From those ubiquitous UGG boots to kayaks and cherries, a little green logo featuring a kangaroo has told Australian consumers what’s been made or grown by their country for nearly 30 years. Now the Canadian government is looking to the Australian Made campaign as a model for a domestic branding exercise here. This year’s federal […]
In the 2011 federal election, the haymaker that put Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the mat was thrown by NDP Leader Jack Layton in the English-language debate. Turning to Ignatieff, Layton reminded Ignatieff that he’d failed to show up for 70 per cent of the votes in the House of Commons while he was leader. “Canadians […]
VANCOUVER - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is taking aim at striking truckers at Vancouver's port, accusing them of blocking important trade for Canada.Harper is in B.C. after a trip to South Korea to sign a free trade deal, and the strike came up during a friendly question-and-answer session in front of a business audience in […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is wasting no time in selling his newly signed free-trade agreement with South Korea. Harper is highlighting the benefits of the deal in a question-and-answer session before the BC Chamber of Commerce. The prime minister says the deal will create thousands of jobs in Canada, because it offers unprecedented access to […]Read More
Olivia Chow has resigned her seat in Parliament, effective immediately, and is set to launch a bid to become the next mayor of Toronto. A party spokeswoman confirms the Toronto New Democrat tendered her resignation to the Speaker of the House of Commons earlier today.Read More
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It’s an admirable motto: “Visible government = accessible government = accountable government,” one adopted by the program overseeing federal branding. Try finding out much about it, though, and you’ll soon hit a brick wall.Read More
In the Nanos weekly Party Power Index, the Federal Liberals registered a score of 58 points out of 100, followed by the Conservatives at 51 points, the NDP at 49 points, the Green Party at 32 points, and the BQ at 28 points in Quebec. The Index was relatively stable week over week on many […]Read More
A Conservative MP is part of a group of federalists urging the Harper government to intervene in the Quebec election and actively counter the Parti Québécois’ sovereigntist message. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is deliberately watching the election from the sidelines, wanting to avoid providing any fodder to the separatist camp. But the Special Committee for […]Read More
As the spectre of a spring election looms, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are launching a campaign-style blitz targeting the New Democrats’ seats in Toronto. Liberal volunteers will be out in force at several subway stops along the Bloor-Danforth line Wednesday morning, distributing 20,000 pamphlets warning NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is “too risky in uncertain times.”Read More
Olivia Chow’s long awaited jump in to the Toronto mayoral arena paves the way for a high-stakes byelection that should give Canadians their best preview to date of the 2015 federal battle between the Liberals and the NDP. Now that Chow has stepped down as MP for Trinity-Spadina, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has until the fall […]
During the 2011 federal election, the federal Liberals ran a poll on their website asking Canadians to choose their favourite anti-medicare quote from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. There were four options: “Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it.” “Our health care will continue […]
There’s no doubt that Pierre Karl Péladeau could be a game-changer in the Quebec election, but perhaps not in the sense Pauline Marois was hoping for when she recruited him as a star candidate for the Parti Québécois. One thing is certain — it will be all about him. It already has been since Sunday’s […]
The Quebec election campaign is not yet a week old and it’s already obvious why Parti Québécois handlers were nervous about unleashing Premier Pauline Marois. On Tuesday, the PQ campaign turned into a festival of contradictions as Ms. Marois defended her stance on a sovereignty referendum and her recruitment of billionaire star candidate Pierre Karl […]
What’s on the minds of Quebeckers as the campaign begins for their province’s April 7 election? Many things, to be sure, but not secession from Canada. Asked about “sovereignty” last week in a CROP online poll taken for Radio-Canada, 39 per cent said they favoured it and 61 per cent were opposed, about the same breakdown as […]
If U.S. President Barack Obama is perplexed about the prospect of a breakaway Crimea, how will he feel about an independent Quebec? And the selection of sovereignty-backing Pierre Karl Péladeau as a Parti Québécois candidate has just given the Péquistes’ independence cause a shot in the arm.
It’s been said that those in Quebec who want independence for their province and those outside Quebec who are happy let them go represent “two sides of the same coin.” Maybe that’s why I’m not that upset that former Sun Media boss Pierre Karl Peladeau has confirmed his desire to separate Quebec from Confederation. I’m […]
Is there a festering ‘rape culture’ on our university campuses? Plenty of people think so. Anne-Marie Roy, the head of the University of Ottawa students’ union, used the term when she reacted to a Facebook exchange including several male student leaders, in which they fantasized about raping her and infecting her with venereal disease.
A very strange thing happened in Canada last week. A major corporation, Chrysler, withdrew its request for federal and provincial subsidies for a multibillion-dollar revamp of its assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton. Decrying the fact that its request had become a “political football,” Chrysler said it would fund “out of its own resources whatever […]
Shortly after noon Tuesday, Attorney General Suzanne Anton walked into a media scrum to talk about preparedness and ended up facing a barrage of questions about patronage. The trouble arose for Anton because of her choice to head a review of earthquake preparedness in the province — former B.C. Liberal MLA and cabinet minister John […]
CRIMEAN CRISIS REQUIRES A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION A theme underlying the crises now playing out in both Crimea and Syria has very much to do with Russian naval power. Throughout its long history Russia has had limited access to ports providing it warm water access to the world’s oceans and even much of the access that […]Read More
LAST week, Justin Bieber sat down with lawyers to give a 41/2-hour deposition in Miami in a case involving his bodyguard getting into a scuffle with a photographer. His interviews with lawyers were filmed and TMZ shared about six minutes of it on Monday. And the clips aren’t helping his already bratty reputation.