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Mike Duffy’s ‘unsolicited contacts’ drew Enbridge warning to PMO

Apr 25 2015 — Laura Payton

Suspended Senator Mike Duffy’s diary may show conversations between him and officials at Enbridge, but any talks were unsolicited, the company says — to the point it notified the Prime Minister’s Office of the discussions. Duffy’s detailed diary, which was made public as evidence in his trial on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust […]

Apr 25 2015 — Jason Fekete

The NDP has asked the lobbying commissioner to investigate whether Mike Duffy’s apparent repeated discussions with pipeline company Enbridge broke federal rules. Duffy’s detailed electronic diary, entered as evidence at his criminal trial, includes several entries – many of them redacted, but still legible – about conversations and emails with or about senior Enbridge officials […]

Apr 25 2015 — Dean Beeby

A federally sponsored program to create 250 war memorials in communities across Canada honouring the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan needs the permission of the United States government to proceed. CBC News has learned that the light armoured vehicle to be used for each proposed memorial is clad in special armour that the United […]

Apr 25 2015 — Mariam Ibrahim

NDP Leader Rachel Notley’s polished performance in Thursday’s leaders’ debate boosted her party’s popularity, but pollsters say a close race makes it impossible to predict who will head Alberta’s next government. Three polls released Friday show Notley came out on top after the party leaders faced off in Edmonton, but revealed a tight three-way battle […]

Apr 25 2015 —

Since Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled his federal budget April 21, New Democrats and Liberals have been quick with criticism, saying measures like income-splitting and the doubling of limits on tax-free savings accounts favour wealthier Canadians over the middle class.


Brown’s hustle attracts eclectic donor group in Ontario PC leadership race

Apr 25 2015 — Jane Taber

Patrick Brown’s unlikely rise to front-runner in the contest to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is being funded by an eclectic group of donors, including well-heeled real estate developers, a local hockey-team owner, onion farmers, a medical marijuana businessman, influential Indo-Canadians and even his tennis partner, a long-time Liberal who worked in Jean Chrétien’s […]

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The West wants invested: Changes to Order to Canada aimed at regional imbalance

Apr 25 2015 — Glen McGregor

The Conservative government’s proposed changes to the Order of Canada appear to be aimed at correcting a long-standing shortage of Western Canadians invested into the highest civilian award and reversing the trend toward honouring performing artists. This week’s budget contained a surprise announcement of funding to “enhance” the Canadian honours system to increase the number […]


Liberals ahead, Tories narrow gap as P.E.I. election looms: poll

Apr 25 2015 — Teresa Wright

The Liberal party is heading into the final week of the P.E.I. election in the lead, but the Tories are not far behind with only nine points separating the two parties, according to polling data commissioned by The Guardian and the Journal Pioneer. The Corporate Research Associates (CRA) poll shows support for the Liberal party […]

Apr 25 2015 — Glen McGregor

The Conservative government’s constant promotion of hockey as a unifying Canadian value could be on a crash course with its enthusiasm for curbing the powers of organized labour. Bill C-377, which would require labour unions to publicly report all contracts in excess of $5,000, has drawn concerns from the National Hockey League Players Association. The […]

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Apr 25 2015 —

Canada’s largest private sector union is condemning a federal agency for lending roughly $526 million to Volkswagen to expand its operations in the U.S. and Mexico. Unifor issued a statement Friday saying it’s “absolutely incredible” that Export Development Canada is helping facilitate the migration of the auto industry to Mexico. Unifor president Jerry Dias says […]

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Apr 24 2015 — Carl Meyer

Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, the InterAction Council has announced. A few hours after Embassy first revealed the existence of the upcoming meeting, the InterAction Council—which bills itself as an independent organization bringing together former world leaders—put out a statement that Mr. Chrétien […]

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Apr 25 2015 —

The premiers of Ontario and Quebec are again taking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to task over his approach to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard issued a joint statement Friday saying Harper’s latest comments on the issue don’t reflect the consensus the premiers reached when most of them met in […]

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Stop panicking, Stephen Harper can’t control the future

Apr 25 2015 — Andrew Coyne

I suppose we will have to revisit this issue of the strange powers Stephen Harper has acquired to rule the future. Not only does he control his own government, but in the fevered imaginings of the national press, he controls all future governments as well. (Legal scholars are divided. While it is true that governing […]


For Harpers, protecting kids bigger than politics

Apr 25 2015 — Mia Rabson

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent more time in Manitoba in the last three days than he probably has in the last three years. This is not a knock on him. He’s a busy guy and he generally does make it to Manitoba two, sometimes even three times a year. (While his predecessors generally timed […]


Now a serious contender, Notley will face tough scrutiny

Apr 25 2015 — Don Braid

With her party leading in some polls, NDP Leader Rachel Notley is suddenly in the hot spotlight, her every word scrutinized with rigour entirely new to Alberta New Democrats. A minor miracle could make her premier after May 5. Even without divine help, she could easily be official Opposition leader in a minority government. Everything […]


Prentice PCs pit themselves against NDP wave to woo Wildrose voters

Apr 25 2015 — Rick Bell

Be afraid. Be very afraid. This time around the PCs don’t claim right-wing barbarians are storming the gates hoping the self-styled progressives fearfully fall into the waiting arms of Toryland on election day. That was 2012 and it worked. Now apparently there’s the left-wing loose cannons to scare us and those thinking of voting Wildrose […]


It’s fear and loathing time in Alberta

Apr 24 2015 — Tom Flanagan

The Alberta election campaign is entering its final week, when many voters make up their mind whom to support, or whether to vote at all. Things become brutally simple in the endgame as primal emotions come to the fore. Two passions rule Canadian politics, fear and loathing. The opposition parties try to make voters loathe […]


Ontario budget gives Justin Trudeau cover

Apr 24 2015 — Chantal Hébert

If Justin Trudeau’s main mission in Ontario next fall is to beat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, he has Premier Kathleen Wynne to thank for the small blessing of a provincial budget that should do little direct harm to his party in that battle. The fiscal plan brought forward at Queen’s Park on Thursday may not give […]

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Bruce Jenner: ‘I am a woman’

Apr 25 2015 —

Olympic great Bruce Jenner – once the symbol of American masculinity –came out as transgender and told the world that he now identifies as a woman. “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” Jenner, 65, bravely told Diane Sawyer during an interview broadcast Friday night on ABC. “My brain is much more female […]

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