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Feb 20 2017 —

A dossier on Donald Trump’s psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser. Trump “doesn’t understand fully who is Mr. Putin — he is a tough guy,” former Deputy Foreign […]

Feb 20 2017 —

Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIL in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria. Rather than firing, now they’re mainly scrutinizing. High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a makeshift bunker located more than a […]

Feb 20 2017 —

Conservative party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is the latest to say the Indian Act “should be abolished.” At a stop in Whitehorse on Sunday, Bernier said he believes the current act keeps people in poverty. “I think there’s a way to be more efficient,” he said to a group of about 25 people at the […]

Feb 20 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith

Amid a leadership race with few candidates, there is a growing grassroots movement in the federal New Democratic Party to try convince leader Tom Mulcair to again run for the job he has resigned. However, calling the movement “heartening after a tough year,” and saying “not a day goes by” where he doesn’t receive messages […]

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Canada set to renew Ukraine military training mission amid Trump fears

Feb 20 2017 — Robert Fife

Canada is set to renew a military mission training Ukrainian troops to confront Russia-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine, despite concerns in Kiev over delays in announcing the extension of the program. The Trudeau cabinet has not yet announced the extension of the two-year-old non-combat mission, dubbed Operation Unifier, which expires on March 31. […]

Feb 20 2017 — Abbas Rana

A senior British Columbia Liberal MP, who did not want the government to approve the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline, is holding discussions with other Liberal MPs from the province to put in place a monitoring system to ensure that all 157 conditions required by the government in the construction of the pipeline are […]

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Feb 20 2017 — Peter Zimonjic

A significant minority of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high and one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban. Those are just two of the findings in a new Angus Reid Institute poll that looked at Canadian’s attitudes toward the federal government’s handling […]

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Justin Trudeau explains Donald Trump to Europe

Feb 20 2017 — Tom Walkom

Justin Trudeau has discovered Europe. The prime minister had hoped to find there a counterweight to Canada’s economic dependence on the U.S. He found instead a continent anxious about American intentions and desperate to find someone who could interpret Donald Trump. “It’s easier for the Canadians to speak to the Americans,” European Parliament President Antonio […]

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Getting to the roots of populist uprisings

Feb 20 2017 — Preston Manning

To assume that the underlying public concerns fuelling populist uprisings in Europe, Brexit in Britain and the Trump phenomenon in the United States do not exist in Canada would be a big mistake. The recently released book, Frontier City by Shawn Micallef, identifies and analyzes the populist sentiments that led to the election of Rob […]

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Courage in Communication

Feb 20 2017 — Colin Kenny

When it comes to retail politics, Justin Trudeau and his father are not cut from the same cloth. Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s public persona was self-contained, enigmatic and, at times, abrasively combative.  In private, he was sensitive, caring and thoughtful, but the public did not often see that side of him. When he toured, we made […]

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Michael Chong’s pro-carbon-tax stance could make for a rocky Tory leadership bid

Feb 19 2017 — Campbell Clark

Michael Chong sometimes seems like he’s running for the Conservative Party leadership in the hardest possible way. Last week, while most Conservative MPs were struggling with Liberal motion M-103 on condemning Islamophobia, Mr. Chong supported it, saying that after January’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque, it’s time to study anti-Islamic prejudice. And the centrepiece […]

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Of Trump, Great Men and the exercise of power

Feb 20 2017 — Dan Leger

“The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle said in 1841, expressing what came to be known as the Great Man theory of history. Carlyle’s understanding of history posits that world events are produced by singular figures like Alexander, Julius Caesar, Napoleon or Hitler. But we know […]

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Trudeau has created an opening for the NDP

Feb 19 2017 —

Times have been tough for the federal New Democrats. They entered the 2015 election as contenders for the big prize but, as a result of a series of unfortunate decisions, on election day voters returned them to their traditional third-party role. It didn’t take long for many New Democrats to publicly denounce their leader. The […]

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Forget the White House, pay attention to our own House

Feb 19 2017 — Penny Collenette

It should have been a good week for Canada. The Prime Minister cleanly and professionally zipped in and out of Washington, aided by an earlier assist from former prime minister Mulroney. The PM later left for Europe to “seal the deal” on CETA, the trade arrangement with the European Union, which had been initiated by […]

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The harassment of Khalid is wrong, but doesn’t justify M-103

Feb 19 2017 — Lorne Gunter

For the most part, email and social media have been fantastic developments for keeping family, friends, citizens, colleagues, businesses and customers in touch, informed and connected – instantly. While apps such as Facebook and Twitter have hurt my business – newspapering – they have democratized the news, opening up information gathering and dissemination to nearly […]

Feb 18 2017 — Chris Nelson

The problem with these so-called sunny ways that our prime minister is supposed to epitomize is they can easily blind you to the truth. Last week, I watched the much-anticipated first meeting between Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald ‘Tweeter’ Trump with a mix of trepidation and small-minded anticipation – half-expecting the younger Canuck to […]

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Feb 17 2017 — Stephen Maher

On Wednesday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Canada Christian College in Toronto for a rally against M-103, a motion to deplore “Islamophobia,” the irrational fear or hatred of Muslims. Liberal MP Iqra Khalid tabled the motion after the murder of six men at prayer in Quebec City, which has badly rattled Canadian Muslims. […]

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Feb 17 2017 — Alan Freeman

In 2006, several months after becoming prime minister, Stephen Harper traveled to Washington to meet President George W. Bush. At a private dinner hosted by Canada’s newly-appointed ambassador, Michael Wilson, the subject of diversity and immigration came up. There, in the presence of Bush’s campaign guru Karl Rove and several U.S. cabinet ministers (Bush didn’t […]

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Feb 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt

On some significant foreign-policy matters this week, the federal Conservatives and Liberals were in harmonious agreement. Even before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau headed to Washington for his first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Monday, Conservatives declared that they were standing behind him. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose sent Trudeau an official letter in advance […]

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Feb 17 2017 — Paul Wells

Most Fridays, I appear as an all-purpose pundit-for-hire on Radio-Canada’s popular noon-hour radio current-affairs show out of Montreal. Five days after the massacre at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, one of the topics was, “Will anything change?” It was a fair question. Justin Trudeau and Philippe Couillard, the Quebec premier, had spoken powerfully at […]

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Feb 16 2017 — Don Martin

When it comes to expressing the will of Parliament, an MP-launched motion is the lowest Commons denominator. Sponsoring MPs are given a couple hours to generate greenhouse gases, which have no discernable impact on the House environment, which is invariably all but empty during the debate. But this week, an innocuous-sounding response to the Quebec […]

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Feb 17 2017 — Michael Coren

On Wednesday night, a rally against the federal Liberals’ Motion M-103 was held in Toronto. The motion is moderate and largely exploratory, and is in part a response to the grotesque slaughter of Muslim worshipers in Quebec City in January. Frankly, it would be shocking if Ottawa had not initiated some sort of response to […]

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Former teen idol David Cassidy says he has dementia

Feb 20 2017 —

Former teen idol David Cassidy said on Monday he was suffering from dementia, a day after weekend performances in California in which he forgot his words and appeared to fall off stage raised concern about his health. The former Partridge Family singer and actor, 66, told People magazine he was fighting dementia, a disease that […]

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