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Poll: 2 in 3 Canadians back Trump on Keystone, NATO

Dec 3 2016 —

A new poll conducted for CTV News suggests about two in three Canadians are on board with Donald Trump’s proposal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and the same proportion agree with the president-elect that Canada should contribute its “fair share” to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO). At the same time, the Nanos Research […]

Dec 3 2016 —

More than a thousand people were out at the Alberta legislature on Saturday to protest the carbon tax put forward by the NDP government. The rally was hosted by the right-wing Rebel Media group, who bussed people from Red Deer and Calgary for support. Leader of the Wildrose party Brian Jean and federal MP for […]

Dec 3 2016 — Robert Benzie

A frustrated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to “enforce the law” and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries — even though weed legalization is looming. “People are right now breaking the law,” Trudeau told the Star’s editorial board on Friday. “We haven’t changed the laws. We haven’t legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear […]

Dec 3 2016 — Laura Payton

The minister in charge of procurement is contradicting the head of the Royal Canadian Air Force in a disagreement over whether Canada has enough fighter jets. Public Procurement Minister Judy Foote says Canada has a “capability gap,” echoing comments, by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan 10 days ago, that Canada has fewer planes than it needs […]

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Air force warned readiness of fighter fleet was declining back in 2014

Dec 3 2016 — Kristen Everson

As the former Conservative government was leading the charge to bomb ISIS almost two years ago, the Royal Canadian Air Force was warning that its CF-18 pilots were not getting enough training time and that “resource reductions” were squeezing maintenance budgets. Documents obtained by CBC News make clear the military was concerned the combat readiness […]

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Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says

Dec 2 2016 — Bruce Campion-Smith and Robert Benzie

Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the economic “anxiety” that helped elect the new president also exists in Canada and, if ignored, people will “lash out,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns. In a meeting with the Toronto Star editorial board, Trudeau cautioned that the rising tide of populism with Donald Trump’s victory […]

Dec 3 2016 — Mercedes Stephenson

Days after victims of military sexual assault raised concerns about lenient sentences, CTV News has learned of a new directive from Canada’s top soldier to remove from their jobs anyone who has committed sexual misconduct. Gen. Johnathan Vance told CTV’s Mercedes Stephenson that he will now discharge anyone found to have sexually harassed or harmed […]

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Dec 2 2016 — Alex Boutilier and Alex Ballingall

Trudeau suggested the “outburst” warranted the apology. “The fact is that Canadians expect that when someone behaves in a way that isn’t consistent with their expectations of themselves, or Canadians’ expectations of them, that they apologize.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recommitted to electoral reform a day after Liberal MPs recommended abandoning his pledge to put […]

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Dec 2 2016 — James Wood

If the big NDP family all got together this Christmas, the party would likely be a bit tense. The federal government’s approval of the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to British Columbia has exposed a political fault line, with Alberta’s NDP government on one side and federal and British Columbia New Democrats on […]

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Liberals failed to explain stand on holding referendum

Dec 3 2016 — Paul Wells

Well, if nobody in the Trudeau government is going to explain why there won’t be a referendum on electoral reform, I guess I’ll have to. There won’t be a referendum on electoral reform because referendums are trouble. They transfix government, binding up the attention of public servants and political staffers so nothing else can get […]

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Ontario confronts its addiction to money politics

Dec 3 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

Politics is supposed to be about winning ideas. More often it’s about wining and dining donors — and winning them over as a way to win power. Which is why money politics usually wins the day. On Thursday, however, Ontario belatedly had a good day. After too many bad years of too much money infiltrating […]

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Monsef Just Insulted The People Helping Liberals Keep Their Word

Dec 2 2016 — Althia Raj

Something remarkable happened Thursday. The opposition parties — the Conservatives, the New Democrats, the Bloc Québécois, the Green — stood together and offered the Liberal government a road map to achieve their promise of making the 2015 election the last held under the first-past-the-post voting system. The Liberals who served on the special committee on […]

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Maryam Monsef’s change in parliamentary tone

Dec 2 2016 — John Geddes

Back in early September, I visited picturesque Peterborough, Ont., to interview Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef. It’s her home, and Monsef suggested we talk on the deck of her favourite coffee shop, overlooking the placid Otonabee River, not far from her constituency office in the city’s well-preserved downtown.

