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Conservative trap to ensnare Liberal candidate ends up embarrassing Tories

Nov 24 2014 —

The latest Conservative sting operation aimed at discrediting a prominent Liberal candidate has instead wound up embarrassing several Tory MPs, including senior cabinet minister Jason Kenney. The operation involved a young Conservative operative who secretly recorded a conversation with Marlo Raynolds, the Liberal candidate in Banff-Airdrie, and two other men at a public meeting in […]

Nov 24 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the controversy over unspent funds at Veterans Affairs. He says the $1.13 billion in lapsed funding since 2006 is part of the normal budgeting process in which departments over-estimate how much they’re going to spend on programs and services. The unspent portion is — by law — returned […]

Nov 24 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government will spend $5.8 billion on federal infrastructure improvements, including $500 million for on-reserve schools. The lion’s share of the spending will go for improvements to historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. Harper is also earmarking $452 million to improve Canadian Forces facilities, $440 million for […]

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TFSAs will lead to ‘welfare’ for the wealthy, government warned

Nov 24 2014 — James Fitz-Morris

=The Conservative government is facing calls to change the rules around tax-free savings accounts now before a loophole means some of Canada’s wealthiest people could start receiving “welfare for seniors.” TFSAs were created in 2009 and designed to encourage Canadians to save by – as the name suggests – putting such accounts out of the […]

Nov 24 2014 —

Saskatchewan’s premier says he’s concerned about the stance taken by his Ontario and Quebec counterparts in regards to the Energy East Pipeline project. The $12-billion project seeks to connect more than one million barrels of western crude a day to oil refineries in Eastern Canada. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said […]

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Nov 24 2014 —

On the ice, behind the bench and behind his desk, Pat Quinn was an imposing figure. “‘The Big Irishman”‘ is a guy that loves the game so much that when he walks in, you know hockey’s in the room,” longtime broadcaster and executive John Davidson said. Quinn died Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy […]

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Nov 24 2014 —

Alberta’s Wildrose caucus is now at odds with its own party over the issue of equality and homosexuality. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith and her caucus have announced that they have endorsed and will follow a resolution that specifically says it will respect the rights of gays and all other minority groups. A similar resolution was […]

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Nov 24 2014 — Robert Fisher

It’s the start of a new ‘parliamentary’ week at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill — and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is still waiting for a response to yet another of her “Dear Stephen” letters. One of them, dated September 16th, took 62 days to draw a response from the prime minister. But, even then, […]

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Featured Ink

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Anti-pipeline fervour not the legacy Stephen Harper had in mind

Nov 24 2014 — Chantal Hébert

Two years ago student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois rose to fame by becoming the face of Quebec’s so-called Maple Spring. He turned the episode that spelled the beginning of the end of premier Jean Charest’s tenure into a book titled Tenir tête. Last week, the book won the Governor General’s 2014 French-language non-fiction prize. On Sunday, […]

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The return of Casey the rebel

Nov 24 2014 — Dan Leger

Bill Casey became famous as the Conservative who faced down Stephen Harper. Now he’s a Liberal, and he wants to do it again. After his 2007 standoff with Harper over offshore resources, Casey could have been elected dictator of Nova Scotia. He seemed to be the only federal Conservative taking the province’s side in the […]

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Bill Casey’s comeback is bad news for Harper

Nov 24 2014 — Campbell Clark

tephen Harper must feel like a ghost is returning to haunt him. It’s been years since Bill Casey was a thorn in his side. He’s one of the few Conservative MPs who clashed publicly with Mr. Harper. Now he’s coming back as a Liberal. Mr. Harper booted the former Nova Scotia MP out of the […]

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Selective use of ‘terror’ term fuels Harper’s resurgence

Nov 24 2014 — Michael Harris

According to the pollster’s pollster, Nik Nanos, Canada has undergone a sea-change in the past month. In his latest Party Power Index, war, terrorism and security have now replaced health-care as the second most important issue amongst Canadians. For a lot of reasons, this boggles the mind. There is more. According to several surveys, including […]

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Michael Ignatieff sees through a glass darkly — again

Nov 24 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Michael Ignatieff is at it again. Not content with having gifted us with his 2013 memoir, Fire and Ashes, the erstwhile Liberal leader has produced a follow-up essay in the latest issue of New Republic, entitled “I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became A Politician.” Sir: So do we. But since you […]

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CBC needs an adult in charge, MacIntyre affair shows

Nov 24 2014 — John Doyle

As CBC supporters must know by now from bitter experience, you can rely on the public broadcaster. It always lets you down. Always. Last week’s farcical barring and un-barring of Linden MacIntyre from CBC News Network, where he was due to promote his final fifth estate report, had the air and dynamic of awful workplace […]

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Finding common ground on climate change

Nov 24 2014 — Monte Solberg

Writing recently in the Globe and Mail, Preston Manning once again endorsed the idea of carbon pricing as a way to battle climate change while also providing a plan to better communicate it. I would start at a slightly different place in this discussion. Canadians are conflicted about the issue of climate change. Many regular […]

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UberX a human sacrifice to the god of cheap

Nov 24 2014 — Heather Mallick

I don’t like the UberX taxi app. I’d rather take my chances with a licensed Toronto cab driver who doesn’t know where he’s going and did his best cleaning up the mess in the back seat but things don’t smell so bad in winter, if it starts steaming again in July we’ll have another scrub, […]

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Violence against Aboriginal women has to stop

Nov 24 2014 — Celine Cooper

Three weeks ago, 16-year-old Rinelle Harper from the Garden Hill Nation in northern Manitoba was brutally attacked and thrown into the icy waters of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River. Scarcely clothed, bloodied and freezing, she somehow managed to pull herself out only to be attacked again and left for dead, police said. She was found the next […]

Nov 24 2014 — Shannon Gormley

The journalist was pretty scared. Of course she was. She’d been threatened by an Uber executive who was shocked — shocked! — that a reporter would report — report! —on his company. In retaliation for her having the gall to fulfill her professional duties, he suggested, Uber could rummage through the details of her personal […]

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Jeremy Clarkson, BBC host, stranded in Trail, B.C.

Nov 24 2014 —

The host of one of the world’s best-known television shows found himself stranded a small town in the B.C. interior this past weekend. Jeremy Clarkson and his crew from the BBC show Top Gear — recognized by the Guinness book of World Records as the world’s most widely viewed factual t.v. show — found themselves […]

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