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Aug 20 2014 —

Former Ottawa police chief Vern White is considering a run for Toronto’s top cop. White — now a senator — told the Sun Tuesday he has not ruled out the possibility of throwing his hat into the ring after current police chief Bill Blair is expected to end his term in 2015.

Aug 20 2014 — Laura Payton

An RCMP protective detail stood watch at Justin Trudeau’s rally in Edmonton Tuesday night, though that didn’t stop the federal Liberal leader from wading into the crowd of supporters. The security detail was assigned following a threat assessment by the RCMP after a break-in at Trudeau’s Ottawa home.

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Never mind the West, can Justin Trudeau crack Fortress Quebec?

Aug 20 2014 — Michelle Gagnon

On the campaign trail, there are few first encounters with Justin Trudeau. Working a crowd, he enters as if returning, arms outstretched, a big smile and a Hey or Hi that suggests a personal connection, friendship even. He moves swiftly, as if rushing to pick up the conversation where he left off. His easy manner […]

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Trudeau draws crowd at Edmonton rally

Aug 20 2014 —

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau paid tribute to what he called Alberta’s “entrepreneurial spirit” as he took the stage during a rally Tuesday night in a downtown Edmonton park. Trudeau said it’s Alberta’s drive to succeed that turns “resource opportunities” into economic realities” and attracts people from across Canada and around the world.

Aug 19 2014 —

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has told media in Vancouver that the government is still assessing whether to allow police to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of pursuing charges. Speaking ahead of a meeting with law-enforcement experts, MacKay says that if the government were to introduce looser pot laws, that would […]

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Aug 19 2014 — Glen McGregor

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark registered to lobby the federal government on behalf of a French private equity firm that hoped to help build a replacement for Montreal’s Champlain Bridge. In July, Clark met with officials from Transport Canada and Public Works and Government Services on behalf of Paris-based Meridiam Infrastructure S.A.R.L., becoming the first […]

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Aug 19 2014 — Paul Wells

[The following email, which I'm posting verbatim complete with a little inter-office chatter at the top, went out from Stephen Lecce, a press person at the Prime Minister's Office, to the office of the Parliamentary Press Gallery this afternoon, and thence to every journalist who is a member of the gallery. The occasion was the […]

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Aug 19 2014 — Susana Mas

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won’t say if the government should provide him with a security detail following the break-in at his Ottawa home, saying he’ll accept the expert advice given to him by the Mounties. The RCMP is currently conducting a risk assessment at the Liberal leader’s request after an intruder broke into his home […]

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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 […]

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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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Harriet the Spy was one great young lesbian

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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