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Harper Conservatives hope to win 10 Quebec seats in next election

Jul 28 2014 — Abbas Rana

The road to a majority government in the next federal election for the Conservatives goes through Quebec, the only province where there’s ample room to offset any potential losses in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada, say former senior Conservative Hill staffers and party strategists. “I’m sure we could replace [in Quebec] what we might lose […]

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Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has returned to Onex Corp. (OCX), Canada’s largest private-equity firm. Onex said Wright will rejoin the firm in its London office as a managing director. “We missed Nigel during his leave of absence and are excited to have him back,” said Chief Executive Officer […]

Jul 28 2014 — Les Whittington

One of Washington’s most influential lobbying firms made thousands of dollars in political contributions to key U.S. lawmakers last year as it worked on behalf of the Alberta government to drum up congressional support for the Keystone XL pipeline, documents reveal. Chronicling meetings and luncheons between lobbyists and congressional staffers, the U.S. government records offer […]

Jul 28 2014 — Abbas Rana

Senate Speaker Noël Kinsella is retiring in November and the Governor General will appoint his replacement on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but Conservative Senators are split over electing the next Speaker. And in a highly unusual move, Manitoba Conservative Senator JoAnne Buth, 60, who is resigning next month after only two years […]

Jul 28 2014 — Chris Plecash

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s steadfast support for Israel is being criticized as “myopic” and “one-sided,” but those who have worked with him throughout his career in politics say it’s part of a broader, principled support for Western-style democracies rather than political calculus or religious conviction. Throughout its eight years in office the Harper government has […]

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Germany insists it hasn’t scuttled CETA: report

Jul 28 2014 — BJ Siekierski

The German ministry of the economy has clarified its position on the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA), saying it will “meticulously” examine the agreement as soon as it’s on the table, Agence France Presse reported Monday. On Saturday the Sueddeutsche Zeitung — a German news outlet — cited diplomats in Brussels saying Germany planned to reject […]

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Ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Thibault loses bid to have fraud trial quashed

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Former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault has lost a bid to have her fraud trial quashed. A Quebec court judge ruled this morning that Thibault is not entitled to royal immunity. Thibault is on trial after being charged with fraud and breach of trust in connection with more than $700,000 in alleged improper expenses. She held […]

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Fords helped family client lobby for city print contract

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RR Donnelley and Sons, the U.S. commercial printing giant that was vying for the City of Toronto’s printing operations with the help of Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug, is a client of the Ford family’s label business, a Globe investigation has found. In June, Councillor Ford said that his family business, Deco Labels […]

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Premier awaits direction from PM on future Red Chamber. Prince Edward Island now has only two senators working in the Red Chamber, but Premier Robert Ghiz says he believes it’s a waste of time to try to push for full representation in the Senate. P.E.I. Senator Catherine Callbeck reached the Senate’s mandatory retirement age of […]

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Jul 28 2014 — Jessica Hume

Government spin doctors appear to have been spared from the feds’ campaign to make major cuts from a bloated federal public service. Spending on Information Services staff among the core federal departments is projected to reach almost $263 million this year – and that doesn’t include communications gatekeepers within the RCMP, Canada Revenue Agency or […]

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Harper, Gaza and Ukraine: Foreign policy without apology

Jul 28 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

One thing about Stephen Harper’s foreign policy — it comes with moral clarity. Consider his clear denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for his annexation of Crimea and support of separatist forces in eastern Ukraine — the bad guys who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 with Russian-supplied missiles. Even if it was an accident, […]

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It’s time for Canadians to take a stand

Jul 28 2014 — Monte Solberg

It’s a good thing Canadian foreign policy has moved past Lester Pearson, perpetual peacekeeping missions and unthinking support for UN types like Boutros Boutros-Ghali, but now I’m repeating myself. Sitting on the international picket fence isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s unprincipled. For now, at least, those days are over. You don’t have to guess about where […]

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Toronto’s phoney populist

Jul 28 2014 — Celine Cooper

He has used his privilege and power to justify his actions; Toronto deserves a better mayor In October, the people of Toronto will go to the polls to elect a mayor. At a time when most Canadians have zoned out for the summer, interest in the city’s mayoral race remains high. There are two obvious […]

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Northern Ontario has beautiful landscape but crushing poverty

Jul 28 2014 — Carol Goar

This is high tourist season in the Kenora-Rainy River district. Anglers are flying in from all over North America to fish northwestern Ontario’s 150,000 pristine lakes. The food bank in Ignace is hoping to benefit from the catch — but not in the way southerners might think. Well-outfitted sport fishermen don’t patronize the town’s businesses […]

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We can’t stomach the real cost of food

Jul 28 2014 — Elizabeth Renzetti

I’m going to apologize right now if you’re eating breakfast, particularly if it includes a nice bit of bacon and a lovely runny egg. Look away now, because this column is about the crappy things we do to animals in our pursuit of a cheap breakfast – or lunch, or dinner, or one of the […]

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Is Vancouver’s Arbutus corridor worth $100 million?

Jul 28 2014 — Daphne Bramham

There’s no question that the hodgepodge of gardens along CP Rail’s Arbutus corridor are charming and no doubt that homeowners prefer gardens and a leafy walkway to trains. But are Vancouverites willing to pay $100 million for it? Because that’s how much Canadian Pacific Railway wants for the 66-foot-wide right-of-way that runs for 11 kilometres […]

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The U.S. is one lousy executioner

Jul 28 2014 — Heather Mallick

When the United States, a nation famed for its excellent killing technologies, takes a full two hours to execute a prisoner, as it did recently in Arizona, one has to wonder if it was no accident. Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, gasped and snorted, clearly struggling for breath after being given heavy doses of sedatives and […]

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