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Peter MacKay Wears Gun Shirt From Group That Wants To Repeal Canada’s Firearms Laws

Aug 27 2014 — Michael Bolen

Peter MacKay was photographed wearing a “No Compromise” T-shirt that symbolizes a gun lobby group’s goal to repeal Canada’s firearms laws and legalize the possession of semi-automatic weapons. The Justice Minister was photographed wearing the shirt sold by Canada’s National Firearms Association (NFA) at a Conservative fundraising event in Edmonton on Friday.

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A seasoned public servant who helped reshape the Harper government’s tattered military procurement strategy has announced his retirement at Public Works. An internal memo — circulated Monday — announced Tom Ring’s departure as of the end of the year, and the federal government posted his job Wednesday online. It is just the latest in a […]

Aug 27 2014 — Andrew Mayeda

The Canadian government has created a secret committee of senior officials to review foreign investment for risks to national security, according to three people familiar with the matter. The chairman of the committee is Public Safety Deputy Minister Francois Guimont, and it includes the heads of Canada’s two spy agencies as well as Prime Minister […]

Aug 27 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

When it comes to “job creation”, 32% think things would be better 19% worse, and 49% anticipate no effect. Similar numbers are found about “growth in the economy”: 32% better, 23% worse, 46% say no different. For Canada’s standing in the world, 32% say a Liberal win would improve things, 20% say make things worse, […]

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NDP government would open inquiry into native women murders within 100 days

Aug 27 2014 — Staff

Tom Mulcair says an NDP government would establish a full public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women within 100 days of taking office. He says the NDP would begin consulting women and First Nations about parameters for an inquiry on its first day in power. Mulcair says only a full-blown inquiry can get at […]

Aug 27 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Over the past month, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been not-so-quietly crisscrossing the country, holding closed-door confabs with what his department describes as “criminal justice system stakeholders.” Although the details of those discussions are in camera, and thus off the record, it’s clear from the accompanying press releases that one of the key items on […]

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Aug 27 2014 — Mike De Souza

The Conservative government is telling public servants to delete emails with no “business value,” possibly opening the door to the destruction of potentially valuable records, say critics. Employees must still preserve information as required by law, a government spokeswoman says, but instructions obtained by the Star show that employees were being told to delete some […]

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Aug 27 2014 — Parvaneh Pessian

Items tell story of ‘truly remarkable political life:’ Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Jim Flaherty’s family and friends took a trip down memory lane recently as they gathered for a special tribute held in his honour. The event, hosted by the Whitby-Oshawa Conservative Electoral District Association on Aug. 21, included a silent and live auction with […]

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Aug 27 2014 — Sophia Harris

A growing number of Canadian veterans’ groups are upset that the federal government is spending millions commemorating old wars while current veterans are suffering from post-traumatic stress and other issues that they say are not being dealt with. “I think it’s obscene,” said Michael Blais, the president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy after attending a small, […]

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Why we don’t need an inquiry into murdered aboriginal women

Aug 27 2014 — Tom Walkom

When Stephen Harper refused to authorize a public inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women, he was denounced as heartless. And perhaps he is. But the prime minister was also, at one level, correct. The last thing native Canadians need is another public inquiry into their plight. We have had plenty already. The point now […]

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Conservatives ready with big hugs for Tim Hortons

Aug 27 2014 — Tim Harper

Five years ago, Stephen Harper delivered a speech at a Tim Hortons instead of the United Nations General Assembly, which pretty well sums up the ranking of both institutions in the prime minister’s hierarchy. He’s rolled up the rim at a hockey game in Saskatoon and hoisted a Timmy’s at a British Columbia rink. His […]

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Tory infighting causing internal bleeding

Aug 27 2014 — Don Braid

PC leadership candidates are doing a fine job of pulling each other down. They may not realize, or care, that their party is sinking with them. There’s nothing new about campaign attacks; they’ve happened in every leadership contest since 1992. But today’s governing party may lack the internal strength and public support to survive so […]

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Prentice is already watering down his promises

Aug 27 2014 — Rob Breakenridge

He’s not even premier yet, but already Jim Prentice is climbing down from his promises. Last Thursday, Prentice announced that one of his first acts as premier would be to introduce legislation to implement term limits — three terms for MLAs and two terms for premiers. This commitment was at the centre of a broader […]

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It’s not up to Ontario to enforce federal immigration laws

Aug 27 2014 — Christina Blizzard

There’s something deeply troubling when a traffic safety blitz turns into a hunt for illegal immigrants, as happened recently. On Aug. 14, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), along with the Ontario ministries of transportation (MTO) and environment, as well as the OPP, jointly conducted a series of commercial vehicle safety blitzes in northwest Toronto. […]

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Dollars to doughnuts, it’s a good deal

Aug 27 2014 — Lorne Gunter

When it comes to international business, we Canadians have to get over our inferiority complex. And we will have no better chance to throw off our nervous economic xenophobia than with the Burger King-Tim Hortons merger/takeover announced Tuesday. Burger King is buying controlling interest in our de facto national doughnut chain because it (Burger King) […]

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Brokaw, execs fuming over NBC chief’s remark

Aug 27 2014 — Emily Smith

NBC News president Deborah Turness had to apologize after infuriating top execs and talent by announcing the network news organization had been asleep for 15 years. Turness, who came to the job from Britain’s ITV News one year ago, dropped the tactless clanger in a New York Times interview on Sunday, saying, “NBC News hadn’t […]

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