National Newswatch
May 6 2015 —

If the NDP surge in Alberta wasn’t enough of a surprise, former premier Jim Prentice handed Albertans another shock on election day. Shortly after winning his seat in Calgary-Foothills, Prentice announced he is stepping down as party leader and as an MLA after a big election loss brought an end to the Progressive Conservative Party’s […]

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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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Testimony set to resume in Duffy trial after procedural detour

May 6 2015 —

The Mike Duffy trial in Ottawa returns to its normal routine today after being placed on hold to let the two sides argue over the admissibility of a piece of evidence. The Crown and defence have completed their arguments on why a Senate committee report should or should not be entered into evidence. The defence […]

May 6 2015 —

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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May 6 2015 —

P.E.I.’s election results are spurring renewed interest in proportional representation, says Fair Vote Canada. The first past the post system of elections on P.E.I. allowed the Liberals to retain their majority. In 2011 the Liberals won 51 per cent of the popular vote and 22 of 27 seats. On Monday the party’s share of the […]

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Featured Ink

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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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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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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 […]

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A Martian’s view of Justin Trudeau’s middle-class tax cuts

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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Justin Trudeau hits right note with fairer tax plan

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 […]

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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Salman Khan: Bollywood star jailed for five years in hit-and-run case

May 6 2015 —

An Indian court has sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run driving incident in Mumbai. The man was among five people who were run over in the incident. The actor wascharged with culpable homicide. Khan had said his driver was behind the wheel, […]