National Newswatch
May 6 2015 — Michelle Zilio

A brief mention of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s name was met with boos in his home province of Alberta Tuesday night. Speaking to supporters during her victory speech, Premier-elect and Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley said she is looking forward to working with Harper. The crowd didn’t like that. “I need to say that I’m […]

May 6 2015 — Mark Gollom

Former Sun News host Ezra Levant testified about two cheques he received for writing speeches for Mike Duffy, the now-suspended senator on trial in Ottawa. Levant, who completed the work for Duffy prior to joining the now-defunct news network, delivered his testimony by phone Wednesday. Later in the day, the Crown is expected to resume […]

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The election of an NDP majority government in Alberta puts the province’s energy sector in a very frightening position, says a CBC business commentator. Deborah Yedlin says voters’ stunning decision to hand power to Rachel Notley and a huge new caucus of political novices will create an unprecedented disconnect between the Legislature and corporate Calgary.

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Supreme Court ruling hobbles pursuit of child predators, police say

May 6 2015 — Dean Beeby

Police officers assigned to fight child pornography say a Supreme Court of Canada decision is hobbling their ability to track down internet pedophiles and child sexual abusers. In a Charter of Rights and Freedoms case last June, the high court abruptly ended the ability of police to informally request subscriber information from internet service providers […]

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Last month, Hussein Hamdani helped organize a major Liberal fundraiser in Burlington featuring party leader Justin Trudeau as the star attraction. The event, which was held at a private home, drew about 120 Muslim-Canadians, mainly from the GTA, who were or recently became members of the Liberal Laurier Club, an elite group of donors who’ve […]

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Graham Steele: Lessons for Rachel Notley and Alberta’s NDP

May 6 2015 — Graham Steele

Anybody who said, even one year ago, that Alberta would elect a majority NDP government in 2015 would have been called delusional. And yet here we are. Like many Nova Scotians, I hear echoes of our own election night in 2009, when Nova Scotia chose the first-ever New Democratic government east of Ontario. A miracle, […]

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‘My name is Rachel Notley’

May 6 2015 — Paul Wells

How this down-to-earth politician capitalized on an extraordinary moment in Alberta’s history. “I think what’s changing,” Rachel Notley told me over lunch at the Higher Ground Café in Calgary on April 16, “is the approach of Albertans to politics. What’s not changing, as much as people think, are the opinions of Albertans on value-based questions […]

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Rachel Notley rides stunning orange wave in Alberta

May 6 2015 — Tim Harper

Voters in Alberta made history Tuesday night — and they sealed it with an exclamation point. Rachel Notley and her New Democrats secured a majority victory in an election that was supposed to be a stroll in the park for a powerful Progressive Conservative dynasty that had all but swallowed up its opposition in the […]

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Why the Orange Revolution is not about Rachel Notley

May 6 2015 — Colby Cosh

My birthday was a few days ago. In my phone call with my mother, I asked her if she had spoken with anybody in the family about the Alberta election. She lives in Saskatchewan with my father now, on his family’s homestead, but they had just been back through Ft. McMurray for a visit. They […]

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Notley’s NDP rises from the wreckage of epic PC disasters

May 6 2015 — Don Braid

The NDP dreamed it. Legions of Albertans wanted it. But who could imagine it actually happening? Rachel Notley’s party shattered an age-old government, crushing overnight all the old ways and networks, dismantling the cosy PC compact with its increasingly distant elite. Premier Jim Prentice immediately quit cold, both as PC Party leader and Foothills MLA, […]

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For Rachel Notley the hard part starts now

May 6 2015 — Karl Nerenberg

The prospect of an orange Alberta had the business establishment fretting right up to the last minute. On Alberta’s election-day morning the headline in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business was: “Energy industry braces for Alberta election results.” The NDP leader, now Premier-elect Rachel Notley had, horror of horrors, promised a “review” of the […]

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The PC dynasty died today. No messiah, no miracle.

May 6 2015 — Rick Bell

Toryland, aged 43, passed away Tuesday after a lengthy illness. The end came at approximately 8:35 p.m. MDT. At the request of the family, there will be no memorial service. If you wish to send flowers, please no orange blossoms or wild roses. I never believed I would live to see this day. At the […]

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Angry Albertans beat an orange path to the polls

May 6 2015 — Michael Platt

Anger, the great motivator. That, it seems, is the long-sought secret to shaking Albertans out of a voting stupor dating back nearly four decade: just tick ‘em off. Whether it was infuriating statements from outgoing Tory premier Jim Prentice like “look in the mirror” and “math is difficult,” or the irritating early election call that […]

May 6 2015 — Tom Walkom

A visitor from Mars, or perhaps even Michigan, might find it hard to differentiate the economic policies of Canada’s three main political parties. Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals support balanced budgets, tax cuts for small business and subsidies for families. They support building pipelines to move oil and gas […]

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May 6 2015 — Toronto Star

Canadians haven’t seen the last pre-election promise drop yet. But Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has just done his bit to make sure that voters will have some genuine, healthy choices when they cast their ballots on Oct. 19. And that’s a good thing for democracy. Until now Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have sought to […]

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May 5 2015 — Leo Housakos

These are hard times for the Senate of Canada, there is no doubt about that. Mistakes have been made, rules have been misinterpreted or disregarded altogether. We accept responsibility and are sorry for allowing a culture and system that made it possible for some members to conduct themselves in an inappropriate, and possibly criminal, manner […]

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May 6 2015 — Martin Regg Cohn

Once upon a time the Progressive Conservatives were Ontario’s natural governing party, thanks to the Big Blue Machine. Big Blue referred to the broad coalition of voters wooed by premier Bill Davis with modern campaign techniques — until the day he resigned and the dynasty dissolved. Post-Davis, the PCs lurched right with the wrong leader, […]

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May 6 2015 — Carol Goar

Long before Kathleen Wynne became the premier of Ontario, a Liberal MPP or a Toronto school board trustee, she signed up for conflict resolution training at St. Stephen’s Community House, a social service agency in the Kensington market. The non-profit organization had developed a groundbreaking program to teach volunteers how to resolve neighbourhood disputes. Trainees […]

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Entertainment Plus

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Disguised Bono, U2 play surprise show in NYC subway

May 6 2015 — Josh Elliott

It was a beautiful day to take the subway in New York City on Tuesday, when Irish rockers U2 donned disguises to play a surprise show for commuters at Grand Central Station. Bono, Edge and crew joined “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in shabby, busker-style clothing on a bustling subway platform Tuesday. They started their […]