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Suspended Senators Duffy, Wallin, Harb repay $465,000

Nov 26 2014 — Tim Naumetz

Three of the four Senators who were suspended last year for filing false expense and living allowance claims have repaid a total of $465,000 over the past year-and-a-half, including interest on the money they wrongly received, public accounts and Senate records show. The repayments will be even higher—more than $511,000—if former Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, […]

Nov 26 2014 —

A Conservative cloak-and-dagger caper aimed at capturing a Liberal candidate in a verbal gaffe has taken another twist. The Conservative party has asked an audio forensic expert to analyze a secretly recorded conversation involving Marlo Raynolds, the Liberal candidate in Banff-Airdrie. And that expert has concluded that it was indeed Raynolds who said the Tories’ […]

Nov 26 2014 —

The NDP is embracing the idea of a neutral third-party investigation of misconduct complaints against two Liberal MPs, now that one New Democrat complainant has said she’d be willing to participate. Andrew Scheer, the Speaker of the House of Commons, last week offered the use of House administration resources as well as “external experts” to […]

Nov 26 2014 — Laura Stone

Conservative MP Peter Goldring – who wants to annex Turks and Caicos – released a statement through the press gallery Wednesday in response to the ongoing harassment allegations on Parliament Hill. We’ll let the statement speak for itself, but let’s just say it involves Scrabble at 2 a.m., body-worn video recording equipment, and the word […]

Nov 26 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he is hopeful that a “rigorous” independent review will now be launched into allegations of personal misconduct against MPs he suspended from the Liberal caucus. Trudeau made the comments to reporters after emerging from a caucus meeting Wednesday, exactly three weeks after Parliament Hill was rocked by his announcement that […]

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Jian Ghomeshi will plead not guilty to sexual assault charges: Lawyer

Nov 26 2014 —

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi plans to plead not guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, his lawyer said Wednesday. Marie Henein made her comments just moments after Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail at a Toronto courthouse. “We will address these allegations fully and directly in a courtroom,” she said as a sombre-looking […]

Jian Ghomeshi?s radio show can now be heard on WNYC in New York.

CBC’s ‘Fifth Estate’ to run Ghomeshi episode

Nov 26 2014 —

CBC is promising to tell the story of “what really happened” with Jian Ghomeshi in an upcoming episode of “The Fifth Estate.” The investigative program is set to run an hour-long documentary on the disgraced “Q” radio host Friday, titled “The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi.” In a preview, Ghomeshi is described as “the breakout success […]

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Pierre Claude Nolin named Senate speaker

Nov 26 2014 —

Quebec Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin has been named the new Speaker of the Senate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in a statement acknowledging the contributions of Nolin’s predecessor, Noel Kinsella, whose last day as Speaker was Wednesday. Harper congratulated Kinsella for presiding over the upper chamber with “aplomb and dignity,” and for setting […]

Nov 26 2014 — Kady O'Malley

With his family watching from the public gallery, senators paid tribute to retiring Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella as he took the chair for the last time. Senate Government Leader Claude Carignan referred to Kinsella as “an institution within our institution.” “Not only is he an undisputed authority in terms of his institutional memory, he is […]

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Nov 26 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed earlier this year on how across-the-board budget cuts hurt public service morale, productivity and citizen satisfaction. The memorandum — headlined “Death by a Thousand Cuts: How governments undermine their own productivity” — laid out arguments from an Australian, union-funded study that suggests poorly executed austerity undermines trust and confidence […]

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Nov 26 2014 —

Rob Ford’s brother says the outgoing Toronto mayor will need a fifth round of chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer in his abdomen. Ford is in hospital undergoing a fourth round of chemotherapy and his brother Coun. Doug Ford told all-news TV station CP24 on Wednesday that another round will begin 21 days after […]

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Nov 26 2014 —

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada will contribute $11 million more in non-lethal support to Ukraine. Nicholson made the announcement at a news conference this morning held at the Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa, along with his parliamentary secretary, James Bezan.

