarter in its history, according to new numbers released by the party. In a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, NDP national campaign director Anne McGrath revealed the fundraising numbers one day ahead of Elections Canada’s quarterly financial reports for each […]

Jul 30 2015 — Josh Elliott

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he’s “not worried” about a recent poll that has him trailing Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair as Canadians’ most trusted economic manager. An exclusive Nanos Research poll for CTV News asked respondents: “Whom do you trust to manage the economy?” Trudeau was the third-most common choice as Canadians’ preferred economic […]

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Jul 30 2015 —

The federal government has announced it intends to ban the microbeads used in personal care products, after a scientific review found that the tiny particles pose a potential risk to the environment. Minister of Labour and Status of Women Kellie Leitch made the announcement by the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto on Thursday.

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Jul 30 2015 —

Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks has admitted to a $32.6-million “mistake” after a Revelstoke Mountaineer investigation uncovered multimillion-dollar discrepancies in a funding announcement made in Revelstoke on July 16. That day, Wilks joined Oshawa MP Colin Carrie for a press event at the Monashee Lookout in Mount Revelstoke National Park. With local media on hand, and […]

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Moving Day at the Maui TPP Ministerial

Jul 30 2015 — Peter Clark

Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. LAHAINA, Hawaii – Day two of the TPP Ministerial went late into the night. Indeed we are into round the clock negotiations in the race for the concluding  media conference scheduled for 1:30 PM  […]

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Economic uncertainty could play to Harper’s strengths

Jul 30 2015 — Bruce Anderson

Last year, it didn’t look like this was going to be an election about the economy. Today, things may be changing. For the longest time, Conservative election planners imagined jumping into a writ with steady growth, good employment, balanced books and generous tax cuts. If not a prime minister voters could love, at least a […]

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Trans Pacific Partnership talks might go into overtime as negotiators pursue deal

Jul 30 2015 — Peter Clark

Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. Lahaina, Hawaii – The eagles have landed on Ka’anapali Beach. Canada’s Trade Minister Ed Fast arrived Monday evening to join United States Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman and 8 other TPP decision makers. Peru’s […]


Cash-rich Tories carpet-bomb Trudeau with ads

Jul 30 2015 — David Akin

For the federal election that’s we’re almost certain to be in next week, Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party has a massive and overwhelming advantage over all its rivals when it comes to money. Consider this: Since the last federal election, in the spring of 2011, Conservative HQ in Ottawa has raised $76.2 million, almost exactly as […]


Harper government right to demand voters have say on electoral reform

Jul 30 2015 — Stephen Maher

On Monday, Tory MP Pierre Poilievre announced a re-elected Conservative government would pass a law to prevent any future government from changing the voting system without a referendum. The NDP wants to bring in proportional representation, electing some MPs from party lists to make the House of Commons more representative. The Liberals want ranked ballots […]


The sudden mysterious rise of Thomas Mulcair

Jul 30 2015 — Robin V. Sears

To be chosen as a rising star in the Quebec Liberal Party of old was an entirely different experience to that of any other Canadian political party, including that of its English-Canadian cousins. More akin to the style of European politics, where “the centre” and often unseen senior party counsellors seek out and then elevate […]


The fall of Justin Trudeau

Jul 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Justin Trudeau is now experiencing a common trait of political journalism in Canada. It is, as the Toronto Sun’s late, great Peter Worthington used to say, that the media are either at your feet, or at your throat. And often, the same media that used to be at your feet, are now at your throat. […]

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TPP Shakedown in Maui

Jul 29 2015 — Scott Sinclair and Stuart Trew

A shakedown is defined as extortion by means of force, threats, or intimidation. That’s a pretty accurate description of what’s now happening in Hawaii to Canadian negotiators at the hands of their U.S. counterparts in charge of the more political than economic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. Predictably, the Canadian big business community is urging our […]


Would PM be shrewd or cynical with early election call?

Jul 30 2015 — Tim Harper

Stephen Harper has already given us Christmas in July, but an early election call this weekend would hardly be New Year’s in August. The prime minister can make whatever political calculation best serves his purpose and he can officially call the election whenever he wants. Canadians are just as free to decide whether this would […]

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Rumors continue to swirl around Ben Affleck’s alleged nanny affair

Jul 31 2015 —

Rumors about Ben Affleck’s alleged affair with his kids’ nanny Christine Ouzounian continue to rage despite his strong denials. Sources confirmed reports that Ouzounian was with Affleck and Jennifer Garner in the Bahamas when they announced their divorce on June 30. Ouzounian began working with Affleck and Garner’s three kids this spring, when he and […]

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