A long-awaited report from MPs on the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women tabled Friday makes 16 recommendations but does not prescribe that the federal government launch a national public inquiry. The report, titled “Invisible Women: A Call To Action,” was produced alongside dissenting opinions from the opposition parties.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada is continuing to work to deescalate the situation in Ukraine. Baird was speaking at a press conference in Montreal Friday afternoon, where he is meeting with leaders of the city’s Ukrainian community.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has imposed travel bans to Canada for individuals connected with the crisis in the Ukraine. Harper said in a release today that the ban will affect “a number of individuals responsible for threatening the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” The prime minister did not identity the individuals in the release, […]
WINNIPEG - The federal government says it will introduce an order-in-council forcing railways to move a minimum amount of grain each week.Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says that minimum will be set at 500,000 tonnes, which works out to 5,500 grain cars each for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific.She says there will be penalties of up […]Read More
Prime minister used private meeting on Ukraine to pick NDP leader’s brain about outcome of Quebec vote. With the possibility of a majority Parti Québécois government for the first time in almost decade, federal parties are closely watching the Quebec election. CBC News has learned that earlier this week, when the prime minister and the leader of the Official […]Read More
Former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord has been tapped by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals to helm Ontario’s largest power utility. Industry and Liberal sources told The Globe and Mail that Mr. Lord, a prominent Progressive Conservative once touted as a potential prime minister, will replace Jake Epp as chair of the troubled Ontario Power Generation. With […]Read More
Statistics Canada says the economy shed about 7,000 jobs last month, although the number was tiny enough to leave the unemployment rate unchanged at 7.0 per cent. But the decline took some of the shine off January’s strong 29,000 increase and it was well below economists’ expectation that about 15,000 jobs would be added last […]Read More
Taking advantage of good polling and the inability to pass legislation through the National Assembly, including the controversial secular charter, Pauline Marois has called an election to be held in Quebec on April 7. It is hers to lose. The polls suggest the Parti Québécois holds a narrow advantage over the opposition Liberals under Philippe […]Read More
Stephen Harper seems to have decided he has enough strife overseas without sparking a mutiny in his own caucus. The Prime Minister may not be wildly enthusiastic about Michael Chong’s Reform Act, which would hand MPs the power to dump their leader and remove his or her veto of future candidates. But it doesn’t seem […]Read More
Chantal, Bruce and Andrew discuss the upcoming Quebec election and the possibility of a referendum. Plus the government’s changing view on marijuana laws.
Before the Internet, there was something we liked to call “the small town.” It’s become conventional wisdom to declare that technology has made our lives larger and more connected than at any other time in history. But there’s an argument to be made that all this new communications technology has rolled back time, recreating the […]
Welcome back, Quebec. Of course, it’s not like the province — or identity-laced debates about Canadian unity — were ever truly gone from national politics. It just seemed that way for a while. The Charest years constituted a decade of relative peace and productive relations between Ottawa and Quebec City. The Bloc Québécois was beaten […]
Forget a picture — in an election campaign, a slogan is worth a thousand words. Done right, a slogan can cause a political sea-change. “Labour Isn’t Working” ushered in the Thatcher Era in Great Britain. “Yes We Can” got Americans their first black president, Barack Obama. “Stop the Gravy Train” ushered in Rob Ford. Um, […]
If the Parti Québécois wins a majority government in the April 7 election, as seems likely, a wild card will be thrown into federal politics. How to respond to the latest threat of Quebec secession will be an unavoidable issue for all federal parties. Which one will benefit remains unknown.
Canadians don’t much care about marijuana — or that’s what pollster André Turcotte told the Manning Networking Conference last weekend, anyway. As part of his annual “barometer” poll, he compared the priority issues of conservatives and Canadians in general in search of areas of congruence and incongruence. Conservatives and other Canadians are united in not […]
It should come as no surprise that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have unilaterally decided to go after Elections Canada in their latest attempt to “strengthen” our democracy. After all, in every election in which Harper has run for prime minister, there has been a serious conflict between his Conservative Party and Elections Canada over broken electoral […]
Whenever a foreign-policy hullabaloo starts taking up the bigger headlines of the national newspapers’ front pages, it’s dead certain that sooner or later some windbags will be given space to drone on about Canada having been lately reduced to a marginal and much-diminished presence “on the world stage.” This has been so ever since at […]
I’m here at CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — in Washington , D.C. this week. It’s the largest gathering of American Conservatives you can find. This is a crowd that believes in America, that sees America in a very different way than the current administration does. It’s an optimistic crowd that sees change […]
Two words: “Fully balanced.” That’s the phrase Finance Minister Doug Horner would love Albertans to take away from Thursday’s Alberta budget. Two more words to help clarify things: Not quite. Not in the Ralph Klein “paid-in-full” way that Albertans sacrificed so much to attain. But when it comes to budgets, the so-called “Building Alberta Plan,” […]
Is Vladimir Putin crazy? Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright says Putin is “delusional.” Germany’s Angela Merkel says he’s “out of touch with reality.” I have no idea if he’s crazy and I don’t think it matters. According to The Psychopath Test, numerous CEOs and politicians make the cut based on criteria like their ability to blithely […]Read More
Next week marks the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate. The man who was virtually anonymous to most people, and unknown even to the majority of Catholics, has become one of, if not the most famous and recognized person on Earth. Who would have thought it? Quite a lot of folks, if you listen to […]Read More
Joe Jackson may be the father of Brandon Howard – not Michael Jackson. A DNA test released yesterday (06.03.14) allegedly proved the late King of Pop fathered a secret love child with gospel singer Miki Howard, however, in a sensational twist, it’s now claimed the 31-year-old aspiring singer is in fact the love child of […]