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The time for creating a Canadian LNG industry is now

Nov 26 2014 — Barry Munro and Gary L. Zed

There has been plenty of public debate recently, in government and financial circles, about whether British Columbia and Canada will ever enter the global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) game. The sector’s first movers, PETRONAS and its partners, are on the verge of making a final investment decision that is destined to mark a historic step […]

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The NDP’s poisoned chalice

Nov 26 2014 — Lysiane Gagnon

For most of the New Democratic Party’s existence, Quebec was the impossible dream, impossible to penetrate even as Tommy Douglas, David Lewis and Ed Broadbent did their successive best to overcome the steady resistance of French-speaking Quebeckers. The conventional wisdom was always that the NDP could never form government without making at least some inroads […]

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The star system and the CBC

Nov 26 2014 — Meredith McDonald

Pity the poor Mother Corp. Allegations its marquee radio personality’s erotic tastes involve punching and choking unsuspecting women have rightfully sent Canada’s public broadcaster into spasms of damage control. As if his purported treatment of a string of women wasn’t disturbing enough, claims have come to light the CBC was at least partially aware all […]

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Get over yourself, Mr. Harper — talk to the premiers

Nov 26 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

A quarter century ago, when David Peterson was premier of Ontario, he used to say that “you can’t run the country without Ontario and Quebec. It’s that simple.” He invested heavily in his relationship with Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. There would have been no Meech Lake Accord without their close personal rapport, and even when […]

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Canadian veterans deserve better

Nov 26 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

The Conservative party has made patriotism and support for the military central to its brand. That makes its ramshackle, shoddy and unacceptable treatment of Canadian veterans, revealed in auditor general Michael Ferguson’s fall report, all the more egregious. It is simply not good enough. And the customary official excuses and genuflections and blathering, in ample […]

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Veterans minister Julian Fantino an ocean away amid withering criticism

Nov 26 2014 — Tim Harper

The day before auditor general Michael Ferguson exposed for Canadians the government’s slow and shoddy treatment of veterans seeking mental health help, the minister responsible, Julian Fantino, was in the neighbourhood. His department appears to be fuelled by molasses, but Fantino can act in a timely fashion. By the time Ferguson laid out the problems […]

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Ontario, Quebec should embrace Energy East pipeline

Nov 26 2014 — Brad Wall

Plans for TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline that will move Alberta and Saskatchewan conventional oil to Atlantic Canada for refining while replacing the need for eastern Canada to import foreign oil are prompting considerable national debate. The National Energy Board is conducting a full review of the proposal as they are mandated to do. We in […]

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The strange tale of Canada’s ebola vaccine

Nov 26 2014 — Tom Walkom

The strange case of Canada’s Ebola vaccine became even stranger Monday. That’s when the pharmaceutical multinational Merck announced it will pay $50 million for commercial rights to manufacture and develop the vaccine, invented at the federal government’s National Microbiological Laboratory in Winnipeg. That a drug giant would shell out $50 million is not in itself […]

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Premier Jim Prentice set to cut Alberta’s trade offices

Nov 26 2014 — Rick Bell

We’re at Calgary’s legendary Blackfoot Diner. We’re sitting one booth over from the lady playing Johnny Cash on the jukebox while the premier eats his steak and eggs and talks about cutting the dough this province’s taxpayers spend on trade offices around the world. Premier Jim Prentice says it’s all part of the bigger picture, […]

Nov 26 2014 — Carol Goar

It was a modest breakthrough. But in the fight for affordable housing, every victory counts. Last week, Peter Milczyn, the newly elected MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, introduced his first private member’s bill: the Planning Statute Amendment Act. If it passes — and that’s a big if — it would give municipalities across Ontario the authority to […]

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Gilles Tremblay, Canadiens stalwart, dies at 75

Nov 26 2014 —

Former Montreal forward Gilles Tremblay, who won four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in the 1960s, has died at age 75. The Canadiens reported Tremblay’s death on their official Twitter account. Tremblay played his entire career with Montreal, scoring 168 goals and adding 162 assists over 509 regular-season games.

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