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Ian Binnie, ex-Supreme Court justice, named special Senate expenses arbiter

May 26 2015 —

Former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie has been named by the Senate to arbitrate disputes over the auditor general’s investigation into senators expenses. Until now, disagreements over expense claims were handled entirely by the Senate’s board of internal economy, budgets and administration, which conducts virtually all its business in secret. “The appointment of an independent […]

May 25 2015 — Michael Shulman

A CTV investigation has revealed the Auditor General’s office spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on questionable employee events that appear to violate federal rules. Over four years, the federal watchdog doled out more than $23,048 on team-building trips in the Ottawa area. This includes three visits to Funhaven, an entertainment centre, and other team-building events […]

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After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’

May 26 2015 —

This is the Canadian province known for oil, cowboys, rodeos and as the adopted home of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose Conservative Party has long dominated politics. So it seemed especially jarring when a boisterous crowd in this bastion of conservative voting known as Canada’s Texas celebrated its new premier this weekend: a woman regarded […]

May 26 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson

The precedent the government is setting by retroactively exempting long gun registry data from Canada’s access law could be used to cover up the paper trail in scandals like the one involving suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, Canada’s access to information watchdog suggested Monday. Testifying before Parliament’s Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee, NDP […]

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Justin Trudeau’s relevance fading in Quebec

May 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

Once a lightning rod for sovereigntist voters and a beacon for Quebec federalists, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is fast fading from the radars of both groups in his home province. Quebec’s longstanding love-hate relationship with the late father is morphing into collective indifference towards the son. Trudeau was initially such a polarizing Quebec figure that […]

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The NDP surge may force a change in strategy

May 26 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Is the orange wave turning into a tsunami? Last Friday’s EKOS survey put the New Democrats in the lead, at 29.6 per cent to the Conservatives’ 28.1, and the Liberals’ 26.1. Given the margin of error of 1.9 per cent, the results represent a statistical tie. Psychologically, however, the effect is profound: After months of […]

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Are worries about Harper slipping back into power exaggerated?

May 26 2015 — Karl Nerenberg

The three major federal parties, and one business-based right-of-centre group that calls itself, oddly, “Working Canadians,” unleashed political television ads on Monday. Those ads serve to remind us that we’re well into what will certainly be Canada’s longest election campaign ever. Getting such an early start on the campaign – the fixed election date is […]

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Will the Orange Crush thing fizzle?

May 26 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Here’s what Senior Statesman Ed Broadbent says: The polling done by the Broadbent Institute shows Canadians support those ideas. “Time after time, we find on almost every issue, a majority of Canadians are social democrats,” he says. “On tax policy, on (the) Canada Pension (Plan), a whole range of issues that are reasonably described as […]

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Better a mock session for new MLAs than a mockery

May 26 2015 — Graham Thomson

It is an idea that manages to be unprecedented, inspired and even a little bit goofy in an endearing kind of way. On June 2, one day after Alberta’s newly elected MLAs are sworn in, the assembly will be called together for a mock session. Yes, a dress rehearsal. As far as anyone knows this […]

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Grasping Alberta’s budget problems

May 25 2015 — Mark Milke

The new Alberta government has delayed introducing a budget until the fall, so MLAs will have plenty of time to think about how they’ll collect and spend Albertans’ money. Thus, to properly manage the estimated $48.4 billion in provincial budget expenditures, it helps to become familiar with where the money is spent. First, one should […]

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Mike O’Brien, comedian and Corner Gas regular, dies of cancer

May 26 2015 —

In his final blog posting, Mike O’Brien said he exuded faith — faith in his radiologist, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors — but not in God. “Of course, I may be wrong. I often am. Fortunately, if God really exists, I’m confident he’ll look at my overall record and let me slide on the faith/skeptic […]

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