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New report alleges outside influence in Canada’s 2015 federal election

May 23 2017 — Licia Corbella

Foreign money funnelled towards Canadian political advocacy groups affected the outcome of the 2015 federal election, according to a document filed last week with Elections Canada and obtained in part by the Herald. The 36-page report entitled: Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election, alleges third parties worked with each other, […]

May 23 2017 —

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Mexico City today to reassure officials Canada is committed to a three-way renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement along with the United States. Freeland is downplaying any suggestion the NAFTA renegotiation might lead Canada to do a side deal with a hard-bargaining Trump administration — something […]

May 23 2017 — Laura Stone

Conservative leadership campaigns are making a final push for votes this week before party members gather in Toronto on Saturday to name their new leader. Most camps believe a majority of their supporters have already mailed in their votes, although some complain that supporters never received the ballots or they were delayed. Campaigns are now […]

Division is the biggest threat to federal Conservatives, says Kenney

May 23 2017 — Catherine Cullen

Jason Kenney may have left the national scene to immerse himself in Alberta politics, but he keeps an eye on the federal party he used to represent. And he sees a potential threat lurking in the Conservative leadership race — from within the party. “I think ultimately the biggest threat is division,” the former immigration […]

May 22 2017 —

Quebec’s premier says the province needs to take care of Bombardier because of its unique importance to the province. Philippe Couillard is urging Quebecers to support the transportation company, which has recently faced a strong public backlash over planned hikes to executive pay. Couillard made the comments earlier today after visiting a Bombardier plant in […]

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May 22 2017 — Dean Beeby

The Canada Revenue Agency has fired an employee for the biggest single privacy breach ever detected involving confidential taxpayer accounts. The employee improperly accessed the accounts of 38 taxpayers in detail, and briefly accessed another 1,264 accounts using a search function to find surnames and postal codes. The incident happened in an agency office in […]

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May 22 2017 — Derek Abma

With the Donald Trump administration finally triggering the process for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), one high-ranking Liberal MP says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely considering contingency plans should talks fail and Canada ends up without a free trade agreement with the United States, or an arrangement that’s far less favourable.

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Could Trudeau’s sunny days be coming to an end?

May 23 2017 — Nik Nanos

In the stock market, it’s called the technical correction. That’s when the price of a stock decreases after a run of price increases. One can easily argue that the federal Liberals are headed toward a political technical correction. Since their victory in 2015, it sure has been political sunny days with a very long political […]

Policy-making and the Conservative Party

May 23 2017 — Rachel Curran

The Conservatives need an external resource that can help them develop policies for the future and go beyond variations on Stephen Harper’s agenda. As we approach the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada this weekend, this is an opportune moment to examine the health of the policy-making process in the […]

Quebec NDP success requires more than speaking French

May 23 2017 — Tom Parkin

In a province with a strong social democratic impulse, which hosted the Orange Wave, Quebec offers big potential for the New Democrats and they know it. And to win more Quebec seats, the next NDP leader will need to inspire while navigating political currents such as secularism, say Valerie Dufour and Karl Belanger, two former […]

Justin Trudeau wants to legalize cannabis, but as a Canadian I know he has bigger issues to deal with

May 21 2017 — Chantal Da Silva

The controversy surrounding both projects appears to have been more or less quietly dropped out of the news cycle – despite the fact that trouble seems to be steadily brewing for Canada’s Prime Minister in his bid to fulfil his Government’s pipeline plans without compromising his position as a progressive leader. Just last week three […]

Trump promised to ‘Drain the Swamp’ but will it drain him?

