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Rachel Notley sworn in as Alberta premier ending 44 years of Tory rule

May 24 2015 —

NDP Leader Rachel Notley ushered in Alberta’s first change of government in almost 44 years Sunday, being sworn in on the steps of the legislature as the 17th premier. “Welcome to the first day of Alberta’s new government,” Notley told the cheering crowd under bright afternoon sunshine. “Today we open up a new chapter in […]

May 24 2015 — Bruce Campion-Smith

The NDP’s first big pre-election ad campaign puts a softer focus on Mulcair and highlights the middle class as a priority. The NDP are launching their first big pre-election ad campaign that shows a smiling Thomas Mulcair talking about the need to bolster Canada’s middle class. The 30-second ad, which will begin airing on television […]

May 24 2015 —

Trade talks have stalled between Canada and Japan — one of the Harper government’s priority countries for a breakthrough — because the Asian country has lost interest, The Canadian Press has learned. An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says the level of progress with Japan has failed to meet […]

May 24 2015 — Michelle Zilio

The Conservative government is hopeful Alberta’s newly-elected NDP government will entertain major pipeline projects, despite Premier-Designate Rachel Notley’s hesitant language toward some energy projects. Speaking on CTV’s Question Period, Industry Minister James Moore cautioned against concerns that Notley’s government may stand in the way of building pipelines. “To be fair to Premier-Elect Notley, I think […]

May 24 2015 — Mohamed Omar

Canada’s federal election is less than five months away, but the political advertisement season seems to have already started. The federal NDP and Liberal parties have released new election advertisements with very different tones. The NDP’s ad, uploaded to YouTube on Friday and embedded above, is titled “Bring change to Ottawa.” “You work hard every […]

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A look at Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s first cabinet

May 24 2015 —

A look at Alberta’s NDP cabinet sworn in Sunday: Rachel Notley (Edmonton Strathcona) Premier, minister of intergovernmental affairs. Notley, 51, is serving her third term in the legislature. She has been government house leader and won the party leadership last October. She has a law degree from Osgoode Hall, has worked as labour lawyer and […]


Teachings about residential schools ‘simply wrong,’ says Murray Sinclair

May 24 2015 — Mark Kennedy

Canadians must acknowledge that for generations their public schools have fed them misinformation about aboriginal people, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Justice Murray Sinclair, whose commission has examined the history and abuses that took place in Indian residential schools, made the comment in a personal interview with the Citizen. Sinclair’s commission […]


Parties playing game of chicken with federal election debates

May 24 2015 — Chris Hall

Britain’s Iron Lady once said she loved argument and debate. But even Margaret Thatcher would find the clash of views now underway in Canada over the number and manner of the leaders’ debates a little bizarre. If the Conservatives get their way, there will be five. The party will decide which of the 20 or […]

May 24 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Most young Canadian ISIS recruits are being targeted online and are often “social misfits” who sometimes come from troubled families, Defence Minister Jason Kenney says. Kenney made the comments on CTV’s Question Period, days after the RCMP announced that it had arrested, and later released, 10 Montreal teens suspected of wanting to joining the Islamic […]

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May 23 2015 — Tyler Dawson

To hoots, hollers and cheers from party faithful, Liberal candidate Anita Vandenbeld kicked off her byelection campaign in Ottawa West-Nepean Saturday afternoon. “We share the progressive values that are going to change this community and this country,” Vandenbeld told the crowd of nearly 100. Vandenbeld is the first candidate to launch in the byelection, which […]

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May 24 2015 —

Canada’s new ambassador to Ireland broke down in tears the night after he shot dead an armed terrorist who stormed his nation’s parliament last year, calling it “the loneliest moment of my life.” In an emotional speech to graduating students at Mount Allison University in his native province of New Brunswick last week, Kevin Vickers […]

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May 23 2015 —

Federal Conservative Minister Denis Lebel has promised to ask Canada Post questions about the consultation process in cities over the installation of community mailboxes. However, the Crown Corporation is free to make its own choices and neither he nor the government can decide “in its place,” Lebel told elected municipal officials from Quebec on Saturday. In his […]

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Harper now has to battle rivals on two fronts

May 24 2015 — Tim Harper

We’ve been here before. There was a time, in the not too distant past, when the NDP led the national polls, it appeared electoral revolution was at hand and the leader of the day, Ed Broadbent, was being spoken of as the next prime minister. In 1988, as today, the country seemed headed for a […]


Harper quietly confident about Quebec gains

May 24 2015 — David Akin

The polls in la belle province look great these days for Thomas Mulcair and the NDP, but another party’s numbers might be even more surprising. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are doing better here than they’ve done in years and are confident of adding to the scant five seats they now hold in province. That’s […]


Conservatives are out to manipulate debate rules

May 24 2015 —

The longer and more convoluted the so-called debate over debates gets in advance of this fall’s federal election, the clearer it becomes that the Conservative party’s goal is simply to manipulate the rules in its favour. In some senses there’s nothing surprising about this: it’s what political parties always try to do, the Harper Conservatives […]


Queen’s Park should get out of the TV business

May 24 2015 — Christina Blizzard

It turns out this province has a lot in common with the former Soviet Union. We too, buy, sell and censor news coverage. Our very own state-funded TV station, TVO, has been caught in the middle of a nasty little spat in which Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office stepped in to scrap a documentary about the […]


Deborah Drever pushes Rachel Notley and the NDP too far

May 24 2015 — Rick Bell

She once posed on a heavy metal band’s album cover but she can no longer be a member of the Nötley Crüe. The NDP government-in-waiting did all they could do to save Deborah Drever from herself. They tried to settle the story down and have it fade away after the required sorries and the announcement […]


Notley crew encountering turbulence

May 24 2015 — Graham Thomson

Alberta’s new provincial government hasn’t even been launched and already the ship has sprung a leak and the captain has tossed a crew member overboard. On Friday, Premier-designate Rachel Notley suspended controversy-plagued Deborah Drever from caucus for a year. That announcement came about the same time the New Democratic Party issued a news release admitting […]

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Notley must avoid Rae’s mistakes

May 24 2015 — Jim Warren

The election of the New Democratic government in Alberta was a bombshell for many Canadians. What was once thought impossible by many pundits became an Orange Crush in Alberta. Now we have a “new” New Democratic premier in charge. Rachel Notley and her cabinet will be sworn in Sunday, bringing a new reality as well […]


Cold worse than heat

May 24 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

New global study suggests that cooling, not warming, is the greater threat to humanity. A new study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, concludes we’re 20 more times likely to die from cold than heat. It says this has “important implications … for predictions of future effect in climate-change scenarios.” You think? The […]

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Actress, comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

May 24 2015 —

Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died. She was 85. Her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” “The two were married for 61 […]

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