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Mysterious conservative group finds way around election spending limits

Mar 30 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson

The Conservative Party of Canada’s former executive director has set up what could be a game-changing new organization to raise money and promote the benefits of “a strong, stable Conservative government” while bypassing the legal limits on fundraising faced by political parties, iPolitics has learned. Conservative Voice is actively seeking donations from companies to help… […]

Mar 30 2015 — Michael Babad

Provincial governments are wasting little time snatching back the breaks the Canadian government gave taxpayers. By the time budget season among the provinces is over, BMO Nesbitt Burns estimates, the provinces will have taken back some 75 per cent of the $4.5-billion in Ottawa’s relief on taxes and fees. Already, says senior economist Robert Kavcic, […]

Mar 30 2015 — Laura Payton

The National Firearms Association is deleting questions posted to its Facebook page about why it pulled out of a committee looking at the government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, and some members are complaining. On Monday a lawyer for the gun owners’ group had been scheduled to appear on a panel regarding concerns about Bill C-51. Legal […]

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Green party Leader Elizabeth May says a handful of planned government amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill don’t alleviate her concerns about what she calls dangerous and undemocratic legislation. May plans to present five dozen amendments when the House of Commons public safety committee begins examining the bill clause-by-clause on Tuesday. The NDP and Liberals […]


Canada Finance Minister to Meet With Economists

Mar 30 2015 — Paul Vieira

Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver will meet the country’s leading private-sector economists on April 9 to discuss the economic outlook in what is typically one of the final steps before the federal government releases its budget. The meeting will take place in Ottawa, a spokesman for the minister sai


Election Moneyball: Trail of donations favours the Tories

Mar 30 2015 — Glen McGregor

The pattern of political contributions made in 2014 shows that the Conservatives are winning the fundraising battle across Canada’s new riding map, suggesting Stephen Harper’s party is en route to another majority government in the next election if votes follow the dollars. A Citizen analysis shows that the Tories took in more money than the […]

Mar 30 2015 — Mark Burgess

Public service whistleblowers have a new integrity commissioner who says he’s committed to moving his beleaguered office forward, but critics and the official opposition maintain he’s too closely associated with its failures and that an outsider is needed to protect whistleblowers. Joe Friday was confirmed last week as Canada’s new public sector integrity commissioner, a […]

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Mar 30 2015 — Alex Boutilier

What do Canadian veterans, advocates for the disabled and the country’s largest union have in common? Their activities were monitored and reported on by police and government agencies over the last year. Documents show the central Government Operations Centre received reports on more than 160 protests, community events, and demonstrations between May 2014 and February […]

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Mar 30 2015 — Tom Parry

Glenn Stannard, the military watchdog who authored a stinging report into the suicide of a Canadian soldier, has stepped down. He retired last week after serving roughly five years as head of the Military Police Complaints Commission. Stannard delayed his retirement to complete the commission’s inquiry into the 2008 hanging death of Canadian Army Cpl. […]

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Fixing our broken politics

Mar 30 2015 — Don Lenihan

Is politics broken? Yes, but we also know how to fix it. Through the ages, politics has been broken many times, yet people have risen to the challenge. The question now is whether we will do so again. Let’s start with a few examples before turning to the solution. When King John signed the Magna Carta […]


Canada’s bigots grant themselves permission to vent

Mar 30 2015 — Stephen Hume

Prime Minister Stephen Harper blurts an ill-considered reference to a little-worn item of Muslim dress as representing “anti-woman culture.” A Tweet under Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s name circulates a photo of women acting in a religious rite that depicts an ancient bondage and misrepresents it as enslaved Muslim women today. Then backbench MP Larry Miller […]

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Harper and his ideologue minions reason enough to fear C-51

Mar 30 2015 — Michael Harris

As Stephen Harper transforms Canada into a nation of suspects and self-censors while holding a match to the Charter of Rights, the Conservative Party robots are blowing their circuits coming up with justifications for Bill C-51. Their excuses have gone from the lame to the ludicrous. Peter MacKay proclaimed that our allies are doing it, […]


Progressives united, but who gets their vote?

Mar 29 2015 — Tim Harper

The good news for the body politic in this country is that it is now flying on two wings. The left side of the political brain has caught up to the right of the political brain and it only took a couple of years. But realpolitik hovered as workers, thinkers and activists of the left […]


Harper is finally getting his wish: a war

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Back in the spring of 2003, in the waning days of his prime ministry, Jean Chrétien announced the decision for which he will be long remembered. Canada, he told a tumultuous House of Commons, would be not joining the U.S.-led “coalition of the willing” in its war against Iraq. There are times in politics when […]


Like Manning, Broadbent finds new life as thought leader

Mar 30 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

Ed Broadbent on the left, as Preston Manning has on the right, has not only re-invented himself as a thought leader, he too has created a think tank that is a valuable source of ideas and public discourse. The annual Broadbent Institute and Manning Centre conferences have become two of the most important events on […]


The budget — and the Liberal response to it — will yield the ultimate ballot question

Mar 29 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

Here’s a bet: Joe Oliver’s budget — current whereabouts unknown, somewhat like the Finance Minister himself — and the Liberal response to it, will yield the ultimate ballot question in the 2015 election. That’s because, security craze aside, the economy is the only big remaining file on which the two front-running parties, Conservatives and Liberals, […]


Is Canada’s ISIS mission ready for Syria’s moral maze?

Mar 30 2015 — Brian Stewart

In all of Canada’s long military history, we’ve likely never known less about a territory we are about to attack than the Syria we’re going bomb from on high. We’re not alone in that ignorance as virtually no one today can figure out the full scale of the explosive, antagonist-rich tinderbox and moral disaster zone […]

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The Canadian mosaic and why we should all move

Mar 30 2015 — Heather Mallick

A new website that groups Canadians into 68 “lifestyle types” according to where they live — it runs from the desirable to the frankly repellent — is juicy bait for marketers and the socially anxious. But it makes a cartoon of this country, and it worries me. The admirable and energetic people at Environics Analytics […]

Mar 29 2015 — Tom Flanagan

The Wildrose supporters who gathered to choose a new leader Saturday night broke into raucous cheers when they heard that former leader Danielle Smith had been defeated for the Conservative nomination in High River. Ms. Smith had made herself infamous in Wildrose circles by crossing the floor to join the governing Conservatives and taking eight […]

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Entertainment Plus


Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, report says

Mar 30 2015 —

Comedian Trevor Noah has been selected to replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s satirical news program, The Daily Show, the New York Times reported on Monday. “On Monday, Comedy Central will announce that Mr. Noah has been chosen as the new host of The Daily Show, succeeding Mr. Stewart after he steps down later this […]

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