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Let the good times roll: large boost in lobbying thanks to new government’s collaborative, accessible approach, say lobbyists

Jul 25 2016 — Laura Ryckewaert

Federal lobbyists say they are busier now than in years past thanks to a new and more accessible Liberal government eager to consult along with new possibilities opening up under an increasingly independent Senate. “The Senate has undergone a real change. I won’t say that it wasn’t relevant before, but pretty well once things got […]

Jul 25 2016 — Theophilos Argitis

New government child payments and financial-market gains are sustaining Canadian consumer sentiment, even amid signs of deeper concerns for households, telephone polling suggests. The Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index climbed to 57.5 in the week ended July 22, the third straight gain. Improved scores around personal finances drove the increase, buttressing a worsening outlook for […]

Jul 25 2016 — Murray Brewster

All of Canada’s front-line navy frigates have had serious mould problems, something that has routinely affected the health of sailors deployed overseas, a CBC News investigation has determined. The navy has struggled to deal with the blight in the ventilation systems of the warships since it was first documented aboard HMCS St. John’s in the […]

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Dismantling both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives will be no easy task, and the Wildrosers have a lot more to lose financially if Conservative MP Jason Kenney wins the PC leadership, according to a political scientist. Even though the PC Party will outline rules for leadership hopefuls next week, the Tories don’t have a mechanism […]

Jul 25 2016 —

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion is sitting down with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Laos, where the two are attending a meeting of Southeast Asian nations. It’s the first meeting of its kind in years, and represents the most tangible move yet by the Liberal government to thaw relations with Russia. Until now, contacts between […]

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Oil spill triggers Saskatchewan city to shut down water intake

Jul 25 2016 —

Prince Albert, Sask., has shut down the intake at its water treatment plant because of an oil sheen spotted this morning on the North Saskatchewan River near the city — the result of last week’s Husky Energy pipeline leak. City council will also hold a special meeting today to pass “drastic” measures to conserve water.

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‘Senate is not this monolithic rubber stamp anymore,’ independent Senate will change legislative process, Hill power structures

Jul 25 2016 — Abbas Rana

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to create a non-partisan and more independent Upper Chamber also means Senators will have to be involved in the front end of the policy process, there will need to be attitudinal changes at the political and institutional levels, changes will have to be made in how Senators are engaged, new […]

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‘I’d like to see it fixed tomorrow,’ Foote vows to solve problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system, still can’t say when

Jul 25 2016 — Rachel Aiello

The federal minister responsible for the government’s new and problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system, which has affected the pay for 82,000 public servants, says she wants the massive problem fixed as soon as possible, but still has no idea when that will happen, and the government’s largest public service union wants the government to use the […]

Jul 25 2016 —

Canada has issued a request for information to Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Saab, Dassault and Eurofighter earlier this month seeking information by the end of July in order to design an acquisition process to replace Ottawa’s CF-18 fighters. Amidst reports that Lockheed Martin’s F-18 stands at an advantage in Canada’s fighter aircraft competition, the Canadian MoD has […]

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Jul 24 2016 — Douglas Quan

An association that represents some of Canada’s Mounties says members have “grave reservations” about the RCMP’s recent decision to ease entrance requirements, including allowing permanent residents to apply. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada (MPPAC) said Sunday management has caved in to political correctness and the “knee jerk” changes amount to lowering standards. “Essentially […]

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Jul 24 2016 —

Britain’s envoy to Canada says his country will push hard for the speedy approval of the Canada-EU free-trade agreement despite the Brexit referendum decision to leave the 28-country bloc. High Commissioner Howard Drake told The Canadian Press that Britain is bound by all European Union treaties until it formally negotiates and signs an agreement to […]

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Jul 24 2016 — Aaron Wherry

On the morning after Donald Trump — a man that has made the writer Ezra Klein “truly afraid” for his country, a “poisonous messenger” in the words of the New York Times, a “peril” in the judgement of the Washington Post — became one of two nominees for president of the United States, the most […]

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Featured Ink

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Why strategists are threatened by electoral reform

Jul 25 2016 — Tom Parkin

There’s a reason traditional political strategists argue so fervently to keep the first-past-the-post system. Yes, it can give them 100% of the power with only 39% of the vote. But that’s not the worst. More worrisome is the thought the beloved political bastions and battlegrounds created by the first-past-the-post system might be destroyed – rendering […]

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Electoral reform and the pros and cons of compulsory voting

Jul 25 2016 — Paul Thomas

The Liberals promised to examine compulsory voting as part of electoral reform. But does Canada really need it? The country is engaged in a debate over the process and the eventual choice of a new electoral system. The Trudeau government is seeking to fulfill the Liberal election promise to replace the current first-past-the-post system before […]

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Donald Trump’s America is one of fear, dread and isolation

Jul 25 2016 — Dan Leger

It was impossible look away from the dumpster fire of a convention last week that consecrated Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president. It truly was an historic event. For the first time, a mature political party in one of the world’s most advanced societies wilfully chose to drive itself backward into a world […]

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Canadians on edge after Trump’s NATO comments

