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Soldier dies of injuries after being hit by car driven by man police killed

Oct 21 2014 —

One of two soldiers hit by a car on Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. The soldier’s name was not released at the request of the family. The second soldier’s injuries were described as less serious, but police were not able to provide an update on […]

Oct 21 2014 — Bill Curry

The Conservative government is weighing changes to its key income-splitting promise that would respond to critics who say the tax cut would mostly benefit well-off Canadians. Conservative sources say the notion of capping access to the tax cut so that it is less available to higher-income Canadians is under consideration as the government debates how […]

Oct 21 2014 — Emily Chung

Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.” The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S. scientists and uses science to advocate for […]

Conservative MP Randy Hoback is shown on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday July 12 2012. Quebec provincial police say a motorist struck two members of the Canadian Forces with his car, an incident Hoback cited in the House of Commons as a ``possible terror attack.''THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Man in Forces incident had ‘become radicalized':PMO

Oct 20 2014 —

A man who died from police gunfire after he struck two members of the Canadian Forces with his car had “become radicalized,” the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday. “The individual who struck the two CAF members with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team,” said a statement from […]

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Left-leaning think tank raises new questions about bias in tax agency audits

Oct 21 2014 —

A left-leaning think tank is raising new questions about the possibility of political interference in audits of charities. The Broadbent Institute says a review of financial records from 10 right-leaning organizations show none of them report carrying out any political activities despite public statements which could be interpreted otherwise. Yet those groups seem to be […]

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Premiers united over ‘extraordinary’ Energy East pipeline project

Oct 21 2014 — James Wood

While opposition to the proposed Energy East pipeline might be heating up, the new premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick are united in their support for the project intended to link the oilsands to East Coast refineries.Alberta Premier Jim Prentice met with New Brunswick’s Premier Brian Gallant on Monday at McDougall Centre, with each promising […]

Oct 21 2014 — Susana Mas

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was in Toronto on Monday to promote his newly published memoir Common Ground which he’s released ahead of next year’s federal election. In a telephone interview with CBC News, Trudeau said a Liberal government would move to reverse the Conservatives’ proposed measure to allow income splitting for families with children should […]

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Oct 20 2014 — Susana Mas

Should the Conservatives make good on their promise to introduce income splitting for couples with children under 18 before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government would move to reverse that decision. Trudeau, who was in Toronto to promote his newly published memoir Common Ground, which he’s released ahead of next year’s […]

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Oct 20 2014 —

The Harper government is trimming its expected order of Arctic patrol ships and evaluating a set of unsolicited proposals to convert civilian cargo ships for use by the Canadian navy, The Canadian Press has learned. Both steps are a sign that more modest expectations have been set for the government’s national shipbuilding strategy, which has […]

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Oct 21 2014 —

The government can expect pointed questions today after a man ran down two members of the Canadian Forces southeast of Montreal before he was shot by police and later died. The PMO and the Mounties say the man was known to authorities and had become “radicalized” and the government suggested in the Commons it might […]

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For Harper, a bad day at the bookstore

Oct 21 2014 — Lawrence Martin

It’s enough to have Stephen Harper’s boys out padlocking bookstores. Two of the Prime Minister’s biggest tormentors have released books on the very same day. There is Justin Trudeau’s autobiography, Common Ground. On top of it comes a mammoth 534-page critique of his abuse of power called Party of One, from Michael Harris, one of […]

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Is this a prime minister?

Oct 21 2014 — William Watson

Is this a prime minister? That’s the question a notorious Conservative TV ad asked about Jean Chrétien as the 1993 election campaign dragged to a close. Unfortunately, the photo it captioned focused on Mr. Chrétien’s crooked smile and that allowed him, reacting as the victim, to talk about how he’d had to live with people […]

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Trudeau’s turning point in the ring

Oct 21 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Politicians write books for different reasons. They write them to show that they are men and women of substance. They write them to demonstrate that they are brimming with ideas and character. They write them because they want to go above the heads of the news media. They write them because they have experienced some […]

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NDP poised to hold ground in Quebec

Oct 21 2014 — Pierre Martin

Last year, I bumped into a Liberal MP who grilled me on how I thought the upcoming federal election would play out in unpredictable, seat-rich Québec. My best answer was that the Quebec federal scene was a crapshoot. He agreed. The results of an Ekos poll released last week suggest that, a year out from […]

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Portrait of the politician as a young(er) man

Oct 21 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Everyone should live a life like Justin Trudeau’s. His memoir, Common Ground, reads like a movie script. Roughhousing with his brothers in the basement of 24 Sussex. Canoeing with his father, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, in the Canadian backwoods. Listening to U.S. President Ronald Reagan recite him a poem on a state visit. Driving across […]

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The book on Jonathan Kay

Oct 21 2014 — Ezra Levant

Jonathan Kay, the comment editor of the National Post, took half a page in his newspaper last month to criticize me for criticizing Justin Trudeau. I had insulted Trudeau, said Kay. So Kay insulted me as “cruel,” “hysterical,” “low,” “vile,” “half-demented” and “mendacious.” And he accompanied his column with a huge, unflattering picture of me. […]

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Fiddling while the economy burns

Oct 21 2014 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

Let’s begin with a gross understatement: The outlook for the global economy is not good. In its October 2014 World Economic Outlook (WEO), the International Monetary Fund reduced its forecast for global economic growth to 3.3 per cent for 2014, 0.4 points lower than the April 2014 WEO forecast. The global growth projection for 2015 […]

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John Tory for mayor? I beg to differ

Oct 21 2014 — Mike Strobel

A weekend in the wild woods of Kagawong sure skews your view of the Toronto mayoral race. Manitoulin Island is populated mostly by bunnies and Bambis and other ecologically sensitive species — who overwhelmingly favour sweet Olivia Chow. So you lose touch up there. Then you migrate back to the Big Smoke, and find Olivia […]

Oct 21 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

Debate about homelessness. Debate about housing affordability. Debate about increasing neighbourhood density. In Vancouver, discussion about the simple act of trying to put a roof over one’s head has become incendiary. Now, a respected policy consultant is offering a few ideas he believes could help address the city’s housing anxiety. Tex Enemark, a former Consumer […]

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Famed Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead — Dies at 82

Oct 20 2014 —

Oscar de la Renta — who recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress and famously dressed Jackie Kennedy — is dead. De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006 … though it’s unclear at this point what caused his death. De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, and became internationally known in […]

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