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New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 31, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Mulcair’s secret meetings with the Tories

Jun 29 2015 — Martin Patriquin

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, discussions that several sources, including former senior Harper staffers, say was the first step in securing Mulcair to run as a Conservative candidate in 2008.

Jun 30 2015 — Eric Grenier

After focusing their attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau since he took over the party in 2013, the Conservatives may need to start worrying about the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair. Because according to the latest polls, if an election were held today, the New Democrats would probably win. ThreeHundredEight.com’s latest weighted averages show the NDP in […]

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Twelve federal public service unions have filed a legal challenge to the budget bill passed earlier this year — and the country’s largest such union plans to file its own challenge Tuesday — arguing that the bill’s plan to save $900 million by overhauling sick leave and disability programs is unconstitutional.

Jun 30 2015 — Douglas Quan

The federal public safety minister’s office has asked the Mounties to review their decision to classify a rifle as prohibited after it roused the ire of gun enthusiasts. This is not the first time the government has taken issue with the way the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has classified a gun and the latest spat […]

Jun 30 2015 — Dean Beeby

The federal government has shortchanged hundreds of low-income families of their full government benefits since at least 2007, an internal review has found. A staff member at Employment and Social Development Canada recently identified a “system anomaly” that has been withholding employment insurance money from about 800 needy families in each of the last eight […]

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CPC ad will likely never see court challenge under C-51: experts

Jun 29 2015 — Kristie Smith

While Conservatives may have inadvertently violated the propaganda provisions in their own controversial anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51, by posting ISIS photos and playing the group’s anthem to the backdrop of an election-style ad blasting Justin Trudeau, they’re probably safe from defending it in court. Legally, the Conservatives might have an airtight defence: themselves. A few […]

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Trudeau says a Liberal government would put a price on carbon pollution

Jun 29 2015 —

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has unveiled his environmental platform, saying he will work with the provinces to put a price on carbon pollution if he becomes Canada’s next prime minister. He told media in Vancouver that within 90 days of taking office, his government would map out a plan to reduce the country’s collective carbon […]

Jun 29 2015 — BJ Siekierski

Former Liberal leader Bob Rae has taken sides in the high-profile Liberal nomination contest in Eglinton-Lawrence, throwing his support behind Marco Mendicino over vaunted Liberal recruit and former Tory cabinet minister Eve Adams. Rae tweeted a picture of himself holding a rainbow umbrella with Mendicino at 1:00 am Monday after taking part in the Toronto […]

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Jun 29 2015 —

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s website is down after being targeted in a cyberattack for the second time in less than two weeks. Sources tell CTV’s Mercedes Stephenson that a rouge hacker is trying to draw attention to a criminal case in Ottawa. Sources say the same person was previously responsible for cyberattacks on the […]

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Jun 29 2015 — Ashley Csanady

Ontario New Democrat Jagmeet Singh’s staff mistakenly used constituency office resources to promote a rally with federal party leader Thomas Mulcair, the provincial integrity commissioner has ruled. Singh faces no penalties for the oversight, as Commissioner Lynn Morrison wrote in a report released Friday. “I did not recommend that a penalty be imposed as I […]

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Jun 29 2015 — Robyn Urback

Generally speaking, political attack ads fall into one of three categories. There are the overly dramatic, unintentionally hilarious kind, which brazenly distort fact to the point of parody (see “Engage Canada”) or hire catalogue actors to recite talking points in one of many bizarre or unrealistic scenarios. Then there are the easily forgotten ones, which […]

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Jun 29 2015 —

The federal government says Canada’s free-trade deal with Europe is not at risk of falling apart. A French cabinet minister told Montreal Le Devoir that his country wants to renegotiate one particular clause that allows businesses to sue governments. Matthias Fekl said France will not ratify the agreement if its proposals are not accepted. Prime […]

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Despite promises, Tory government pulls punches on tamper-proof drugs

Jun 29 2015 — John Ivison

Achieving anything in Canadian politics is the art of the possible — and experience suggests not much is possible. Rona Ambrose, the health minister, was undoubtedly sincere when she identified prescription drug abuse as a growing problem where government action was required. The research suggested 410,000 Canadians were abusing prescription drugs in 2012, with the […]

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Paris Hilton I’m Suing the ‘Plane Crash’ Pranksters

Jun 30 2015 —

Paris Hilton is telling business associates … she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode … just to get a rise out of her. We’re told Paris is furious over the stunt … in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to […]

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