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Drug firm executive helps organize cash-for-access fundraiser featuring Bill Morneau

Oct 25 2016 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase

A senior business executive whose generic drug firm lobbies Ottawa is helping to organize a $500-per-ticket cash-for-access fundraiser with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau as the star attraction on Nov. 7 in Toronto. The exclusive event is being held at the Toronto condominium of philanthropist Nancy Pencer and funeral home executive Michael Benjamin. Helping to […]

Oct 25 2016 — Robert Benzie

Former federal finance minister Joe Oliver will be running for Patrick Brown’s provincial Progressive Conservatives, the Star has learned. Oliver — prime minister Stephen Harper’s treasurer until losing his seat in Eglinton-Lawrence in last October’s vote — plans to seek the Tory nomination in York Centre for the 2018 election. “I really believe that we […]

Oct 25 2016 — Bill Curry

Canada’s municipalities are pushing back against plans for a $40-billion federal infrastructure bank, warning Ottawa that it should not be capitalized with the billions of dollars the Liberals have already promised cities for transit, bridges and other projects. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s advisory council on economic growth – which has worked directly with top federal […]

Oct 25 2016 —

Conservative candidate Glen Motz was full of gratitude for the prime minister after taking the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner byelection Tuesday evening. “I want to thank Justin Trudeau,” Motz said in a victory speech. “The activity in our campaign absolutely spiked the day he arrived,” he said, referring to a recent visit to the riding by Trudeau […]

Oct 25 2016 —

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown needs to understand the message social conservatives sent him in Niagara West-Glanbrook or the party will lose another election, the president of Canada Christian College said Monday. “The only way for conservatives to win is to have all conservatives welcomed in the tent,” said Christian activist Charles McVety. “When […]


Shoppers Drug Mart formally applies to distribute medical marijuana

Oct 25 2016 — Kyle Duggan

iPolitics has learned that Shoppers Drug Mart has officially applied to get into the medical marijuana business. The drug chain has applied for producer status so it can distribute medical marijuana under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Company spokesperson Tammy Smitham said in an email statement that Shoppers has applied to […]


Failure of EU free trade deal would leave Canada stranded

Oct 25 2016 — David Ljunggren

The looming failure of free trade talks with the European Union would derail Canada’s push to reduce its dependence on the United States and potentially complicate negotiations with other nations, such as India and China. The EU’s hopes of signing the pact this week appeared to evaporate on Monday as the Belgian federal government failed […]

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Canadians caught in the battle over health care

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 […]


Spatz finger pointing serves to discourage involvement

Oct 25 2016 — Chronicle Herald

There’s plenty of good to be said about Trudeau’s Open and Accountable Government ethics rules. Increased honesty and transparency at any level of society never hurt anyone. Having people of integrity in public service roles is good for all of us. In fact, we could use a lot more of both. The challenge is that […]


Just a by-election: But a nightmare for the NDP

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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Shut up about the niqab already, Conservatives

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 […]


How Tea Party tactics threaten Tories on sex ed

Oct 25 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

In life as in politics, you reap what you sow. It could be a bitter autumn harvest for PC Leader Patrick Brown. Soaring in the polls, he is suddenly being brought down to earth by his own party faithful — for whom faithful means God-fearing, rather than merely loyal to the leader of Her Majesty’s […]


Why would Christians vote for Trump?

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, […]

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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Oct 24 2016 —

Goodbye to Open and Accountable Government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided it no longer applies. What will he put in its place? In this case, we’re talking about Open and Accountable Government, with capital letters – the document published last November that outlined the ethical standards cabinet ministers are expected to uphold.

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Oct 24 2016 — Michael Harris

As Trump feasts on cynicism, Canada’s PM in a unique position to restore faith in democracy. In politics, cynicism is the halfway point between hope and despair. When Justin Trudeau was running to become prime minister, he said that cynicism — about the future, the fate of our kids, and most especially the political establishment […]

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Oct 24 2016 — Tom Walkom

At its core, the federal government’s “bold” new plan for economic growth is strikingly familiar. The scheme, worked out by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s hand-picked advisory panel, relies on privatization, deregulation, public-private partnerships and user fees. It would reserve profitable public infrastructure for the private sector but have governments alone foot the bill for those […]

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Oct 23 2016 — Kady O'Malley

Well, that’ll teach me to get overly smug about the squeaky-clean superiority of the federal political fundraising regime. Courtesy of The Globe and Mail, we learned this week that Finance Minister Bill Morneau was able to find time in his busy cross-country pre-budget consultation travel schedule to drop by the Halifax home of “former gold […]

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Oct 23 2016 — Michael Den Tandt

As the anniversary of the 2015 federal election has come and gone, much attention has dwelt on Liberal promises broken (deficit $30 billion vs. $10 billion) or soon to be broken (electoral reform), painful compromises made (climate targets, health spending) and intractable problems ahead (missing and murdered aboriginal women, land claims, pipelines, trade). Yet the […]

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Oct 24 2016 — Stephen Hume

Let us now discuss what polite conversation had once avoided like the plague — a peculiar reaction, really, considering that it’s a condition affecting about 334 million people a day. Up for discussion: menstruation — a physiological process that most accept as no more shame-inducing than men’s whiskers but which, for reasons ranging from ignorance […]

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Oct 23 2016 — Frank Graves

The internet (as you’re probably tired of being told) has changed everything — how we shop, how we bank, how we entertain and inform ourselves. Why hasn’t it changed how we vote? In an era of WikiLeaks and pervasive hacking, people are right to worry about the security of online voting. But there are also […]

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Obama hits Trump where it hurts in ‘Mean Tweets’ late-night bit

Oct 25 2016 —

President Barack Obama hit back at the haters that flood his Twitter mentions Monday night, including one of his biggest trolls — Donald Trump. The president was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where he appeared on the “Mean Tweets” segment for a second time. The bit includes celebrities reading nasty, and often hilarious, tweets sent their […]


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