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Trudeau children’s nannies being paid for by taxpayers

Dec 1 2015 — Chris Hall

Canadian taxpayers are paying the wages of two nannies hired to care for the children of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, according to cabinet orders posted online. The hirings were approved late last week, with cabinet authorizing the appointment of the two women under the Official Residences Act as “special assistants […]

Dec 1 2015 —

Before the debates in question period can begin, before the tabling of bills and the political grandstanding, first things first: the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons. MPs will cast their ballots Thursday when the new Parliament sits for its first day, in keeping with parliamentary procedure. The speech from the throne […]

Dec 1 2015 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returns from an appearance at an international climate change conference with a simple question hanging over his head: What now? A 90-day countdown is underway before Trudeau meets again with Canada’s premiers to hammer out a climate-change framework that would guide federal and provincial efforts in meeting the ambitious talk from […]

Dec 1 2015 — Althia Raj

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint his parliamentary secretaries in the next day or two, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. Parliamentary secretaries resemble junior cabinet ministers, but they traditionally don’t attend cabinet meetings and they have no managerial responsibilities over departments. They mostly answer questions on behalf of their minister when he or she […]


Alberta’s carbon tax should comfort OPEC amid Paris climate talks

Dec 1 2015 — Paul Haavardsrud

If OPEC, which meets later this week in Vienna, is worried about what’s happening at the climate change conference in Paris, the group might look for comfort to, of all people, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. The image of an NDP leader introducing a carbon tax while flanked by a coterie of approving oil executives, while […]

Dec 1 2015 — Kathryn May

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is introducing the first code of conduct on political staff working for cabinet ministers, aimed at drawing a “line in the sand” between politics and public service neutrality for ministerial aides. The code is part of the Open and Accountable Government guide, released last week, on the roles, responsibilities and standard […]

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Any role Canada might play in Paris is strictly for show

Dec 1 2015 — Andrew Coyne

“Canada is back, my good friends,” Justin Trudeau said at the end of his speech to the Paris climate summit, and then he did that thing he does, where he touches his heart with his hand. For fans of self-serving humbug, this was the trifecta: the glib sloganeering, the false humility the gaudy theatricality, and […]


Wall vs. Trudeau — Is Paris a preview of 2019 race?

Dec 1 2015 — John Ivison

Justin Trudeau spoke in Paris with the enthusiasm of the true believer, calling the climate change conference “an historic opportunity to create economic growth.” Brad Wall, if not a climate change skeptic, is less messianic about the positive impact on the economy of attempting to mitigate emissions. The Saskatchewan premier was the only discordant voice […]

Lawrence Martin

Mulcair faces tough odds in his fight to survive

Dec 1 2015 — Lawrence Martin

In just four months, the NDP sets down a major marker for its future – whether to keep Tom Mulcair as party leader. The leadership review vote is in April. These confrontations can be divisive, if not cutthroat. Think of the donnybrook in the Liberal ranks occasioned by the John Turner review in 1986, which […]


Rachel Notley’s climate policies set a new standard

Dec 1 2015 — Gillian Steward

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pulled off quite a coup when she announced her government’s new climate change policies. No one had expected the head honchos from both the oil industry and environmental NGOs to be on stage with her but there they were looking like one big happy family. How did she do it? How […]

Jan Wong

Sea of red tape faces refugees looking to Canada

Dec 1 2015 — Jan Wong

Consider the to-do list of a Syrian refugee who hopes to come to Canada. This isn’t someone who floated on a leaky boat across the open sea last month. This is someone who has been under observation for several years in a refugee camp in Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey. He or she has registered with […]

Desmond Cole

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo spells out her party’s identity crisis

Dec 1 2015 — Desmond Cole

For the second time in two years, Cheri DiNovo has some tough words for members of her own political family. The NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park says the federal New Democrats’ setback in the October election is a sign the party is losing its way. DiNovo thinks party officials aren’t owning up to their failures, […]

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Geraldo threatens suit after being ‘locked out’ of radio station

Dec 1 2015 —

Geraldo Rivera is in a war of words with Cumulus Media and its new CEO Mary Berner — which he says will spill over into a lawsuit. Rivera claims he’s been locked out of his studio at Cumulus’ WABC-AM after the company reneged on a contract extension he says he negotiated with a previous regime. […]

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