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Families earning more than $233,000 will gain most from Conservatives’ income splitting plan, says new report

Jan 27 2015 — Tim Naumetz

Families with income more than $233,000 a year stand to gain most under the Conservative government’s controversial income-splitting tax break, a new study of the costly program has found. “The richest families are most likely to make at least $1,000 from the new policy,” says the study released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy […]

Jan 27 2015 — Jordan Press

Rules that allow MPs and senators to say what they want with impunity are, in some cases, being abused, and may be a hindrance to making Parliament more transparent, a new report says. The report from a Senate committee recommends several changes to the rules around parliamentary privilege, a centuries-old right designed to uphold free […]


Does a family making $120K per year qualify as ‘middle-class’? The feds think so

Jan 27 2015 — Andy Blatchford

Canada’s finance minister insists low- and middle-income families will see two-thirds of the benefits from the Harper government’s contentious multibillion-dollar tableau of family-friendly measures. By that measure, Joe Oliver is suggesting families with annual incomes as high as $120,000 qualify as middle class. The Finance Department’s own internal breakdown of the distribution of relief from […]

Jan 27 2015 — Susana Mas

Canada will start accepting applications from millionaire immigrant investors and their families on Wednesday under a revamped version of a program critics once denounced as “cash for citizenship.” The government announced in December it would give permanent residency to international investors who can invest $2 million in Canada, in an effort to attract experienced business […]

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Jan 27 2015 — Tonda MacCharles

Even before plunging oil prices began to eat into the Canadian economy and government revenues, Canadians were worried about economic uncertainty, slow job growth, and an over-reliance on natural resources, according to opinion research done for the Conservative government. The Privy Council Office, which functions as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s central department, hired polling firm […]

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Jan 27 2015 — Keith Leslie

Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Patrick Brown went after the perceived front-runner in the race during a debate in London, Ont., Monday, accusing Christine Elliott of backing the party’s 2014 campaign proposal to cut 100,000 public sector jobs. Voters were fed up with the scandal-plagued Liberals last June and wanted a change in government, but didn’t […]

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Budget 2015: Cue the smoke and mirrors

Jan 27 2015 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

When Finance Minister Joe Oliver did a backflip over budget timing on Jan. 15 — postponing his government’s pre-election budget to April, maybe even May — he claimed he was just being prudent, looking to get more information about the forces roiling the international oil market before committing to a revenue forecast. That’s his story […]


Theatre of the absurd

Jan 27 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Parliament is back in session, and so too question period. Nobody would dispute that the former is a crucial part of the way in which we govern ourselves. But the latter? It’s more than irrelevant – it is arguably harmful to our democracy. To suggest such a thing is heretical, of course. Since Parliament’s return […]


Did Stephen Harper just find his Falklands moment?

Jan 27 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

In 1982, the Conservative government of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in trouble. Three million Britons — one in every eight workers — were out of work. Manufacturing firms shut their doors and the economy slid into a deep recession. Trade unions demanded wage increases and engaged in acts of violence. Critics, including members […]


Horgan lays down law for would-be MPs in provincial caucus

Jan 27 2015 — Vaughn Palmer

Now that two members of the B.C. New Democratic Party caucus are competing to run federally, Opposition leader John Horgan has laid down some “rules of engagement” to minimize friction on the provincial scene. Horgan expects the duo — Jenny Kwan and Mable Elmore — to fulfil their MLA duties on a full-time basis and […]


Greek vote beginning of EU’s end?

Jan 27 2015 — Ezra Levant

Greece has voted for a new government, led by the socialist Syriza party. They won on a campaign vow not to accept economic cutbacks demanded by the European Union, in return for a promised $336-billion bailout. But as David Burge quipped, “socialism is like a nude beach. Sounds pretty good until you actually get there.” […]

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