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RCMP investigate Redford administration

Oct 31 2014 — Karen Kleiss

The RCMP’s Serious and Organized Crime Branch is investigating allegations Alberta’s auditor general levelled against former premier Alison Redford and her administration last summer, a source close to the police investigation confirmed Thursday. The August report from Auditor General Merwan Saher found Redford and her office used taxpayer-funded planes “inappropriately” and for “personal and partisan […]

Oct 31 2014 — Stephen Maher

MP Dean Del Mastro faces disgrace or triumph on Friday morning in a courtroom in Lindsay, Ont. The Peterborough MP, who once served as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, will learn his fate at 9:30 a.m., when Justice Lisa Cameron delivers a verdict on four Elections Act charges. The charges allege Del Mastro […]

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Canadian warplanes have flown their first operational flights, but have yet to carry out strike missions against Islamic State targets. Six CF-18 jet fighters, two CP-140 Aurora surveillance planes and a C-150 refuelling jet are operating out of undisclosed airfields in Kuwait and will launch bombing missions against the forces of the Islamic State of […]

Oct 31 2014 — Susana Mas

Shawn Atleo is defending his actions in the lead-up to the federal government’s tabling of its controversial aboriginal education bill, nearly six months after quitting his job as national chief for the Assembly of First Nations. Speaking publicly for the first time since he vanished from the national spotlight, Atleo said he was simply doing […]

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A woman from southeastern New Brunswick is sharing more details of the sexual violence she alleges she suffered at the hands of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi. The woman, who spoke to the Toronto Star earlier this week, told CBC’s Information Morning Moncton that Ghomeshi choked and beat her with his belt, smothered her until […]

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Q producer who alleges Ghomeshi threatened to ‘hate f—‘ her says she complained to boss in 2010

Oct 31 2014 — Tom Blackwell

Jian Ghomeshi co-worker gives her story. For a 27-year-old journalism-school graduate, it was the perfect job, helping build and produce a brand-new, national show on CBC Radio with Jian Ghomeshi, a reportedly “demanding,” but respected host. So when the young producer heard lurid stories back in 2007 about Mr. Ghomeshi’s private life — including accounts […]

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Reva Seth Says She Was Assaulted By Jian Ghomeshi

Oct 30 2014 —

Another woman is going public with allegations of abuse against Jian Ghomeshi. Author and lawyer Reva Seth has detailed her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog published by The Huffington Post Canada. Seth recounts meeting the former CBC host in 2002 when she was 26 and starting a new job at Toronto City Hall. Seth […]

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Dean Del Mastro verdict in election spending trial coming today

Oct 31 2014 — Laura Payton

A judge will rule today whether Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro is guilty of spending too much in the 2008 federal election and falsifying a document to cover it up. The prosecution argues that Del Mastro ordered $21,000 in voter identification, voter contact and get-out-the-vote services from a now-defunct company called Holinshed, but claimed […]

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Justin Trudeau isn’t the only federal political leader with a bone to pick with Sun Media. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is upset over an editorial cartoon that ran in the Toronto Sun newspaper, featuring mayoral candidate Olivia Chow. Mulcair says the Andy Donato cartoon is racist, sexist and offensive. In the cartoon, Chow, a former […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Kady O'Malley

A backbench bid to force Canada’s electronic intelligence-gathering agency to shed more light on its operations has garnered the support of at least one unlikely ally. The National Firearms Association — not a group that often finds itself aligned with the Liberal Party — went public with its endorsement of Liberal MP Joyce Murray’s private […]

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Oct 30 2014 —

Three months before millions of Canadians get their voter information cards for the 2015 federal election, they’ll find something else in their mailboxes: a cheque from the Conservative government. A $60 monthly tax benefit for families with children aged six through 17 is the kind of targeted, easy-to-understand government initiative that helped the Conservatives claim […]

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Oct 30 2014 —

The Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Internship event each year attracts politicians, journalists and people who love politics to raise funds for a good project, and in a spirit of fellowship. We’ve posted a few videos from this year’s event featuring musical performances by some MP’s and journalists, (with their kind agreement). Filmed at the Black Sheep […]

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Featured Ink

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Murder, mayhem and the case for an early vote

Oct 30 2014 — Tim Harper

Stephen Harper is about to get a bump in public approval. It comes with the turf for a leader after a period of national trauma, which then manifests itself in flag-waving, resolve and defiance. The prime minister earned this expected bump. His partisans would have cheered his vow that we will not be intimidated, but […]

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Bullets give way to cheap shots, security concerns

