NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is chastising the Conservatives on their proposed cuts to health care while accusing them of politicizing the debate on marijuana. In a speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Mulcair contends the Tories unsuccessfully tried to recruit Canadian doctors in an ideological crusade against marijuana.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he wants cabinet ministers from Alberta – and it may not be just wishful thinking. The Huffington Post Canada has learned that the party has targeted about eight seats for the next federal election in 2015. Speaking to his caucus at the Westin hotel in Edmonton, Trudeau said: “[We] are […]
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made a direct pitch Tuesday to Conservative voters to switch allegiances, saying their support for Prime Minister Stephen Harper has given them nothing but weak MPs and a government cloaked in secrecy.
An RCMP protective detail stood watch at Justin Trudeau’s rally in Edmonton Tuesday night, though that didn’t stop the federal Liberal leader from wading into the crowd of supporters. The security detail was assigned following a threat assessment by the RCMP after a break-in at Trudeau’s Ottawa home.Read More
Quebec MP slams the door on the NDP over its position on Israel and harshly criticizes Mulcair’s leadership. Sana Hassainia, elected in 2011 in the riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes in the wake of the Orange Wave, now sits as an independent in the House of Commons.Read More
Former Ottawa police chief Vern White is considering a run for Toronto’s top cop. White — now a senator — told the Sun Tuesday he has not ruled out the possibility of throwing his hat into the ring after current police chief Bill Blair is expected to end his term in 2015.Read More
Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves for his ninth annual trip north today — a visit that has become a bit of a summer ritual. Soon after he was elected in 2006, Harper went to the military base in Alert, Nunavut and has made a point to go back north every summer.Read More
On the campaign trail, there are few first encounters with Justin Trudeau. Working a crowd, he enters as if returning, arms outstretched, a big smile and a Hey or Hi that suggests a personal connection, friendship even. He moves swiftly, as if rushing to pick up the conversation where he left off. His easy manner […]Read More
The federal Liberals are proposing to legalize marijuana and now the Conservatives are considering looser weed laws. Will all the pre-election discussions on pot get more people to the polls?Read More
It is critical to provide veterans with facts about the benefits and services that are available to them so they may get the help they need. I believe that it is important that I address some of the myths that were published recently. One myth is that veterans no longer receive monthly benefits and just […]
So far, the firewall senior Conservative party operatives have erected around the 2011 federal election robocalls scandal has protected every high-profile party functionary who concocted , assisted in or helped conceal one of the biggest political crimes in Canadian history. Make no mistake. These people are very smart and very determined. And no one should […]
The summer of 2014 has been a bad one for Canadian politicians who have slipped into the dark world of imagined entitlement. This doesn’t presage the dawn of any golden age of political ethics, but it is cause for celebration for those who are weary of politicians wantonly dipping their hands into your wallet.
Canadians pay among the highest costs per capita among OECD countries for prescription drugs, with one Canadian out of 10 unable to fill their prescriptions because of financial reasons. According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are […]
When the Liberal Party emerged from the worst defeat in its history three years ago, it was the time to do things differently. After all, when you’re on your back, what do you have to lose? And so the Liberals picked a new leader with a magical name and a thin résumé named Justin Trudeau. […]
When I was a 22-year-old press aide in Brian Mulroney’s PMO, the task fell to me one day to call Finlay MacDonald to have him approve the press release on his own Senate appointment. Finlay was one of those people — like Mike Duffy — who were already so widely referred to as “Senator” that […]
From 34,000 feet, I scan an iceberg-strewn ocean for two red and white specks of Canada, sailing up the east coast of Greenland. My vantage point is an Air Canada Boeing 777 travelling from London to Vancouver. While commercial airliners regularly fly this route, the presence of Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers in the area below […]
Each August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a gaggle of staffers and senior cabinet ministers, accompanied by a gaggle of reporters, make the trek north for a round of tightly scripted photo opportunities. These Arctic sojourns are, if not quite working holidays, opportunities for the PM to do politics in an environment he clearly enjoys, […]
With the Alberta government, you can never quite be sure how the worm will turn. Up is down, down is up, and the people who seem to be losing suddenly win. Today’s Exhibit A is Finance Minister Doug Horner, who recently wrote a pleading email to many Tory MLAs admitting that some of them wanted […]
When I was a kid, I thought I was Harriet M. Welsch from the novel Harriet the Spy, which is weird because I was right and did grow up to be her. In the singular American urban children’s novel that has been a flashlight-under-the-covers hit since Louise Fitzhugh wrote and drew it in 1964, Harriet […]
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff … but he can’t order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it … so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer. Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold […]