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Rob Ford devastated by rare-cancer diagnosis

Sep 17 2014 —

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is devastated after being diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, his brother said Wednesday even as doctors announced they were optimistic about the ailing politician’s treatment. “Rob has always been so strong for all of us and now I ask us all to be strong for him,” Ford’s older brother, […]

Sep 17 2014 — Laura Payton

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spent his trip to Ottawa Wednesday warmly thanking Canada for its support, but also made it clear his country needs additional assistance through expanded loan agreements, intelligence sharing and freer trade. In an exclusive interview with Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, Poroshenko said a $200-million loan […]

Sep 17 2014 —

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has hired three new representatives, including Conservative MP Rob Merrifield, in a shakeup of the province’s trade offices. Prentice says Merrifield will now be Alberta’s point man in relations with the United States, replacing David Manning in Washington. Merrifield has resigned his seat as the MP for the Alberta riding of […]

Sep 17 2014 —

The Conservative cabinet is poised to support backbench MP Michael Chong’s bill to rebalance the power between parliamentarians and the Prime Minister’s Office. Conservative caucus members were told during their weekly meeting today that Chong’s Reform Act had received Stephen Harper’s stamp of approval. With the backing of both the government and a wide cross-section […]

Sep 17 2014 —

Canada’s industry minister says his foreign-investment review of Burger King’s US$11-billion takeover of Tim Hortons should be completed within a few weeks. James Moore says he received the application several days ago, and expects the process to move quickly. During an appearance in Washington, D.C., the minister said the blockbuster fast-food deal doesn’t strike him […]

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Mulcair refuses to back ‘non-combat’ deployment of Canadian commandos in Iraq

Sep 17 2014 —

New Democrats are refusing to back Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to send special forces commandos into northern Iraq. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says it’s the only responsible position to take, given the government’s refusal to provide details of the deployment or to allow parliamentarians to vote on the matter. Harper has confirmed that Canada […]

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Petro Poroshenko: ‘I am thankful to Canada’

Sep 17 2014 — Laura Payton

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked Canada warmly for its support and called for closer ties between the two countries in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday. “I am thankful to Canada. Your country was one of the soundest supporters of Ukraine,” he said after being greeted by a standing ovation.

Sep 17 2014 —

Liberal cabinet ministers say there’s nothing wrong with former premier Dalton McGuinty being a registered lobbyist for a company that got more than $3 million in Ontario government contracts last year. McGuinty signed on to the lobbyist registry in late August to act on behalf of Kitchener-based Desire2Learn, which develops educational software. Treasury Board President […]

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Books tell bleak story of life in modern Canadian politics

Sep 17 2014 — Chantal Hébert

There was a time not so long ago when first-hand Canadian political accounts were primarily the purview of people who felt they had contributed a few lines to a page of history. The past and present politicians who became authors did not always offer deep insights but they invariably projected pride in their contribution to […]

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How Justin Trudeau has changed the game in Ottawa

Sep 17 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Here’s what’s curious about the return of MPs to Parliament this week, set in just a wee bit of historical context: the way in which the two substantial old warhorses, battle-scarred and fearsome, are slogging uphill, adjusting strategy as they go, while the skinny kid with the hair surfs, making it look easy. If you […]

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2015 is the Harper election

Sep 17 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Admire or dislike him, Prime Minister Stephen Harper works like a fiend. He controls the government utterly and totally dominates the headlines. His idea of relaxing was to write a serious book in what little spare time he allows himself, on a part of hockey’s history. Mr. Harper’s hours are long, but he certainly has […]

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The Mike Duffy-Stephen Harper battle could end poorly for both

Sep 16 2014 — Tim Harper

Does Stephen Harper lay awake at night fearing Mike Duffy? Should he? First, consider the alternative. Does Mike Duffy lay awake at night in Prince Edward Island fearing jail time? Should he? These are the stakes in a drama that began to play out in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday. This is going to end poorly […]

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Focus on Trudeau hurts NDP

Sep 17 2014 — Anthony Furey

All eyes are on Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau as Parliament resumes. How will they position themselves to woo the voters? Polls still show the Liberals in the lead for 2015 prospects. That’s been near constant since Trudeau won his party’s leadership in April 2013. How will the Conservatives regain territory? Because it’s clear Trudeau’s […]

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Remembrance and ignorance, Harper and Islamic State

Sep 17 2014 —

Terrorism is a profoundly emotional subject, as we are reminded every September 11 when we recall exactly where we were when we heard the news that fateful day. We all know from our personal lives that deep emotion can distort our perceptions, often making it harder to do what is in our own interest. Stephen […]

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Delicate politics mark Tom Mulcair’s minimum-wage gambit

Sep 16 2014 — Tom Walkom

New Democratic Party leader Tom Mulcair’s pitch for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage is a carefully calibrated signal. It signals to militants in his own party that the NDP still cares about fighting income inequality — that, in its drive to the centre, the party is not abandoning its social democratic roots. But it also […]

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What kind of prime minister would Mulcair or Trudeau be?

Sep 16 2014 — Aaron Wherry

Asked yesterday about a report that from here on he is planning to not attend Question Period as much as he has, Thomas Mulcair assured the assembled journalists that he’d still be there more often than Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau. What’s more, Mulcair’s commitment to the institution would endure even if he is somehow […]

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U.S. is off to a war that doesn’t make sense – again

Sep 17 2014 — Neil MacDonald

America is going to war again. People are scared again. The American news media have a scary monster in the Middle East again, and commentators are practically saluting on air. Again. Dick Cheney, smirking, is back onstage. Last week, at a speech in Washington, he called for immediate military action, “sustained … across several fronts.” […]

Sep 17 2014 — Heather Mallick

It’s easy to be offended by a Kent State University sweatshirt splattered with blood — a style statement that will fail because no one remembers the 1970s student slaughter anyway — but then it’s always easy to take offence. As emotional reactions go, nothing could be simpler. Remember this: the more instant the rage, the […]

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Sep 17 2014 — Carol Goar

In Canada work-life balance is a riddle nobody has solved. We study it endlessly, discuss it sporadically and hope the next generation will figure it out. In the United States it’s a highly polarized public debate. Authors write clashing polemics. Talk show hosts amplify the controversy. Everyone has an opinion. Now a management professor at […]

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