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Union puts defeat of Harper’s Tories ahead of support for NDP

Sep 18 2014 —

The NDP’s traditionally strong ties to the labour movement won’t be enough to secure a blanket endorsement from Canada’s largest private sector union in next year’s federal election. Unifor will urge its 300,000-plus members to vote strategically and will pour its resources behind local candidates — be they NDP or Liberal — that are best […]

Sep 18 2014 — Jason Fekete

The federal government has spent millions of dollars advertising during the NHL playoffs and hundreds of thousands more targeting young men on Xbox to serve in the Canadian Forces. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is refusing to disclose exactly how much it has spent on individual ads during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Conservatives […]

Sep 18 2014 — Kathleen Petty

The most successful political dynasty in Canadian history is in trouble. Sixteen Alberta premiers since Confederation doesn’t sound like a lot, but four premiers within a three-year period sure does. Changing leaders hasn’t helped Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party so far, and Jim Prentice has a huge hill to climb if he’s to extend the party’s […]

Sep 18 2014 —

The cost of paying Conservative political staffers working in a network of satellite minister’s offices ballooned by 70 per cent during the same years the government was asking departments to tighten their belts. Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the budget for staffing at the regional offices rose from $1.6 million to $2.7 million, according to figures […]

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Ottawa admits to tracking hundreds of protests

Sep 18 2014 — Alex Boutilier

Ottawa has kept tabs on hundreds of demonstrations across Canada and around the world over the last eight years, from peaceful protests to public university lectures to riots. Newly released documents show about 800 public demonstrations and events were observed and reported on by government departments and law enforcement agencies since 2006.

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Income splitting proposal would pinch provincial pockets too: report

Sep 18 2014 —

A Conservative plan to allow Canadians to use income splitting as a tax-saving measure will be just one more example of the federal government financing its policies partly through provincial coffers, a new study says. The Mowat Centre report says if the federal government goes ahead with its plan to introduce income splitting, the provinces […]

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New premier Prentice says Canada needs new markets for Alberta oil

Sep 18 2014 — Gary Mason

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is warning that the country is facing profound economic repercussions unless pipelines are built to open up new trade routes. In his first sit-down interview since being sworn in as Alberta’s 16th premier on Monday, Mr. Prentice told The Globe and Mail that gaining access to new markets for Alberta energy […]

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 […]

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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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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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Harper ramps up his war on independent thought

Sep 18 2014 — Linda McQuaig

In the conservative quest to shape public debate in recent years, no tool has proved more useful than the think tank. Nobody understood this better than the director of the ultra-right wing U.S.-based ATLAS Foundation, who once stated that his mission was “to litter the world with free-market think tanks.” Mission accomplished. Certainly the Canadian […]

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Will women voters save Olivia Chow’s campaign?

Sep 18 2014 — Bob Hepburn

Over the past few weeks, Olivia Chow has come under increased questioning about whether she might drop out of the Toronto mayoral race given her steep fall in public opinion polls. Once the favourite to win the election, Chow now trails badly behind front-runner John Tory and is either tied with or lags behind Doug […]

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Left bullied Rob Ford

Sep 18 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

They would swear they’re against bullying in our schools and in our workplaces. The self-righteous Lib-left do talk a good game. Yet, in the 13 years I observed Rob Ford the councillor and then the mayor, I never saw a politician so subjected to bullying and personal attacks about his size and lack of polish. […]

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Ebola, not Putin or terrorism, is the real threat

Sep 18 2014 — Tom Walkom

The gravest threat facing Canada and the world today is not terrorism. Nor is it Russian President Vladimir Putin. The gravest threat is a deadly virus known as Ebola. It is leapfrogging across West Africa at an accelerating rate. It has killed almost 2,500 and is expected to kill thousands more.

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Scottish referendum different than those in Quebec

Sep 18 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Toronto Star was the first newspaper in North America to call for the recognition of Ukraine and other former Soviet territories as independent states. During the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, a similar call went out for the recognition, among others, of Macedonia. Similarly, Kosovo deserved its independence. […]

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k.d. lang makes a play for billionaire’s wife

Sep 18 2014 —

k.d. lang — homewrecker? The butch Canadian singer is said to be having a torrid romance with Heather Edwards, the wife of oil/gas billionaire N. Murray Edwards, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team. The online magazine Frank reports, “They’re often seen together, dining out at Calgary’s swell eateries.”

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