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Expat voters’ rights battle costs Harper government $1.3M so far

Mar 27 2015 — Rosemary Barton

A legal battle to prevent Canadians abroad from voting in elections has cost the federal government $1.3 million so far, CBC News has learned. The figures are revealed in an answer to a written question from Liberal MP and democratic reform critic Scott Simms. The government also confirms in its answer that it has paid […]

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Oliver avoiding Question Period

Mar 27 2015 — Stephen Maher

Finance Minister Joe Oliver has been avoiding Question Period to spend more time preparing his budget, his spokeswoman said Thursday as Opposition MPs pressed the government on Oliver’s repeated absences from the House. Records show Oliver is attending the House of Commons to vote on legislation but not to answer questions in Question Period, leaving […]

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Anti-terror bill threatens Charter rights, Ed Broadbent warns

Mar 27 2015 — Mark Kennedy

The federal Conservative government is jeopardizing the civil rights of Canadians through its anti-terrorism legislation and has sat idly by as a wealth gap makes this a “vastly unequal country,” says former NDP leader Ed Broadbent. Moreover, he says that as Canadian voters prepare for a federal election this year, they must consider replacing Prime […]

Mar 26 2015 — Jordan Press

The Ottawa courthouse is preparing for an onslaught of spectators at the criminal trial of Sen. Mike Duffy. The trial starts April 7 as the suspended senator faces 31 criminal charges over his Senate expense claims. Bracing for the onslaught of reporters and onlookers, the courthouse sent out a notice Thursday saying that it will […]

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Mar 26 2015 — Evan Dyer

Experts say al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra is gaining ground in Syria’s civil war at the expense of other groups, and could in the long run pose as big a problem as ISIS. They’re warning that the decision by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria to focus its bombing efforts only on ISIS risks assisting al-Qaeda, as […]

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Harper is losing the argument on C-51 … with Conservatives

Mar 27 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill. This week, Conservative MP Michael Chong, never one to blindly toe the line, criticized the bill’s lack of oversight in a statement to the House of Commons: “However, […]

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Balanced budget law overdue

Mar 27 2015 — Anthony Furey

Picture this: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Joe Oliver standing in front of the Parliament buildings proudly holding a “paid in full” sign above their heads, signalling Canada’s debt hitting zero. It’s not going to happen. At least not in the next few years. Not under this government, with its history of stimulus […]

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On war, art has insight that politics lacks

Mar 27 2015 — Rick Salutin

That was an unedifying debate in the House Wednesday about Canada expanding its understudy role in the war against the Islamic State. We have to, to make ourselves safe from beheadings here at home, implied the prime minister. Opposition leader Tom Mulcair replied like the lawyer he is. “Has the prime minister written to the […]

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Why Canada must fight ISIS in Syria

Mar 27 2015 — Farzana Hassan

I first wrote about the necessity of extending Canada’s military mission in Iraq into Syria in my Feb. 5 columm. In fact, I advocated removing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad from power. That would address one of the criticisms leveled against extending Canada’s mission, as many critics contend air strikes over Syria would support a brutal […]

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A tough love budget that is tough to love

Mar 27 2015 — Graham Thomson

Starting this year, it will cost more to be born, get married and die in Alberta. The government’s new provincial budget has got you coming and going. Fees for birth certificates, marriage licences and death certificates are going up. If that’s enough to drive you to drink or smoke, that’ll cost more, too. So will […]

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Cash grab: New civil forfeiture act uses proceeds of crime to fill budget gaps

Mar 27 2015 — Paula Simons

- Victims of crime were promised a lot in 2008 when the legislature unanimously passed Alberta’s first civil forfeiture legislation. The Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act allowed the Crown to seize money and goods from accused criminals and their associates. Civil libertarians complained civil forfeiture allowed the Crown to seize property from alleged criminals […]

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