A Justin Trudeau rally in Edmonton puts the crowd to work making cold calls to strangers in hopes of drumming up Liberal support. It was a strange sight, in a magnificent park on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton this week. Inside a penned-in area festooned with red-and-white signs, a crowd was […]
Peter MacKay took the challenge and he’s nominated John Baird, Morgan Williams, and Evan Soloman to be next.
The Liberals are “rolling up their sleeves” for Canadians. We know that because Liberal leader Justin Trudeau dug repeatedly into his bag of clichés for that one when speaking to reporters covering this week’s caucus retreat in Edmonton. “We’ve had a good year, really rolled up the sleeves, drawing together a great team across the […]
The Mounties are considering outsourcing the replacement and modernization of the national sex offender registry — and the creation of a proposed new public website — to the private sector. This is in advance of new legislation, expected this fall, which will toughen penalties for sexual predators.Read More
In the communications arsenal the Conservatives are building against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the word “elite” is proving to be one of the most popular put-downs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used the word “elite” repeatedly when referring to Trudeau and those around him, part of the narrative the party is building in advance of […]Read More
The Conservatives think that’s impossible. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals say they can legalize marijuana and make it tougher for kids to get. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are warning Canadians that Justin Trudeau wants to make weed “more accessible to kids” by displaying and selling it in neighbourhood stores.Read More
Growing numbers of Canadian police agencies in recent years have added armoured vehicles to their crime-fighting arsenals — beasts on wheels that go by such names as Thunder 1, BearCat and Grizzly. Several are retired military combat vehicles that have been modified and donated by the Canadian Forces. Other police agencies have spent hundreds of […]Read More
While the federal government has made it a priority to curb youth unemployment in recent months, students are finding it increasingly hard to find jobs within the public service, according to a think-tank. Kayle Hatt, who authored the report Help Not Wanted: Federal Public Service Cuts Have Hit Student Hiring Hard, said that he believes […]Read More
The federal government has quietly boosted its support for the planned Memorial to Victims of Communism in downtown Ottawa to about $4 million. The revelation came as the government unveiled six final design concepts for the memorial, which will occupy a 5,000-square-metre site on Wellington Street between the Supreme Court and Library and Archives Canada. […]Read More
Roughly two weeks ago today, Tina Fontaine’s lifeless body was crammed into a plastic bag and tossed into the mud-brown water of Manitoba’s Red River. Some inhuman bastard dumped her like she was trash. We don’t know what specific terrors accompanied the end of her short life but if you’re a parent it’s almost impossible […]
When our 13 provincial and territorial leaders meet next week in Charlottetown for their 55th annual conclave, they will discuss, yet again, how to create free trade within Canada. It is the unfinished business of our Confederation. The intention in the Constitution is clear: “All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one […]
Jim Prentice’s vow to limit Alberta premiers to two terms in office might seem trivial, since they don’t seem to last longer than a couple of years anyway. But hold on. With a law like that, Peter Lougheed wouldn’t have been around to fight the Liberals over the National Energy Program. Ralph Klein couldn’t have […]
Karen Stintz may have beaten Rob Ford in a climbing contest last month, but in Toronto’s mayoral race, she just couldn’t get a toehold. With the latest poll from Forum Research showing her still mired at 4 per cent of the decided vote, Stintz surprised no one when she announced that she was quitting the […]
He came to the north, as it were, loaded for bear. In response to a journalist’s question about his government’s growing list of long-promised, as-yet unfulfilled big-ticket commitments to Canada’s far north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t having any of it. In an answer that ran to five minutes-plus — an uncharacteristically long statement from […]
Our first past the post elections can be won or lost on movements of only a few points in voter support. So, the question of what BQ voters would do, if there were no BQ candidates to vote for, is a pretty interesting one. We’ve gone back over our data from surveys conducted by Abacus […]
Heads-up, here comes the political fallout from that huge tailings dam spill at Mount Polley. The provincial government still doesn’t appear to grasp the gravity of what this accident means in terms of real politik and the albatross that ideologically-driven environmental deregulation may yet prove for its resource strategy.
A deal’s a deal, right? Well, not when it comes to the province of Quebec and the pensions of its municipal employees. And if Quebec gets away with cutting municipal worker pensions, which have been eaten away through mismanagement by the very people doing the cutting, then watch this phenomenon spread. Quebec is pulling a […]
Man is the cruelest animal, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, and he might know: His works arguably served as an inspiration for later German militarism and National Socialism. But the truth of his observation about the cruelty of men – the evil that men do – remains difficult to deny. Take this week’s […]
Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old Manitoba teenager whose body was found discarded in a bag dumped into the Red River, joins the list of 1,200 murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada. Canadians are naturally saddened by any such death. Calls for a national public inquiry into the sombre aboriginal statistics are understandable.
V. Stiviano has reportedly filed new documents in her legal battle with Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly, claiming the former Los Angeles Clippers owner is gay and he paid her to pretend to be his mistress. According to TMZ, Stiviano argues that Sterling gave her gifts in exchange for being his “beard” – a person of […]