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How Preston Manning convinced Wildrose MLAs to join mass defection

Dec 19 2014 — Jen Gerson

A whirlwind three weeks of negotiations to set the terms for one of the most dramatic mass defections in Canadian political history ended in the Edmonton apartment of a Wildrose MLA on Tuesday night. Pizza, pretzels and “beverages” were served as the “Wildrose Nine” — the collection of MLAs who crossed the floor on Wednesday […]

Dec 19 2014 —

Ontario’s premier hopes Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t have a “vendetta” against the people of the province, saying the well-being of Canadians should dictate their working relationship, not his “feelings.” Kathleen Wynne’s last meeting with Harper was more than a year ago, on Dec. 5, 2013, and she has since embarked on a public campaign […]

Dec 19 2014 — Steven Chase

The Canadian military is defending its record in the Iraq air combat mission where after nearly 50 days of operations this country’s CF-18 fighters have bombed Islamic State targets just nine times. Colonel Daniel Constable says Canadians should look at the overall results achieved by the U.S.-led coalition attacking the militants and making it easier […]

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Tax cuts for cross-border online shopping could pay off, report says

Dec 18 2014 — Laura Payton

Canadians and their federal government would save money by raising tenfold the amount consumers can spend on cross-border purchases before having to pay taxes and tariffs, a new report says. The report by the Conference Board of Canada looked at the de minimis threshold, the level at which Canadians have to pay taxes and tariffs […]

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Alberta’s political earthquake has Tories, NDP considering federal fallout

Dec 18 2014 —

Federal Conservatives say they’re gobsmacked over the political tectonic shifts in Alberta this week, but they don’t have to reach too far into their own history to see parallels with the political pragmatism that’s at play. Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith crossed the floor this week with eight MLAs to join the majority Progressive Conservative […]

Dec 18 2014 —

The Ontario Liberal caucus paid the spouse of a top aide to Dalton McGuinty $10,000 to wipe computer hard drives in the premier’s office, police alleged in court documents released Thursday. The information used by Ontario Provincial Police to obtain a search warrant that was executed in November at a provincial government cyber security office […]

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Dec 18 2014 —

A 101-year-old Second World War veteran was tied up and robed in his Ottawa condo Thursday after a man posing as a city employee managed to get into the building, police say. Retired colonel Ernest Cote, a D-Day veteran who served as Canada’s ambassador to Finland in the 1970s, managed to free himself and call […]

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Sanctions bite, but Baird and allies worry about Putin’s reaction

Dec 19 2014 — Tim Harper

One year ago, John Baird marched with anti-government protesters in Kyiv’s Maidan Square, a scarf bearing the colours of Ukraine’s national football team draped over his shoulders. Providing security for Canada’s foreign affairs minister were agents of the government the demonstrators sought to overthrow. The symbolic — and risky — show of solidarity marked the […]

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Out of the darkness, into the light

Dec 19 2014 — Warren Kinsella

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And this year, the worst moments inadvertently resulted in some of the best moments, too. As 2015 beckons, and 2014 recedes, Sun News Network asked some of us to assemble some thoughts about the year’s best and worst political moments. As we did […]

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Steve and CC, cozy together

Dec 19 2014 — Michael Harris

Last night, Canada’s most overrated journalist and underrated politician, Peter Mansbridge, performed his Yuletide foot massage on Prime Minister Stephen Harper. You came away knowing not much more than the fact that both men love their jobs. Good for them. As usual, Harper had his way with a host referred to inside the grandiose and […]

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Goodbye, 2014. We never liked you.

Dec 19 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

All through the House, nothing is stirring. The politicians are tucked in their ridings with care, and voters can turn their attention to more important matters — like whether to serve tinned or home-made cranberry sauce at Christmas dinner. Time to put up your feet, toss back a box of chocolates and reflect on the […]

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Alberta premier’s coup will come at a cost

Dec 19 2014 — Michael de Adder

Can there be anyone as superbly fantastic as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, except perhaps for, on a good day, Chris Hadfield? Prentice is the multi-talented global space-walking superstar of Canadian politics. It’s a matter of time until he too starts warbling David Bowie, better than the original. And unlike Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose arias […]

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Economic Risks and Climate Change

Dec 19 2014 — Grant Mitchell

There is clear economic risk to Canada in ignoring climate change. There is also great economic opportunity in dealing with it. The resistance to Northern Gateway, Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines is evidence that the Canadian and US publics want greater assurance of environmental responsibility in developing energy projects. Well into the ninth year […]

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Liberals fail the smell test

Dec 19 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Why would the Liberal Caucus at Queen’s Park pay $10,000 to the husband of then premier Dalton McGuinty’s deputy chief of staff to wipe 20 computer hard drives in the premier’s office? The taxpayer-funded caucus office represents MPPs. Why would it pay Peter Faist, husband of senior McGuinty adviser Laura Miller, for work done in […]

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Colbert signs off ‘Report’ with cameo-filled finale

Dec 19 2014 —

When Stephen Colbert announced the Grim Reaper as his final “Colbert Report” guest, there was speculation he would symbolically kill off the conservative blowhard character he has inhabited since the show’s premiere in 2005. But in the final episode of the Comedy Central late night show Thursday, it was Colbert who achieved immortality when he […]

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