National Newswatch
Jul 24 2017 —

Caucus members from Alberta’s two conservative parties got together for the first time Monday, but one Progressive Conservative bowed out before the joint meeting even took place. Richard Starke, legislature member for Vermilion-Lloydminster, said he has not been happy with policy direction under PC Leader Jason Kenney and has no faith that will change under […]

Jul 24 2017 —

A former bishop of an isolated religious commune in British Columbia has been convicted of practising polygamy after a decades-long legal fight launched by the provincial government. Winston Blackmore was alleged to have married 24 women as part of so-called “celestial” marriages involving residents in the tiny community of Bountiful. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri […]

Jul 24 2017 —

A deal by a Canadian company to export armoured personnel carriers to Azerbaijan and set up a joint production of these military-style vehicles in the oil-rich former Soviet republic is once again raising questions about the efficacy of Canada’s defence export controls. Toronto-based INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has signed a deal with Azerbaijan’s interior ministry […]

Saving Omar Khadr: ‘We plugged all the holes,’ chopper medic recounts

Jul 24 2017 —

‘This is human life’ For years the battle-hardened and decorated American veteran wrestled with his conscience, with whether he’d done the right thing in saving the life of Omar Khadr, seen by many as a terrorist who profited from his crimes. Now, watching the furor over the government’s $10.5-million payout to Khadr from afar, Donnie […]

Trudeau’s 14-seat majority could ‘easily’ be reduced to minority ‘or worse’ in 2019, say opponents

Jul 24 2017 — Abbas Rana

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 14-seat majority government could “easily” be reduced to a minority or even kicked to the opposition benches in 2019, say Liberal opponents, as the margin of victory in the Liberals’ 14 tightest victories in 2015 were between 0.2 and 2.5 per cent. Pollster Greg Lyle of Innovative Research said these closely […]

Jul 24 2017 —

Senator Murray Sinclair, the respected former Chair of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will lead an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board. The Ontario Civilian Police Commission announced Sinclair’s appointment on Monday. The commission is a quasi-judicial agency that oversees all police boards in the province.

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Jul 24 2017 —

Washington state is exploring whether Canada’s new infrastructure bank could help finance a multibillion-dollar proposal for high-speed rail between Vancouver and the U.S. northwest. The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems […]

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Featured Ink

Better NAFTA must be fair, and not just to Americans

Jul 24 2017 — Dan Leger

No doubt David MacNaughton meant well when he said last week that a new NAFTA agreement will have to produce a “victory” for Donald Trump to dangle in front of his core supporters. I don’t disbelieve MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, when he says Trump successfully campaigned against NAFTA, so he therefore needs to produce. […]

How Omar Khadr was caught in the American fog of war

Jul 24 2017 — Heather Mallick

The U.S. attitude to warfare is a puzzling thing. It has been so since the Second World War, which was a clear battle between armies with distinctive uniforms Then the clarity ended. It was the last time Americans fought a war that everyone, themselves included, fully understood. There’s something wretchedly appealing about that.

Financiers are now controlling public works, much to the public’s confusion

Jul 24 2017 —

In the 1990s the large, nationally owned British Railways was split off into dysfunctionally separate entities and sold off to private owners in a world-famous example of complete privatization. During the recent British election, polls revealed that most citizens now support the Labour Party’s promise to renationalize the system. This may not seem very relevant […]

A massive and historic vote for conservative unity

Jul 23 2017 — Don Braid

Enjoy your temporary jobs.” That was Brian Jean’s instant slam at the NDP after his Wildrose Party voted 95 per cent to merge with the Progressive Conservatives into a new entity, the United Conservative Party. Two hours later, the PCs announced their own unity landslide, with the identical majority 95 per cent. Some people might […]

Alberta conservatives unite: Let the games begin

Jul 23 2017 — Rick Bell

The number stuns almost everyone in the room. The overwhelming verdict is much bigger than almost all Wildrosers predicted. The number is read out. 95.4%. What? 95.4%. Yes, more than 95% of Wildrosers agree to unite with the PCs, their former political foe. That’s 23,466 Yes and 1,132 No. “Unity! Unity! Unity!” the crowd cheers, […]

Tory MPs talking Khadr on American media is a cheap stunt

Jul 22 2017 — Jim Warren

Conservative MPs Michelle Rempel and Peter Kent last week attacked Justin Trudeau in the United States media in a pathetic, partisan attempt to score cheap political points in the next election. Regrettably, their actions will only serve to injure their own constituents as the Government of Canada is set to re-negotiate the single most important […]

Jul 21 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Exactly 38 years ago this week, Jimmy Carter was having a crisis of confidence and Pierre Trudeau was not. In the middle of July 1979, Carter, then the U.S. president, delivered a signature speech on Americans’ dwindling faith in government and democracy. Trudeau, meanwhile, just a couple of months after his crushing 1979 election defeat, […]

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Jul 20 2017 — Stephen Maher

In 2008, when Stephen Harper faced defeat in the House at the hands of a coalition of Liberals, New Democrats and Bloquistes, he went to then-Governor General Michaëlle Jean to seek a prorogation, to spare his government having to hand power to Stéphane Dion. Jean granted his request, Harper came back with a budget, proved […]

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Jul 20 2017 — Sheema Khan

Five CSIS employees have taken medical leave from the agency since at least January of this year due to debilitating stress, anxiety and depression. Last week, “Alex,” “Bahira,” “Cemal,” “Emran” and “Dina,” who have a total of 80 years of service (ranging individually from 12 to 22 years), jointly filed a $35-million lawsuit against their […]

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Jul 20 2017 — Emma Teitel

Last summer, Justin Trudeau made history when he became the first sitting prime minister to march in the Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal pride parades (not all at once, of course). This Saturday, the PM will again make history when he becomes the first sitting prime minister to participate in another more understated but equally important […]

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Jul 20 2017 — John Ivison

Another day, another Conservative MP telling a right-wing American cable channel how Justin Trudeau is in bed with al-Qaida for agreeing to compensate Omar Khadr. Pierre Poilievre told Newsmax Now, which is piped into 40 million U.S. homes, that Trudeau’s decision rewarded a “confessed terrorist and known supporter — past supporter at least — and […]

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Entertainment Plus

Michael Phelps loses ‘race’ to Great White shark

Jul 24 2017 —

The much-hyped head-to-head race between US swimmer Michael Phelps and a Great White shark turned out to be a computer simulation, drawing complaints from many disappointed viewers. The world’s most decorated Olympic swimmer completed 100m in open ocean off South Africa in 38.1 seconds to the shark’s 36.1. Discovery Channel aired the “race”.

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