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Special forces troops involved in two more firefights with ISIL fighters

Jan 26 2015 —

There have been two more firefights between Canadian special forces troops and Islamic extremists in Iraq, events that will add fuel to an already burning political debate as parliament resumed sitting. The elite troops were helping Kurdish commanders plan for an upcoming operation and twice came under direct fire while visiting the largely static front […]

Jan 26 2015 — Eric Grenier

If a federal election were held today, with the Liberals and Conservatives so close in national polling, predicting the outcome in the House of Commons would be little better than a coin flip. But that doesn’t mean we’re completely in the dark. As Canada’s political leanings differ from region to region so significantly, it is […]

Jan 26 2015 — Kady O'Malley

In the wake of Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s unexpected decision to delay his pre-election budget until April at the earliest, the New Democrats want him to update the House on the state of the nation’s finances. New Democrat Finance critic Nathan Cullen told reporters that his party intends to devote the first allotted opposition day […]

Jan 26 2015 —

While one federal minister says no major new spending cuts are coming, another is hinting that the Harper Conservatives could dip into a rainy-day fund to balance the government’s books. As members of Parliament return to work today, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is spelling out his party’s priorities for the first Commons sitting […]

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Are feds about to act on unpaid interns?

Jan 26 2015 —

The parliamentary secretary to Labour Minister Kellie Leitch is meeting this week with various stakeholders about unpaid interns, leading to suggestions the federal government may be ready to make changes. One advocate for young workers says Cathy McLeod’s consultations suggest unpaid interns could soon be given workplace standards and safety protections under the Canada Labour […]

Jan 26 2015 —

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman is quitting as the party’s boss effective immediately. The two-term Edmonton MLA and emergency room doctor says he will stay on in his seat until the next election — which could come as early as this spring — but won’t run again. Under Sherman, the Liberals won five seats in […]

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Jan 26 2015 —

The former head of a taxpayer lobby group says he is getting public pressure to seeking the leadership of the Alberta Wildrose party, but he has yet to make his decision. Derek Fildebrandt, the former head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, held a news conference east of Calgary to announce he will seek the Wildrose […]

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Jan 26 2015 —

Longtime Alberta Progressive Conservative politician Doug Griffiths has resigned. The four-term MLA for Battle River-Wainwright says he is quitting immediately because it’s time for fresh faces in the legislature. Griffiths was a one-time municipal affairs minister and was a candidate in the 2011 Tory leadership race won by Alison Redford. Fellow PC MLA Mary Anne […]

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Jan 26 2015 —

The squeeze of the oil slump is prompting one of Canada’s biggest banks to slash its 2015 forecast for the country’s economy and warn that another interest-rate cut could be on the way. TD Bank said Monday it now expects the Canadian economy to grow by just two per cent this year, down from its […]

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Jan 26 2015 — Abbas Rana

Plummeting oil prices have pushed Prime Minister Stephen Harper off his important pre-election budget strategy and last week a disconnect emerged publicly between the PMO and Cabinet communications, but Mr. Harper and his Cabinet will have to stick to a disciplined, well-coordinated PMO communications strategy as the opposition parties will try to score political points […]

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Is our Iraq mission about politics?

Jan 26 2015 — Dan Leger

Just what, exactly, did people think would go on when Canada sent some of its most hard-core soldiers to the most dangerous place in the world? Did people really think that Canadian special forces operators would spend all their time in Iraq giving seminars and supervising target practice? Apparently, we did think that, judging from […]

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Liberals Need a Cardboard Strategy

Jan 26 2015 — Gerry Nicholls

In case you haven’t noticed, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s entire strategy can be summed up in two simple words: photo op. OK, that’s more like one and a half words, but you get my point. Rather than focusing on hard to explain stuff like policies and platforms, Trudeau is using charming photo ops to convince […]

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The three pillars of Stephen Harper’s re-election hopes

Jan 25 2015 — Tim Harper

He left this place before Christmas with a bump in the polls and a potential road map to a fourth victory. When the House of Commons reconvenes Monday for a pre-election sprint, Stephen Harper will seek to recapture that combination in a political environment which has been radically reconfigured in six short weeks. How to […]

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Ontario’s PCs and American Republicans Blinded by the Right

Jan 26 2015 — Andrew Perez

Ontario’s PCs and American Republicans have more in common than meets the eye. Ten days ago Rob Ford resurfaced to endorse the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership bid of Monte McNaughton – a little known ultra-conservative MPP from Southwestern Ontario who wants to lead the PC party into the next provincial election. Here was a Tory […]

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As MPs return to work, here’s what to watch for

Jan 26 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

MPs return to the Commons this week after a six-week break amid significantly changed economic circumstances, and a political dynamic that has been roiled by the precipitous, unexpected fall in the price of crude oil. With this in mind, here is a primer on some of the parties’ and leaders’ key tasks, challenges and opportunities, […]

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What’s Trudeau’s vision for Canada?

Jan 26 2015 — Monte Solberg

Justin Trudeau has accused the Government of Canada of putting all its eggs in one basket, referring to how falling oil prices have hurt government revenues. Given that our young friend might be the prime minister of Canada in 250 days, perhaps we should examine this statement to see what he knows about the economy […]

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The problem with using wives as political ‘secret weapons’

Jan 26 2015 — Celine Cooper

I recently read in the news that the Conservatives are readying their “secret weapon, Laureen Harper” in preparation for the 2015 federal election. Last February, the Toronto Star reported on leaked internal Conservative party documents, one of which included a section on “tactical plans/strategies.” There were recommendations that the party should “leverage Mrs. Harper.” Last […]

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No matter how you spin it, we are fighting ISIS in Iraq

Jan 26 2015 — Scott Taylor

On Jan. 19, the National Defence Department hosted one of its routine technical briefings to update the media on recent developments in the allied military campaign against ISIS in Iraq. In the past, various commanders have detailed the number of sorties undertaken by our combat aircraft and the targets they had successfully engaged. We were […]

Entertainment Plus

"Eyes Wide Shut" Premiere

Documentary reveals Tom Cruise had Nicole Kidman’s phone tapped

Jan 26 2015 —

A former top official of the Church of Scientology says he ordered Nicole Kidman’s phones to be tapped at the suggestion of Tom Cruise and church head David Miscavige. Former Scientologist Mark “Marty” Rathbun, a member of the church for many years and a key aide to Miscavige (inset), makes the allegations in an explosive […]