National Newswatch
Apr 27 2015 — Laura Payton

Questions about the substance of suspended Senator Mike Duffy’s discussions with the Prime Minister’s Office regarding energy company Enbridge remained unanswered following question period Monday. New Democrat MP Murray Rankin tried for the second day to elicit more information about notes contained in Duffy’s diary that suggest he was communicating with the oil and gas […]

Apr 27 2015 — Don Butler

To the dismay of design professionals, the federal government has chosen an image crafted by a 19-year-old student as its logo for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Selected from 300 entries in a contest aimed at students, the winning design is a stylized maple leaf made up of multi-coloured diamond shapes. It will be featured […]

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Tories Thomas Lukaszuk, Stephen Mandel in trouble, pollster says

Apr 27 2015 —

A new poll by Abingdon Research shows two high profile Tory MLAs seeking re-election — Stephen Mandel and Thomas Lukaszuk — are in trouble, placing second well behind the NDP candidates in their ridings. “Two of the PC’s biggest names in Edmonton are facing defeat at the hands of the NDP,” said Hamish Marshall, Chief […]

Apr 27 2015 — Robert Benzie

With the Progressive Conservative leadership contest coming down to the wire, Christine Elliott is touting herself as an electable alternative to Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. Speaking to a Canadian Club luncheon at the InterContinental Hotel on Monday, Elliott strived to sound more like a premier in waiting than a candidate trailing insurgent challenger Patrick Brown. […]

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In this election year, it’s cop versus cop

Apr 27 2015 — David Akin

Politicians love to heckle each other other in the House of Commons. Sometimes it’s pretty funny. Sometimes it can be a bit vicious. But most of the time it’s just predictable. Like whenever Justin Trudeau gets up to speak on a law-and-order issue, you can bet that the Conservatives will start hollering at him that […]

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Tragi-comic Duffy plot thickens

Apr 27 2015 — Dan Leger

In the list of history’s great courtroom dramas, The Queen vs. Mike Duffy might not rank in the top 10. There’s been no shock DNA evidence, no glamorous witness with a mysterious past. No one has yelled, “You can’t handle the truth!” Duffy’s defence lawyer, Donald Bayne, is sharp but he’s no Horace Rumpole, the […]

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A mid-campaign scare or end of an era in Alberta?

Apr 27 2015 — Tim Harper

The barbarians are at the gate again — and this time the dynasty is having trouble with the drawbridge. As the Alberta election campaign enters its final full week, the Progressive Conservative dynasty — the country’s longest ever — is being entrusted to the increasingly shaky grip of leader Jim Prentice. Of course, we’ve been […]

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Stephen Harper gives the Order of Canada a strange makeover

Apr 27 2015 — Heather Mallick

The wrong people are getting the Order of Canada, apparently, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper has snuck $13.4 million into the federal budget to prod for nominations of the “under-represented.” As the Ottawa Citizen’s wry Glen McGregor has suggested, it appears Harper is upset that the Ordered of Canada are thin on the ground in […]

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Canada’s tax system requires swift simplification

Apr 27 2015 — Charles Lammam

Filed your taxes yet? You’ve got until Thursday at midnight. After that, according to the federal government, you’re officially in arrears. Unfortunately, due to Canada’s increasingly complex tax system, Canadians today face greater challenges filing their taxes than they did just 20 years ago. Things have gotten a lot more complicated. For instance, consider the […]

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Harper feigns ignorance as Crown’s case against Duffy in shambles

Apr 26 2015 —

Just who is on trial in Ottawa’s famous current criminal case; suspended Senator Mike Duffy, or the Senate of Canada? Is the “Old Duff” getting his crack at justice? Or is this some gaudy form of Senate abuse using the courts the way politicians have been known to dump political problems into the laps of […]

Apr 26 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

If you’re wondering why last week’s budget had so much stuff for seniors -— from compassionate leave to home accessibility tax credits — you only have to look at the voting intention by age demographic in the latest weekly EKOS poll for iPolitics. The Conservatives own the 65-and-up demographic, with 40-per-cent support, compared to 30-per-cent […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Scott Taylor

Shortly after being elected in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew into Kandahar Airfield to deliver a rousing pep talk. At that juncture, the Canadian contingent was experiencing a dramatic increase in casualties, and for the first time Canadians were beginning to question our military involvement in Afghanistan. To rally the troops, Harper uttered the […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Rosie DiManno

There is nothing alleged about Omar Khadr or “so-called” about the terror he inflicted. The crimes were confessed, in his own words, under oath at trial in Guantanamo. Convicted and sentenced means dropping the qualifiers, whatever retractions Khadr floats now. He did throw the grenade that killed U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer and wounded another serviceman. […]

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Entertainment Plus

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Jian Ghomeshi book by journalist Kevin Donovan to be published in June

Apr 27 2015 —

A book on disgraced former radio star Jian Ghomeshi, written by Toronto Star investigative reporter Kevin Donovan, is slated for release in late June. Kobo and ECW Press say they’ve come to an “unprecedented agreement” to co-publish “Jian Ghomeshi — Secret Life.” Kobo says the book will reveal details and background about Ghomeshi and explore […]

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