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Tories rejected idea of Pension Plan expansion five years ago

May 27 2015 — Bill Curry

The Conservative government rejected the idea of a voluntary expansion of the Canada Pension Plan five years ago as overly expensive and misguided, a history that is raising questions as to why it is now proposing that very idea. Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver shocked many this week by announcing the government would be launching […]

May 27 2015 — Mark Gollom

Opposition leaders suggested Wednesday Canadians shouldn’t believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he says he’ll consider expanding the Canada Pension Plan, since he has been against the idea for years. During question period Wednesday, both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pounced on the finance minister’s announcement the day before — that […]


Stephen Harper urged to show leadership on residential schools

May 27 2015 — Mark Kennedy

Opposition party leaders are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to show personal “leadership” in his government’s public response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) next week. But it’s unclear if Harper will even participate in the closing events for the six-year probe of the aboriginal residential school system. Harper’s involvement is considered important […]


Harper government defends First Nations housing fund, despite poor results

May 27 2015 — Dean Beeby

The Harper government defended the overall goal of its $300-million First Nations housing fund today, but was silent on the program’s weak performance so far — just 99 homes built on reserves after six years. The First Nations Market Housing Fund was supposed to deliver 25,000 privately owned homes by 2018, but fund officials now […]


Royal Military College facing new cadet assault allegation

May 27 2015 — James Cudmore

CBC News has learned military police are investigating a new allegation that a cadet was sexually assaulted at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. The assault is alleged to have taken place on May 13, the day before the college’s high-profile convocation. Capt. Joanne Labonte said the military’s sensitive investigation squad is handling the […]

May 27 2015 — Kristie Smith

Parliament Hill pictured in Ottawa on Thursday, May 21, 2015. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood Canada’s top political parties are three quarters of the way through the nominations for the scheduled October 19 federal election, but if the current rate of female nominees holds, the trend of women in elected office could actually retreat in 2015. Even if […]

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May 27 2015 — Steven Chase

The Canadian government is refusing to make public the assessments it conducts to determine whether Ottawa’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia is compatible with foreign policy or poses a risk to the civilian population in a country notorious for human-rights abuses. The Department of Foreign Affairs argues it must keep deliberations secret regarding this […]

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May 27 2015 — Eric Grenier

There is no doubt that the federal parties are playing politics with the election debates. And why wouldn’t they? The stakes are tremendously high. No other event has the potential to have such a major impact on an election as a leaders’ debate. Polling during each of the last three federal election campaigns gives clues […]

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Rejected ideas new again for Conservatives

May 27 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the dying days of a third mandate, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver is about to spend the last summer before the October election consulting the provinces on a public pension reform that all governments including his own dismissed as unworkable five years ago. When the idea of allowing Canadians to make supplementary voluntary contributions […]


For Stephen Harper, danger comes in threes

May 27 2015 — Tim Harper

A fixed election date provides party strategists a roadmap to determine when best to slot in announcements, make appointments and unveil policies for political advantage. You can plot, you can strategize and you can prognosticate. But it is always the events beyond tactical control that carry the most peril. In 2015, as always, that danger […]


Justin Trudeau under attack from anti-union group

May 27 2015 — Tom Walkom

A business group that cut its teeth fighting “union bosses” in last year’s Ontario election campaign is now airing attack ads federally — against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Exactly why the organization that calls itself Working Canadians has chosen to single out Trudeau’s Liberals rather than Tom Mulcair’s far more labour-friendly New Democrats is not […]


Coffee shops and character attacks: The ad war takes shape

May 27 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

One of the consequences of fixed election dates is the permanent campaign — like the one we’re living through now. Another consequence: Given that everyone knows when the writ drops, the pre-writ period is a political marketing free-for-all. During the five weeks of a writ period, political parties are limited to spending about $21 million. […]

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Five things to watch for in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 27 2015 — Adam Taylor

It first surfaced a decade ago as an idea to boost trade in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. The original incarnation of what is now known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had just four countries in its membership back in 2005. Membership has now swelled to 12 countries — including Canada and the U.S. […]


Meet Alberta Premier Notley’s cabinet of anti-oilsands extremists

May 27 2015 — Ezra Levant

Don’t be too hard on Deborah Drever, the 26-year-old MLA suspended from Alberta’s NDP caucus over her social media shenanigans. Neither Drever nor the NDP really thought she would win. Last election, the NDP got just 4% of the vote in her riding of Calgary Bow. Drever wasn’t even nominated until ten days after the […]

John Milloy

Ontario’s Sex-ed Battle Enters a Dangerous Phase

May 26 2015 — John Milloy

The debate around Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum is entering a dangerous phase. As media coverage moves on, myths have started to solidify and a convenient narrative has taken hold about a secular society trampling over the rights of people of faith. A narrative that the federal Conservatives plan to use to win key GTA seats […]


Weep for our media, times are bad

May 27 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Fittingly, it took a small-town radio station to ask The Question. It came on Dave Glover’s drive-time show on CFWN in Northumberland. “What,” I was asked, “do you think about Postmedia’s purchase of the Sun Media newspaper chain?” “Thank you for asking that question,” I told Glover and his co-host. “As someone who used to […]

John Ivison

Senate needs to pass Reform Act — now

May 26 2015 — John Ivison

It has been suggested that the collective noun for a group of senators should be a “compromise.” It’s true, when one or two senators are gathered together and do nothing in particular, they do it very well. But when they interfere in the important affairs of state, it reminds people that this is an institution […]

May 27 2015 — Daphne Bramham

While we may grumble about how much we pay in taxes, most of us accept the premise that it’s the price we pay for a civil society. Without taxes, we wouldn’t have roads, transit, courts, public schools, libraries, hospitals and a social safety net that includes welfare, old age pensions and unemployment insurance. And most […]

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Bristol Palin breaks silence on called-off wedding to Dakota Meyer

May 27 2015 —

Bristol Palin has broken her silence, addressing her called-off wedding to U.S. Marine and war hero Sgt. Dakota Meyer for the first time. “Sorry it’s taken me so long to talk about this… It’s been hard,” the 24-year-old began in a Facebook post Tuesday that linked to a statement on her blog. There, in a […]

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