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Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age. A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly […]

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Boutilier

Liberal cabinet ministers are once again hitting the fundraising circuit, but are promising to adhere to new rules after “cash-for-access” allegations turned into a scandal for the party. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr hosted a fundraiser Thursday night in Calgary, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has another scheduled for Montreal in May. Unlike the cozy […]

Apr 29 2017 —

The 160-plus voters crowded into a Toronto barroom last Tuesday would seem at first to be ripe and easy pickings for the Conservative Party of Canada. The group included longtime Liberals and New Democrats who now seethe under the much-larger-than-promised deficits of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and want to test out a more right-wing politics. […]

Apr 29 2017 — Don Braid

Rumours of floor crossings. Talk of a Wildrose-PC merger agreement as early as this weekend. Alberta’s conservative world is still in turmoil, although a bit more private about it these days. The two-party merger committee held long and intense meetings Thursday and Friday. They’re trying for an agreement as soon as possible. The self-imposed deadline […]


Common interest will ensure Canada-U.S. trade conflicts get solved

Apr 29 2017 — Chris Hall

Canada remains confident a deal can be reached with the United States on softwood lumber without repeating the drawn-out trade litigation of the past. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says reaching a new long-term deal is the best option, even as he repeats his warning that jobs will be lost in Canada as a result […]


Mélanie Joly urges patience on long road toward cultural policy shakeup

Apr 29 2017 —

“I’ve always been an impatient person,” said Mélanie Joly, the charismatic Minister of Canadian Heritage. The 38-year-old entered politics at a gallop, forming her own municipal party and narrowly losing Montreal’s mayoralty race in 2013, before entering the federal cabinet as a rookie MP two years later. But patience is the virtue Ms. Joly recommends […]

Apr 29 2017 — Laura Payton

International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne suggests there may be federal assistance provided to softwood lumber workers affected by recently announced American tariffs. In an interview to air Sunday morning on CTV’s Question Period, Champagne said the government needs to be there for workers. “That’s number one. We need to make sure, if anyone is affected, […]

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Apr 29 2017 — Ian Bailey

The securities division of one of Canada’s major banks is predicting an NDP win in next month’s B.C. election, and warning of “policy uncertainty” on the energy front as a result. Friday’s research report from TD Securities Inc. says that, as a result of a likely change of government in the province, investors should consider […]

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Apr 28 2017 —

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ amongst 1479 Canadian voters, amongst those decided and leaning, the Liberals (35%) and the Conservatives (35%) are tied. The NDP is third (17%), with the Green Party (7%) and the BQ (5%) following behind. (1%) say they support another party. Liberal support is […]

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Featured Ink


The anatomy of Harjit Sajjan’s Afghanistan operation apology

Apr 29 2017 — Evan Solomon

A day before he backtracked from his false claim that he was the “architect” of Operation Medusa, one of the biggest and most dangerous missions of the war in Afghanistan, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan inexplicably and stubbornly stood by them in a correspondence with me. What happened over the last five days might […]

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Hints of horror in admirably restrained Handmaid’s Tale

Apr 29 2017 — Heather Mallick

What are the most unnerving elements in the new — and stunningly good — version of Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale? It’s an American TV rendition of a Canadian vision of an American future. Petrifying in general, it is creepy in its particulars. First, there’s red. Young women in the Republic of […]

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If push comes to shove with Donald Trump, Canadians are ready

Apr 28 2017 — Bruce Anderson

Forever it seems, Canadians have had jitters about our relationship with the United States. Pierre Trudeau likened it to sleeping beside an elephant. “No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast…one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” Watching Donald Trump run America—words like “friendly and even tempered” don’t come to mind. Words like […]


Time for Trudeau to move on from photo-op feminism

Apr 28 2017 — Shree Paradkar

Two days, two Nobel peace laureates. Only one got the press, although the other matter was pressing. One day after Malala Yousafzai addressed Parliament as an honorary Canadian, Nobel peace laureate Leymah Gbowee from Liberia and Canadian-Iraqi peace activist Yanar Mohammed met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They were petitioning him for a small amount […]

Apr 27 2017 — Jodie Wickens

This election is about big, bold ideas that will make life more affordable for all British Columbians, and nothing embodies that more than John Horgan and the B.C. NDP’s $10-a-day child-care plan. John Horgan and the B.C. NDP’s proposal for universal $10-a-day child care is sensible, fully costed and will provide immediate relief for parents. […]

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Apr 27 2017 — Beesan Sarrouh

When implementing religious accommodation procedures, school administrators need to involve the whole school community, including students. The Peel District School Board (PDSB) serves one of the largest multi-faith student populations in Ontario. Recently the board has been facing intense scrutiny regarding its accommodation of Muslim students who want to pray during school hours.

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Apr 28 2017 — Michael Coren

It was summed by one of those wonderfully “ordinary” people, chosen by reporters precisely because they are so representative of the non-elites. Stranding on a typical British street, 75-year-old Brenda from Bristol was asked what she thought of an election being called. “You’re joking!” she said, obviously exasperated. “What, another one? I can’t stand this.” […]

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Apr 26 2017 — John Ivison

Kevin O’Leary was just visiting after all. The man who plays a successful businessman on television once said that to create wealth, he needed to pair up with people whose strengths compensated for his weaknesses. The same principle apparently applies to electoral success. Humility will never be one of those strengths, but O’Leary remains clear-eyed […]

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Apr 26 2017 — Paul Wells

Perhaps now (he said with no real hope), we will stop pretending success in other fields transfers effortlessly to politics. Ken Dryden was a great goalie. He got nowhere as a leadership candidate—and that was in 2006, when, as it turned out, the Liberals could have used a good leader. Marc Garneau was an astronaut. […]

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Apr 26 2017 — Emma Teitel

Bill O’Reilly, the American conservative pundit and author of several books including, Killing Reagan, Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus may want to start writing a new tome: Killing my Career. O’Reilly, a veteran talk show host who once blasted the rapper, Ludacris, for “degrading women,” was sacked from his hosting job at Fox News last […]

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Entertainment Plus


Halifax mayor moonlights as stand-up comic for comedy festival Saturday

Apr 28 2017 —

Halifax’s mayor will try his hand at stand-up comedy this weekend. Mike Savage, known for his off-the-cuff jokes and one-liners in council chambers, will take his humour to the stage of the Halifax Comedy Fest. His two-minute skit will kick off the festival’s Gala of Laughs finale at the Spatz Theatre Saturday night. Savage said […]


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