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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

RCMP made serious mistakes during Ottawa shooting: sources

May 22 2015 —

CTV News has learned of serious mistakes by RCMP officers when shots rang out on Parliament Hill last October. The new details shine light on what happened in those terrifying hours after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot at the National War Memorial, and Parliament Hill was stormed just moments later. In one case, a […]

May 22 2015 — Glen McGregor

In a video on his MP website touting his accomplishments over the past decade, Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre makes a surprising claim: that he personally came up with the idea for the Children’s Fitness Tax Benefit, a boutique tax measure that lets families deduct up to $1,000 from their incomes for their kids’ sports and […]

May 22 2015 —

Incoming Alberta premier Rachel Notley has suspended a rookie member of her caucus over a controversial photo. Notley says in a release that Deborah Drever will sit as an Independent after the government is sworn in on Sunday. A photo of Tory Premier Jim Prentice and one of his cabinet ministers has been circulating on […]


EKOS poll: Even Tories strongly oppose Memorial to Victims of Communism

May 22 2015 — Janice Dickson

Opposition to the Harper government’s planned Memorial to the Victims of Communism is staggering—with even the prime minister’s supporters strongly opposing its design and location, EKOS polling data shows. Sixty-three per cent of those polled who intend to vote Conservative in the upcoming federal election oppose the memorial, a project of the Harper government that […]

May 22 2015 — Peter O'Neil

Liberals fare poorly, despite Justin Trudeau’s personal popularity. The federal New Democratic Party is leading the Conservatives in four key B.C. battleground ridings, according to a poll financed by the Dogwood Initiative, a B.C.-based environmental non-profit organization. The poll found solid NDP leads in all four, with the Greens the only other party besides the […]

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Election battlegrounds from Timmies to Rideau Hall

May 22 2015 — Susan Delacourt

We’re headed for an election this year, it seems, without traditional TV debates or maybe even the standard leaders’ tours. So now that we know what the political media will not be doing in September and October, it may be time to start thinking about what election reporters will be doing instead. Freed from the […]

Andrew MacDougall

The Conservatives exercise their debate option

May 22 2015 — Andrew MacDougall

“You had an option, sir,” Brian Mulroney thundered at John Turner. “You could have said, ‘I am not going to do it’,” Mulroney went on, in reference to the slew of patronage appointments Turner refused to block following the retirement of Pierre Trudeau. Turner was stumped. Game, set, and 24 Sussex to Mulroney. This little […]

jeffrey simpson

Can a third orange wave splash across Canada?

May 22 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

The first orange wave washed over Quebec in the last federal election. The second orange wave swept across Alberta in the recent provincial election. Can a third orange wave splash across Canada on election day, Oct. 19? The short answer is no, if by wave we mean the kind of New Democratic Party sweep of […]

Michael Harris

Harper’s imperial vanity could be his Achilles heel

May 22 2015 — Michael Harris

What do NFL quarterback Tom Brady and Stephen Harper have in common? Both men play by their own rules … which is to say, they cheat. Where do they differ? Brady was caught deflating footballs before a championship game to give himself a throwing advantage. He has been punished with a four-game suspension to start […]

campbell clark

Stephen Harper’s game of Senate appointment make-believe will end

May 22 2015 — Campbell Clark

Stephen Harper is playing at pre-election make-believe with Senate appointments. We have a Vancouver lawyer to thank for calling us back to reality. The Prime Minister’s game of pretend is in declaring he won’t appoint senators. The unloved, disrespected Red Chamber has caused him a spot of bother, notably because of ill-advised appointees such as […]

May 22 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

If a consortium collapsed in the forest, would anybody care? Unless you’re running a major TV network, or grew up watching one, your answer is probably a big fat ‘no’. That reality is at the root of the Conservatives’ decision to dump the traditional debate consortium in favour of newer digital forums. Critics can bleat […]

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May 21 2015 — Don Martin

You couldn’t swing an angry cat around the CTV mini-studio in Ottawa without hitting a wall or a television camera. It’s compact, but functional enough to handle a camera operator and one guest. Earlier this week, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz squeezed inside the booth with THREE aides anxiously monitoring his victory declaration over Americans […]

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May 22 2015 — Tim Harper

Over-represented in our prisons. Under-represented on our juries. No Supreme Court decision was going to change that reality for aboriginal Canadians. But even if the court, by a 5-2 decision, ruled that the constitutional rights of Clifford Kokopenace were not violated when he was convicted of manslaughter by a jury that included no aboriginal members, […]

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May 22 2015 — Vaughn Palmer

Joining Premier Christy Clark this week in celebrating the latest step toward development of a liquefied natural gas industry was federal government representative James Moore, the country’s industry minister and senior cabinet member from B.C. Clark thanked Moore “for all of the work that he’s done to make sure that LNG is on the federal […]

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Mike Babcock’s salary about more than winning the Leafs a Stanley Cup

May 22 2015 —

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock’s unprecedented salary is a sign the Leafs are playing a bigger game than just trying to win a Stanley Cup, one sports business expert says. Babcock signed an eight-year deal this week estimated at $50 million US, making him the highest-paid coach in hockey and putting him in elite […]

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