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Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

Mar 26 2017 — David Cochrane

The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne […]

Mar 27 2017 — Rachel Aiello

Four days of filibustering the Liberals’ attempt to expedite House rule changes was a product of Conservative and New Democrat backroom collaborative efforts to present a “unified front” in the face of what the opposition called “political thuggery” from the Liberal government. In interviews with The Hill Times during and proceeding the initial four days […]

Mar 27 2017 — Abbas Rana

The Conservative Party has to be transparent to Canadians and to its more than 100,000 members about the process it’s undertaking to scrub fraudulent memberships from the party list or it will undermine the outcome of the leadership race, says Conservative MP Peter Kent. “That will undercut the credibility of the outcome. It is incumbent […]

Mar 27 2017 — Derek Abma

Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, is, hands down, the most lobbied member of the Trudeau cabinet since the government came to office in 2015. Since the Liberals took over in November 2015 until earlier this month, a total of 245 communication reports outlining contact with Mr. Bains (Mississauga-Malton, Ont.) have […]

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Scott Brison explains delay in promised transparency reforms

Mar 26 2017 — Alex Boutilier

Protecting Canadians’ privacy is one reason the government has hit the brakes on promised transparency reforms, Treasury Board President Scott Brison says. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Saturday, Brison said reforming Canada’s aging access to information regime remains a priority for the Liberals, despite continued delays. Brison said the government has run up against […]

Mar 27 2017 —

With just a week to go until the Saint-Laurent byelection, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the riding on Sunday taking selfies, shaking hands and campaigning with the Liberal party’s candidate, Emmanuella Lambropoulos. Lambropoulos, a 26-year-old teacher, won the Liberal nomination earlier this month in an upset that saw her beat former provincial immigration minister […]

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Mar 26 2017 —

New data obtained by The Canadian Press shows fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross. Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5 per cent between October and the end of February […]

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Why Bill Morneau hasn’t ended tax breaks for the wealthy

Mar 27 2017 — Tom Walkom

It is sometimes held that Finance Minister Bill Morneau backed away from a promise to end lucrative tax breaks for the well-to-do in last week’s budget because of Donald Trump. With the mercurial Trump occupying the White House, the theory goes, Morneau figured it would be foolish to fiddle with the Canadian tax system. Better […]

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O’Leary figures he knows the Maritimes — He’s wrong

Mar 27 2017 — Dan Leger

For sheer gall and pretension, it’s hard to beat the leadership campaign of nouveau-Conservative Kevin O’Leary. These are strange times indeed when reality-show actors think they can run whole countries. Whatever syndrome causes that, we know O’Leary as the New England-based TV personality who has generously returned to Canada, part time, to become prime minister. […]

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Liberal words don’t intend to deceive, they just do

Mar 27 2017 — Tom Parkin

Superclusters™. We can’t describe them. Don’t know how to make them. But whatever they are, last week’s budget says they’ll solve Canada’s economic problems. Last year, your Liberals believed infrastructure was our economic cure-all. But, you see, superclusters create innovation – which is very, very good for the middle class. So good. Better than infrastructure. […]

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Time for Senate to hit reset button

Mar 26 2017 — Penny Collenette

Does the Senate have a “right to fire?” Callers to Rita Celli’s CBC radio show Ontario Today on Wednesday were perplexed with recent revelations regarding the damning and detailed report from the Senate ethics officer concerning the actions of Sen. Don Meredith. Charges have not been laid by the Ottawa police after their own investigation, […]

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O’Leary will start first, but maybe not finish first

Mar 26 2017 — Jim Warren

Many pundits and commentators are ready to anoint Conservative frontrunner Kevin O’Leary as the next leader of the party and Leader of the Opposition. If O’Leary has signed up enough new party members to win the race on the first ballot then they will be right. But the election to be the new leader of […]

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Winning a good trade deal

Mar 26 2017 — Robin V. Sears

It’s an irony for which progressives should blush. They hold right wing populists’ claims in the deepest contempt, with one exception: trade deals. How is it possible that Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are all bosom allies in opposing every trade agreement? Protectionism, by definition, is an effort to protect […]

