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Conservative support slipping in Alberta: poll

Oct 25 2014 —

For Stephen Harper, there’s no place like home. Calgary – and most of Alberta – can be counted on to elect a Conservative MP every time. But the Conservative party support continues to slip across the province, according to the latest survey from the Citizen Society Research Lab in Lethbridge. It’s fallen to 41.5 per […]

Oct 25 2014 — Bruce Owen

Premier Greg Selinger is facing a potential revolt within his caucus following a series of bad-news polls and Wednesday’s evaporation of support for New Democrat Judy Wasylycia-Leis in Winnipeg’s mayoral race. Backbench MLAs, cabinet ministers and longtime New Democrats feel Selinger must resign as leader if the NDP is to have a chance of winning […]

Oct 25 2014 — Evan Solomon

It is the critical moment of the attack on Parliament Hill: Before any more lives could be taken by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, he is shot dead by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. CBC News has learned the dramatic details of that face-to-face encounter, when the 58-year-old Vickers confronted Zehaf-Bibeau and killed him at point-blank […]

Oct 25 2014 — Kady O'Malley

In the wake of this week’s attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, the Conservative government is looking at bringing in new laws to crack down on pro-ISIS sentiments like those posted to Quebec assailant Martin Couture-Rouleau’s Facebook page, CBC News has learned. The move to tighten Canada’s Criminal Code is expected to come as part […]


Poll: John Tory poised for comfortable win over Doug Ford

Oct 25 2014 —

John Tory is poised for a comfortable victory in the Monday mayoral election, the latest Ipsos Reid poll finds. The poll of 1,201 residents, taken Tuesday through Thursday, put Tory at 42 per cent among decided voters, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford’s policard) 31 per cent, Olivia Chow 25 per cent. Two per cent said […]


Ottawa tackles Social Security Tribunal benefit-claims backlog

Oct 25 2014 — Bill Curry

A major backlog in benefit claims for Canadian seniors, the unemployed and people with disabilities is forcing Ottawa to expand the size of its Social Security Tribunal. The government used a 2012 omnibus budget bill to create the new tribunal, which hears appeals related to the Canada Pension Plan, disability benefits and Employment Insurance and […]


British comedian Russell Brand criticizes Harper’s reacton to Ottawa shooting

Oct 25 2014 —

A British celebrity isn’t wowed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of the aftermath of the shooting of an honour guard at the National War Memorial. Harper’s address to Canadians after Wednesday’s deadly rampage that included a gunfight on Parliament Hill was the subject of “The Trews,” comedian Russell Brand’s YouTube series in which he […]

Oct 24 2014 —

Yet another young Canadian has managed to get away to Syria to fulfil his aim of waging jihad and has boasted of his exploits online, an investigation by Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has found. This comes after news emerged that Martin Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — two men involved in the killings of two soldiers […]

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Oct 25 2014 — Tonda MacCharles

The Conservative government suggested Friday it will bring in even tougher anti-terror powers than previously planned, as a highly charged week of violence left MPs emotionally drained and the opposition warning against a rush to legislative change. Through strategic leaks and oblique references by Conservative ministers Friday, the government suggested it would look at lowering […]

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There is no reason to turn Parliament Hill into an armed fortress

Oct 25 2014 —

Legitimate questions are now being raised about security in the area of Parliament Hill. An armed man, having already killed a uniformed soldier, was able to cross the large, open lawn in front of the Peace Tower, gain entry to Centre Block, and then open fire again within a few dozen feet of the regular […]


Did one man’s attack on Parliament really change Canada ‘forever’?

Oct 25 2014 — Jonathan Kay

‘Our world has changed forever today and we don’t even know yet how much,” Canadian Senator Fabian Manning declared on Wednesday, after a shootout in the heart of Canada’s Parliament buildings, which ended with the death of rampaging gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. In an editorial entitled “The End of Innocence,” the Calgary Herald solemnly declared that […]

Tabatha Southey

Mr. Mansbridge, can you please narrate my life?

Oct 25 2014 — Tabatha Southey

Is it too much to ask that Peter Mansbridge follow me around every day periodically saying, “This is what we know for certain right now …”? Then, I’d like him to just go over the verified facts: “You have a bowl of that good Scottish oatmeal close to ready but your milk has gone off,” […]

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This week’s events should bolster fight for freedom

Oct 24 2014 — Don Martin

The worst crisis to hit Parliament Hill and the best day in Parliament were separated by 50 metres of corridor and 24 hours. The day after a gunman spraying bullets in the Hall of Honor, the House of Commons hosted a thunderous display of unity and resolve. MPs trapped in meeting rooms with flagpoles for […]

Oct 24 2014 — Scott Reid

Amid the tragedy, bravery, bloodshed, terror, tears and resolve of this week’s startling events in Ottawa, there is disagreement. Fierce and fundamental disagreement. The kind of disagreement that cannot be casually reconciled or easily bridged. The kind of disagreement that cuts to the core of ideas like country, community and citizenship. For the moment – […]

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Oct 25 2014 — Brian Lee Crowley

How could a Canadian do this? That is a question on many minds in the wake of the two terror attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu this past week. But far from being inexplicable, such attacks are part of a phenomenon that every society is familiar with, including ones blessed with liberty, prosperity and the rule […]

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