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Pamela Wallin’s expense claims sought from 3 more organizations

Mar 31 2015 — Laura Payton

The RCMP have received more records regarding the expense claims of suspended Senator Pamela Wallin, newly released documents show. The Mounties say they have zeroed in on 150 expense claims Wallin made to the Senate that needed more investigation. Earlier this month, court records showed the RCMP received records from Porter Airlines and Gluskin Sheff […]

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Former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier took to Facebook Tuesday to blast MPs who were not present at Monday evening’s vote to extend Canada’s military mission against ISIS in northern Iraq and now Syria. In a posting on the social media site, the now-retired general, who still commands a large following of respect in […]

Mar 31 2015 — Darcy Henton

A startling poll suggests voter outrage over the Jim Prentice budget has thrown the Wildrose and Tories into a dead heat provincially and has the NDP poised to sweep Edmonton. The Mainstreet Technologies survey of more than 3,000 Albertans shows the governing Progressive Conservatives tied with the Wildrose at 30 per cent support of decided […]

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Lack of CFIA meat inspectors is putting people at risk: Agriculture Union

Mar 31 2015 —

The union representing Canada’s meat inspectors says there is a critical shortage of inspectors that is putting the safety of consumers at risk. The Agriculture Union says 12 of 18 meat hygiene inspection positions are filled in northern Alberta. President Bob Kingston says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has instructed staff in the region to […]

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The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill. As clause-by-clause consideration got under way today, opposition MPs from four parties put forward suggested changes to the 62-page security bill. Among the rejected amendments were a […]

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The Harper government has issued a long-awaited call for tenders to replace Canada’s aging fixed-wing search planes, more than a decade after the project was first proposed. The Public Works secretariat overseeing the program is asking the defence industry not only for aircraft, but also a capability-based solution, which means would-be contractors can propose details […]

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Mar 31 2015 — Tristin Hopper

As part of an 11th-hour bid to boost funds, the Liberal Party of Canada is offering donors a piece of “original artwork” by Leader Justin Trudeau. The sketch, entitled “Canadian Liberty,” features Mr. Trudeau’s impression of the exterior of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Designed by New Mexico architect Antoine Predock, the […]

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We Can’t Hear You: The Shameful Review of Bill C-51 By the Numbers

Mar 31 2015 — Michael Geist

The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will hold its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism bill, this morning. The government is expected to introduce several modest amendments that experts note do little to address some of the core concerns with the bill. While there is some tinkering with the information sharing […]

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The gun lobby appears to have Harper in a corner

Mar 31 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

The mystery deepens. Why did the National Firearms Association pull out of hearings last Monday on the Conservatives’ anti-terrorism bill, C-51? NFA president Sheldon Clare had criticized C-51 as “being a sort of creeping police state bill”. But when he was given the chance to express these views to a Commons committee, he desisted at […]

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Danielle Smith just a victim of the old bait and switch

Mar 31 2015 — Andrew Coyne

I think we have all been guilty of misjudging Danielle Smith. At the time, so many lifetimes ago, when the former Wildrose party leader deserted not only her former party but also her own former leadership of it, many people accused her and the eight other apostates who went with her of a cynical act […]

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The lessons of Danielle Smith’s political self-destruction

Mar 31 2015 — Brian Topp

It isn’t always true that political careers end in tears. But that is often true, as former Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith demonstrated this past weekend. In the process, Smith has provided us with a case study on how not to conduct inter-party negotiations — one that merits a careful look. So what happened to […]

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Chinese investors turn attention to Vancouver’s commercial real estate

Mar 31 2015 — Barbara Yaffe

Asian buyers have for some time been putting pressure on Vancouver’s stock of detached homes. Now China’s development industry is showing interest in the region’s commercial properties. It is part of a cross-Canada trend, says Colliers International in a report issued earlier this month: “Canadian property owners have traditionally been the incumbent buyers of real […]

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The fight for “progress”

Mar 31 2015 — Rick Smith

Over the past weekend, nearly 900 people descended on the national capital to participate in this year’s installment of the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit, now the largest progressive politics conference in the country.  Demand for tickets was astonishing, with the event selling out nearly two weeks early and the hotel full to bursting. As delighted […]

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Broadbent most partisan think-tank

Mar 31 2015 — Anthony Furey

It’s time Canadians took a closer look at the Broadbent Institute. The left-wing think-tank has kept a low profile since its 2011 creation. But with an election around the corner they’re kicking it into high gear. This past weekend’s second annual Progress Summit held in Ottawa shows that they’re the most partisan think-tank in the […]

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Canada’s foreign policy invites retaliation

Mar 31 2015 — Lawrence Martin

Charles Taylor issued a warning on the weekend, cautioning that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s anti-niqab rhetoric helps terrorist recruiters. Mr. Taylor, the well-known philosopher who headed up a Quebec commission on cultural and religious minorities, suggested that the federal Conservatives are surfing on Islamophobic sentiment, which makes alienated Muslim

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Why don’t Canadians want to talk politics?

Mar 31 2015 — Richard Gwyn

For the last several years, it’s been a well-established fact that Canadians have lost interest in politics. That voter turnout is way down is now taken for granted. Far more unsettling is the report by Samara, an institute that promotes democracy and citizen engagement, that two in every five Canadians (39 per cent) had not […]

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Ed Sheeran named next host of Much Music Video Awards

Mar 31 2015 —

British pop troubadour Ed Sheeran has been named co-host of this year’s Much Music Video Awards. It will be the fourth consecutive MMVAs appearance for the 24-year-old singer, who will steer the show with help from Much personalities. Last year, he dropped by the streetside bash to perform his earworm hit “Sing,” a song that’s […]

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