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Election 2015: Will Harper spring forward or fall back on set date?

Sep 23 2014 —

In exchange for a $25 donation, the Conservative party recently offered its supporters a Stephen Harper calendar “to help count down to election day.” But will they be counting down to Oct. 19, 2015, or some Monday in the spring? When the prime minister will drop the writ is what passes as water-cooler talk around […]

Sep 23 2014 —

The politically charged trial of suspended Sen. Mike Duffy will begin next spring, six months before the next scheduled federal election. In a brief proceeding Tuesday, the court set aside 41 days for the case, forgoing a preliminary hearing and scheduling the trial for April 7-May 12 and June 1-19 — smack in the middle […]

Sep 23 2014 — Althia Raj

ustin Trudeau won’t be answering Sun Media’s questions anymore. The Liberal leader issued a short statement Tuesday saying the organization’s television network, Sun News, crossed an editorial line when it aired a particularly offensive rant by host Ezra Levant during his show last week. Levant took issue with a photo of Trudeau kissing a bride […]

Sep 23 2014 — Josh Wingrove

The Conservative government is refusing to say when Canada’s military mission in Iraq is scheduled to end, sparking a standoff in the House of Commons that led NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair to question the neutrality of the Speaker. Mr. Mulcair led off Question Period on Tuesday by asking when the Iraq mission would end – […]

Sep 23 2014 —

The Royal Canadian Navy may purchase a soon-to-be retired ship from the U.S. to replace its two supply vessels forced into retirement since a government ship-building program has been delayed by several years, CBC News has learned. The navy had put its trust in the government to deliver new ships, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander of […]

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Benjamin Netanyahu: Confront ISIS ‘poison’ tree before it grows

Sep 23 2014 — Evan Solomon

The world needs to confront ISIS before it gets too big, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CBC News. Speaking to Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, Netanyahu said he fears the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will continue to grow if it isn’t […]

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Interference by PMO emboldened Netflix against broadcast regulator, experts say

Sep 23 2014 —

Experts say a move by Netflix to defy the will of Canada’s broadcast regulator calls into question its very authority to institute any rules governing Internet-based video service providers. And the Prime Minister’s Office is being blamed for forcing the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission into a corner.

Sep 23 2014 —

Jason Kenney is taking aim at provinces and territories complaining about Ottawa’s crackdown on temporary foreign workers, asking why they aren’t spending more federal transfer funds on vocational schools. The federal employment minister says he’s raising questions with the provinces about how they’re spending the Canada social transfer on post-secondary education.

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Sep 23 2014 —

Calls for a recount in New Brunswick’s election grew today as the leader of the People’s Alliance added his voice to Progressive Conservative party’s push for a hand count of every ballot cast on Monday. The Liberals won a majority government but the count by Elections New Brunswick was plagued by problems with vote tabulation […]

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Sep 23 2014 —

Green party Leader Elizabeth May says she’s delighted by the Green breakthrough in the New Brunswick election, saying it proves the party has momentum with a federal election on the horizon. David Coon won the hotly contested Fredericton South riding in the province’s election on Monday. It’s the first-ever seat in the New Brunswick legislature […]

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Sep 23 2014 —

Ontario’s new lieutenant-governor is looking for public input as to what causes she should champion in her role as the Queen’s representative in the province. Elizabeth Dowdeswell arrived at the legislature in a horse-drawn landau for her installation ceremony, which included a 100-person honour guard from the 4th Canadian Division and a 15-gun salute. She […]

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Why mandatory voting is a vote against (real) change

Sep 23 2014 — Don Lenihan

Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’m here because I believe our democracy is in trouble. Voter turnout is the most important indicator of citizens’ faith in the political system and the numbers are falling fast, especially among young people. We have to fix this. Some very sensible people think mandatory voting may be the answer. They say that youth need a gentle “nudge” to prod them out of their indifference and help them become responsible citizens.

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What Harper learned from Chrétien the street fighter

Sep 23 2014 — Lawrence Martin

There he was, age 80, back at it, making news again. In his endless career, Jean Chrétien has thrown more punches and taken more hits than George Chuvalo. But he’s still standing. Not much has changed. The gravel voice, the broken diction, everything raw, unschooled and straight from the gut. This time, in talking to […]

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Harper wants to talk security, not climate. Here’s why

Sep 23 2014 — Campbell Clark

It’s foreign-policy week for Stephen Harper, and not all international issues are equal. Trade and international security are what he wants to talk about. Climate change is on a list of things he doesn’t have much time for. The foreign issues themselves don’t change many votes, but what he really wants is to look like […]

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An alternative to the Tories’ broken EI plan

Sep 23 2014 — Justin Trudeau

Canadians need a plan for jobs and growth. After nearly a decade of Conservative government, unemployment is still stubbornly high and economic growth is sluggish. In the past 12 months, only 15,000 full-time jobs have been created in Canada. That’s why Liberals are focused on a jobs and growth agenda. Since I became leader of […]

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Keep on doing what you’re doing, Mr. Prentice

Sep 23 2014 — Karin Klassen

Having decided to play loose with democracy, Premier Jim Prentice should keep calm and carry on, with earplugs, if necessary. If voices were tethers, Prentice would look like Gulliver in Lilliput. After 43 years of uninterrupted togetherness, one humdinger of a fight has been brewing between the reigning provincial Conservatives and political colleagues, columnists and […]

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Scotland’s referendum was a fundamentally undemocratic process

Sep 23 2014 — Andrew Coyne

In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very little cheating, turnout was massive, and so on. But before we hold up the Scottish process as an example for […]

Sep 23 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Hands off my Netflix. That’s what Canadian consumers should be telling the CRTC, and the federal government, after the disgraceful performance last Friday by CRTC president Jean-Pierre Blais during the organization’s ‘Let`s Talk TV’ marathon. A heated exchange with the Internet broadcaster’s global public policy director, Corie Wright, culminated in a threat by Blais: “The […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Media expert on climate change, I am not. You want columnist climate connoisseur? Go read Lorrie Goldstein or Ezra Levant. “Humanity’s burning of fossil fuels is having a warming effect on the climate,” Goldstein has written. “But that it’s not as dramatic as we were initially led to believe.” Levant is slightly less nuanced. Climate […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit in New York is a glorified photo-op. Its main purpose — complete with global demonstrations and protests in the days leading up to it — is to promote another UN meeting on climate change next year in Paris. Also to pressure developed nations like Canada and the U.S. to contribute […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Ezra Levant

There were two big marches on opposite sides of the planet this weekend. At the Turkish border an estimated 130,000 destitute refugees flooded in from Syria. They were fleeing from the Islamic State terrorist group. It was the equivalent of a whole city on a death march. No electricity, no heat, no clean water and, […]

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Sep 23 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

New Conference Board research, ranking Canadian cities’ appeal to migrants, ranks Vancouver in fifth place among top performers, lauding “its over-all high quality of life.” The board’s 160-page report, released Monday, praises Vancouver’s “beautiful setting and temperate climate,” as well as its planning and good governance. However, it also points to the city’s high cost […]

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Man who spoke about Palin family brawl fired from job for sharing details

Sep 23 2014 —

The Alaska man who divulged details about the bizarre brawl that broke out between the Palin family and a large group of other inebriated snowmobile enthusiasts has been fired from his job for the revelation, according to a bombshell report. Eric Thompson gave his account of the bizarre fight, which occurred earlier this month at […]

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