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Harper Tories unleash torrent of patronage appointments

Jul 7 2015 — Glen McGregor

The Conservative government made more than 70 patronage appointments over two days last month, filling up federal boards, tribunals and panels in advance of the October election. On June 18 and 19, cabinet approved the long list of appointees and reappointees to bodies such as the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the […]

Jul 7 2015 — Dean Beeby

Fixing up a temporary home for the Senate has gone over budget by at least $29 million, and Public Works wants to squeeze office-relocation costs for senators to make up the difference. But senators are pushing back. The Senate chamber is being moved to Ottawa’s old railway station starting in 2018, when the Centre Block […]

Jul 7 2015 — Kathryn May

The union for Canada’s federal lawyers is prepared to defend prosecutor Emilie Taman if she loses her job for defying the Public Service Commission so she could seek the NDP nomination in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. Len MacKay, president of the Association of Justice Counsel, said he expects Taman will be suspended or fired but […]

Jul 7 2015 — Sean Fine

The Conservative government appointed 43 judges in June, filling appeal court vacancies left to languish as long as a year and a half and ending a shortage that contributed to backlogs in family, civil and criminal courts. The weeks leading up to the official start of the election campaign may be the government’s last chance […]

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Spare parts harder to find for Victoria-class submarines

Jul 7 2015 — Andrea Gunn

Upkeep costs for Canada’s fleet of Victoria-class submarines could balloon out of control within years if the government is unable to find parts to service them, warns one expert. Since 2012, Canada has issued more than 200 requests for proposal for the aging fleet to obtain spare parts: everything from simple connectors to complex pieces […]

Jul 7 2015 — Ashley Csanady

Ontario’s long-term credit rating has been downgraded by Standard and Poor’s after years of warnings the province needed to control its spending. The long-term rating was lowered from AA- to A+, but Ontario’s short-term A-1+ rating was affirmed and its outlook remains stable. That means there will be few short-term costs to the provincial treasury […]

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Jul 7 2015 — Peter O'Neil

Conservatives (and NDP) say Liberal position on ‘fossil fuel subsidies’ would cripple the nascent B.C. industry. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s policy on tax incentives for the fossil fuel industry would cripple B.C.’s nascent liquefied natural gas industry before it got its feet on the ground, the Conservatives charged Monday. Trudeau, in a Vancouver announcement last […]

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Jul 7 2015 — Greg Quinn

Canada’s merchandise trade deficit widened to the second-largest on record in May, more evidence that weakness that started with an oil shock has extended beyond the first quarter. The deficit widened to C$3.34 billion ($2.63 billion) from C$2.99 billion in April and was second only to the record C$3.57 billion shortfall in March, Statistics Canada […]

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Tories should fear a coalition, but not that one

Jul 7 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Coalition. The very mention of the word is enough to send Conservative voters screaming to the ballot box, desperate to prevent the country’s progressive hordes from uniting should the Tories fall to minority government status in October. Just as the spectre of a coalition with separatists proved a motivating force for the Conservatives in the […]

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In a debt crisis, what would a Mulcair government do?

Jul 7 2015 — David Akin

Like so many Canadians of Greek heritage, NDP MP Niki Ashton had a personal stake in the outcome of Sunday’s referendum. And, on her Twitter feed, she wasn’t shy about letting the world know how she would have voted. “NO to austerity! YES to democracy!” she tweeted. And while re-broadcasts of things others say on […]

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Team NDP has a big hole to fill

Jul 7 2015 — Lawrence Martin

Wanted: A candidate with a strong background in economics, preferably Bay Street experience. Apply to the New Democratic Party immediately. You could be Canada’s next Minister of Finance. With the election little more than three months away, the New Democrats, suddenly a contender to form the next government, are in a bit of a jam. […]

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Canada must avoid Greek entitlement

Jul 7 2015 — Anthony Furey

It’s a sad day in Canadian politics when a possible future cabinet minister applauds the latest news in the current Greek tragedy. Niki Ashton, the MP for Manitoba, and a prominent voice in the NDP caucus tweeted “NO to austerity! YES to democracy!” in celebration of Greek voters’ rejecting the latest bailout terms offered by […]

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Political parties must be made accountable, because honesty is the only thing doing it now

Jul 6 2015 — Stephen Maher

The first chapter of the Conservatives’ 2006 election platform was titled Stand Up For Accountability. Back then, the party needed to convince Canadians they had a plan to clean the stables, so they made specific, detailed promises about political reforms, some of which they kept. They limited political donations, toughened lobbying rules, created a parliamentary […]

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Greece at forefront of Europe’s game of chicken over debt

Jul 7 2015 — Andrew Coyne

Europe’s problem is that it has more than one Greece. Greece’s problem is that it is alone. If it were just a negotiation between Greece and its creditors, the issue would be complex enough, a multi-player game of chicken between Greece, the eurozone governments, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the financial […]

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (L) of the U.S. lands a left to the face of Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in the 11th round during their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this May 2, 2015 file photo.  Boxers Mayweather and Pacquiao topped Forbes 2015 list of the world's highest-paid celebrities June 29, 2015, thanks to their record-breaking lucrative Las Vegas fight that assured them earnings that surpassed those of musicians and actors.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Files

Mayweather stripped of title he won in Pacquiao fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday. Mayweather, who improved to 48-0 by beating Pacquiao in May, missed a deadline by which he had to pay a $200,000 sanctioning […]

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