National Newswatch

Mulcair’s approval ratings go up but NDP still in third place behind Conservatives and Liberals: poll

Apr 1 2015 — Tim Naumetz

Public approval ratings for NDP Leader Tom Mulcair spiked over the past two months as he led the Commons charge against the government’s contentious anti-terrorism legislation and its decision to join a U.S.-led bombing mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq and now Syria, a Forum Research survey found. But despite Mr. Mulcair’s (Outremont, Que.) […]

Apr 1 2015 — Glen McGregor

A group of NDP MPs has been given a brief reprieve on the $2.7-million debt a House of Commons board says it owes toward the cost of staffing party satellite offices in Quebec. The Board of Internal Economy has elected to wait until its next meeting on April 21 before instructing House administrators to begin […]

Apr 1 2015 —

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is expected to announce Thursday when the federal budget will be released. Oliver will make an announcement at 9 a.m. at the Canada Goose factory in Toronto, after weeks of speculation about the budget and its release. In January, Oliver said he would be delaying the budget due to economic uncertainty […]

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Apr 1 2015 —

In my primer for today’s question period (read that here), I referred to Shakespeare’s Macbeth in describing the Liberals and NDP opposition to the expansion of the war effort as “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” With the pleasure of 20/20 hindsight, that reference seems rather appropriate, given a particularly feisty question period that looked to […]

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Apr 1 2015 —

Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair says the results of the auditor general’s investigation into senators’ expenses should be released “as soon as possible,” after CTV News reported that at least 40 current and former senators have received letters about questionable expense claims. “We’ve seen, since the beginning of this whole sordid affair, Liberal and Conservative senators […]

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Justin Trudeau’s fight to find the political middle

Mar 31 2015 — Tim Harper

Matters of terror and war do not lend themselves to nuance or half-measures. On these two issues, at least, Justin Trudeau is finding it difficult to claim a middle ground that has long been his party’s traditional turf. This should cause concern in Liberal circles, but hardly any sense of panic, because Trudeau’s difficulties and […]


A modern Access to Information Act is long overdue

Apr 1 2015 — Suzanne Legault

Governments create and hold a large amount of information. In a society that runs on information, access to this information is necessary for us to understand how government operates. This also allows us to better understand our democracy and contribute to its economic and social advancement. This is the premise behind the Open Government movement […]


The opposition’s fantasy election, coming soon

Apr 1 2015 — Don Braid

The coming Progressive Conservative election platform is the stuff of opposition dreams. There’s something in it for everybody — Liberals, New Democrats and Wildrosers. All the government’s opponents can sum up the PC world view in eight easy words: spending cuts and higher taxes, except for corporations. Like the dentist who says, ‘We have to […]


Smith’s exit a loss for Alberta

Apr 1 2015 — Lorne Gunter

So Danielle Smith, the former leader of the Wildrose Party and the former leader of Alberta’s official opposition, made a colossal miscalculation in December when she decided to quit her party to join the governing Tories under Premier Jim Prentice. She miscalculated how strong the reaction would be by the Wildrosers she was abandoning. Tens […]


Deficit shows Liberals are high-spending wastrels

Apr 1 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Congratulations, taxpayers of this province. You’ve elected the best and most fiscally-responsible government in the history of the world. Make that the history of the universe. This Liberal government are such brilliant money-managers, they’ve managed to reduce their deficit projection by the $1.6 billion they inflated it by last year. It’s a miracle only a […]

Apr 1 2015 — Carol Goar

If everything had gone according to plan, the Ontario government would be rolling out a new Employment-Related Benefit for people with disabilities on April 1. Things did not go as planned, of course. Last fall the Ministry of Community and Social Services installed a costly new social assistance program on its computers. Since then, it […]

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Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

Apr 1 2015 —

Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. “Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon,” said a statement on the Mitchell website. “She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests […]

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