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Nov 26 2015 — Eric Grenier

It is often said that a party that wins an election has little incentive to change the rules that brought it victory. But what if a rule change increases that party’s odds of winning again — and by an even larger margin? A number of options are on the table for the Liberals as they […]

Nov 26 2015 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Malta for the second leg of his three-stop, European conference tour. Trudeau meets this evening with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat before the full Commonwealth heads-of-government summit begins Friday. Malta, an island republic of less than half a million citizens in the Mediterranean Sea, is an historic migratory […]

Nov 26 2015 — Barrie McKenna

More than three years have passed since Parliament made it legal for consumers to buy wine directly from wineries anywhere in Canada. And yet the practice remains impossible for most Canadians because Ottawa has failed to get provinces to rewrite their own liquor distribution regulations. So far, only British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have […]


Latest Abacus poll shows wide Liberal lead over Tories, NDP

Nov 26 2015 —

Less than a week before the Newfoundland and Labrador election, a new poll suggests the Liberals continue to lead, despite a slight dip in voter support. Abacus Data released numbers Thursday which suggest Dwight Ball’s party will win big if the same trend continues until Nov. 30.


Canada’s refugee resettlement plan remains a work in progress

Nov 26 2015 —

Key elements of Justin Trudeau’s plan to quickly resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have yet to get off the ground, with the majority of the 500 Canadian officials who will screen and scrutinize the newcomers still waiting to be deployed to the Mideast. Refugee groups across Canada that will be called upon to […]

Nov 25 2015 — Glen McGregor

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to meet Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday generated some publicity he’d likely rather have avoided. Canadian-based jewellery chain Birks put out a press release noting that Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, was wearing several pieces from their collection for the audience with Her Majesty at Buck House. Among the pieces worn […]

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Trudeau deserves credit for refugee compromise

Nov 26 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Turns out that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s critics — and the majority of Canadians — were right: resettling 25,000 refugees in six weeks is too much, too fast. Apart from security concerns, the logistical challenge is insurmountable. Rather than stick to a timeline for political purposes, one should do things right, which means doing them […]


Trudeau channels Harper on refugees

Nov 26 2015 — Candice Malcolm

The Trudeau government has come to its senses and walked back from its campaign promise to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2015. Since being elected and forming the government, this central feature in the Liberal campaign platform has, to use a generous term, evolved. Last week we learned the original Liberal projection for the […]


Charbonneau commission holds lesson for other public inquiries

Nov 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

The release on Tuesday of the long-awaited report of the Quebec public inquiry into corruption in the construction industry served as a timely reminder that it’s a rare commission that lives up to the expectations that preside over its creation. It did not formally blame a single elected or non-elected individual for the corruption and […]


CBC has proved it can withstand the axe

Nov 26 2015 — Konrad Yakabuski

In eight years, Mélanie Joly has gone from reporting on a local Scout jamboree as an intern in Radio-Canada’s newsroom to overseeing the public broadcaster as Canada’s culture minister. Ms. Joly’s appointment this month as Minister of Canadian Heritage, which led a Radio-Canada host to launch an astute Twitter hashtag (#BeNicetotheInterns), not only marked the […]

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Frank Gifford: NFL legend had brain trauma at death

Nov 26 2015 —

A legend of American football, Frank Gifford, suffered from a concussion-related brain injury when he died, his family has said. The former New York Giants star had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a statement released by NBC said. Dozens of former professional US football players have suffered from the same degenerative disease, which can only be diagnosed […]

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