National Newswatch
Mar 4 2015 — Eric Grenier

The federal Liberals and Conservatives remain in a dogfight when it comes to voting intentions, with the New Democrats trailing in third. But Canadians’ views of the three major party leaders differ greatly from the national party picture, and from one part of the country to another. No matter how these personal ratings are measured, […]

Mar 4 2015 — Terry Milewski

Canada’s military, though modest in size, is of great political value to the Harper government. Ever since taking power in 2006, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have bemoaned a “decade of darkness” under the Liberals. They’ve missed few opportunities to drive home the message: those other guys just can’t be trusted to protect Canada. Now, in the […]

Mar 4 2015 — Nik Nanos

Although the Liberals still score marginally higher on the Nanos Party Power Index, the Conservatives have reached their highest score since August 2013 and the gap between the Liberals and the Conservatives is the closest since that period at only two points on the 100 point scale. The weekly tracking suggests a seven week positive […]

Mar 4 2015 —

Nearly half of Canadians say they feel less safe from terrorism than they did two years ago, according to a survey conducted for CBC News. Two-thirds say it is likely that an attack will occur in Canada within the next five years, including 42 per cent who expect that it will result in mass death […]

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Harper inadequate, inconsistent on China, former adviser says

Mar 3 2015 — Peter O'Neil

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former top foreign policy adviser has published a scathing critique of the Conservative government’s handling of relations with China. David Mulroney, Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009 to 2012, says Canada should boost its economic and diplomatic ties with China and even reinforce its naval presence off the west coast to […]

Mar 3 2015 —

The Progressive Conservative leadership race has taken an ugly turn with an aide to candidate Monte McNaughton facing criminal charges after workers for rival Christine Elliott’s campaign received threatening text messages. Rida Ali, 22, who appeared at College Park court Monday, is charged with four counts of criminal harassment-communicate and one count of criminal harassment-threaten, […]

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Mar 4 2015 —

The minister in charge of the Canada Revenue Agency says it is “unacceptable” that one in four business owners who sought tax advice from the agency’s call centres got incorrect information. An internal survey conducted in late 2013 showed that 25 per cent of business inquiries were incorrectly answered by CRA agents. Those finding were […]

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Mar 4 2015 —

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in campaign mode in Nanaimo Tuesday night, telling a packed room his “only priority” was to replace Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government in this year’s federal election. The leader of the opposition was joined by three of his party’s candidates on Vancouver Island during the town hall-style event in Nanaimo. […]

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Mar 4 2015 — Ben Leeson

It will be some time before the Liberal Party of Canada rules on Marc Serre’s apparent nomination victory in Nickel Belt. Serre, a manager at Eastlink, won the nomination at meetings in Val Caron and Sturgeon Falls on Feb. 21, over businessman Jim Belanger, lawyer Gerry Guimond and Confederation Secondary School principal Pablo Gil-Alfau. However, […]

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Why Bill Gates is Stephen Harper’s favourite American

Mar 4 2015 — Paul Wells

We’ve finally found a world leader who enjoys a productive, mutually respectful working relationship with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He’s socially awkward, he’s a man of few words, and his dress shirts never seem to fit. No, not Harper: I’m talking about the other guy. Bill Gates. “Canada and the Gates Foundation have been on […]

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Would Trudeau govern from the right or left?

Mar 4 2015 — Paul Adams

There’s a simple mathematical explanation to the Trudeau Liberals’ current rightward tilt. Every former Conservative voter that the Liberals are able to woo is a two-fer, not only increasing the Liberals’ vote tally but decreasing the Conservatives’ at the same time. For hockey fans, the best analogy would be the four-point games that loom so […]

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The subtle reshaping of Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau

Mar 3 2015 — Tim Harper

It’s an election year and that means last year’s versions of the two men who are bent on unseating Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are gone. The 2015 versions of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are different in both style and message. Some of the changes are subtle — a little tweaking there, […]

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She can win Ontario, but can Christine Elliott win her own party?

Mar 4 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

In the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, Christine Elliott has by far the most money and endorsements, while Patrick Brown has sold the most party memberships. Insider vs. outsider. Elliott has raised over $600,000 — at least twice as much as reported by Brown, though he apparently raised quite a bit more before the race […]

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Federal government ignoring the real threat to national security

Mar 4 2015 — Tom Walkom

For Prime Minister Stephen Harper, national security is a top priority. Climate change is not. Yet as a new study suggests, the two are inexorably linked. More specifically, the study — published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — concludes that man-made climate change aggravated the four-year drought that spawned Syria’s […]

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There is a great deal for Ben Levin to be shame-faced about

Mar 4 2015 — Rosie DiManno

He sinks lower and lower into the chair, neck disappearing beneath the collar of his suit jacket. Covering his face with his hands in a posture of abject shame. And indeed Ben Levin is profoundly ashamed of himself. “I apologize unreservedly,” declares the bureaucrat who was once Ontario’s deputy education minister —though the Liberal government […]

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Wynne talks booze while Rome burns

Mar 4 2015 — Christina Blizzard

By any standard, Tuesday should have been an immensely embarrassing day for the government of Kathleen Wynne. Beset by damaging allegations of bribery from both the OPP and Elections Ontario in the Sudbury byelection and with the Ornge air ambulance probe and the deleted e-mails investigation still plodding away in the background, you’d think this […]

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Chris Brown — Surprise, I’m a Father!

Mar 4 2015 —

Chris Brown is the proud father of a 9-month-old baby girl … TMZ has learned. The baby’s mother is a 31-year-old former model named Nia — who we’re told has known Chris for several years. Sources connected to both Nia and Chris tell us they are on very good terms — however they’re not together […]

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