O Canada, a debate about your national anthem’s “sons” is about to hit the floor of Parliament. Four years after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government ditched its own plan to adjust the words of the national anthem to make it gender-neutral, an Ottawa-area Liberal MP has introduced a bill in the House of Commons to […]
Global events have brought Canadian foreign policy into focus in recent months. Our latest poll explored how Canadians are feeling about the leadership of the government in this area. On the whole Mr. Harper has the confidence of more Canadians than not when it comes to the positions he’s been taking. The number of voters […]
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander may be keen to trumpet his government’s move to revoke passports from ISIS recruits and other Canadians suspected of plotting to travel abroad to join extremist causes, but his officials are tight-lipped when it comes to providing raw numbers to back the decision.
The Harper government has thrown its support behind a bid to whisk a controversial anti-union bill through the Senate. Kevin Sorenson, minister of state for finance, says the government supports the intent of Bill C-377, which would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. And he says it supports the efforts of Conservative […]Read More
John Tory enjoys a comfortable lead over both Doug Ford and Olivia Chow in the race to be Toronto’s next mayor, according to a new poll released Monday evening. The Nanos Research poll for CTV/Globe and Mail says that if the election were held today, 49 per cent of decided “very likely” municipal voters would […]Read More
As Doug Ford prepares for his first debate tomorrow in the mayoral campaign, he begins with a record of empty threats. It has been 56 days since Ford, who took his brother’s place in the mayoral race just over a week ago, promised to sue the Globe and Mail for a story about the Fords’ […]Read More
John Tory still holds a commanding advantage in the Toronto mayoral race, with Doug Ford and Olivia Chow fighting it out for a distant second place according to a new poll released Monday. And Michael Ford, the 20-year-old nephew of Rob and Doug Ford who is running for a seat on the public school board, […]Read More
‘I’m feeling pretty secure right now [because] of hard won freedoms,’ junior minister tweets. As part of its ongoing social media public relations campaign, Islamic extremist group ISIS released a new audio file over the weekend, which warned disbelievers — including Canadians, who, like the Europeans, Americans, French and Australians, were mentioned by name – […]Read More
An internal federal study says electronic monitoring could be a useful alternative to locking up some immigrants and refugee claimants. The study, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, looks at the use of wired ankle bracelets, voice-recognition systems and other tracking tools in seven countries. It suggests electronic monitoring can […]Read More
With the United Nations convening a conference of nations on the challenge of climate change, the New Democrats and Liberals were keen to make a fuss. And with the Prime Minister and Environment Minister otherwise occupied, it was for Colin Carrie, unlucky parliamentary secretary, to convey the official reassurances and equivocations. Inevitably, there was some […]
People expecting to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper marched into court to testify in Senator Mike Duffy’s fraud and bribery trial are in for a big disappointment. The case really gets going tomorrow, but the PM won’t be there and never will be. As prime minister or in his incidental role as MP for Calgary […]
“The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights.” This was Liberal party Leader Justin Trudeau’s tweeted response to seven former Liberal MPs who publicly objected to his decision that Liberals must speak with one voice on […]
Rob Merrifield joined a growing parade last week. He’s the latest to bid so long to that old gang, the Conservative class of 2011. In accepting the post as Washington envoy for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, Merrifield became just the latest Conservative MP to turn his or her back on Ottawa and to choose something […]
“We have to realize that the way of thinking that got us to this place no longer holds. We have to rethink elements as basic as space and time, to go all science fictiony on you in this sense,” said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, speaking to university students in London, Ontario. When you hear Justin […]
In the week of September 22, 2014, Stephen Harper will address the UN General Assembly, the global forum that not only he has shunned in his almost nine years of office but also one that his Foreign Minister, John Baird, has so infamously dismissed as a debating club for dictators. So one can be rightly […]
A case of pink eye couldn’t stop Pierre Karl Péladeau from heading to Edinburgh to witness History in the flesh. The rookie Parti Québécois MNA was not alone. For Péquistes demoralized by the pitiful poll numbers of their party and their cause, the Scottish referendum was like Woodstock for separatists.
The request would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Last week, 10 citizens who couldn’t afford lawyers sent an open letter to Canada’s judges. “When you meet us, please do not assume that we are enjoying ourselves. We are not,” they wrote. “Please do not assume that we have chosen to represent ourselves because […]
Have I got a monster movie for you. It’s about this guy. Name’s Jim. Done good for himself. Became a lawyer. One of the one percenters. Important folk. Not like you and me. No shame in success. Just saying. Now he’s at that age. You know the one. The what’s-it-all-about years. The mid-life-crisis-new-Porsche years. Not […]
Last Thursday, I cleared the dinner dishes, put the kids to bed and threw in a last load of laundry for the night. Then I sat down on my couch, opened up my laptop and streamed BBC Scotland to watch history in the making. In what I found was a brilliant exercise of democracy, the […]
Andrea Martin joins Jian to discuss Lady Parts, her revealing new memoir about her colourful career and hidden personal struggles. The former SCTV cast member has had many memorable film and television roles, acclaimed one-woman shows, and show-stealing successes on Broadway.