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Jul 4 2015 —

New GDP numbers for the month of April are causing economists to forecast a possible recession for Canada, but Finance Minister Joe Oliver doesn’t think the bad news will tarnish the Conservative brand as good fiscal managers heading into the election. “I think people understand the recent economic data is a result of external events,” […]

Jul 4 2015 — Paul Haavardsrud

Try as it might, the National Energy Board just can’t escape the climate change discussion. In his campaign trail unveiling this week of the Liberal Party’s new green agenda, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau singled out the country’s energy regulator for the part he believes it should play in curbing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Not long […]


Millions in military gear goes to scrap heap instead of Ukraine

Jul 4 2015 — David Pugliese

Canada is moving ahead with the destruction of surplus anti-tank missiles and other equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars despite a plea by Ukraine for such equipment to help it fight separatists. Among the items declared surplus are more than 5,400 Eryx anti-tank missiles, according to a 2014 Department of National Defence documents leaked […]

Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole speaks duiring a news conference at the Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa, Monday March 30, 2015. O'Toole has unveiled the latest plank in the Conservative government's bid to restore relations with ex-soldiers and their supporters: a plan to hire 100 new case managers to speed the delivery of benefits and services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Staffing cuts at Veterans Affairs hit frontline service

Jul 4 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

Injured ex-soldiers are being forced to wait longer for support from the government as the number of employees working at Veterans Affairs Canada has fallen to levels not seen since before the war in Afghanistan. The revelation is contained in internal briefing notes for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, poking holes in the Conservative government’s […]

Jul 4 2015 —

With a scheduled federal election looming on Oct. 19, Canadians from coast to coast to coast can expect a highly politicized summer and fall, especially on their own doorsteps. But in Canada’s north, door-knocking is no easy proposition. Nunavut, the largest riding in the country at 1,877,787 square km, is spread across 25 communities with […]

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Jul 3 2015 —

Canada’s opposition leaders have blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government for failed economic policies that have put the country on the precipice of another possible recession. But Harper urged patience Friday, predicting that Alberta’s oil sector will “bounce back.” The sharp criticism came from NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau who, like Harper, […]

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Jul 3 2015 —

MPs and senators have vacated Parliament Hill for the summer, leaving behind the procedural drama and cranking up the barbecues as they head into the federal election campaign. The Senate rose on Tuesday after heated debate and “draconian steps” to force a vote over the controversial union finance disclosure bill, but also left behind a […]

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Bigger ghosts in Mulcair’s closet

Jul 4 2015 — Deveryn Ross

If they are going to attack the man, they should at least use the right material. Earlier this week, Maclean’s magazine reported that “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… say was the first step […]


Some Tory wickedness did Crosbie’s way come

Jul 4 2015 — Stephen Maher

Back in April, when some St. John’s, N.L., lawyers took to the stage to perform some silly Shakespeare to raise money for a theatre in nearby Cupids, Ches Crosbie topped the bill. Crosbie is well known in Newfoundland, where his family has been playing a lively role in public life for more than a century. […]

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How the once-mighty Tories have fallen

Jul 4 2015 — R.Michael Warren

At the beginning of this year Stephen Harper had all his ducks in a row for the fall federal election. Some Conservative insiders pressed Harper to call an early spring election, rather than waiting until October. Now the prime minister very likely wishes he followed their advice. Six months later, the Tory advantage has slipped […]


Trudeau and Mulcair roast Harper on Stampede opening day

Jul 4 2015 — Rick Bell

Justin Trudeau sits back on the couch in a second-floor room of a conference centre in downtown Calgary. Downstairs, 825 people are ready to listen to him and to party on this first day of the Stampede. The scribbler asks Trudeau if he is up to the job he seeks. Does he have the smarts, […]


Gunter: Honeymoon may be over for Notley and the NDP

Jul 4 2015 — Lorne Gunter

It’s gonna be a long four years until the next provincial election in 2019. If a new Mainstreet Technologies poll is to be believed, provincial voters are already questioning their choice on May 5. Less than two months out they would not re-elect the NDP. That’s got to be some sort of record for buyers’ […]


What Stephen Harper’s speeches can teach us

Jul 3 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Political culture, like everything else, has been transformed by the communications revolution of the past few decades. Still, one relic remains as a political communications staple — The Speech. Press releases have been reformatted as “infographics.” Petitions gather names electronically. Political newsletters come as Facebook posts. MPs talk to their constituents through Twitter or email.

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Lindsay Lohan turns down role in Burger King commercial

Jul 4 2015 —

Lindsay Lohan isn’t being deluged with starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters — but she still has enough pride to turn down a humiliating Burger King commercial. The flame-haired actress was asked to wear a Spicy Chicken Fries box, smoke a chicken fry like a cigarette, and vamp a “spicy” monologue. “We were gob-smacked. It was […]

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