Ontario and Quebec are calling on the federal government to increase infrastructure funding because of the slower rate of economic recovery and job creation in Eastern Canada. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard say they are looking for improved and stable funding that allows provinces to determine their own infrastructure investment priorities.
A controversial tax deal with the United States, under which Canadian banks agree to try to find U.S. citizen clients and report them to the IRS, using the CRA as an intermediary, took effect July 1. But many dual citizens in southern Ontario aren’t waiting to be found – they’ve decided to shed U.S. citizenship. […]
Former staffer landed communications gig with security forum 3 months after departure. Another former Peter MacKay staffer appears to be benefiting from a multi-million dollar federal grant awarded to a Washington, D.C., organization. Jay Paxton was communications director in the office of the minister of national defence under MacKay from 2010 to 2013, and press […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper attacked a new group of liberals on Wednesday, denouncing elites he predicts will try to sell voters questionable political goods in the federal election next year. The warning came as Mr. Harper spoke to hundreds of supporters gathered for a rally on a farm in this rural community east of Vancouver […]Read More
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau set out a bold goal at the closing news conference of the party’s summer retreat – a majority government in 2015. That’s an extraordinary goal for a party that was near death after the 2011 election. Back then, the party was reduced to just 37 seats — about 12 per cent […]Read More
America and Canada are friends. That’s the main message Americans got from phase one of the federal government’s multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to promote Canadian oil in Washington and drum up support for the Keystone XL pipeline. That’s no surprise to some Washington-based Canada-U.S. relations experts who say the first leg of the campaign was too […]Read More
Justin Trudeau courted western Canadian mayors Wednesday during his final day of caucus meetings in Edmonton, saying a Liberal government would ensure long-term funding for the infrastructure needs of cities. Mayor Don Iveson met with members of the federal Liberal caucus as part of a Federation of Canadian Municipalities delegation, along with Regina Mayor Michael […]Read More
Ex-AFN advisor warned Regional Chief running as a Liberal would invite funding cut from Tories: letter
By allowing B.C. Regional Chief, Jody Wilson-Raybould to run as a Liberal candidate, the Assembly of First Nations is openly inviting a funding cut by the federal Tories, according to a dire warning circulated to AFN executives by a former senior advisor with the organization. “The AFN should not be seen to be financing any […]Read More
The deadly Lac-Mégantic train crash — and this week’s safety board report into what happened — raises questions not only about government oversight of the rail industry but of other sectors like air, marine and food as well, engineers and transportation experts say. On Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the […]Read More
Paul Wells on Chantal Hébert’s important new book about the 1995 referendum. A team of Saskatchewan officials worked quietly to develop contingency plans in the event of a Yes vote in the 1995 Quebec referendum — options that included Saskatchewan following Quebec out of Canada, a new book reveals. Roy Romanow, the premier of Saskatchewan […]
This week in Waterloo, Ont., Conservative Finance Minister Joe Oliver promised that after balancing the books next year, “our first priority will be providing tax relief for hard working Canadian families … We want you to keep more of the money you work hard to earn so you can decide how to spend and save […]
With the Bloc Québécois tottering on the brink of implosion the question no longer is whether a sizeable chunk of its vote will be up for grabs in next year’s federal election but rather which of the other three main parties stands to benefit from its sovereigntist rival’s decline. In 2011 the Bloc finished second […]
Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both. This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the […]
In the age of the selfie, he is the political king. They cluster around him. Mothers and fathers with children. Old men with canes. Teenagers with that star-struck look in their eyes. Many of them carry cell-phone cameras, and as he approaches, they ask him to pose with them. Justin Trudeau, the man who wants […]
Yes, it’s a minor incident in a long race that has yet to begin in earnest. And, okay, it’s only Warren Kinsella, a long-time political operative notorious for his feuds and flare-ups. All the same, the Kinsella affair is bad news at a critical time for the faltering Olivia Chow campaign. We are on the […]
Ontario needs to pull up its socks and get its foundering fiscal house in order or risk dragging down the rest of the country, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver says. And it’s morally wrong to pile up debt for another generation to pay off, he said.
The call for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous girls and women isn’t the result of nearly 1,200 females crying out from wherever their graves may be. It isn’t history leaking blood, it is a continuing serial tragedy, and pretty little Tina Fontaine, her corpse hauled out of the Red River on the […]
When Canada’s premiers meet next week in Charlottetown, I sincerely hope they will take the time to reflect on the tragic story of Tina Fontaine. Tina is the 15-year-old Anishinabe girl whose body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River this week – the sort of occurrence repeated all too often in cities and towns across […]
Buddy MacMaster, a master of the Cape Breton fiddle, has died at age 89.