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Liberals launch warship competition with call for foreign designs

Oct 26 2016 — Murray Brewster

The Trudeau government is now ready to solicit bids from defence contractors interested in designing and equipping Canada’s next generation of combat ships. And it is demanding an extraordinary amount of detail and data from those companies, some of which have waited years for the program to get underway. Even before the ink is dry […]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government’s clampdown on information about Canada’s mission in Iraq is necessary to protect Canadian soldiers on the ground. But interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says the government is trying to hide the fact the troops are engaged in combat with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The […]

Oct 26 2016 — Althia Raj

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is reaching out to gun owners, saying that when he’s prime minister, they “won’t have to worry anymore” that their firearms can be reclassified or taken away. “Liberals hate guns,” Bernier asserts in a fundraising note sent to Conservative party members on Tuesday. “We know [the Grits are] going to […]

Oct 26 2016 — BJ Siekierski

Despite the prime minister signalling Tuesday that the Liberals will bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) into force if Canada’s largest trading partners do, on Wednesday Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland insisted nothing has changed and the government is continuing its consultations. “The prime minister’s comments are perfectly consistent with what we said during the election campaign […]

Oct 26 2016 —

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she is willing to intervene after a United Nations department rejected an application for media accreditation from a Canadian news company on the grounds that it is an “advocacy media outlet.” The Rebel, the right-wing news and opinion platform published by political commentator Ezra Levant, received the rejection notice earlier […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal doomed: Mulroney

Oct 26 2016 —

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is doomed to fail because of hostility in the U.S. Congress. Mulroney made the prediction today after taking part in a ceremony to formally announce plans for the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at his alma mater, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. […]

Oct 26 2016 — Paul Withers

Nova Scotia’s largest companies are weighing in against the federal government’s carbon pricing plans for the first time. The Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association (CME) said carbon pricing will add “significant costs” to doing business in the province. “It’s equivalent to paying twice,” Nova Scotia vice president Mitch Raymond told […]

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Oct 26 2016 — James Wood

While Jason Kenney’s organization raised nearly $500,000 ahead of the formal start of the Progressive Conservative leadership race, the details of the “pre-writ” fundraising activity by the former Conservative MP and other leadership candidates won’t be known until the campaign is over. The PC party board of directors announced in August it would require all […]

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Oct 25 2016 — Bruce Campion-Smith

Photos have emerged that apparently show Canadian special forces soldiers near front-line action in northern Iraq, even as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stays mum about their involvement in the ongoing offensive against Daesh extremists. One photo shows Canadians in what appear to be heavily-armed Humvees. Another shows soldiers setting up a heavy anti-armour weapon atop […]

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Want clean money in politics? Bring back party subsidies

Oct 25 2016 — Susan Delacourt

Last week, the Liberal party was handing out ‘sticker packs’ as a reward to anyone who sent in a donation over $5. More than 2,500 donors snapped up packages of stickers commemorating the Liberals’ first year in office — about 1,000 within a couple of days, we’re told. Presumably, something better than a sticker pack […]

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Canada’s treatment of migrants not as rosy as it may seem

Oct 26 2016 — Laurin Liu

Last month, the UN adopted the New York Declaration, which aims to guarantee refugees and migrants universal human rights and fundamental freedoms. Considering the Liberal government’s lofty rhetoric on humanitarianism and cultural diversity, one could hardly be blamed for believing that it would easy for Canada to meet the aspirations contained in the Declaration. And […]


Why the world could use a few more idealists

Oct 26 2016 — Evan Solomon

It’s been a particularly bad time to be idealistic about politics. Donald Trump went to Gettysburg, Penn., and promised, in his first 100 days of office, to sue every woman who has come forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted or groped them. Clearly something was jamming the signal as he tried to channel his […]


How Charleroi’s misery explains CETA impasse

Oct 26 2016 — Paul Wells

Justin Trudeau’s impromptu humility tour continues. In Hamilton the other day, he visited the mayor and a bystander threw pumpkin seeds him. In Medicine Hat, he visited byelection voters and they threw a Conservative at him. In Ottawa, he spoke to young members of the Canadian Labour Congress and dozens turned their backs.


So what happens if the electoral reform committee can’t agree?

