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Trudeau promises he’d be accessible PM, unmuzzle bureaucrats, ministers

Dec 22 2014 —

Justin Trudeau is promising to scrap Stephen Harper’s brand of message discipline if he becomes prime minister, giving more freedom to bureaucrats, ditching the scripts for cabinet ministers and making them and himself more accessible to journalists. The Liberal leader says Harper’s penchant for strictly controlling the flow of information — and the select few […]

Dec 22 2014 —

Stephen Harper held a private meeting Sunday with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in Calgary. Only a few broad details about the session were disclosed in a short news release from the Prime Minister’s Office. It stated the two leaders focused on “the provincial, federal and global economies and on working together to keep Canada’s energy […]

Dec 22 2014 — At Issue

At Issue: Year-End Review. The past year will be remembered for the death of long-serving finance minister Jim Flaherty, a heated political tussle over Toronto’s mayoral seat and a string of ups and downs for provincial politicians. CBC News looks back at some notable political stories — and ahead at the one big story set […]

Dec 22 2014 —

It’s going to be a horse race in the provincial byelection for Sudbury, according to a new poll, although one of the jockeys hasn’t even been determined yet. A phone survey conducted Sunday by Mainstreet Technologies found the Liberals, under newly appointed candidate Glenn Thibeault, out in front by three percentage points over the NDP, […]

Dec 22 2014 —

The “C word” many tire of or avoid altogether during election campaigns doesn’t scare the federal NDP leader. “Don’t forget, we’re the ones who made it a priority in 2008 to put the coalition idea on the table,” Tom Mulcair said in an interview on The West Block with Tom Clark. “We wrote it and […]

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Ottawa posts $3.2B deficit for October, including impact of income splitting

Dec 22 2014 —

The federal government says it posted a deficit of $3.2 billion in October due in large part to its new income-splitting plan for families and the doubling of the children’s fitness tax credit. The result for the month compared with a deficit of $2.5 billion in October 2013. The tax changes resulted in a $1.6-billion […]

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Minister resigns to seek Manitoba NDP leadership

Dec 22 2014 —

A Manitoba cabinet minister has resigned and says he is running to become the province’s next premier. Steve Ashton, who was the province’s transportation and emergency measures minister, says he met with Premier Greg Selinger and told him he was stepping down. He says he plans to make an official announcement Tuesday. Ashton joins former […]

Dec 22 2014 —

It seems Sudburians are not immune to the charms of Justin Trudeau, who may not generate quite the same mania as his pirouetting pa, but certainly seems to have gained a bit of momentum for his party. A poll conducted Sunday by Mainstreet Technologies has the Grits ahead by a comfortable lead in the Sudbury […]

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How partisan Conservative ads undermine the rule of law

Dec 22 2014 — Errol P. Mendes

In what country does a government take tax revenues and use it to pump out continuous government propaganda that tries to brainwash the citizens with its performance, whether truthful or not? Many would suggest China, Russia or even Zimbabwe. Sadly, it is also true in the Canada governed by the Stephen Harper Conservatives.

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Harper has reason to hope in 2015

Dec 22 2014 — Dan Leger

For those waiting around for Stephen Harper to move on to greener pastures, 2015 is going to be a frustrating year. Short of an election defeat, the prime minister isn’t going anywhere. Harper insisted in year-end interviews that he will lead the Conservatives into the next election, which he’s in no rush to call. “It’s […]

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The year’s top foot-in-mouth moments from Canadian politics

Dec 21 2014 — Tim Harper

Say what? We’ve all done it: blurted out something we immediately wanted to take back. In Canadian politics, it was a banner year for blurting and regretting, but this being Ottawa, the blurting was always clearer than the regretting. Regardless, here are 10 instances in which our federal representatives might have wanted a do-over: Film […]

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Political shorthand for 2015: It’s all up to Trudeau

Dec 21 2014 —

Here’s the shorthand for the next ten months in Canadian politics, and more broadly for the next few years: It’s all up to Justin Trudeau now. The rest, including the personal performances of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP leader Tom Mulcair, are supporting plots to this main narrative. We know this because of the […]

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Harper must aim for a majority or bust in 2015

Dec 22 2014 — Campbell Clark

A poll this week showed 48 per cent of Canadians think the country is on the wrong track, and only 37 per cent think it is moving in the right direction. Stephen Harper would probably think: “Not bad.” His party has always thrived without fretting that it doesn’t have a majority on its side. In […]

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Long tenures for prime ministers are nothing to cheer

Dec 22 2014 — David Moscrop

Nobody likes a guest who overstays his or her welcome. And shame on the ones who do. But what about those we keep inviting back? Well, then it’s shame on us. In November, Stephen Harper became the sixth longest serving head of government in Canadian history, edging out Brian Mulroney. If Harper wins the next […]

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Oswald not looking like formidable force

Dec 22 2014 — Dan Lett

It had all of the trappings of a big-time campaign launch. There was some cheesy Fleetwood Mac rock music, assorted journalists and cameras, a throng of chanting supporters and an oppressive heat produced when you put too many people into too small a room. And yet, when Theresa Oswald finally strolled into the second-floor meeting […]

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Why TD Bank is calling for greater income equality

Dec 22 2014 — Ryan Meili

Studies finds public investments in childhood education, health and affordable housing good for the economy. A moneylender sees the light, discovering a spirit of giving and generosity. It’s a classic Christmas tale of redemption – and redistribution ­­– but this year the convert in question appears to be one of Canada’s biggest banks. In a […]

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Blue Rodeo sings the melancholy side of Christmas

Dec 22 2014 —

Holiday shoppers have an abundance of Christmas themed album releases to choose from this year. Everyone from British pop singer Sam Smith, to the cast of the popular TV show Downton Abbey seem to have new holiday albums in the market. Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and Toronto-based country-pop band Blue Rodeo are among those entering […]

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