May 21 2017 — Penny Collenette

Donald Trump loves short, pithy expressions. Along with “lock her up” and “build the wall,” the phrase “drain the swamp” came to define the Trump campaign. Ronald Reagan originally used the words in 1983 when he promised to restrain the growth of government. Trump channelled the same analogy but enlarged Reagan’s vision to include not […]

Finding a way to trump a congenital liar

May 21 2017 — Robin V. Sears

A few weeks ago, across this page, my friend and former partner Jaime Watt, smacked smart-aleck progressives for insults about short fingers, long ties, and dim bulbs as their Trump attack strategy. He’s right: insult and satire are rarely effective tools in shifting political allegiances. As Jaime pointed out they can even solidify one’s base […]

Trump isn’t the only one who needs a better NAFTA deal

May 21 2017 — Adam Taylor

Last week, as expected, newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate NAFTA. Under American trade laws, a minimum of 90 days must be provided to Congressional lawmakers. Lighthizer’s notice means NAFTA talks could begin as early as mid-August. So what does this mean for Canadian interests? […]

Journey through the darkness of cancer

May 21 2017 — Licia Corbella

My straight hair is now curly, my once-full eyebrows must now be drawn in with an eyebrow pencil and my eyelashes — which were never the envy of anyone — are even shorter and sparser than before. Despite these changes, from the outside I am recognizable; from the inside, however, I am transformed. As much […]

May 21 2017 — Jaime Watt

Abuse of fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid pain medication, is taking a menacing toll across Canada. Opioid-related overdoses killed 1,400 Canadians last year. To label the situation a coast-to-coast crisis is a massive understatement. Fentanyl can be found in knock-off prescription painkillers, in party drugs and even in cocaine. The fact that other drugs are […]

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May 19 2017 — Chantal Hébert

With sovereignty on the backburner in Quebec for the foreseeable future, is there life for the Parti Québécois as a defining political force? Or is the party that nearly secured a majority pro-secession vote in 1995 running on empty now that it has put off plans for a referendum until at least 2022? Both questions […]

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May 19 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Socializing with the prime minister has somehow become a form of extreme sport in Canadian politics — play at your own peril. Sen. Stephen Greene became the latest to learn this lesson when he agreed to be part of a group dining with Justin Trudeau on Tuesday night — and suddenly found himself ejected from […]

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May 19 2017 — Conrad Black

Even allowing for the astonishing pyrotechnics of current American politics, the Canadian journalistic reaction has been rather disappointing. Canadians have a unique ring-side seat on American personalities and events, and flatter themselves that they know that country better than any other foreigners do. Perhaps because of the garishness of American politics, the immense amounts of […]

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May 19 2017 — Stephen Greene

On Tuesday at high noon, I was kicked out of the Conservative Senate caucus. All I did to warrant this treatment was attend a dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with about twenty other individuals. I’ve since received an outpouring of emails, texts, tweets and calls—mostly from Canadians I’ve never met before. Like me, […]

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May 19 2017 — Robyn Urback

The most attractive characteristic about Rona Ambrose — especially the Rona Ambrose we’ve seen over the last 18 months as interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada — is her ability to come off as a normal person. An unremarkable quality in most of the population, the ability to present one’s self in the […]

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May 18 2017 — Don Martin

My lingering Albertan DNA has me wincing a lot lately. There’s been a sudden spike in the number of threats and slights against Canada’s hefty-horsepower economic engine. It started when the government’s Edmonton cabinet minister announced that all that Calgary lobbying was in vain and Cowtown would not be the location for the $33-billion infrastructure […]

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May 18 2017 — Evan Solomon

After Jagmeet Singh entered the NDP leadership race, the only people happier than progressives were conservatives. After all, a viable NDP leader splits the vote on the left, propelling Conservatives into power—and Singh has viability written all over him. The 39-year-old criminal lawyer and former deputy leader of the Ontario NDP is a bottle rocket […]

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May 19 2017 — Shachi Kurl

Two years ago, had I described a dapper young politician representing an urban, ethnically mixed riding who could win votes from millennials and those on the left, you’d have thought I was talking about Justin Trudeau. Well, look out, Prime Minister, because Jagmeet Singh just might out-Justin you. Indeed, the deputy leader of the Ontario […]

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May 18 2017 — Tim Harper

No one can rest easy when the downstairs neighbours are bellowing and blathering and tossing furniture around all night long. And now you have to deal with them face-to-face. Canada is about to enter formal negotiations on a reopened NAFTA with a wounded Donald Trump, a president in desperate need of a big victory, anxious […]

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Entertainment Plus

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89

May 23 2017 —

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced. He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me. Sir Roger’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after “a short but brave […]


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