National Newswatch
Sep 18 2014 —

Liberal MP Gerry Byrne will leave federal politics to run in Humber West in the next provincial election, NTV News has learned. Humber West is currently held by Tory cabinet minister Vaughn Granter and used to be the seat of former premier Danny Williams. Meanwhile, the Liberals nominated Stelman Flynn Wednesday night to run next […]

Sep 18 2014 —

Just hours before starting chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer, Rob Ford released a recorded statement Thursday thanking well-wishers for their support and urging Torontonians to elect his brother as the city’s next mayor. Ford was diagnosed Wednesday with malignant liposarcoma — a type of cancer that arises from fat cells and can attack […]

Sep 18 2014 —

Get ready for Redbook. Alberta legislature member Thomas Lukaszuk says he is starting work on a “behind the scenes” book on his political days and on life under former Tory premier Alison Redford. “Until I write my book … no one will really know what has truly happened and how many courageous MLAs there actually […]

Sep 18 2014 —

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada has removed two banks from its list of sanctions against Russia. Baird made the admission in the House of Commons after a question from NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar. Baird says the banks were removed after analysis of new information found they were “sufficiently divorced” from the […]

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First new Arctic offshore patrol ship to be named HMCS Harry DeWolf

Sep 18 2014 —

The first of the Arctic offshore patrol ships to be built in Halifax will be named after a Nova Scotia native who was one of Canada’s most distinguished sailors during the Second World War. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that the navy vessel will be named after Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf, whose lengthy naval career […]

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Stephen Harper’s Labrador-less tweet goes AWOL

Sep 18 2014 —

A bit of a blunder on Twitter prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to delete a tweet about Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier-designate Paul Davis. Harper posted a tweet Thursday that had a key word noticeably absent from Davis’s title.

Sep 18 2014 —

The controversial overhaul of Alberta’s licence plates has been halted by the Prentice government. On Thursday afternoon, Premier Jim Prentice announced the new licence plate design, which was proposed under the Alison Redford regime, would not come to fruition. “There’ll be no further work on new licence plates for Alberta,” said Prentice. “Money would be […]

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Sep 18 2014 — Andrew Mayeda

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau said Canada’s government should abandon its “ideological” focus on tax cuts and instead boost infrastructure spending to help the country pull out of the worst job slump since the 2009 recession. “They’re in a tax-cut box,” Trudeau said yesterday in an interview in his office in the nation’s main parliament […]

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Sep 18 2014 —

The NDP’s traditionally strong ties to the labour movement won’t be enough to secure a blanket endorsement from Canada’s largest private sector union in next year’s federal election. Unifor will urge its 300,000-plus members to vote strategically and will pour its resources behind local candidates — be they NDP or Liberal — that are best […]

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Justin Trudeau getting squeezed from left and right

Sep 18 2014 — Tim Harper

The year of the squeeze for Justin Trudeau is now well underway. He is being squeezed on the right by Stephen Harper and on the left by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, two more experienced politicians who realize the normal laws of political gravity are not enough to bring the young Liberal prince back to earth. […]

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What price, democracy?

Sep 18 2014 — Aaron Wherry

Conservative MP Mike Wallace was right to investigate how much it costs for the government to answer one set of written questions filed by opposition MPs. And Conservative MP John Carmichael is right to investigate how much it cost to answer another set of questions. And Conservative MP Brian Jean, since resigned, was right to […]

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The Rathgeber Experiment

Sep 18 2014 — Aaron Wherry

What would happen if a Conservative backbencher was given complete freedom to vote as he pleased, with no regard for the party line or the party whip? What if the Conservative leadership had no ability to punish him and he abandoned all hope of ever being appointed to cabinet or winning his preferred committee assignment? […]

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Will we roll the dice on pretty boy Trudeau?

Sep 18 2014 — Margaret Wente

Something alarming happened over the summer – several of my friends came down with Harper Derangement Syndrome. “He’s gotta go!” fumed one middle-aged man who had voted for him three times in a row. “I just can’t stand him any more,” said another. Both are independent voters who pride themselves on their rational, non-partisan approach […]

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Harper ramps up his war on independent thought

Sep 18 2014 — Linda McQuaig

In the conservative quest to shape public debate in recent years, no tool has proved more useful than the think tank. Nobody understood this better than the director of the ultra-right wing U.S.-based ATLAS Foundation, who once stated that his mission was “to litter the world with free-market think tanks.” Mission accomplished. Certainly the Canadian […]

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It’s time to include dental health in the healthcare system

Sep 18 2014 — Paul Allison

Canada’s most vulnerable populations have highest rates of dental pain, decay and disease, and worst access to care. There are many reasons why some Canadians choose not to go to the dentist, but a new report released recently from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) found that cost is a major factor – and […]

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Will women voters save Olivia Chow’s campaign?

Sep 18 2014 — Bob Hepburn

Over the past few weeks, Olivia Chow has come under increased questioning about whether she might drop out of the Toronto mayoral race given her steep fall in public opinion polls. Once the favourite to win the election, Chow now trails badly behind front-runner John Tory and is either tied with or lags behind Doug […]

Sep 18 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

They would swear they’re against bullying in our schools and in our workplaces. The self-righteous Lib-left do talk a good game. Yet, in the 13 years I observed Rob Ford the councillor and then the mayor, I never saw a politician so subjected to bullying and personal attacks about his size and lack of polish. […]

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Sep 18 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Toronto Star was the first newspaper in North America to call for the recognition of Ukraine and other former Soviet territories as independent states. During the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, a similar call went out for the recognition, among others, of Macedonia. Similarly, Kosovo deserved its independence. […]

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k.d. lang makes a play for billionaire’s wife

Sep 18 2014 —

k.d. lang — homewrecker? The butch Canadian singer is said to be having a torrid romance with Heather Edwards, the wife of oil/gas billionaire N. Murray Edwards, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team. The online magazine Frank reports, “They’re often seen together, dining out at Calgary’s swell eateries.”

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