National Newswatch

NDP continues to surge in Alberta, says poll

May 3 2015 — Alexandra Zabjek

The NDP’s momentum is growing as Alberta nears the May 5 provincial election, according to a poll conducted this weekend. Forty-two per cent of decided voters said they would cast a ballot for the NDP, compared to 24 per cent who said they would vote for the Wildrose Party, and 21 per cent who said […]

May 3 2015 —

Voters in Alberta this week seem poised to unseat the Progressive Conservatives for the first time since 1971 — or is this all a 2012 redux? If the polls are to be believed, Alberta’s New Democrats will take over the legislature. But to anyone who was paying attention in 2012, the last time the province […]

May 3 2015 —

U.S. President Barack Obama’s claims about the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline have been raising eyebrows lately in this tiny oil-industry town in eastern Montana. The locals smell falsehood — evidence of it lies in a cow pasture just outside their town. The scent of untruth emanates from Obama’s oft-repeated claim that the pipeline would simply […]

May 3 2015 —

The federal government is planning to seek an emergency stay of an Alberta judge’s decision to grant former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr bail, the Canadian Press has learned. The application, expected to be heard Tuesday before the province’s Court of Appeal, would come just hours before another court hearing scheduled to decide on his […]


Mike Duffy trial: Following the trail of cheques

May 3 2015 — Mark Gollom

A review of all the payments made by Gerald Donohue for a number of services incurred by Mike Duffy reveals that the suspended senator’s friend doled out 31 cheques totaling $33,028.68 to 14 different individuals or companies. That money came from a series of Senate research contacts worth $64,916.50 awarded by Duffy to Donohue, mostly […]


Online partisan trolls a new fact of elections, international politics

May 3 2015 — Ira Basen

It was the kind of story that was almost guaranteed to bring out the internet trolls. On April 15, Margaret Trudeau, wife of the late prime minister and mother of the current Liberal leader, was interviewed by CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning. She was promoting her new memoir, The Time of Your Life, but she also […]

May 3 2015 —

Is government advertising a necessary tool for educating citizens or an easy way for a governing party to promote themselves? While the government, opposition parties and public may have their opinions, there is no official and impartial federal voice to deem whether an advertisement crosses the line into partisan territory.

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May 3 2015 — Trevor Howell

Alberta’s political leaders have converged on Calgary this weekend in a final bid to woo voters, rally their troops and frame the ballot question before Tuesday’s provincial election. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean flipped pancakes Saturday morning at a rally in the city’s northeast, while Tory Leader Jim Prentice dropped in on several campaigns in Calgary […]

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Featured Ink


Harper has conviction

May 3 2015 — Anthony Furey

It’s pretty clear what the Conservatives are going to campaign on in October. Basically, more of the same. The Liberals and NDP? That’s less clear. Why the difference? For one, it’s much easier for a governing party to present a campaign platform as it’s mostly representative of the type of legislation they’ve been tabling throughout […]

Jim Warren

First campaign the hardest

May 3 2015 — Jim Warren

In my 20 years of working on political campaigns, I have learned this key lesson: Usually, you have to lose an election in order to learn how to win one. My first campaign as a paid political staffer was in 1995, working for then-rookie Ontario Liberal leader Lyn McLeod. We lost to the Progressive Conservatives’ […]


Will Alberta make Notley Canada’s most powerful New Democrat?

May 2 2015 — David Akin

On Tuesday, Albertans will vote in the 29th general election since the province’s entry into Confederation in 1905. And in all those elections, Albertans have changed their governing party just three times: In 1921, 1935 and 1971. A half-dozen or more polls out in the last few days suggest that Albertans are about to make […]


Alberta NDP win a frightening prospect

May 3 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Back in 1990, when Bob Rae and the Ontario NDP won a surprising upset majority over the seemingly unbeatable David Peterson Liberals, nearly 50 New Democrat candidates were elected to the Ontario provincial parliament for the very first time. Because no one, not even the NDP, expected their party to win, many New Democrat candidates […]


Time for Ontario Tories to choose their future

May 3 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Old guard or new guard? Red Tory or Blue Tory? Male or female? Liberal light or pragmatic Conservative? Decisions, decisions. There couldn’t be a sharper contrast between candidates as 80,000-plus Progressive Conservatives start voting for their new leader Sunday. It’s a two-way choice between Barrie MP Patrick Brown, the young go-getter who’s shocked the party […]


Wynne’s blame game backfires

May 3 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

In politics, as in life, what goes around comes around. That reality has now come back to haunt Premier Kathleen Wynne. In the last Ontario election, Wynne made a campaign stop in Walkerton to condemn the previous Tory government of Mike Harris — and by implication, then Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak — for the […]

Bob Hepburn

Why Sarah Palin should run for U.S. president

May 3 2015 — Bob Hepburn

Every day Bonny Gray prays she will soon turn on her TV and see that Sarah Palin has entered the U.S. presidential race. “I am a believer in prayers being answered and I pray every night for you to be our next president,” Gray wrote two weeks ago in a Facebook post. “You against Hillary […]


Women replace high hopes with steely resolve

May 3 2015 — Carol Goar

The world has become a more threatening place since women gathered jubilantly in Beijing 20 years ago to draft a global agenda for gender equality. Extremism has risen, spawning deadly regional conflicts and mass migration. Climate change has accelerated, making parts of the globe almost uninhabitable. Energy and food prices have become more volatile. Globalization, […]

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YouTube FanFest attracts a few thousand excited fans at Yonge-Dundas Square

May 3 2015 —

Lauren Riihimaki knew she was famous the moment she spotted the first “creeper shot” of herself online. The stealthily captured image of Riihimaki came just after the 21-year-old Toronto girl launched LaurDIY, a YouTube channel filled with makeup tutorials and chronicles of her shopping trips. Her videos quickly became essential viewing for 1.5 million fashionista […]

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