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Conservative MP Randy Hoback is shown on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday July 12 2012. Quebec provincial police say a motorist struck two members of the Canadian Forces with his car, an incident Hoback cited in the House of Commons as a ``possible terror attack.''THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

PMO says man in attack against Canadian Forces members had ‘become radicalized’

Oct 20 2014 —

A man who died from police gunfire after he struck two members of the Canadian Forces with his car had “become radicalized,” the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday. “The individual who struck the two CAF members with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team,” said a statement from […]

Oct 20 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our latest polling results, gathered over the last week among 1,248 Canadians aged 18 and over, show that: 32% of committed voters say they would support the Liberal Party in an election held tomorrow, 30% would vote for the Conservatives and 25% say they would vote NDP. This represents a 6-point drop for the Liberals […]

Oct 20 2014 —

The Harper government is trimming its expected order of Arctic patrol ships and evaluating a set of unsolicited proposals to convert civilian cargo ships for use by the Canadian navy, The Canadian Press has learned. Both steps are a sign that more modest expectations have been set for the government’s national shipbuilding strategy, which has […]

Oct 20 2014 — Susana Mas

Should the Conservatives make good on their promise to introduce income splitting for couples with children under 18 before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government would move to reverse that decision. Trudeau, who was in Toronto to promote his newly published memoir Common Ground, which he’s released ahead of next year’s […]

Oct 20 2014 —

A senior Canadian Security Intelligence Service official says it would be foolhardy to claim CSIS has all the bases covered when it comes to monitoring radicalized Canadians who have returned home. Jeff Yaworski, CSIS deputy director of operations, tells the Senate national security and defence committee the spy service must prioritize its efforts to keep […]

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Chrétien speaks out against Canadian military mission in Iraq

Oct 20 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Former prime minister Jean Chretien stepped up his criticism of Canada’s military combat mission against Islamist extremists in Iraq Monday, warning it is just the latest in a long history of interventions by western countries that have left “scars” on the Middle East. In a conference call with journalists, Chretien described Canada’s military contribution of […]

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Byrne to lead PM Harper’s national election campaign

Oct 20 2014 — Abbas Rana

Jenni Byrne, deputy chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the woman considered to be the PM’s “single best political organizer,” will once again lead the party’s national campaign in the next federal election. The Conservative Party’s national council recently confirmed the decision along with the promotion of Dustin Van Vugt, deputy executive […]

Oct 20 2014 —

An Ebola readiness update from Canadian health officials today from Ottawa noted that test drills in Halifax yesterday and in process today are proving successful. Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Dr. Gregory Taylor, chief public health officer, spoke in Ottawa on Monday. A team from the federal Public Health Agency briefed health-care providers on the […]

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Oct 20 2014 —

A Conservative nomination battle in Ontario is pitting two powerful political camps against one another — and causing grumbling in the ranks about party headquarters. Paul Smith, a 50-year-old corporate executive and former assistant to prime minister Brian Mulroney, is running against 24-year-old businessman Adam Moulton in the riding of Northumberland Peterborough South. Both men […]

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Oct 20 2014 —

Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. The World Trade Organization released a ruling Monday that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. The rules, which went into effect in 2008 […]

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Oct 20 2014 —

The federal election is scheduled for a year away and every political scientist is being asked the same question: who is going to win? Other than coming up with creative ways to avoid answering the question, we instead can attempt to make some predictions by consulting two prominent psephological soothsayers: opinion polls, and the economy.

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Harper readies to spend Flaherty’s billions

Oct 20 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

What to do with the surplus? It’s the question everyone’s asking in Ottawa. On Radio-Canada’s Les coulisses du pouvoir Sunday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said “this surplus will be used to build solutions for the long term,” notably in education and infrastructure. As it happens, he’s aligned with public opinion in a new EKOS poll […]

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5 federal storylines that could upend 2015 wisdom

Oct 19 2014 — Tim Harper

One year from the morning after. If our fixed election date holds, we’re a year from a trip to the federal polls. It’s a good time to remember what changes a single year can bring. Here are five storylines that can upend any federal prognostications over the next 12 months. The economy: If he was […]

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Media consortium takes on Tories

Oct 20 2014 — Ezra Levant

When I coined the phrase “the Media Party,” I didn’t mean that the liberal groupthink in the media is a conspiracy. It’s subconscious–it’s that journalists are a monoculture. They’re usually from the same social circles, with the same backgrounds and biases. But a bombshell access to information document released this month shows senior executives at […]

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Leadership matters, especially in dark times

Oct 20 2014 — Monte Solberg

Now that Ebola walks the Earth on 100-foot legs, we might spare a thought for the virtues of leadership, wherever it does and doesn’t occur. Consider the case of the first Ebola-infected nurse in Dallas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immediately blamed her for breaching protocol, before they had even investigated. Their first and […]

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New era of Church rationality? Not so fast

Oct 20 2014 — Dan Leger

Has there been an epiphany in the Roman Catholic Church? Not the capital-E kind; the Feast of the Epiphany is a fixture in the Catholic calendar every Jan. 6. This is a small-e epiphany — a moment of insight or revelation, when a truth is revealed and understanding bestowed. It sure seemed that way last […]

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Health in all Policies approach gaining traction across political spectrum in Canada

Oct 20 2014 — Danyaal Raza and Ryan Meili

When counseling patients on health, physicians often focus on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise or smoking. This kind of advice can be important for the individual, but does little to change underlying drivers of health like income, education and employment. These factors are the ones that have the greatest impact on whether patients will […]

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Why the trade debate is stuck and how to move it forward

Oct 20 2014 — Robert D. Atkinson

The U.S. economy is an evolutionary organism that changes, not just in size but in structure. Each day, we see the introduction of new products and services; companies go out of business while others are born; industries change. The economy also evolves spatially as globalization shifts economic activity to different regions of the world. Indeed, […]

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Four ridings have a voice for all Albertans

Oct 20 2014 — Ian Robinson

On Oct. 27, Albertans in four ridings go to the polls. Byelections are to general elections what a kiss on the cheek from your maiden aunt with the menopause mustache is to a full-on, Vegas casino penthouse orgy with a roster of shapely adorables hand-picked by Hugh Hefner. In short, byelections are generally not as […]

Oct 20 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

Olivia Chow looks worn out. She tells me over clam chowder at an Italian eatery across the street from her midtown campaign office that she’s “energetic, great, wonderful.” But if you listen to the tone of her voice, you can tell her enthusiasm is forced and she sounds like she’s just going through the motions […]

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Famed Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead — Dies at 82

Oct 20 2014 —

Oscar de la Renta — who recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress and famously dressed Jackie Kennedy — is dead. De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006 … though it’s unclear at this point what caused his death. De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, and became internationally known in […]