National Newswatch

Ottawa shooting: Stephen Harper tells MPs he’s sorry he left during attack

Oct 29 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his hushed caucus Wednesday morning he felt remorse for surreptitiously ducking into a closet during last week’s assault on Parliament Hill, CBC News has learned. Many Conservative MPs were alarmed at the prime minister’s sudden disappearance during the terrifying 15 minutes between the moment Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fired the first shot […]

Oct 30 2014 — Robert Fisher

“I can honestly say I wouldn’t rule that out right now.” Eleven little words from failed Toronto mayoralty candidate Doug Ford, suggesting he could vie for the Ontario Conservative Party leadership, have sent shock waves through the party. Ford is the brother of Toronto’s outgoing mayor, Rob Ford. He took over his brother’s campaign after […]

Oct 30 2014 —

Several House of Commons committee have not sat since June and others only a handful of times, because of a procedural roadblock thrown up by the NDP. The aboriginal affairs, ethics and access to information, government operations, industry, citizenship and natural resources committees have not met. That’s because the NDP refuses to approve a routine […]

Oct 30 2014 —

Jian Ghomeshi says he intends to “meet these allegations directly” after several women have come forward alleging that he abused them. Ghomeshi posted a two-line statement to Facebook on Thursday morning. “I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly,” Ghomeshi wrote.

Lucy DeCoutere

Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment

Oct 29 2014 — Kevin Donovan and Jesse Brown

Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment. The allegations the Star is probing range from 2002 to the present. One of the women, popular Canadian television actor Lucy DeCoutere, has agreed to be identified. […]


Commons guards rebuffed in demand for weapons

Oct 30 2014 — Bruce Campion-Smith

A year before a gunman stormed the front doors of Parliament, the House of Commons rejected demands from its guards to be armed while on duty outside, telling them instead to “retreat” from any crisis. The 2013 demand from the union representing Commons security staff related to the times when guards were working on the […]

Oct 30 2014 —

Tax cheats bilked the federal government of almost $220 million in the last fiscal year, and the Canada Revenue Agency has so far recovered only $2.2 million – or about one per cent of it. The CRA expects to recover a further $9.2 million of the $219.7 million it is owed from the 553 tax-cheat […]

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Oct 30 2014 — John Ivison

The Prime Minister is expected to unveil a bundle of measures aimed at benefiting families in a splashy, campaign-style announcement Thursday. The centrepiece is expected to be an enhancement to the $2.5-billion universal child care benefit, as the National Post revealed earlier this month. The government is said to be expanding the program, with the […]

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Oct 29 2014 — Chris Hall

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will on Thursday unveil a scaled-down version of the Conservatives’ 2011 campaign commitment to allow income-splitting by parents with children younger than 18 once the federal budget is balanced. Sources tell CBC News that Harper’s announcement at a community centre north of Toronto will cap the amount of tax savings at […]

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Oct 29 2014 —

As the federal government weighs changes to anti-terrorism laws in the wake of last week’s fatal attacks on two Canadian Forces personnel, Justice Minister Peter McKay acknowledges there are already “robust” laws on the books. “There are already some pretty robust measures that we can use — [sections of the Criminal Code] 83.3 and 810 […]

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Featured Ink


For Stephen Harper, fear works

Oct 30 2014 — Linda McQuaig

Stephen Harper insisted last week that we will not be intimidated by terrorism. He then did everything he could to ensure that we will be intimidated by terrorism. I’ve always been confused by the assertion that we won’t be “intimidated” by terrorism. Has anyone ever suggested that we should be — that because a man […]


The NDP’s problems are piling up across Canada

Oct 29 2014 — Chantal Hébert

On a day when the NDP was already mourning the defeat of an icon at the hands of Toronto voters, the sole New Democrat provincial government in the country was flirting with implosion. With his ruling party sinking in the polls, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has a cabinet rebellion on his hands. Until further notice, […]


Canadian cities need fiscal and governance reforms

Oct 30 2014 — Andrew Coyne

A lot has changed of late at the top of Canada’s city governments, mostly for the better. Toronto has just elected a new mayor, John Tory, who’s guaranteed to be a huge improvement over the last, as earlier did Montreal, with Denis Coderre, after the corruption and turmoil of recent years. Winnipeg’s new mayor, Brian […]


Canada’s place in the ever-shifting war on terror

Oct 30 2014 — Tom Walkom

The war on terror continues unabated. When one enemy falls off the radar, we replace it with another. In the early days of this never-ending war, the enemy was the Taliban. They were the terrorists we had to defeat in Afghanistan to prevent attacks here. Nobody talks much about the Taliban any more. Britain quietly […]

Bob Hepburn

Ford Nation remains huge political force

Oct 30 2014 — Bob Hepburn

As the Toronto mayoral results were being announced Monday, a campaign adviser for one of the early major candidates fired off an email expressing shock at how well runner-up Doug Ford fared despite losing to John Tory. “More than 330,000 people voted for Doug Ford for mayor!” the advisor wrote. “Who are these people? What […]


Doug Ford could win PC leadership

Oct 30 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Might give party urban votes. Don’t underestimate the power of Doug Ford to win the leadership of the provincial PC party. Tories at Queen’s Park are abuzz at the prospect of the former Toronto mayoral candidate throwing his hat in the ring. It would be a seismic shift. He’s a political juggernaut and could steamroll […]


The last of the Red Tories

Oct 30 2014 — Michael Taube

John Tory’s long-suffering political ambitions were finally realized this week when he was elected Toronto’s next mayor. His victory could have significant implications not just for Toronto, but also for a nearly moribund political philosophy. Tory’s campaign cobbled together a very diverse group of individuals. This included federal Tories, provincial PCs, Liberals of all shapes […]


France is looking for a seat at the defence procurement table

Oct 30 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Europe, led by France, wants a seat at Canada’s defence procurement table. It’s a not-unreasonable request, given that the prize being sought, as French President Francois Hollande prepares for his first state visit to Canada Sunday, is merely a level playing field, as opposed to the stacked deck that has so often characterized this country’s […]

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