National Newswatch
Nov 29 2015 —

Familiar, experienced Conservatives will take their places on the opposition benches this week in the Commons, but behind them is a party that is exhausted, in organizational limbo, and only slowly beginning to plan for a leadership race. A consensus has begun to emerge inside the caucus that the party should take time to regroup […]

Nov 29 2015 — Michelle Zilio

In the coming days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make decisions to ensure that legislation can be brought forward and reviewed in the Conservative-dominated Senate, according to Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc. Speaking to CTV’s Question Period, LeBlanc said the Senate needs to be able to fulfill its responsibility to properly scrutinize legislation. While he […]

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Whither the ‘new kids’ in the Bubble

Nov 29 2015 — Mark Bonokoski

With the 42nd session of the House of Commons set to begin on Thursday, and with the speech from the throne the following day, the enormity of what has happened is starting to sink in among Liberal political staffers. They have entered the glorious world where former beggars can now be choosers. It was surely […]


The one-point plan to fix Parliament

Nov 29 2015 — Anthony Furey

Canada’s Parliament is slated to resume this coming Thursday, yet we’ve got a serious problem on our hands that could greatly interfere with its functioning. The problem is that our democracy is broken. It’s in tatters – in crisis, even. At least that’s the impression the public’s been given over the past couple of years […]


How public servants ‘game the system’

Nov 29 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Can you guess how much Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for federal civil servants’ unused sick leave? Nearly $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a non-profit think tank in Ottawa. And that’s just their unused sick leave – the days that are left over every year after […]

Jim Warren

Welcome refugees with Canadian generosity

Nov 29 2015 — Jim Warren

The images of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in September, and those of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, have generated extreme emotional responses from Canadians. These two events have polarized many people into two extreme camps. Both images are powerful and drive decision-making from the brain to the heart – a […]

Bob Hepburn

How high-paid health bosses blew it

Nov 29 2015 — Bob Hepburn

When high-flying politicians or senior executives come crashing down to earth it is often because their outrageous spending habits or sky-high salaries have been exposed to the public. That’s what happened, for example, to Bev Oda in 2012 when the federal Conservative cabinet minister resigned her seat in the House of Commons after it was […]

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Brad Pitt’s an atheist

Nov 29 2015 —

Brad Pitt‘s religious upbringing seems to have backfired. Despite being raised in a strict Southern Baptist household in Springfield, Mo., the 51-year-old actor is now a proud atheist. In a Saturday interview in the UK’s Telegraph, Pitt linked his lack of faith to his dad, who raised him “with all the Christian guilt about what […]

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