Oct 25 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald

Justin Trudeau’s comments on electoral reform last week were the political equivalent of Peyton Manning calling an audible at the line of scrimmage, shouting, “Omaha! Omaha!” The prime minister is the government’s quarterback, and he gets to make that call. It certainly confused the other team. It confused the crowd, too. “Under Stephen Harper, there […]

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Spurning the elites: The day our rank and file roared

Oct 26 2016 — Lawrence Martin

Oct. 26. On this day, 24 years ago, Canadians voted in a national referendum on the Charlottetown Accord, a constitutional reform that would rejig the federation, giving more power to the provinces. The elites loved this pact. Virtually everyone from the smart set, all the highbrows, were in favour. The consensus included the major federal […]


The coming Trudeau carbon tax is going to hurt

Oct 26 2016 — Lorne Gunter

I’ve just returned from Vancouver. If other Canadians want a taste of what life will be like all across the country once Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is fully implemented by 2022, take a trip to the Left Coast. Albertans will get an even earlier taste this coming New Year’s Day when the province’s radical NDP […]

Oct 26 2016 — Christina Blizzard

I’m starting to believe the PC Party of Ontario has been Ubered. Younger, more energetic and tech-savvy people have moved in, using the party’s own rules to disrupt the status quo. It happened first when Patrick Brown stunned party insiders by outselling and outmanoeuvring long-time party stalwart Christine Elliott to win the party’s top job. […]

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Oct 26 2016 — Robin V. Sears

There is a foundational fairy tale to this presidential campaign: a born and raised plutocrat, a man who has always lusted for the shallowest of celebrity lives, has somehow morphed into the leader of a Movement, fighting for America’s working people. As President Barack Obama now says to roaring crowds, several times a week, “C’mon, […]

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Oct 25 2016 — Lisa Van Dusen

In the same way that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president of the United States can’t be judged without comparing her to the alternative, it’s impossible to watch this campaign without comparing it to another one that happened eight years, volumes of belligerent tweets and so many baskets of deplorables ago. In an era when change […]

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Oct 25 2016 — Chantal Hébert

If truth is the first casualty of war, then Ottawa and the provinces must really be at war over health-care funding, for neither side is being straight with voters. Both the federal government and its provincial counterparts are claiming to be fighting the good fight on behalf of patients. Each is implying that the other […]

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Oct 25 2016 — David Akin

It’s dangerous — silly, perhaps — to read too much into a single by-election a year into the term of a government that every single poll shows is tremendously, even historically popular across the country. And yet. In the southern Alberta riding of Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner on Monday, the federal Conservatives — without a permanent leader […]

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Oct 24 2016 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Being an opposition Member of Parliament ought to be easy these days. Sure, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals remain popular, but sunny ways are giving way to storm clouds. Provinces are howling over health care transfers. The CETA free trade deal appears to have collapsed. Democratic reform is going nowhere (by the PM’s own admission). Civil servants […]

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Oct 25 2016 — Michael Coren

Donald Trump is a winner. Not that he’s likely to win the election but his style, approach and entire persona are about winning. Glamour, strength, ostentatious wealth and raw, callow gratification, be it in terms of power, sex or material. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, was a loser. Turning the other cheek, charity, sacrifice, […]

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Oct 24 2016 — Preston Manning

As you might have heard, Canada is in the midst of a national conversation on climate policies and carbon pricing. To be clear, pricing carbon is a good idea. But here’s an important, though oft-missed, part of the story: Smarter climate policy isn’t always just about more policy. It can also be about less. In […]

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Oct 24 2016 — Gabriel D’Astous, Sophie Birks and Amanda Harvey-Sanchez

We talked about standing in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, like the Tsleil-Waututh Nation who have been fighting on the frontlines against Kinder Morgan since day one. We talked about how being in our early twenties, we’ve never lived through a month of below average temperatures. We thought about the die-off of the Great Barrier Reef, […]

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Entertainment Plus


NBC worried Jimmy Fallon’s boozing got ‘out of control’

Oct 26 2016 —

Jimmy Fallon was warned to cut back on his boozing by NBC chiefs following a series of bizarre late-night accidents, according to multiple insiders. An NBC insider said of the funnyman, “There were fears that Fallon was out of control and something could happen while he’s out drinking. Things got so serious at one stage […]


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