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Technicians work on a hull at Halifax Shipyard in Halifax on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Ottawa has signed a $288 million contract for the design of new Arctic offshore patrol ships as part of its shipbuilding procurement project. The Irving-owned shipyard was awarded a large share of a 35-billion-dollar federal procurement project last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan // 0212 col ivison ORG XMIT: POS2013032812503796

Irving Shipbuilding’s $26-billion warship procurement deal under review, senior source says

Feb 11 2016 — John Ivison

The multi-billion dollar sole source deal to build a new fleet of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy is being reviewed by a newly-formed Cabinet committee set up to take a closer look at controversial defence procurement contracts. Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax was awarded the build contract as part of Canada’s largest-ever defence procurement project, […]

Feb 11 2016 — Glen McGregor

Federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has told Liberal house leader Dominic LeBlanc he must avoid participating in any decisions involving the powerful Irving family of New Brunswick. LeBlanc, a key political lieutenant to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cited his friendship with James D. “Jim” Irving as a potential conflict-of-interest in an undertaking filed with Dawson […]

Feb 11 2016 — Kady O'Malley

Well, that’s one topic crossed off the list of appropriate dinnertime discussions at the Wilson-Raybould household. Late last month, BC public policy consultant Tim Raybould — whose wife of eight years now serves as Justin Trudeau’s justice minister — filed the necessary paperwork to help two First Nations organizations in their future dealings with the […]

Feb 11 2016 — Susana Mas

An ad buy to promote a loan program for apprentices was one of the most expensive advertising campaigns under the previous Conservative government in 2014-15, newly released figures show. The previous Conservative government advertised the Canada Apprentice Loan on television, radio, in print and online at a cost of $6.7 million, according to a new […]


NDP riding associations back Leap Manifesto ahead of party convention

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As the NDP mulls over its disastrous election outcome, more than a dozen ridings are urging the party to embrace a plan for dramatic change at the party convention in April. The Leap Manifesto offers a number of recommendations, including a proposal to wean the country off fossil fuels to address climate change. The document […]


O’Leary’s peaceful approach to ISIS at odds with Tories

Feb 11 2016 — Kris Sims

Kevin O’Leary’s call for Canada to keep only to peacekeeping is raising eyebrows in Conservative circles. The business TV star thinks the terrorist group ISIS doesn’t want to shoot Canadian soldiers and the Canadian Armed Forces should be completely withdrawn from the Middle East. The noninterventionist or perhaps pacifistic stance puts O’Leary at odds with […]

Feb 11 2016 — Catherine Cullen

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may favour selling marijuana at the same place you buy your favourite bottle of scotch, but that combination doesn’t sit well with at least one province as well as some public health officials. Legalizing pot was a Liberal election pledge, one Trudeau pitched as way to make communities safer. He says […]

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The 100-day honeymoon faces a reality check

Feb 11 2016 — Don Martin

One hundred days is the approximate gestation period for lions, leopards and pigs. In an unrelated development, it is also the incubation period for new governments to be first assessed in style, if not substance. Today is Justin Trudeau’s 100th day as Liberal prime minister. Much will be written and said by way of analysis, […]


Conservative backroom suffered from myopia in last election

Feb 11 2016 — Chantal Hébert

On a week that marks the passing of Justin Trudeau’s 100th day in power, key Conservative and NDP insiders have been delivering some preliminary conclusions as to the causes of their October defeats. Their findings are strikingly interchangeable — with the popular momentum for change somewhat conveniently fingered as a root cause of electoral failure. […]


Christy Clark feels the wind at her back

Feb 11 2016 — Vaughn Palmer

The provincial capital would never be mistaken for a hotbed of enthusiasm for the B.C. Liberals, the party having lost its only seats in the region in the last election. Still, more than 900 supporters packed the main hall at the Victoria convention centre this week for a $125-a-plate fundraiser that grossed more than $100,000 […]


Alberta’s NDP gets caught in BC’s political crossfire

Feb 11 2016 — Graham Thomson

In politics, there are drive-by smears and drive-by insults. Now, British Columbia has introduced the drive-by throne speech. On Tuesday evening, reading from a throne speech written by the government of Christy Clark, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon hit the gas pedal and took aim. “Over the decades, Alberta lost its focus,” said Guichon. “They expected their […]


Independent science lay the foundation for protecting the Great Bear Rainforest

Feb 11 2016 — Linda Hannah

First Nations, environmentalists, industry and governments are all celebrating the recent announcement of the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement. This sweeping, globally-significant agreement marks more than 20 years of efforts to redefine land-use in the 3.6-million-hectare Great Bear Rainforest that encompasses the BC coast, from Campbell River to Stewart. The Nature Conservancy of Canada congratulates […]


Liberals create national language barrier

Feb 11 2016 — Candice Malcolm

Get ready for “radical changes” to Canada’s citizenship laws. That is what Immigration Minister John McCallum told reporters in Ottawa, adding that details of these changes will be announced in the next few weeks. Recall that during the election campaign Justin Trudeau said he would scrap the Conservatives’ Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, also known as […]

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