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Harper inadequate, inconsistent on China, former adviser says

Mar 3 2015 — Peter O'Neil

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former top foreign policy adviser has published a scathing critique of the Conservative government’s handling of relations with China. David Mulroney, Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009 to 2012, says Canada should boost its economic and diplomatic ties with China and even reinforce its naval presence off the west coast to […]

Mar 3 2015 —

A video made by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau before his attack on Parliament Hill last October will be made public this Friday, CTV News has learned. The RCMP will release the video, which was recovered by police after the deadly shootings. The Mounties had initially said that they hoped to show the video to the public, but […]

Mar 3 2015 —

The Progressive Conservative leadership race has taken an ugly turn with an aide to candidate Monte McNaughton facing criminal charges after workers for rival Christine Elliott’s campaign received threatening text messages. Rida Ali, 22, who appeared at College Park court Monday, is charged with four counts of criminal harassment-communicate and one count of criminal harassment-threaten, […]


Raif Badawi case: What he has in common with Jason Kenney

Mar 3 2015 — Evan Dyer

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi risks being beheaded in Saudi Arabia for clicking “like” on a Facebook page that aims to defend Christians targeted by ISIS, part of a social media campaign that has also drawn support from Canadian Conservative MPs. Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, says Saudi judicial authorities have recommended he face a new trial […]


Ticketing for marijuana possession still on radar for Tories

Mar 3 2015 — Mark Kennedy

With just 12 weeks left before Parliament shuts down for an election, the federal Conservative government is still considering introducing a bill to let police issue tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, instead of laying criminal charges. The potential legislative change is in the hands of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who has […]

Mar 3 2015 — Kady O'Malley

The scene: a stuffy West Block committee room circa June 2008, a day before MPs are expected to hightail it home to their ridings after what had been, even for a minority House, a particularly acrimonious spring sitting. The issue: An opposition motion to investigate the so-called “in-and-out” controversy over Conservative election-spending during the 2006 […]

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The subtle reshaping of Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau

Mar 3 2015 — Tim Harper

It’s an election year and that means last year’s versions of the two men who are bent on unseating Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are gone. The 2015 versions of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are different in both style and message. Some of the changes are subtle — a little tweaking there, […]


Tories, Liberals: Who are the better economic managers?

Mar 3 2015 — Lawrence Martin

Ralph Goodale, the old Liberal warhorse who served as finance minister under Paul Martin, got up in the Commons last week. “In the nine years since the government took office,” he said, “job creation has been half of what it was in the nine years before.” The nine years before would be when the Liberals […]


No excuse for limiting the number of leaders’ debates

Mar 2 2015 — Chantal Hébert

When it comes to the televised debates of the upcoming federal campaign, the only certainty is that there will be at least one in each official language and that the leaders of Canada’s three main parties will be on stage. Everything else is up in the air. As the Star reported last week some Conservative […]

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SIRC is not doing the job

Mar 3 2015 — Colin Kenny

If the prime minister thought public pressure to institute a more robust review system for national security would slowly die down, he has miscalculated. Last week, a number of former prime ministers and Supreme Court justices penned an open letter calling for the government to keep a closer eye on federal intelligence activities. While certainly […]


Middle-class gloom may be 2015’s sleeper issue

Mar 3 2015 — Frank Graves

A few years ago, we began noticing a change in the way Canadians look at the economy — a growing sense that we were reaching the end of progress. The idea of a better life — what’s known south of the border as the American Dream — seemed to be slipping away. Across North America […]

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How multiculturalism can make Canada stronger this century

Mar 3 2015 — Zach Paikin

Since the advent of the postwar era in 1945, Washington’s commitment to a liberal international order has produced the greatest era of peace and prosperity the world has ever known. Several geopolitical analysts are noting that that commitment is slowly eroding. The global free trade regime produces a massive American current account deficit all while […]

Mar 3 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Suddenly the snooze-fest that was the PC leadership campaign has caught fire. Official numbers haven’t been released, but indications are Barrie MP Patrick Brown — an outsider and a relatively unknown quantity at Queen’s Park — has a jaw-dropping lead. Party insiders say he has signed up “more than 40,000 and less than 41,000” new […]

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Mar 3 2015 — Susan Sherring

And he’s back. CFRA’s Lowell Green, the leader of his own Island of Sanity took back his seat on Monday morning in front of the mike. And save for many thanks from his loyal listeners, it was if he’d never been away. Apparently not even a life-threatening double heart bypass can mellow Green. “No, some […]

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Canadian Screen Awards 2015: Mommy big film winner, Orphan Black takes top TV trophies

Mar 2 2015 —

The critically acclaimed Montreal-based film Mommy was the darling of Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, taking home nine trophies including best motion picture. The night also saw CBC win another two awards, adding to 18 garnered during two ceremonies held earlier this week. Sunday’s two-hour gala, hosted by comedian Andrea Martin and broadcast on CBC TV, […]

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