National Newswatch
Oct 21 2014 —

New Democrat MP Jean-Francois Larose has joined forces with an independent MP to create a new, Quebec-only party. Larose is the fourth Quebec MP to abandon the NDP since its fabled orange wave swept 59 of the province’s 75 seats in the 2011 election. The party’s Quebec caucus chair, Robert Aubin, says Larose is betraying […]

Oct 21 2014 — Paul Withers

Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax is denying a report out of Ottawa that the federal government is scaling back its order for Arctic offshore patrol ships from six vessels to five. “We have received no changes from our customer regarding our current work on AOPS or on the long range planning we’re doing on the program,” […]

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Don’t break my stride, MPs tell RCMP over Hill security delays

Oct 21 2014 —

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson came to a Commons committee armed with police video footage from three different security cameras and giant time-stamped photos mounted on display boards. He took MPs second-by-second through two incidents on Parliament Hill last month. By his side at Tuesday’s hour-long hearing were two other top Mounties, the head of the […]

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Martin Rouleau’s passport was seized by Canadian authorities

Oct 21 2014 —

Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau’s passport was seized by Canadian authorities concerned he had become radicalized, CBC News has confirmed. Rouleau, 25, was fatally shot after hitting the two soldiers in a parking lot of a commercial plaza in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a city about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal. Rouleau was one of 90 people being monitored by […]

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Peladeau doesn’t ‘have to answer’ media questions

Oct 21 2014 —

Media magnate Pierre Karl Peladeau says he doesn’t have to answer reporters’ questions, indicating he prefers Facebook as a means of communication. Peladeau made the comment today as he headed into a Parti Quebecois caucus meeting. The controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc. (QBR.B) has become a Facebook aficionado in recent months, using it to criticize […]

Oct 21 2014 —

Parliamentarians and senators have unanimously supported bestowing honorary Canadian citizenship upon Pakistani teenager and co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai. The vote comes on the eve of Yousafzai’s visit to Canada where she’ll participate in an event on women’s rights in Toronto. The teen is being made an honorary Canadian in recognition […]

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Oct 21 2014 —

Canada’s budget watchdog says the country is on track to run a $3.6-billion surplus in 2014-15 — which would balance the books a year ahead of government predictions. But the Parliamentary Budget Officer is urging Ottawa to proceed with caution when deciding whether to use surplus cash to introduce spending initiatives or to bring permanent […]

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Oct 21 2014 —

Ontario’s opposition parties say the government is blocking attempts to call more witnesses before a committee looking into the Liberals’ decision to cancel two gas plants, which will cost taxpayers up to $1.1 billion. The Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats want the committee to hear from former Dalton McGuinty staffer Laura Miller and her computer […]

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Oct 21 2014 —

Canadian fighter jets have left the Cold Lake military base in Alberta to join an international combat mission against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. The CF-18 Hornets are heading to Kuwait, which will serve as Canada’s base of operations. About 600 personnel — along with the jets, two surveillance planes and an aerial tanker — […]

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Oct 21 2014 —

NATO scrambled fighter jets _ including two Canadian F-18’s _ twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing. Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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