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Did Maryam Monsef actually read the whole electoral reform report?

Dec 2 2016 — Colby Cosh

In the stormy Thursday press conference in which mealy-mouthed Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef somehow managed to unify election reform opponents and supporters in a grand coalition against her, she at one point held up a sign with an intimidating mathematical expression on it. I think “intimidating” is a fair description. I am reasonably sure […]

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Trudeau promised electoral reform, but failed to say what kind

Dec 2 2016 — Campbell Clark

It’s hard to list all the reasons why Liberal MPs on the Commons electoral-reform committee decided that their leader’s election promise was a lousy idea. There just isn’t enough time. Few people are paying attention. It’s complicated. People might have had very different ideas of what the promise meant. And it’s hard to know if […]

Dec 1 2016 — Michael Harris

Justin Trudeau’s detractors are doing their best to turn the boy-prince of Canadian politics into a dictator-loving tar pig. And did I mention he’s also a “coward” to boot — the conclusion of MP Michelle Rempel, the CPC’s poster-girl of nothing in particular, if you don’t count sofa selfies? Or that Kevin O’Leary says Trudeau […]

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Dec 2 2016 — Aaron Wherry

On June 16, 2015, as he announced a broad agenda for political reform, Justin Trudeau declared that his Liberals were “committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post.” Standing behind him were a few dozen Liberal candidates who applauded in agreement, including Maryam Monsef, prominently positioned to Trudeau’s […]

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Dec 2 2016 — Craig Scott

We should take our collective hat off to all the members of the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, which worked in a spirit of civility and seemingly in good faith in less-than-ideal conditions created by the government (more on this below). Their majority report, which recommended the government design a new proportional […]

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Dec 2 2016 — Gary Mason

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley should bundle up when she comes to Vancouver next week to sell the merits of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. She is in for a frosty reception. There is no bigger opponent of the pipeline than the city’s mayor, Gregor Robertson. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the project’s approval this […]

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Dec 1 2016 — Robyn Urback

Here’s what you need to know about the House of Commons committee report on electoral reform: nothing makes sense, no one knows what’s going on and there’s not really a consensus on anything. The all-party committee recommended holding a referendum on changing Canada’s electoral system from first-past-the-post to proportional representation in time for the next […]

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Dec 1 2016 — Anthony Furey

Some promises are made to be broken. And Justin Trudeau’s pledge that 2015 would be the last election conducted under first-past-the-post fits that bill perfectly. On Thursday, the electoral reform committee announced that, after holding consultations with stakeholders ranging from experts to regular Joes, they were recommending there be a referendum on whether to actually […]

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Dec 1 2016 — David Moscrop

The federal government’s Special Committee on Electoral Reform has recommended a referendum on changing Canada’s voting system. The ballot, they suggest, should ask voters to choose between a government-designed proportional representation option and our current system — first-past-the-post. The Liberal members of the committee have dissented — saying that the recommendations from the majority report […]

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Dec 1 2016 — Chris Hall

Justin Trudeau had no choice. The prime minister had to approve the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline because of the many statements he’d made over the past year that boil down to this: protecting the environment can go hand in hand with finding foreign markets for Canadian oil. “One of the fundamental […]

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Dec 1 2016 — Brent Rathgeber

There was some jubilation — not much, really — here yesterday in Alberta’s provincial capital. The mood could be described more as one of relief than joy … relief that a Liberal government has conditionally approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion to Burnaby, even as it forever shelved Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to […]

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Nov 30 2016 — Aaron Wherry

“Yesterday’s announcement demonstrated that in one year we were able to do what, in ten years, the previous government was unable to do,” Justin Trudeau declared with his first opportunity during question period Wednesday. Most of the Liberals in attendance stood and cheered. It’s of course a bit early to unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banner. […]

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