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Jan 27 2015 — Tim Naumetz

Families with income more than $233,000 a year stand to gain most under the Conservative government’s controversial income-splitting tax break, a new study of the costly program has found. “The richest families are most likely to make at least $1,000 from the new policy,” says the study released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy […]

Jan 27 2015 — Steven Chase

Canada’s top general held undisclosed meetings with top Kurdistan officials this week in northern Iraq, the same region where this country’s special forces are helping Kurds take on Islamic State fighters. General Tom Lawson, Chief of Canada’s Defence Staff, met with Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council on Sunday, according to BasNews, […]

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Porter sells Billy Bishop airport to investor group

Jan 27 2015 —

AGF Management Ltd. and billionaire investor Larry Tanenbaum are part of an investment group that agreed to buy Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop airport terminal from Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, according to a statement today from the buyers, known as Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP. People familiar with the […]

Jan 27 2015 —

Independent MP Sana Hassainia from Montreal is under fire for her work ethic, garnering the worst vote attendance record in the House of Commons last year. Hassainia ran as a member of Parliament with the NDP in the Verchères riding. However, last August, she left the party over what she said was a disagreement on […]

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Jan 27 2015 —

Canada’s seven parliamentary watchdogs are urging a Senate committee to quash a Conservative MP’s bill, calling it unnecessary and potentially harmful to their independence. Toronto-area MP Mark Adler’s private member’s bill would require all employees of the various agents of Parliament to publicly disclose any political jobs they’ve held over the past decade. That disclosure […]

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Jan 27 2015 — Jordan Press

Rules that allow MPs and senators to say what they want with impunity are, in some cases, being abused, and may be a hindrance to making Parliament more transparent, a new report says. The report from a Senate committee recommends several changes to the rules around parliamentary privilege, a centuries-old right designed to uphold free […]

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Jan 27 2015 — Andy Blatchford

Canada’s finance minister insists low- and middle-income families will see two-thirds of the benefits from the Harper government’s contentious multibillion-dollar tableau of family-friendly measures. By that measure, Joe Oliver is suggesting families with annual incomes as high as $120,000 qualify as middle class. The Finance Department’s own internal breakdown of the distribution of relief from […]

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Budget 2015: Cue the smoke and mirrors

Jan 27 2015 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

When Finance Minister Joe Oliver did a backflip over budget timing on Jan. 15 — postponing his government’s pre-election budget to April, maybe even May — he claimed he was just being prudent, looking to get more information about the forces roiling the international oil market before committing to a revenue forecast. That’s his story […]

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Theatre of the absurd

Jan 27 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Parliament is back in session, and so too question period. Nobody would dispute that the former is a crucial part of the way in which we govern ourselves. But the latter? It’s more than irrelevant – it is arguably harmful to our democracy. To suggest such a thing is heretical, of course. Since Parliament’s return […]

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Did Stephen Harper just find his Falklands moment?

Jan 27 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

In 1982, the Conservative government of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in trouble. Three million Britons — one in every eight workers — were out of work. Manufacturing firms shut their doors and the economy slid into a deep recession. Trade unions demanded wage increases and engaged in acts of violence. Critics, including members […]

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Horgan lays down law for would-be MPs in provincial caucus

Jan 27 2015 — Vaughn Palmer

Now that two members of the B.C. New Democratic Party caucus are competing to run federally, Opposition leader John Horgan has laid down some “rules of engagement” to minimize friction on the provincial scene. Horgan expects the duo — Jenny Kwan and Mable Elmore — to fulfil their MLA duties on a full-time basis and […]

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Greek vote beginning of EU’s end?

Jan 27 2015 — Ezra Levant

Greece has voted for a new government, led by the socialist Syriza party. They won on a campaign vow not to accept economic cutbacks demanded by the European Union, in return for a promised $336-billion bailout. But as David Burge quipped, “socialism is like a nude beach. Sounds pretty good until you actually get there.” […]

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