National Newswatch
Nov 21 2014 — Susan Delacourt

By now, it should be clear that it’s perilous to get on the wrong side of Justin Trudeau, at least for members of the Liberal leader’s own party. Suspended MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, at the centre of the still-murky harassment case on Parliament Hill, are only the latest Liberals to be sent to […]

Nov 21 2014 —

This year’s Power List—the second annual compilation by Maclean’s writers and editors of this unapologetically subjective ranking—highlights the clout of a truly diverse selection of 50 influential Canadians. Our list ranges from household names to: who’s that? Pinnacle corporate predators rub shoulders here with non-profit paragons. To help you understand how we picked them, you’ll […]

Nov 21 2014 —

A sentencing hearing for former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro has been postponed until Jan. 27, but questions remain about the next steps in the disgraced politician’s legal battles. Del Mastro — once parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — resigned from his House of Commons seat two weeks ago after he was convicted […]

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Canadian military veterans plan to enlist with Kurds battling ISIS

Nov 21 2014 —

A number of Canadian military veterans say they’ll be enlisting with the growing ranks of foreign fighters who have joined the Kurdish battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. CBC News has learned of a half-dozen former Canadian Forces personnel planning to join Kurdish troops in the following weeks and months, with some citing what […]

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The bargaining chip that is the Keystone pipeline

Nov 21 2014 — Chris Hall

It’s not easy to see victory in defeat. But that’s exactly what proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline should be thinking after a bill to approve the project failed to get the necessary votes in the U.S. Senate this week. The pipeline that would connect Alberta’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas and […]

Nov 21 2014 —

The country’s annual inflation rate climbed higher than economists’ expectations last month, accelerating to 2.4 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday. The October increase follows a 2.0 per cent rise in September. The federal agency says the consumer price index climbed as prices rose in all of the categories it tracks in the 12 months […]

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Nov 21 2014 — Kathryn May

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is asking for major contract changes to the way the federal government manages downsizing that would give employees who provide services to Canadians more say in what should be cut. The giant union presented Treasury Board negotiators with 30 amendments to the highly complicated “workforce adjustment agreement” during collective […]

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Nov 20 2014 —

The federal ethics commissioner says Heritage Minister Shelly Glover didn’t breach the conflict of interest law in connection with a fundraiser early this year. But Mary Dawson says that while Glover didn’t personally ask for funds or ask anyone to do so on her behalf, it was inappropriate that Heritage Department stakeholders were invited to […]

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Nov 20 2014 —

A hike in passport fees has become a cash cow for the federal government. Recently released figures show the government took in $200 million more than it cost them to produce passports last year. The cost for a five-year passport increased to $120 from $87 last year, while a new 10-year passport was introduced at […]

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Premiers deserve a little respect from Stephen Harper

Nov 21 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial premiers. It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he expressed it this way once, but the quote remains elusive – Canada is also more […]

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No détente in sight for Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne

Nov 20 2014 — Tim Harper

The Long War between Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne is only going to get longer — and likely more intense. There’s simply too much at stake for both sides for détente, certainly not heading into a federal election campaign and the electoral riches available in this province. The Harper Conservatives remember how Wynne campaigned against […]

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Is it too late for Harper to mend fences with veterans?

Nov 21 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

In September, the Department of National Defense published some shocking statistics. Between 2002 and 2014, 138 soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan. During the same period, 160 military personnel committed suicide. The fact that more servicemen and women were dying of suicide than enemy action prompted outrage across the country, and umbrage on Parliament […]

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Women’s issues are just, well, issues

Nov 21 2014 — Mia Rabson

Sexual harassment. Violence against women. Child care. Abortion. There is a clear trend this fall in the subjects dominating our national discussions, in that issues which have long been considered the purview mainly of women, are taking centre stage. It might just be a sign this country is taking a major step forward towards topics […]

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Keystone kibosh just another bump in bilateral road

Nov 21 2014 — Peter McKenna

It seems fairly clear now that the $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast is dead in the water. Indeed, not much is going to happen on that file as long as Barack Obama occupies the White House. That wasn’t always the case. Many commentators, myself included, thought that Obama would […]

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Canada losing friends over climate change

Nov 21 2014 — Carol Goar

Stephen Harper is running out of places to hide on the environment. The prime minister tucked himself behind the United States for seven years, promising to move in lockstep with Canada’s powerful neighbour and biggest trading partner on climate change. But President Barack Obama has leapt out in front him, determined to use his second […]

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Russia’s aggression is against its own best interest

Nov 21 2014 — John Baird

Friday marks one year since protests erupted on the Maidan in Kyiv, and the world’s attention was brought to bear on Ukraine. Visiting there a couple of weeks later, it was incredibly humbling to witness the courage and the passion with which people came out and chanted for democracy, reform and European integration. A few […]

Nov 21 2014 —

NDP even failed to leak tidbits to media to try to control message ahead of speech. Back in the old days, long before the NDP caucus room started to look like a Discovery Channel documentary on shark attacks, there was a predictable strategy used by government to promote its speech from the throne. Each fall, […]

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Bill Cosby accused by Carla Ferrigno, Therese Serignese, as tour date cancelled

Nov 21 2014 —

Carla Ferrigno, wife of The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno, is one of two women to level fresh accusations against famed American comedian Bill Cosby. Ferrigno, who was a Playboy bunny in 1966, told Los Angeles radio station KFI Thursday that Cosby attacked her at his house in 1967 when she was a teenager.

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