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CTV investigation: Questionable spending by Auditor General’s office

May 25 2015 — Michael Shulman

A CTV investigation has revealed the Auditor General’s office spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on questionable employee events that appear to violate federal rules. Over four years, the federal watchdog doled out more than $23,048 on team-building trips in the Ottawa area. This includes three visits to Funhaven, an entertainment centre, and other team-building events […]

May 25 2015 — Althia Raj

Conservative and Liberal MPs suspect the NDP may try to use a loophole to keep their campaign volunteers on the House of Commons payroll during this fall’s general election. The Huffington Post Canada discovered that House of Commons guidelines allow for the use of compensatory leave during a by-election or general elections. Elections Canada considers […]

May 25 2015 — Kathleen Harris

40-hour Challenger flight included side trip to Vancouver on way home. The January flight to send Gov. Gen. David Johnston to Saudi Arabia to offer Canada’s condolences for the death of King Abdullah cost taxpayers $175,000, according to records obtained by CBC News. Logs released by National Defence under the Access to Information Act show […]


Swift quits C.D. Howe Institute over involvement in Trudeau attack ads

May 25 2015 — Glen McGregor

Former small business lobbyist Catherine Swift resigned suddenly from the board of a conservative think-tank Monday after another group she leads launched a pair of highly-partisan election-style radio ads attacking Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. The C.D. Howe Institute announced Swift’s departure in a press release in which she is quoted citing its “impeccable record of […]

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Justin Trudeau’s relevance fading in Quebec

May 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

Once a lightning rod for sovereigntist voters and a beacon for Quebec federalists, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is fast fading from the radars of both groups in his home province. Quebec’s longstanding love-hate relationship with the late father is morphing into collective indifference towards the son. Trudeau was initially such a polarizing Quebec figure that […]


The NDP surge may force a change in strategy

May 26 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Is the orange wave turning into a tsunami? Last Friday’s EKOS survey put the New Democrats in the lead, at 29.6 per cent to the Conservatives’ 28.1, and the Liberals’ 26.1. Given the margin of error of 1.9 per cent, the results represent a statistical tie. Psychologically, however, the effect is profound: After months of […]


Grasping Alberta’s budget problems

May 25 2015 — Mark Milke

The new Alberta government has delayed introducing a budget until the fall, so MLAs will have plenty of time to think about how they’ll collect and spend Albertans’ money. Thus, to properly manage the estimated $48.4 billion in provincial budget expenditures, it helps to become familiar with where the money is spent. First, one should […]

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Margaret Atwood puts unseen manuscript in ‘Future Library’

May 26 2015 —

Margaret Atwood will later become the first of 100 authors to submit work to a project called the “Future Library”. The project will see one work of fiction from a different writer being added to a collection each year, until they are all published in 2114. Future Library was created by Scottish artist Katie Paterson […]

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