National Newswatch
Feb 12 2016 — Chris Hall

He came. They met. They smiled for the cameras and said all the right things. After years of uneasy relations between the UN and the previous Conservative government, the mere meeting of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau passed for news here in Ottawa on Thursday. Ban emerged from his meeting […]

Feb 12 2016 — Laura Stone

Liberal MPs will be forced to vote the party line on a subject that is traditionally considered a conscience issue, as parliamentarians from all parties wrestle with how to design and implement a new assisted-dying law. Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc confirmed to The Globe and Mail on Thursday that the government plans to whip […]

Finance Minister Billl Morneau outlines the Liberal's new tax strategy during a briefing in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Morneau Has Economic Leeway as Canada Girds for Deeper Deficit

Feb 12 2016 — Theophilos Argitis

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau will get a sympathetic ear if he pledges to go further into the red Friday at his pre-budget meeting with bank economists in Toronto. While the gathering is ostensibly to discuss the outlook for the Canadian economy, many of Morneau’s guests will encourage him to ramp up planned deficits as […]

Technicians work on a hull at Halifax Shipyard in Halifax on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Ottawa has signed a $288 million contract for the design of new Arctic offshore patrol ships as part of its shipbuilding procurement project. The Irving-owned shipyard was awarded a large share of a 35-billion-dollar federal procurement project last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan // 0212 col ivison ORG XMIT: POS2013032812503796

Irving Shipbuilding’s $26-billion warship procurement deal under review, senior source says

Feb 11 2016 — John Ivison

The multi-billion dollar sole source deal to build a new fleet of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy is being reviewed by a newly-formed Cabinet committee set up to take a closer look at controversial defence procurement contracts. Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax was awarded the build contract as part of Canada’s largest-ever defence procurement project, […]

Feb 11 2016 — Glen McGregor

Federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has told Liberal house leader Dominic LeBlanc he must avoid participating in any decisions involving the powerful Irving family of New Brunswick. LeBlanc, a key political lieutenant to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cited his friendship with James D. “Jim” Irving as a potential conflict-of-interest in an undertaking filed with Dawson […]

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Feb 12 2016 — Margo McDiarmid

Canada, the United States and Mexico have signed a trilateral agreement that could mark the start of discussions on the first North American accord on climate change and clean energy. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Mexico’s secretary of energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, signed a memorandum of understanding on […]

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Feb 12 2016 — Eric Grenier

A majority of Canadians believe the ride-sharing service Uber should be subject to the same regulations as taxis, a new poll suggests. The survey, conducted by the Angus Reid Institute and published Friday, indicates 63 per cent of Canadians feel the government should regulate Uber the same way it regulates taxis, while just 37 per […]

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Epic federal election was a victory for democracy

Feb 12 2016 — Susan Delacourt

For roughly the price of one movie ticket and a large bag of popcorn, Canadians were treated last fall to an 11-week epic spectacle of fortunes lost and gained. I’m referring here to the federal election and the cost estimate released last week by Elections Canada: $443 million, or approximately $17 for every registered voter. […]

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Rona Ambrose sticks to partisan clichés

Feb 12 2016 — Carol Goar

She had no choice, really. Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative party, had to denounce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to trade warplanes in the skies over Iraq for boots on the ground as “a shameful step backward from our proud traditions.” She had to dismiss the government’s decision to focus on training local […]

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Dealing with life and death at breakneck speed

Feb 12 2016 — Tim Harper

Meet the most important MP you may not have heard of, the co-chair of the most important Parliamentary committee no one seems to be noticing. Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant, a soft spoken United Church minister, has 13 days to present to Parliament and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a framework for a federal law […]

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Remember the income trust affair? Here’s why you should

Feb 12 2016 — Scott Reid

Canada is not the kind of country where the head of the national police force intervenes arbitrarily to alter the course of a federal election. We’re not Pinochet’s Chile. Or North Korea. The very suggestion is tin-foil hat territory. All the more reason that an important anniversary should not have gone by unnoted just a […]

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The NDP’s failure; a crisis of strategy, or of ideology?

Feb 12 2016 — Jen Gerson

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair seems to have successfully waited for the election-night Molotov cocktails to fizzle before emerging from obscurity to offer his personal apologies for the party’s collapse. “I agree with the overarching assessment that our campaign came up short,” he wrote in a note accompanying an election postmortem. “As leader, I take full […]

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The 100-day honeymoon faces a reality check

Feb 11 2016 — Don Martin

One hundred days is the approximate gestation period for lions, leopards and pigs. In an unrelated development, it is also the incubation period for new governments to be first assessed in style, if not substance. Today is Justin Trudeau’s 100th day as Liberal prime minister. Much will be written and said by way of analysis, […]

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Why newspapers really failed and why government should care

Feb 12 2016 — Colin Horgan

In the weeks since the latest, deep, round of Postmedia cuts, some journalists who still have jobs have written thoughtfully about the state of Canadian media. In amongst it all, an interesting idea popped up. In the Globe and Mail, via Lawrence Martin, it went like this: “If traditional print journalism cannot be sustained, what […]

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Europe’s SOS to a Canadian ship

Feb 12 2016 — Colby Cosh

The Canadian frigate Fredericton left port early in the new year. It crossed the Atlantic in order to, in the words of the Department of National Defence (DND), “engage in NATO counter-terrorism patrols and related activities in the Mediterranean Sea.” You do not have to read between the lines very closely to translate this into […]

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Meryl Streep says ‘We’re all Africans’ at Berlin Film Festival

Feb 12 2016 —

The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled Thursday in the debate about diversity in the movie industry, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that “we’re all Africans, really.” Streep, who heads a festival film jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and inclusion […]