Jul 25 2016 — Scott Taylor

Now that the dust has settled in Cleveland following the U.S. Republican Party National Convention, it is time for the world to start bracing for the all-too-frightening prospect of Donald Trump actually becoming the next American president. For Mexicans, this means they should start setting aside some money now to build that wall Trump insists […]

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Why so many Americans don’t like Hillary Clinton

Jul 25 2016 — Tom Walkom

Republicans loathe her. Democrats suspect her. Polls show her to be one of the most unpopular presidential candidates in modern American history. What is it about Hillary Clinton? In theory, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidency should be golden. She is experienced. She is moderate. A centre-right Democrat, she straddles the class […]

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Make America scared again

Jul 24 2016 — Michael Den Tandt

Dear Mr. Trump; I love your show. I have to tell you up front, I’m a huge fan of the genre. I’ve read and watched them all, beginning with The Stand by Stephen King, published back in 1978. I think of it as the first modern dystopia. In fact I think it was King, in […]

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5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

Jul 24 2016 — Michael Moore

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, […]

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Ottawa should get out of the way on health care: Sean Speer for Inside Policy

Jul 25 2016 — Sean Speer

Last week’s Council of the Federation meeting ended with renewed calls from the provinces for more federal dollars even if they come with more strings attached. Health care stakeholders, federal officials, and even provincial politicians seem determined to have Ottawa play a greater role in the formulation of priorities, the allocation of resources, and the […]

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What I learned on my journey of reconciliation

Jul 24 2016 — John Tory

Like most of you, I am a proud Canadian. There are few things not to be proud of, but surely one of them has to be the treatment of our Indigenous people. I have just returned from a four-day visit to the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and Bearskin Lake First Nations communities. They are located about […]

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Canada Federal leadership unavoidable on climate change

Jul 23 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

Justin Trudeau couldn’t crash the premiers’ closed-door meeting in Yukon. But he was still the elephant in the room. Far removed from the Yukon’s bracing northern air, his prime ministerial admonitions on emissions of greenhouse gases rankled many of the provinces accustomed to going at their own glacial pace. After a decade of deliberate neglect […]

Jul 24 2016 — Lorrie Goldstein

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers jostle on what carbon pricing in Canada will look like and how much it will cost us, a modest proposal. We should rename the carbon pricing scheme known as cap-and-trade — which Quebec already has and Ontario will have next year — by what inevitably happens under […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Gary Lamphier

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark once dreamed of wiping out her province’s debt and creating a $100-billion Prosperity Fund from the riches generated by B.C.’s nascent liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. “The safe recovery and export of our abundant supply of natural gas presents an opportunity for prosperity unlike anything we have ever seen,” she […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Andrew MacDougall

It is tempting for Canadian Conservatives to look at the Republicans’ festival of stupid in Cleveland and snigger; there is, thankfully, no Trump-style carnival barkery in Canada. But attention must be paid. The Republican convention is what happens when you chase your base up your own backside: You’re left talking out of your butt, alienating […]

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Jul 23 2016 — Conrad Black

Even in the week that he is nominated by the Republican party for the presidency of the United States, intelligent people fail in droves to understand what Donald Trump has accomplished. It was disappointing to read the editorial in this newspaper on Tuesday that “a Trump presidency would be a descent into the uncertainties of […]

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Jul 23 2016 — Candice Malcolm

In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. And in America, they deserve Donald Trump. The old adage comes from Alexis de Tocqueville, a French historian and writer who studied early American democracy. Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America, examined how and why the political system worked so well in the U.S., whereas it […]

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Jul 22 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald

Just in case anyone missed the point in his acceptance speech, Donald Trump said it several times — he is the “law and order” candidate for president of the United States. “There can be no security without law and order,” he declared in his 75-minute address to the Republican National Convention Thursday night. “I will […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Danielle Smith

Listeners keep forwarding me emails from different conservative campaigns asking me to: “Add your name to the petition today and help us stop the carbon tax!” No doubt petition forms are piling up all over the province in support, but I think conservatives are fighting the wrong fight. It’s hard to argue with the logic: […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Barry Cooper

A minor plank in the Liberals’ election platform aimed to ensure “that 2015 will be the last federal election” conducted with the “first-past-the-post” electoral system. It was enshrined in the December throne speech. The objective is “to make sure that every vote counts.” The ensuing media and blogosphere discussion has recapitulated a lot of post-Second […]

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Jul 22 2016 —

The House of Commons special committee on electoral reform has started hearings into alternatives to the first-past-the-post system that has been at the core of Canadian democracy since Confederation. No matter which model it ends up proposing, significant changes to how MPs are selected and, accordingly, how our federal government is formed must be referred […]

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Don Cherry, Ron MacLean to see names unveiled on Canada’s Walk of Fame

Jul 25 2016 —

Two longstanding fixtures on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada are in downtown Toronto for the unveiling of their names on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Sportscaster Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will be honoured Monday with a star, inlaid on the sidewalks of the city’s entertainment district. The hosts of Coach’s Corner were inducted into Canada’s […]

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