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How Obama Shocked Harper as Keystone Frustrator-in-Chief

Apr 24 2014 —

On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seated in his Ottawa office across from Parliament Hill, took an urgent call from U.S. PresidentBarack Obama. Harper’s advisers were listening intently around a muted speakerphone in an adjoining room. The State Department, Obama said, would be making an announcement later that day putting the Keystone […]

Apr 24 2014 — Andrea Janus

Although the Harper government’s proposed Fair Elections Act has garnered much criticism, only a minority of voters say they are following the issue, a new poll has found. The Ipsos Reid poll for CTV News found that 23 per cent of respondents said they are following the debate “closely” (6 per cent “very,” 17 per […]

Apr 24 2014 —

The CEO of McDonald’s Canada has branded recent criticism of its use of temporary foreign workers “bullshit” in a conference call to franchisees that was given to the CBC. His remarks from earlier this week came before federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced an immediate moratorium on the food services sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program late on Thursday, as […]

Apr 24 2014 —

Employment Minister Jason Kenny has announced an immediate moratorium on the fast-food industry’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The suspension, announced late Thursday afternoon, came shortly after the CBC told Kenney the CEO of McDonald’s Canada had branded recent criticism of its use of temporary foreign workers “bullshit” in a conference call to franchisees.

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Eve Adams’ nomination race gets nastier

Apr 24 2014 — Laura Payton

The riding nomination fight between Conservative MP Eve Adams and Natalia Lishchyna is growing nastier, with Lishchyna giving party officials an estimate of Adams’ expenses that suggests she’s gone over her spending limit. Conservative Party officials are examining Adams’ nomination expenses as she fights a pitched battle to prove she’s qualified to run in the new Ontario […]

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Wallin says she’s had second thoughts about paying money back

Apr 24 2014 —

Suspended senator Pamela Wallin says she regrets paying back money for expense claims that she still doesn’t see as dubious. Wallin told a Toronto radio station (NewsTalk 1010) Thursday that the payback created a perception she was guilty of fudging her expenses. Wallin, who was co-hosting a three-hour talk show, said she paid back some […]

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Harper, Mulcair to skip Herb Gray’s funeral

Apr 24 2014 — Andrew Duffy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair will be out of town Friday when Herb Gray, the country’s first Jewish cabinet minister and a man who spent almost 40 years on Parliament Hill, is buried in Ottawa. The prime minister’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the government will be represented by Government House leader […]

Apr 24 2014 —

A three-year investigation into allegations of fraudulent robocalls during the last federal election has found no evidence of intent to deceive voters nor any evidence of an orchestrated scheme beyond Guelph, Ont. A long-awaited report from commissioner of elections Yves Cote will come as vindication for the Conservative party, which has faced a cloud of […]

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Apr 24 2014 —

The country’s top military commander has ordered an internal review of programs and policies to combat sexual violence following a published report that says assaults in the Canadian Forces have reached epidemic levels. Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s chief of defence staff, describes the allegations in the latest edition of Maclean’s magazine as “disturbing.”

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Apr 24 2014 —

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says he was simply doing his job when he supported controversial MP Rob Anders during a hotly contested federal nomination race earlier this month. Kenney’s backing of Anders drew the anger of the man who eventually won the nomination for Calgary Signal Hill, former Alberta cabinet minister Ron Liepert. After […]

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Apr 24 2014 — Laura Stone

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will take “every opportunity” to make the Senate “democratic and accountable to Canadians” following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, says Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre. The Conservative government has asked the top court for guidance on reforming or abolishing the scandal-plagued Senate, and the much-awaited decision will be delivered on Friday.

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Apr 24 2014 —

There’s evidence that the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program nudges the unemployment rate higher in some sectors of the economy and parts of the country, think-tank C.D. Howe says in a report released Thursday. The Canadian government program allows companies here to employ non-Canadians to fill job openings that can’t be filled by a Canadian worker.

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Mr. Harper goes to war

Apr 24 2014 — Linda McQuaig

In this skill-testing exercise, see if you can spot the one who doesn’t belong:Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Douglas Roche, Pamela Wallin. Long-time Ottawa observers will have figured out that Douglas Roche is the one least likely to appear in an RCMP line-up. Certainly he has few of the behavioural traits we’ve come to associate with […]

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Why Rob Ford won’t win re-election

Apr 24 2014 — Bob Hepburn

Take a deep breath and relax, Toronto. That’s because, despite all his bluster about sweeping to victory, Rob Ford won’t be re-elected as mayor when voters go to the polls in October. Indeed, Ford stands a real chance of finishing a poor third in the race and could end up playing more of a role […]

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Making sense of Canada’s middle-class distress debate

Apr 24 2014 — Tom Walkom

In a weird way, the debate over Canada’s middle class is like medieval angelology. Then, theologians would argue over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Today, the questions from the political priesthood are equally abstruse. Is the middle class really hurting, as the Liberals and New Democrats claim? Or, as […]

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Time to retire claims that Canada’s middle class is ‘struggling’

Apr 23 2014 — Andrew Coyne

“The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction,” the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing groundbreaking new research tracking incomes in the developed economies. And who do you suppose might have stolen its crown? The Times story never quite comes out and says it, but leaves readers in […]

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How to fix the foreign-workers program

Apr 24 2014 — Terry Glavin

It’s hard enough to keep track of all the scandals and scoundrel-outings that are now associated with the federal Temporary Foreign Workers program. If it isn’t those poor waitresses losing their jobs to foreign workers at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, it’s the gong show of McDonald’s franchises in Victoria using the […]

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Keystone delay pointless politics

Apr 24 2014 — Sun Media

“Support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is now at its highest level ever.” Those aren’t our words. Those aren’t the words of someone in the oil industry — or anyone else who has skin in the game. That’s the opening line of the latest Rasmussen Reports release. The American pollster’s recent national telephone survey […]

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Avril Lavigne video for ‘Hello Kitty’ pulled after broad criticism

Apr 24 2014 —

Avril Lavigne’s brightly coloured music video for “Hello Kitty” has been removed from YouTube after being broadly criticized as insipid and, in some cases, offensive. The video, still viewable on Lavigne’s website as of Wednesday afternoon, features the Canuck pop-punk princess prancing about in front of four grimacing Asian dancers and squawking lyrics including: “Let’s […]

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