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Speculation increasing that 2015 election writ will be dropped in August

May 26 2015 — Tim Naumetz

The growing stack of leader debates for the October election, combined with the timing of Finance Canada ads that are still touting billions of dollars in tax breaks and higher child allowance benefits this year, have opposition MPs speculating the Conservative government may kick off the official federal election campaign earlier than anticipated and possibly […]

May 26 2015 — Mark Gollom

The announcement that the federal Conservatives are looking into the expansion of the Canadian Pension Plan may strike some political observers as a shocking flip-flop, given their strong opposition to the idea in the past. The government, which voted against an NDP motion to expand the pension plan in 2013, has repeatedly said in recent […]

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Rampant telecom surveillance conducted with little transparency, oversight

May 26 2015 — Emily Chung

Canadian telecommunications providers have been handing over vast amounts of customer information to law enforcement and government departments and agencies with little transparency or oversight, a new report says. “We conclude that serious failures in transparency and accountability indicate that corporations are failing to manage Canadians’ personal information responsibly,” says the report released by Citizen […]

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Hill construction hiding former PM Pearson statue

May 26 2015 — Tim Naumetz

Despite heavy construction, underground dynamiting and excavations on Parliament Hill, nearly all of the seven statues of distinguished former prime ministers of Canada are still easily accessible to the public. All but one—the statue of Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Liberal prime minister Lester B. Pearson. The unique bronze statue of Pearson, unusual because […]

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Former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie has been named by the Senate to arbitrate disputes over the auditor general’s investigation into senators expenses. Until now, disagreements over expense claims were handled entirely by the Senate’s board of internal economy, budgets and administration, which conducts virtually all its business in secret. “The appointment of an independent […]

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May 26 2015 —

Strikes by high school teachers in three boards have been declared illegal by the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In a ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, the board said the strikes, affecting 70,000 students in Peel, Durham and Sudbury’s Rainbow board are unlawful. Michael Barrett, chair of the Durham District School Board, said the three boards appealed […]

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May 26 2015 — Mark Kennedy

The Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa is calling on followers of the faith to “repent” and seek forgiveness for how the church mistreated thousands of aboriginal children in residential schools for many decades. The message is contained in a pastoral letter written by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and comes just days before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission […]

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Senate needs to pass Reform Act — now

May 26 2015 — John Ivison

It has been suggested that the collective noun for a group of senators should be a “compromise.” It’s true, when one or two senators are gathered together and do nothing in particular, they do it very well. But when they interfere in the important affairs of state, it reminds people that this is an institution […]

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Justin Trudeau’s relevance fading in Quebec

May 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

Once a lightning rod for sovereigntist voters and a beacon for Quebec federalists, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is fast fading from the radars of both groups in his home province. Quebec’s longstanding love-hate relationship with the late father is morphing into collective indifference towards the son. Trudeau was initially such a polarizing Quebec figure that […]

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The NDP surge may force a change in strategy

May 26 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Is the orange wave turning into a tsunami? Last Friday’s EKOS survey put the New Democrats in the lead, at 29.6 per cent to the Conservatives’ 28.1, and the Liberals’ 26.1. Given the margin of error of 1.9 per cent, the results represent a statistical tie. Psychologically, however, the effect is profound: After months of […]

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Political Ads for the Elites

May 26 2015 — Gerry Nicholls

When it comes to politics, we Canadians have to put up with a lot of outrageous nonsense: broken campaign promises, sleazy scandals, Elizabeth May. But it seems the people most annoyed by certain workings of the democratic process are Canada’s media and intellectual elites, i.e. university-educated professionals who are specially trained to relentlessly lecture us […]

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Are worries about Harper slipping back into power exaggerated?

May 26 2015 — Karl Nerenberg

The three major federal parties, and one business-based right-of-centre group that calls itself, oddly, “Working Canadians,” unleashed political television ads on Monday. Those ads serve to remind us that we’re well into what will certainly be Canada’s longest election campaign ever. Getting such an early start on the campaign – the fixed election date is […]

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Will the Orange Crush thing fizzle?

May 26 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Here’s what Senior Statesman Ed Broadbent says: The polling done by the Broadbent Institute shows Canadians support those ideas. “Time after time, we find on almost every issue, a majority of Canadians are social democrats,” he says. “On tax policy, on (the) Canada Pension (Plan), a whole range of issues that are reasonably described as […]

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Better a mock session for new MLAs than a mockery

May 26 2015 — Graham Thomson

It is an idea that manages to be unprecedented, inspired and even a little bit goofy in an endearing kind of way. On June 2, one day after Alberta’s newly elected MLAs are sworn in, the assembly will be called together for a mock session. Yes, a dress rehearsal. As far as anyone knows this […]

May 25 2015 — Mark Milke

The new Alberta government has delayed introducing a budget until the fall, so MLAs will have plenty of time to think about how they’ll collect and spend Albertans’ money. Thus, to properly manage the estimated $48.4 billion in provincial budget expenditures, it helps to become familiar with where the money is spent. First, one should […]

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Mike O’Brien, comedian and Corner Gas regular, dies of cancer

May 26 2015 —

In his final blog posting, Mike O’Brien said he exuded faith — faith in his radiologist, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors — but not in God. “Of course, I may be wrong. I often am. Fortunately, if God really exists, I’m confident he’ll look at my overall record and let me slide on the faith/skeptic […]

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