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Conservatives cool their heels, eye 2017 leadership vote

Nov 29 2015 —

Familiar, experienced Conservatives will take their places on the opposition benches this week in the Commons, but behind them is a party that is exhausted, in organizational limbo, and only slowly beginning to plan for a leadership race. A consensus has begun to emerge inside the caucus that the party should take time to regroup […]

Nov 29 2015 — Michelle Zilio

In the coming days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make decisions to ensure that legislation can be brought forward and reviewed in the Conservative-dominated Senate, according to Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc. Speaking to CTV’s Question Period, LeBlanc said the Senate needs to be able to fulfill its responsibility to properly scrutinize legislation. While he […]


Climate change a low priority for most Canadians: Ipsos poll

Nov 29 2015 — Leslie Young

As the Liberal government goes to negotiate a new climate agreement in Paris, polling shows that climate change is a low priority for most Canadians. When presented with a long list of policy issues, only 13 per cent of Canadians chose climate change as one of their top three worries, according to an Ipsos poll […]


Pierre Trudeau’s desk retrieved from storage for his son to use

Nov 29 2015 — Julie Van Dusen

Canada’s new prime minister has made a lot of changes in his first month in office, but CBC News has learned Justin Trudeau has also brought a bit of history back to Parliament Hill. A reporter’s tweet was the first clue. It revealed that former prime minister Stephen Harper’s desk had been dismantled and moved […]


Expect influx of foreign workers, professionals under TPP, experts say

Nov 29 2015 — Louise Elliott

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has significant implications for the movement of workers to and from Canada, with experts predicting it will open the Canadian labour market to a new wave of foreign workers. That influx may or may not be offset by increased opportunities for Canadian workers to move abroad, the experts say.

Nov 29 2015 —

The treaty that comes out of the Paris climate change conference will likely be legally binding, predicted Elizabeth May this weekend, but it is unlikely to contain greenhouse gas reduction targets for individual countries. May, the leader of Canada’s Green Party since 2006, told The West Block‘s Tom Clark that she realizes that the legalities […]

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Nov 29 2015 —

The plane that flies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau around the world can be tracked in mid-air using a simple website or free app, a fact that some security experts say could put him at risk. Trudeau’s official plane broadcasts its location using transponders and, unlike President Barack Obama’s jet or similar flights carrying global dignitaries, […]

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Whither the ‘new kids’ in the Bubble

Nov 29 2015 — Mark Bonokoski

With the 42nd session of the House of Commons set to begin on Thursday, and with the speech from the throne the following day, the enormity of what has happened is starting to sink in among Liberal political staffers. They have entered the glorious world where former beggars can now be choosers. It was surely […]


The one-point plan to fix Parliament

Nov 29 2015 — Anthony Furey

Canada’s Parliament is slated to resume this coming Thursday, yet we’ve got a serious problem on our hands that could greatly interfere with its functioning. The problem is that our democracy is broken. It’s in tatters – in crisis, even. At least that’s the impression the public’s been given over the past couple of years […]


How public servants ‘game the system’

Nov 29 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Can you guess how much Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for federal civil servants’ unused sick leave? Nearly $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a non-profit think tank in Ottawa. And that’s just their unused sick leave – the days that are left over every year after […]

Jim Warren

Welcome refugees with Canadian generosity

Nov 29 2015 — Jim Warren

The images of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in September, and those of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, have generated extreme emotional responses from Canadians. These two events have polarized many people into two extreme camps. Both images are powerful and drive decision-making from the brain to the heart – a […]

Bob Hepburn

How high-paid health bosses blew it

Nov 29 2015 — Bob Hepburn

When high-flying politicians or senior executives come crashing down to earth it is often because their outrageous spending habits or sky-high salaries have been exposed to the public. That’s what happened, for example, to Bev Oda in 2012 when the federal Conservative cabinet minister resigned her seat in the House of Commons after it was […]

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Brad Pitt’s an atheist

Nov 29 2015 —

Brad Pitt‘s religious upbringing seems to have backfired. Despite being raised in a strict Southern Baptist household in Springfield, Mo., the 51-year-old actor is now a proud atheist. In a Saturday interview in the UK’s Telegraph, Pitt linked his lack of faith to his dad, who raised him “with all the Christian guilt about what […]

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