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NDP leadership contender Jagmeet Singh eyes Brampton East seat

Sep 23 2017 — Rachel Aiello

NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh is eyeing Brampton East, the federal riding held by Liberal MP Raj Grewal, as his ticket in to the House of Commons. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Singh said he’d want to run in a riding where he has roots, and the Brampton East […]

Sep 23 2017 —

Despite tough talk from the U.S. about the job-killing impact of NAFTA on its automotive sector, Canada’s chief negotiator isn’t expecting to see a detailed proposal from the Americans during the latest round of talks to rewrite the continental trade pact. Steve Verheul says he doesn’t expect anything “radically new” from the American negotiating team. […]

Sep 23 2017 — Rachel Aiello

Across the NAFTA negotiating table, Canada is facing a protectionist “political master” in Donald Trump and as a result, Canadians should expect increased conflict in the third round of trade talks in Ottawa, says Rona Ambrose, a member of Canada’s NAFTA Advisory Council. “This is a political negotiation and Trump is in charge, so yes […]

Sep 23 2017 —

Premier Rachel Notley says the opposition United Conservatives are determined to inflict their past mistakes on Alberta, wreaking havoc on working families and inflicting pain on gay children. Notley made the comments in a fiery campaign-style speech to party faithful Saturday at a meeting of the Alberta NDP provincial council. “Our friends in the UCP […]

Sep 23 2017 —

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is not weighing in directly on the federal government’s controversial tax change proposals. But she says she hopes the feds strike a balance by ensuring tax fairness without stifling economic growth. Notley says that’s critical as Alberta is just rebounding from a prolonged economic slump. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is […]

Canadian Chamber of Commerce critical of proposed tax reforms by Ottawa

Sep 23 2017 —

Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce say proposed tax changes for businesses by the federal government are casting business people in a negative light, and the finance minister should apologize. “Whenever a process from government starts to position business people and the business community in such a negative light, it is an absolute disaster […]

Justin Trudeau pays tribute at funeral for Liberal MP Arnold Chan

Sep 23 2017 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the scores of people paying tribute at the funeral for Liberal MP Arnold Chan on Saturday morning in Toronto. Chan, the member of parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, died of cancer earlier this month at age 50. Trudeau was one of several speakers at the ceremony, along with Chan’s wife […]

Sep 22 2017 — Marco Vigliotti

A clear majority of Canadians disapproved of the Liberal government awarding $10.5-million and apologizing to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr earlier this summer in a settlement over his imprisonment at the infamous U.S. military prison, with many saying the decision will affect their vote in the next federal election, a new public opinion poll […]

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Sep 22 2017 —

Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada. On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes — Liberals, New Democrats and Conservatives — spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and […]

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Featured Ink

Stephen Harper’s political children poised for provincial takeovers

Sep 22 2017 — Don Martin

Here’s some interesting political trivia: No provincial premier has ever become prime minister of Canada. That’s what makes the phenomenon of Stephen Harper’s political children so bizarre. While even the best premiers have declined or failed in a bid move up the political pyramid to 24 Sussex Drive, federal Conservative backbenchers are lining up to […]

The odd merger of Bombardier and the Canadian government

Sep 22 2017 — Andrew Coyne

Perhaps I have been wrong about Bombardier. Until this week I had been patiently explaining to readers that the company was not, as its annual reports might suggest, in the aerospace and mass transit business. It is, I suggested, in the subsidy business. Governments, federal and provincial, periodically offer it subsidies worth hundreds of millions […]

The Gerry Ritzing of Catherine McKenna

Sep 22 2017 — Heather Mallick

Catherine McKenna, minister for environment and climate change and MP for Ottawa Centre, is a bilingual, internationalist human rights lawyer with degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill and the London School of Economics. Gerry Ritz, Conservative MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster, isn’t.

Why it’s time for ‘Canada first’ (on TV)

Sep 22 2017 —

Donald Trump is definitely more powerful than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But does that power stretch all the way to Canadian airwaves too? Last Tuesday morning, Trudeau held a news conference in the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, which was broadcast live on the two all-news TV channels for CBC and CTV. Well, it was […]

With proposed Liberal reforms impacting less than 10% of small businesses, this tax revolt will fail

Sep 21 2017 — John Ivison

The great national tax revolt will fizzle by Christmas. That may sound a bold prediction, given the way the Liberal small-business tax reforms are dominating the political conversation — but hear me out. The Liberals are intent on changing the rules that allow small-business owners to defer taxation by using private corporations to make passive […]

Sep 21 2017 — Paul Wells

There comes a time in every new opposition leader’s career when he discovers it’s a horrible job. This usually happens early. The reasons why it seems like it shouldn’t be a horrible job are: (a) All you have to do is make fun of the government; (b) Being an opposition leader, and therefore hating the […]

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Sep 21 2017 — Michael Harris

Picture Doug Ford as secretary general of the United Nations. Imagine Donald Trump as the head of the World Wildlife Federation. Too much? OK, now imagine Andrew Scheer becoming prime minister of Canada. Slightly better odds — slim, compared to none, the proverbial snowball in hell. There are a lot of reasons for that. This […]

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Sep 21 2017 — Tim Harper

On the eve of Parliament’s return, a quick drink with a prominent opponent of Justin Trudeau’s tax reforms brought consensus. It would be one of those political meteors, we decided. Canadians are not paying attention and the tax reforms controversy would burn out in a couple of days. A week later, we both have to […]

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Sep 21 2017 — Heather Dorries

Since its inception in 1876, the Indian Act has maintained a chokehold on all aspects of First Nations life in Canada. The Act sets the terms of the relationship between First Nations and the federal government, and also sets the parameters for governance on reserve. The document is racist and sexist. And yet it also […]

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