Oct 30 2014 — Don Martin

The post-shooting political reaction has been almost as bizarre as what went on inside the Conservative caucus room after gunfire erupted outside their door last week. In the immediate aftermath, sources say senior ministers, particularly some linked to the security file, understandably cowered while the Prime Minister was stuffed into a closet by the petite […]

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The dam breaks on Jian Ghomeshi

Oct 30 2014 — Robyn Urback

In CBC’s Toronto office in 2012, the story goes, three people sat down for an interview. At least two of them knew that not long before, the interviewee allegedly has been thrown against a hotel room wall and fondled forcefully against her will. According to her statement to the Toronto Star, she performed fellatio “just […]

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The Conservatives Propose Family Policy for a Bygone Age

Oct 30 2014 — Rick Smith

The Harper government’s tax package released Thursday is a throwback to the family policies of a bygone era. It turns its back on the pressing need for affordable, high quality child care; introduces a new tax measure which will mainly benefit traditional families with a stay at home spouse; and brings back the old family […]

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Why Harper went negative

Oct 30 2014 — Gerry Nicholls

In his just released book, Party of One, Michael Harris makes the astounding claim that the most influential man in Canadian politics is a foreigner. Yes, according to Harris, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tactics, strategies and methods of governing are inspired by Arthur Finkelstein, a “secretive” American Republican political consultant, known for his aggressiveness. As […]

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For Stephen Harper, fear works

Oct 30 2014 — Linda McQuaig

Stephen Harper insisted last week that we will not be intimidated by terrorism. He then did everything he could to ensure that we will be intimidated by terrorism. I’ve always been confused by the assertion that we won’t be “intimidated” by terrorism. Has anyone ever suggested that we should be — that because a man […]

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The NDP’s problems are piling up across Canada

Oct 29 2014 — Chantal Hébert

On a day when the NDP was already mourning the defeat of an icon at the hands of Toronto voters, the sole New Democrat provincial government in the country was flirting with implosion. With his ruling party sinking in the polls, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has a cabinet rebellion on his hands. Until further notice, […]

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Canadian cities need fiscal and governance reforms

Oct 30 2014 — Andrew Coyne

A lot has changed of late at the top of Canada’s city governments, mostly for the better. Toronto has just elected a new mayor, John Tory, who’s guaranteed to be a huge improvement over the last, as earlier did Montreal, with Denis Coderre, after the corruption and turmoil of recent years. Winnipeg’s new mayor, Brian […]

Oct 30 2014 — Warren Kinsella

What did they know, and when did they know it? That’s a question that has its origins in the Watergate scandal, 40 years ago. What did the president know, and when did he know it? In the intervening years, in respect of assorted real and perceived scandals, it’s a question that you hear a lot. […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Tom Walkom

The war on terror continues unabated. When one enemy falls off the radar, we replace it with another. In the early days of this never-ending war, the enemy was the Taliban. They were the terrorists we had to defeat in Afghanistan to prevent attacks here. Nobody talks much about the Taliban any more. Britain quietly […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Bob Hepburn

As the Toronto mayoral results were being announced Monday, a campaign adviser for one of the early major candidates fired off an email expressing shock at how well runner-up Doug Ford fared despite losing to John Tory. “More than 330,000 people voted for Doug Ford for mayor!” the advisor wrote. “Who are these people? What […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Might give party urban votes. Don’t underestimate the power of Doug Ford to win the leadership of the provincial PC party. Tories at Queen’s Park are abuzz at the prospect of the former Toronto mayoral candidate throwing his hat in the ring. It would be a seismic shift. He’s a political juggernaut and could steamroll […]

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Oct 30 2014 — Michael Taube

John Tory’s long-suffering political ambitions were finally realized this week when he was elected Toronto’s next mayor. His victory could have significant implications not just for Toronto, but also for a nearly moribund political philosophy. Tory’s campaign cobbled together a very diverse group of individuals. This included federal Tories, provincial PCs, Liberals of all shapes […]

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Jian Ghomeshi arrives on the green carpet for the Juno Gala in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Ghomeshi thanked his supporters Thursday and vowed to meet the allegations against him head-on, a pledge that came as a "Trailer Park Boys" actor became the first to go on the record with accusations the ousted CBC-Radio personality engaged in abusive behaviour.THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Jian Ghomeshi cancels B.C. speaking event

Oct 30 2014 —

Embattled former “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi has pulled out of a speaking engagement in British Columbia organized by the Prince George Citizen. The newspaper says representatives for the ousted CBC-Radio personality called off the Nov. 7 event late Wednesday afternoon. The cancellation comes amid new allegations Ghomeshi engaged in abusive behaviour. The paper says […]