National Newswatch
Mar 26 2015 — James Fitz-Morris

No province in the Confederation is more affected by oil’s plunge than Alberta, by any measure you choose, ​ Yet Alberta proceeded with its budget plan as scheduled. Premier Jim Prentice says this budget not only deals with sinking oil prices, but is “transformative” for the province. Last week, Saskatchewan moved ahead with its budget, […]

Mar 26 2015 — Joanna Smith

Sixty MPs declared 86 free trips — courtesy of advocacy organizations, business groups and foreign embassies — worth a total of $442,524 last year, according to a summary of sponsored travel reports released Thursday by Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson. The most popular destinations for travel junkets in 2014 were Taiwan, which […]

Mar 26 2015 — Jordan Press

The Ottawa courthouse is preparing for an onslaught of spectators at the criminal trial of Sen. Mike Duffy. The trial starts April 7 as the suspended senator faces 31 criminal charges over his Senate expense claims. Bracing for the onslaught of reporters and onlookers, the courthouse sent out a notice Thursday saying that it will […]

Mar 26 2015 — Evan Dyer

Experts say al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra is gaining ground in Syria’s civil war at the expense of other groups, and could in the long run pose as big a problem as ISIS. They’re warning that the decision by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria to focus its bombing efforts only on ISIS risks assisting al-Qaeda, as […]

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The EKOS poll: Support for anti-Islamic State mission starting to soften

Mar 26 2015 — Frank Graves

The Canadian military mission to combat and contain the Islamic State in Iraq continues to receive majority support from Canadians — but this support is beginning to soften and is increasingly divided across partisan divisions and other key faultlines. This development should surprise no one; we saw the same pattern play out with the Afghanistan […]

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Stephen Harper on the legality of bombing Syria: LOL

Mar 26 2015 — Aaron Wherry

It fell to Rob Nicholson, the minister of foreign affairs, to officially deliver the punchline into the official record. “We have indicated the government of Iraq has the collective right to self-defence under Article 51 of the United Nations,” he said. “It has officially requested international help and so we will comply with that. We […]

Mar 26 2015 —

CBC News is laying off 144 people across the country, shrinking English-language local services in a bid to shave $15 million from its operating costs. On the French side, Radio-Canada announced 100 job cuts across the country, including 20 vacancies and retirements. Jennifer McGuire, Editor-in-Chief of CBC News, announced the English layoffs in a note […]

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Mar 26 2015 —

Canada’s broadcast regulator has released yet another proposal aimed at positioning consumers ahead of the country’s broadcasters. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has offered up a draft code that would, if enacted, require cable and satellite companies to make customer contracts easier to understand. Broadcast service providers would also have to more clearly spell […]

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Sagging economy threatens warrior Stephen Harper

Mar 26 2015 — Tom Walkom

The war is ramping up. The economy continues to sag. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives hope to ride to electoral victory this fall on the first of these, the war against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. But the stagnating Canadian economy could confound them. That the economy is weak is well-known. The plunging […]

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Stephen Harper’s flip-flop on war fits pattern of deceit

Mar 26 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

As with just about everything else, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said one thing about the war on the Islamic State but is doing another. The non-combat mission featured combat. The short-term commitment has become long. No involvement in Syria has evolved into a war in Syria. His reasons for extending and expanding the mission are […]

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Syria gives the Liberals a way out

Mar 26 2015 — Konrad Yakabuski

Opposing Canada’s mission against the Islamic State never posed much of a dilemma for New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair. His position is consistent with everything his party stands for. It was never as cut and dried for Justin Trudeau. The Liberal Leader’s popularity has declined in sync with the rising perceived threat from jihadi […]

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Bell Media’s principles of business and media collide: Don Pittis

Mar 26 2015 — Don Pittis

If William Lyon Mackenzie is watching from heaven he’s mad as hell. “One thing is certain,” wrote Mackenzie in the 1820s in his newspaper blasting the financial power of Upper Canada’s family compact and their tame newspapers, “No free popular government can exist unless the people are informed.” The names and positions may have changed, […]

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Mike Duffy trial a sorry excuse for a political scandal

Mar 26 2015 — John Barber

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming trial of former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, the wanly flickering star of Ottawa’s hottest scandal since Old Mother Hubbard flashed a bluestocking ankle on Sparks Street (and just as compelling): a) The rules regarding Senate expenses are too vague to prove anybody actually broke them; and […]

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By denying my right to speak, our Parliament is weakened

Mar 26 2015 — Elizabeth May

When I was first elected, the consensus among parliamentary observers was that I would never be heard from again. One MP, so it was said, cannot do anything in Parliament. Fortunately, I did not accept the accepted wisdom. I firmly believe in the essential role of Parliament as the living, breathing expression of our democracy. […]

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Why Canada’s democracy rates a sad ‘C’ grade

Mar 26 2015 — Bob Hepburn

Canadians have so little trust in our elected MPs and are so turned off by politics that the legitimacy of our entire democratic system is at risk. Indeed, politics is now so despised that it repels more people than it attracts, especially among young Canadians. Those jarring statements aren’t the rants of an out-of-touch political […]

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Toronto and Montreal might find mutual benefit working together

Mar 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the ongoing courtship between the mayors of Canada’s two biggest cities, Montreal’s Denis Coderre is the pursuer and Toronto’s John Tory (open John Tory’s policard) the pursued party . . . for now. That’s because if there were a lonely hearts club for Canadian cities, Montreal would be its most prominent member. Among the […]

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Obama’s sights on Harper?

Mar 26 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

One wonders if U.S. President Barack Obama will campaign as vigorously to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper this fall, as he did, unsuccessfully, to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in that country’s recent election. It’s no secret Obama despises Netanyahu, who heads Israel’s right-wing Likud party and favoured Mitt Romney over Obama in the […]

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Ontario booze sales need more convenience

Mar 26 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Add one more phrase to the Liberal lexicon of deception. There’s the ever popular “new revenue stream” — Libspeak for a new tax. Now it’s “unlocking the value of our assets” — which in the new lingo of Liberal government actually means a fire sale of things taxpayers have already paid for, such as our […]

Mar 26 2015 — Barbara Yaffe

Transit plebiscite voters are being told more tax revenue is needed annually to meet anticipated service demands from one million new residents arriving by 2041. That message, from the region’s mayors, has prompted some Lower Mainlanders to start thinking about moats and drawbridges. “How did we arrive at the ‘transportation crisis?’” Brian C. Kerr challenges. […]

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Phil Robertson uses ‘rape story’ to denounce atheists

Mar 26 2015 —

The star of the US TV reality show Duck Dynasty is facing criticism after a speech that included a graphic story about an atheist family being killed. Phil Robertson appeared to be using the imagined story to claim that atheists would not find rape or murder immoral. Atheist groups denounced the speech, saying it was […]

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