In its first 100 days in office, the majority government of Stephen Harper handed out about $4 billion worth of grants, loans, or other spending commitments. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, though, topped that in their first 100 days in office by more than a billion dollars. From its swearing-in on May 18, 2011 to August 26, […]
Constructing an east-west electricity grid in Canada is far from a novel idea. Politicians and other leaders have openly mused about the idea throughout the last decade. Sharing power between provinces is once again on the discussion table, as B.C. Premier Christy Clark pushes the federal government to consider a national grid. The idea is […]
The contents of a family’s life — an oven, a side table, old magazines — are unloaded from a truck into a yard overflowing with pickups, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats and trailers at Fitzpatrick’s Auctioneers. The lot has become a graveyard for toys that were easily afforded in past lives built on oil money, an elegy […]
Solomon didn’t face a welcoming committee with cameras clicking when he landed in Toronto as a refugee. Instead, he got a send-off. The smuggler who had brought him into the country gave him a lift into one of the city’s predominantly Ethiopian neighbourhoods, wished him well and left him to fend for himself. With the […]Read More
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada could soon join a military coalition to take on ISIS in Libya, a country beset by a civil war and mounting Islamic terrorism. “I had a good meeting with my counterpart, the minister of defence from Italy, [on military intervention in Libya],” Sajjan said following a NATO defence ministers’ […]Read More
Back in his newspaper days, Victoria’s Ted Grant used to photograph Order of Canada ceremonies at Rideau Hall. On Friday, the 86-year-old was the subject, not the shooter. “I kept thinking: ‘This is a dream and I’m going to wake up,’ ” he said, on the phone from Ottawa shortly after being invested as a […]Read More
Some pipeline projects should be allowed to proceed if they have an “indigenous licence” according to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “We need to make sure that there is, I call this the indigenous licence, not just social but indigenous licence,” Perry Bellegarde told Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House.Read More
The federal Conservatives have changed their membership rules in a way that will significantly alter the dynamics of their looming leadership race. At the start of 2016, with little public notice, the Tories’ national council raised the fee to join their party from $15 to $25. In the process, and more consequentially, theirs became the […]Read More
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says decisions he made around TV debates and the niqab helped sink the party’s fortunes with voters. While admitting he is partly to blame for the NDP’s third-place finish, Mulcair insists he should be leading the party into the next election, and will take that message to party members ahead of […]Read More
Justin Trudeau is carefully walking back his pledge to balance the federal government’s books before the next election. It’s a wise move politically. It is also the right thing to do. The prime minister chose to signal his decision to backtrack in an interview with the Montreal daily La Presse published Thursday. “If we look […]
Barring a miracle, Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals are facing the real threat of being trounced in the next provincial election in 2018. Indeed, the Progressive Conservatives under new leader Patrick Brown may easily wind up forming a majority government. That grim reality came into sharp focus for Wynne and the ruling Liberals […]
It’s time for the federal government to formally consult with all Canadians about the future of Canada’s military role on the global stage and within NATO. We need to agree on our role and the sacrifices we are willing to make to pay for our safety and freedom. We need to define our role as […]
In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose made a trip to Halifax to express her party’s love of Atlantic Canada, and to seek reasons for that love being so unrequited. Truth be known, though, there was not much love there to concede after 10 years of a Stephen Harper government, particularly […]
Had this week marked the 100th day in office of an NDP government, Prime Minister Thomas Mulcair would have had to pay a visit to the graveyard of campaign good intentions. Three months in a majority mandate, a New Democrat federal cabinet would either be contemplating a major round of spending cuts or, more likely, […]
What else could NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair say in response to a party report chronicling the shortcomings of the party’s last election campaign? “As leader, I take full responsibility for these shortcomings,” he wrote this week. “I could have done a better job.” It is said that defeat is an orphan and victory has 1,000 […]
The government of Canada would like you to know how reluctant, how unwilling, how supremely disinclined it is to bail out Bombardier. Not that it isn’t going to, or that there was ever the slightest doubt it would. But when it inevitably does, you are meant to understand what a hard bargain it struck.
“You campaign in poetry,” said former New York governor Mario Cuomo. “You govern in prose.” Justin Trudeau had many moments of poetry during the 78-day election campaign — none more poetic than the day he announced the Liberals would run a $10 billion stimulative deficit over the first two years of government, and be $5.7 […]
Who’s harder on Alberta — them, or us? It’s getting hard to tell. British Columbia insulted the whole provincial record in a throne speech. This was a uniquely low moment in Canadian interprovincial relations. “Alberta lost its focus,” the speech said. “They expected their resource boom never to end, failed to diversify their economy and […]
Grammy Awards: With Canadian talent in the spotlight, are we ready to produce a truly homegrown star?
The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness charmed the Grammy jury, earning the Toronto R&B singer seven nominations. Drake and Justin Bieber could walk away with Grammys of their own on music’s biggest night.