National Newswatch
Aug 20 2014 —

A New Democrat MP has quit the caucus over what she felt was an excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza and demeaning party demands to toe the line. Sana Hassainia, who represents the Montreal-area riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes, was specifically critical of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in a blog post that appeared […]

Aug 20 2014 — Mike De Souza

Canada’s language watchdog is investigating Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s Twitter account following a complaint the Conservative MP posts most of his messages in English without enough French. The probe by official languages commissioner Graham Fraser has puzzled officials in Baird’s office and department.

Aug 20 2014 —

Although they were once close friends, Lucien Bouchard says there’s no way to repair his ruptured relationship with Brian Mulroney. “We run into each other occasionally in Montreal or elsewhere and I think we have an agreement to not embarrass each other,” Bouchard said Wednesday.

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CSEC kept 66 ‘unintentionally’ obtained private communications

Aug 20 2014 — Kady O'Malley

The man charged with keeping a watchful eye on the conduct of Canada’s electronic spy agency says CSEC acquired and retained 66 private communications of citizens it had obtained unintentionally in the course of its foreign intelligence gathering. In a report tabled Wednesday, Communications Security Establishment Canada commissioner Jean-Pierre Plouffe said that all CSEC activities […]

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U.S. journalist’s death ‘disgusting:’ Harper

Aug 20 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Iraq is part of a “disgusting” terror campaign being carried out across the entire region. It’s a campaign that threatens more and more countries, he said. “And frankly, this terrorist caliphate in our judgment represents an increasing long-term […]

Aug 20 2014 —

Industry Minister James Moore lays out recommendations ahead of annual meeting of premiers in P.E.I. Industry Minister James Moore has released potential options for reforming trade between provinces, including throwing out the current Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The recommendations come ahead of the meeting of Canada’s premiers in P.E.I. next week.

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Aug 20 2014 — Andrew Mayeda

Three years ago, Canada’s Liberal Party suffered the worst electoral drubbing in its history. Under the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, Liberals are already talking about forming a majority government again. “Canadians want a stable, strong government that’s going to respond to their needs and build a better future,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau […]

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Mark Kennedy

Justin Trudeau’s political style a phenomenon to watch

Aug 20 2014 — Mark Kennedy

In the age of the selfie, he is the political king. They cluster around him. Mothers and fathers with children. Old men with canes. Teenagers with that star-struck look in their eyes. Many of them carry cell-phone cameras, and as he approaches, they ask him to pose with them. Justin Trudeau, the man who wants […]

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It’s a myth veterans are mistreated

Aug 20 2014 — Julian Fantino

It is critical to provide veterans with facts about the benefits and services that are available to them so they may get the help they need. I believe that it is important that I address some of the myths that were published recently. One myth is that veterans no longer receive monthly benefits and just […]

Frances Russell

A Political Parcel of Rogues

Aug 20 2014 — Frances Russell

So far, the firewall senior Conservative party operatives have erected around the 2011 federal election robocalls scandal has protected every high-profile party functionary who concocted , assisted in or helped conceal one of the biggest political crimes in Canadian history. Make no mistake. These people are very smart and very determined. And no one should […]

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A summer which ended entitlement for a political quartet

Aug 20 2014 — Tim Harper

The summer of 2014 has been a bad one for Canadian politicians who have slipped into the dark world of imagined entitlement. This doesn’t presage the dawn of any golden age of political ethics, but it is cause for celebration for those who are weary of politicians wantonly dipping their hands into your wallet.

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How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

Aug 20 2014 — Marc-André Gagnon

Canadians pay among the highest costs per capita among OECD countries for prescription drugs, with one Canadian out of 10 unable to fill their prescriptions because of financial reasons. According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are […]

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Liberals, smelling power, keep their heads down

Aug 20 2014 — Andrew Cohen

When the Liberal Party emerged from the worst defeat in its history three years ago, it was the time to do things differently. After all, when you’re on your back, what do you have to lose? And so the Liberals picked a new leader with a magical name and a thin résumé named Justin Trudeau. […]

Lisa Van Dusen

So who wants to be a senator? Anybody?

Aug 20 2014 — Lisa Van Dusen

When I was a 22-year-old press aide in Brian Mulroney’s PMO, the task fell to me one day to call Finlay MacDonald to have him approve the press release on his own Senate appointment. Finlay was one of those people — like Mike Duffy — who were already so widely referred to as “Senator” that […]

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The North Pole is a distraction

Aug 20 2014 — Michael Byers

From 34,000 feet, I scan an iceberg-strewn ocean for two red and white specks of Canada, sailing up the east coast of Greenland. My vantage point is an Air Canada Boeing 777 travelling from London to Vancouver. While commercial airliners regularly fly this route, the presence of Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers in the area below […]

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When Alberta politics turns into French farce

Aug 20 2014 — Don Braid

With the Alberta government, you can never quite be sure how the worm will turn. Up is down, down is up, and the people who seem to be losing suddenly win. Today’s Exhibit A is Finance Minister Doug Horner, who recently wrote a pleading email to many Tory MLAs admitting that some of them wanted […]

Aug 20 2014 — Heather Mallick

When I was a kid, I thought I was Harriet M. Welsch from the novel Harriet the Spy, which is weird because I was right and did grow up to be her. In the singular American urban children’s novel that has been a flashlight-under-the-covers hit since Louise Fitzhugh wrote and drew it in 1964, Harriet […]

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