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10 key promises Trudeau has broken since becoming PM

Mar 26 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein

Given that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once said budgets balance themselves, it’s perhaps not surprising his major broken election promises to date are in the areas of tax cuts and government spending. Indeed, after 16 months in office, Canadians have cause to be concerned about where his government is headed, financially. To be sure, it’s […]

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Impeaching Trump could hurt Democrats

Mar 26 2017 — Jaime Watt

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency, whispers of impeachment are becoming louder. Ladbrokes, a British bookmaker, has Trump’s odds of leaving office via impeachment or resignation before the end of his first term at 10/11. I am not a betting man, but with those odds, do not expect a large payoff. Allan […]

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O’Leary taught us (seriously) to confront unpleasant truths about Canadian politics

Mar 25 2017 — Adam Radwanski

The reflex was to laugh off Kevin O’Leary’s recent complaint of “widespread vote rigging” in the Conservative leadership contest. When the President of the United States is vilifying minority groups with false claims of electoral fraud, there is healthy skepticism about any such allegation – not least one that, when it emerged, was itself directed […]

Mar 25 2017 — Paula Simons

Would-be federal Conservative leader Kevin O’Leary didn’t exactly mince words Thursday, when he went on the attack against Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. “She’s a vicious, poisonous, toxic cocktail of mediocrity (and) incompetence, put together,” O’Leary, dressed in a leather bomber jacket and tie, told a group in St. John’s, N.L. — while a CBC camera […]

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Mar 25 2017 — Andrew Coyne

It will be revealed before long who forced out Andrew Potter at McGill and why, but the affair is already a calamity for the university, and for the principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry for which it supposedly stands. Whether or not overt political interference proves to have been involved, it is simply incomprehensible […]

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Mar 24 2017 — Russell Wangersky

In St. John’s on Thursday morning, Tory leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary slipped into an apparently borrowed sealskin coat to make one more connection when speaking with the locals. But borrowed or bought, the move, in all its simple prop-populism, reminded me of a wealthy Newfoundland cabinet minister who used to drive a Jaguar to work […]

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Mar 24 2017 — Conrad Black

Almost three years ago I wrote a column here criticizing the dismissal from his employment ahead of an expected indictment of former prime ministerial assistant Bruce Carson. I was skeptical of the grounds for the indictment, which was eventually produced, and was the subject of an acquittal. The Crown prosecutors appealed the acquittal and were […]

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Mar 23 2017 — Oleh Iwanyshyn

How does a patently false claim from the lips (or tweet) of Donald Trump get legitimized to the point where many Americans think it’s true? In one word–Television. Television is how most Americans get their news. Six out of every 10 Americans say it’s their main source of news. Perhaps more relevant, for those over […]

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Mar 23 2017 — Don Martin

Conservative bellyaching which insists the Trudeau government gets a coddled ride from an adoring media is invariably baseless and increasingly tiresome. But there are exceptions. Had the Harper government pushed to radically change the way the House of Commons operates in the same full-throttle way Liberals are rushing it forward now, thundering newspaper editorials would’ve […]

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Mar 23 2017 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

Last Wednesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the government’s second budget. For weeks before the budget, the government had been preparing the public for a budget that would not include any new spending or ambitious policy initiatives. In addition, recognizing worsening global growth prospects and the complete “mystery” as to what the Trump government might […]

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Mar 23 2017 — Paul Wells

Bill Morneau works in a building named after Jim Flaherty. No pressure there. The very walls seem to ask why Morneau, a political rookie whose adult life before politics was spent in some fairly cushy corporate precincts, can’t seem to display the offhand charm and crusty wit of his late Conservative predecessor. If the walls […]

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Mar 23 2017 — Jennifer Ditchburn

I’m going to borrow from some of the buzzwordy language in vogue with the government right now as a metaphor for Budget 2017 – it’s like an automated car that is probably going down the right road, but its electric battery is only partly charged. Finance Minister Bill Morneau concedes as much in his speech […]

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Antonio Banderas says he’s recovered from a heart attack

Mar 27 2017 —

Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that “I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused any damage.” Banderas says he underwent a procedure to place three stents in his arteries, […]

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