National Newswatch
Apr 23 2014 — Jessica Hume

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau walked off with a skateboard under his arm Wednesday when asked about an international study that contradicts his claims Canada’s middle class has faltered under the Harper Conservatives. The New York Times study found Canada has the richest middle class in the world, with incomes surpassing those of our American counterparts […]

Apr 23 2014 — Alison Crawford

A controversial Italian-made plane ordered by former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli a decade ago is on the auction block. Bids start at $2.5 million for the twin-engine Piaggio 180 Avanti, according to the government of Canada’s surplus website. The RCMP paid more than $8 million for the nine-seater when it made the eyebrow-raising purchase in […]


Jason Kenney says Manitoba government should apologize for immigration event

Apr 23 2014 —

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Manitoba government should apologize for a controversial immigration event two years ago. Kenney says the province’s NDP government used immigrants as “political props” and engaged in fear-mongering over federal changes to immigration programs.


Tom Mulcair rails against deleted Duffy-Wright emails

Apr 23 2014 — Laura Payton

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is railing against an email account deleted by officials working for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, despite signs the account has been recovered and turned over to the RCMP as part of its probe into suspended Senator Mike Duffy. A news report Tuesday said that memos to IT staff in the Privy […]


Ottawa phases out unsafe rail tank cars, pulls 5,000 cars immediately: Raitt

Apr 23 2014 —

The federal government is pulling 5,000 older tank cars off the rails immediately as it adopts the major rail safety recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the least crash-resistant of the older tank cars must be removed from the rails immediately.

Apr 23 2014 —

McDonald’s Canada is putting its temporary foreign workers program on hold while a third party conducts an audit on its use of the plan. Stung by recent criticism of its use of foreign workers, the restaurant chain’s vice-president of human resources announced the company needs to pause its program to assure Canadians it’s not abusing […]

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Apr 23 2014 —

Mike Duffy infamously referred to staff in the Prime Minister’s Office as “kids in short pants,” but Elizabeth May appears to have done the embattled senator one better. Speaking at a town hall in Nanaimo, B.C. on April 13, the federal Green Party leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands called the PMO “a $10-million-a-year partisan operation filled […]

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Apr 23 2014 —

Councillors in Kitimat, B.C., have voted to officially oppose the Enbridge (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline project — but they aren’t rejecting further plans to move Alberta oil through the region. A lengthy debate ended Tuesday with councillors voting 4 to 1 in favour of the motion to reject support for Enbridge’s $6-billion pipeline proposal.

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Apr 23 2014 —

Gas prices could hit a three-year high Thursday, as prices continue to rise across the country. Drivers can expect to feel the pain at the pumps, as prices hover as much as 22 cents higher than they were in April of last year. According to gas-industry watcher Dan McTeague, a former MP who runs the […]

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Apr 23 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will send up to 500 people to monitor Ukraine’s presidential election next month. He says the Canadian delegation will include up to 338 people in an election observation mission. Another group of up to 150 observers and 12 parliamentarians will be sent to join a election-monitoring mission from the […]

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Apr 23 2014

CBC hockey commentator Ron MacLean has apologized for his comment about French-Canadian referees during Tuesday night’s Stanley Cup playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, and won’t be reprimanded. MacLean suggested during the second intermission that a French-Canadian referee should not be working the game. The context for his comment was a […]

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Featured Ink


Time to retire claims that Canada’s middle class is ‘struggling’

Apr 23 2014 — Andrew Coyne

“The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction,” the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing groundbreaking new research tracking incomes in the developed economies. And who do you suppose might have stolen its crown? The Times story never quite comes out and says it, but leaves readers in […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Why being elected doesn’t = accountability

Apr 23 2014 — Don Lenihan

In a recent column, Lawrence Martin argues that the right way to check the growing power of the PMO is to fill its top positions with members of parliament. I disagree. The real issue with the PMO is not over elected vs. unelected officials, but the abysmal lack of transparency in the system. These are very […]


Temporary foreign worker program may be beyond fixing

Apr 23 2014 — Tim Harper

The Conservatives didn’t invent the temporary foreign worker program but they are now wearing it. Under their watch the program has mushroomed and so have the abuses. They have proved woefully unable to police the program. The program has also exposed the darkest instincts of too many small Canadian businesses, the same businesses this government […]

Frances Russell

Inequality is bad for citizens, nations and the economy

Apr 23 2014 — Frances Russell

“The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, He made them, high or lowly, And ordered their estate.” – All Things Bright and Beautiful, Childrens’ Sunday School Hymn by Mrs. Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander, 1848. The overt and unashamed British class system embedded in that Sunday School verse sung by generations […]


Trudeau’s middle-class mantra needs rethinking

Apr 23 2014 — Lawrence Martin

“If Justin Trudeau is interested in evidence-based policy on the middle class, he should read this @NYTimes study.” This was from Employment Minister Jason Kenney yesterday. He was tweeting away merrily. And why not? He had a study in his hands showing middle-class incomes in Canada have surpassed those in the U.S. for the first […]


Fair elections are about basic rights

Apr 23 2014 — Paul Adams

Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that there were men in space before Canada’s so-called treaty Indians cast their first ballots in a federal election. We tend to think of women’s suffrage as the last significant extension of the franchise, occurring around the time of the First World War. We also tend to think […]


The growing pandemic of political speak

Apr 23 2014 — Neil Macdonald

John Kerry, America’s ever-more-pontifical secretary of state, recently began an answer about Middle East peace negotiations by declaring, as he often does: “I want to make this crystal clear.”   He then went on to do the opposite, blathering on about “facilitation,” building eventually to this howler: “The president is desirous of trying to see […]


Good Friday news reveals bad politics

Apr 23 2014 — Lorne Gunter

It’s an old public relations strategy in politics that the best time to announce bad news is late on a Friday. That way, the news hits when most of the public (and much of the media) isn’t paying attention. It takes a couple of days for the bad news to trickle down. Really bad news […]

Apr 23 2014 — Andrew Cohen

Nothing so became Herb Gray than the manner in which he left the House of Commons, where he was the third-longest serving parliamentarian in our history. One day in early 2002, he was deputy prime minister of Canada, serving Jean Chrétien, returning from an exhausting mission to the Middle East. He was the redoubtable, unsinkable, […]

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Entertainment Plus


CBC’s Ron MacLean sparks firestorm with comments

Apr 23 2014 —

After the Montreal Canadiens swept the fourth game in the first round of playoffs, Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada said a French-speaking referee should not have worked the game. The Habs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Tuesday night. The comment stems from a complaint by Lightning coach Jon Cooper because he believed […]