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How Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could win again

Apr 18 2014 — Matthew Kwong

Drunken stupors, ill-advised TV interviews and lewd public statements notwithstanding, Rob Ford is no political nitwit. It would be foolish for voters to think so of Toronto’s chief magistrate, say political observers, who argue the mayor’s effectively crafted populist image could carry him through to re-election in October despite a year blighted by scandal.

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Aboriginal activist and educator Lewis Cardinal says he’s not going to run for the NDP in the next federal election after all. Cardinal issued a statement on Thursday saying he will be stepping down as the party’s candidate in Edmonton Centre “due to personal and health reasons” without specifying what those reasons are.

Apr 18 2014 — Mark Gollom

The Conservative government’s tough rhetoric over Russia’s actions in Ukraine may play well to some voters domestically, but analysts doubt it will have any impact on curtailing Moscow’s policies in the region. “I think the only people Putin’s going to pay any attention to, if he pays any attention at all, are going to be […]

Apr 18 2014 — Daniel Leblanc and Steven Chase

Ottawa is considering two main options for its plans to commit $45-billion to controversial new fighter jets – and both point back to the Lockheed-Martin F35 as the clear front-runner, sources said. The future of the single biggest military procurement in Canadian history gained more urgency on Thursday as the government announced the file is […]

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Adam Vaughan shakes up Trinity-Spadina, seeking seat for Liberals:

Apr 17 2014 — Tim Harper

Adam Vaughan knows he surprised a lot of supporters and detractors with his decision to seek the Liberal nomination in the upcoming Trinity-Spadina byelection. “It caught me by surprise,’’ he says. That’s how quickly this all came together for the 52-year-old Vaughan, a man who once mulled a run for mayor but instead decided to […]

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Canada is sending six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the measures Thursday morning. The move comes following a request from NATO amid increasing tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Harper said the military assets will be used on enhanced operations in Eastern Europe.

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s long-awaited opinion on what it will take to reform or abolish the Senate will be delivered next week. Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought the top court’s advice after a number of provinces strenuously objected to the federal government’s attempts to unilaterally reform the upper house. Ottawa argues it doesn’t need […]

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Apr 18 2014 — David Reevely

A computer in an Ottawa office might have been among the ones police believe were tampered with by an outside computer expert working for former premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff, a government cybersecurity investigator testified Thursday. As part of the provincial government’s own investigation into files illicitly wiped from hard drives used by McGuinty’s […]

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Apr 18 2014 — Robert Benzie

In the clearest indication yet the New Democrats are set to trigger a spring election, the party is holding two days of “intensive” campaign-readiness training next week in Toronto, the Star has learned. While NDP Leader Andrea Horwath sidesteps most questions on whether she will topple Premier Kathleen Wynne’s minority Liberals, her party is busy […]

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Apr 18 2014 — Rhéal Séguin

Premier-elect Philippe Couillard marked the beginning of a new Liberal era by making a strong commitment to Canada that was overshadowed by recent police allegations of illegal party activities. During the swearing-in ceremony of the 70 newly elected Liberals, Mr. Couillard promised to protect and promote the French language and culture while pursuing Quebec’s “strong […]

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Stubborn negatives undermine Tories’ shot at another majority

Apr 18 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s personal, moving eulogy Wednesday for his friend and former finance minister, Jim Flaherty, marked a turning point of sorts for the Conservative government. We’ve a year to go, perhaps a bit longer, until Election 2015. The time for big cabinet shuffles and policy course corrections is past. And Flaherty, who was […]

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Peladeau and the PQ — bravely marching backwards

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Former Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois had barely finished singing her swan song after thirty years in politics when rookie MNA Pierre Karl Peladeau deployed yet another attention-grabbing stunt. And even though he was thousands of miles away in Europe, his words managed to make waves back home.

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Quebec sovereignty is not dead

Apr 18 2014 — Mark Sutcliffe

The Quebec election last week wasn’t just a choice between political parties, we are supposed to believe. According to many of the pundits who have analyzed the result, it was a historic outcome, the end of the sovereignty movement and a new chapter in federal-provincial relations. “C’est fini, cette affaire,” wrote Michael den Tandt. “What […]

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Ford Nation still rolling strong

Apr 18 2014 — Joe Warmington

Turns out not everybody has abandoned the Ford Nation train. Many are still riding it. More than a thousand of them were at the Toronto Congress Centre Thursday night for the official kickoff for the Mayor Ford re-election campaign. Seems the back room plans to keep his name off the ballot have not yet worked. […]

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The Israel trap

Apr 17 2014 —

As a Liberal staffer during the 2008 federal election, I often received incredulous emails from Jewish friends who wondered how I could possibly be trying to defeat Stephen Harper, a prime minister who was such an adamant supporter of Israel. When I worked for Michael Ignatieff, I was treated to regular pronouncements that my boss […]

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Czar Vladimir is changing the rules of the game

Apr 18 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Czar Vladimir wants to change the map of Eastern Europe, and perhaps other areas contiguous to Russia. His actions challenge the assumption that Great Power rivalry in Europe was dead. Even during the Cold War, neither the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nor the United States and NATO sought to change the borders of […]

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How Whitby said goodbye to Jim Flaherty

Apr 18 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

We went to Wimpy’s, a diner in Whitby with a chrome motif and Elvis murals on the wall, and sat in Jim Flaherty’s booth. “He was in just last Tuesday,” the waitress said. “Such a shock.” The last time I was there with him was for breakfast after he’d campaigned at the nearby Pickering GO […]

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Ottawa public servant’s smart bet pays off on Jeopardy!

Apr 18 2014 — Michael Woods

Frédérique Delaprée’s time on Jeopardy! wasn’t going very well. The Ottawa woman had spent most of the game in third place, and the Final Jeopardy category — 19th-century U.S. presidents — wasn’t her forte. “I didn’t think my odds were very good on that,” Delaprée said. “When I saw that I lost a little bit […]

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