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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks over a map with the Chief of Defence Staff General Thomas Lawson before announcing Canada will send six CF-18 fighter jets to the eastern Europe as part of a NATO mission during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Canada will send six CF-18 jet fighters to Poland as part of a beefed-up NATO force formed in response to the crisis in Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada to send 6 CF-18s for NATO operation in Eastern Europe

Apr 17 2014 —

Canada is sending six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the measures Thursday morning. The move comes following a request from NATO amid increasing tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Harper said the military assets will be used on enhanced operations in Eastern Europe.

Apr 17 2014 — Tim Harper

Long time Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan is making the move to federal politics, agreeing to run for the Liberals in the upcoming byelection in the downtown riding of Trinity-Spadina. The deal was sealed at a lunch at Le Select Bistro Wednesday with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, sources told the Star, but the party has […]

Apr 17 2014 —

The Supreme Court of Canada’s long-awaited opinion on what it will take to reform or abolish the Senate will be delivered next week. Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought the top court’s advice after a number of provinces strenuously objected to the federal government’s attempts to unilaterally reform the upper house. Ottawa argues it doesn’t need […]

Apr 17 2014 —

Public Works Minister Diane Finley says a key report that will determine whether the Harper government sticks with the F-35 jet fighter program is complete, and the federal cabinet will take a few weeks to consider its next step. An analysis of what fighter jets already on the market would be best suited to replace […]

Apr 17 2014 —

Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts. The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Quarterly Expenditure Report, dated April 11, said more than 20,000 full-time federal public-service jobs have been cut since March 2010.

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Tories spurn NDP request to start over on elections bill

Apr 17 2014 — Mark Kennedy

The federal government has rejected a request from the NDP to withdraw its controversial bill to overhaul Canada’s election law in favor of a new draft that reflects parliamentary consensus. The request came Thursday from NDP MP Craig Scott, who wrote to Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre. Without a “fresh start” to the bill, Scott […]

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Trudeau caught posing for Flaherty funeral ‘selfie’

Apr 17 2014 —

On Wednesday afternoon during a somber ceremony, Canada’s former finance minister was laid to rest. The message of funeral etiquette however appears to have been lost on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Upon arriving at the funeral, Trudeau was caught on camera posing for ‘selfies’ with his admirers outside St. James’ Cathedral.

Apr 17 2014 —

The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could vastly expand the ranks of people considered Indians under the Constitution. A Federal Court ruling last year brought Metis and non-status Indians into the ranks of people considered “Indians” under the Constitution.

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Apr 17 2014 —

Foes of the Keystone XL oil pipeline appear to be winning the battle for endorsements from Hollywood celebrities and prominent personalities. Will it make a difference? Actors Mark Ruffalo, Robert Redford, Kyra Sedgwick, Jared Leto, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have come out against the $5.4 billion project. “Splash” star Daryl Hannah has been arrested at least […]

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Criminal Code not the sole boundary for politicians

Apr 16 2014 — Chantal Hébert

Now that the RCMP has decided not to file criminal charges against Nigel Wright for reimbursing Mike Duffy’s housing allowance out of his own pocket, there remains only a faint possibility that Canadians will ever know for sure whether the prime minister was in the loop of the controversial arrangement between his former chief of staff and the suspended […]

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Does the RCMP work for us, or the PMO?

Apr 17 2014 —

The other night on television, Stephen Harper’s former communications manager, Geoff Norquay, said that since the RCMP has assured Nigel Wright he will not be charged, nobody cares about the whole stinking mess any longer. Well, I do. As the saying goes, justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.

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The snob factor in the Harper universe

Apr 17 2014 — Linda McQuaig

After years of relative obscurity in the splendour of the Upper Chamber, Senator Linda Frum’s plunge onto the national stage last week was odd, to say the least. Frum’s adamant insistence — at a Senate hearing and later in a series of well-publicized Twitter exchanges — that Elections Canada should not encourage people to vote sounded so […]

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NDP wades into Quebec politics

Apr 17 2014 — Eric Duhaime

Even though the provincial election just ended in Quebec, some are still in full campaign mode. The New Democrats are considering having their own provincial entity next time around. They have registered the name “Nouveau Parti Démocratique du Québec” with Quebec’s director of elections, according to Joël-Denis Bellavance of La Presse.

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Flaherty’s legacy: Making Canada the envy of its peers

Apr 17 2014 — David Akin

On Halloween night 2006, eight months after he’d been sworn in as Canada’s 37th minister of finance, Jim Flaherty went on TV and told Canadians that, though he and newly elected Prime MInister Stephen Harper had just campaigned on a promise not to tax income trusts, he was, in fact, going to do just that. […]

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A fitting tribute to Jim Flaherty

Apr 17 2014 — Terence Corcoran

At Tuesday’s state funeral for James Michael Flaherty — politician, minister of finance in two governments, master of self-deprecation, hockey player, husband and father — more than a few at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto mentioned that Mr. Flaherty was of Irish descent. What nobody could say, however, is that he should be inducted into the Irish […]

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The real problem with the Fair Elections Act: Populism

Apr 16 2014 — Colin Horgan

There is a search ongoing for the real problem with the Fair Elections Act. Over at the Globe and Mail Tuesday, Lawrence Martin pointed to the possibility that the problem may lie in the Act’s connection to Republican strategies. What it shows, he said, is a “parallel” with the way the GOP has been working to “limit […]

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel-winning author, dead at 87

Apr 17 2014 —

Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning magic realist behind the beloved novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has died at the age of 87, according to sources close to the family.

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