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Tories revive union bill that provoked Senate rebellion; move to limit debate

Sep 21 2014 —

Conservative senators are making a bid to cut short debate on private members’ business just as the Senate is about to revive debate on a controversial bill that would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. The timing of the two moves has sparked suspicions that the Harper government wants to whisk bill […]

Sep 21 2014 — Ethan Lou

Business lawyer Raj Grewal won the federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Brampton East Sunday night after a vote that party officials say was marred by a brawl. An official of the local Liberal riding association said at least 750 people were denied participation in the nomination meeting, in which 2,910 voted. “The complaints […]

Sep 21 2014 — Theophilos Argitis

Canada won’t make any sudden changes to the country’s system of housing finance, even as the government looks at ways to reduce its role in the market, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said. Oliver said that while he’s studying proposals, such as the idea of the government passing on more risk to lenders, these are longer-term […]

Sep 21 2014 — Josh Wingrove

One of Parliament’s most high-profile bills appears set to become law without major changes – as one senator says the committee considering Bill C-36, aimed at reining in the sex trade, is “highly unlikely” to call for changes. The approval of the bill by the Conservative-dominated Senate committee would be a strong signal it will […]

Sep 21 2014 — Jane Taber

In the last week of the campaign, the New Brunswick Liberals ran a television ad featuring a picture of a smiling David Alward, the Progressive Conservative leader and Premier, beside Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Ominous music played in the background as a female narrator said: “Conservatives David Alward and Stephen Harper have made a mess […]

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Aboard HMCS Toronto for ‘Operation Reassurance’ on the Black Sea

Sep 21 2014 —

Canadian warship HMCS Toronto is preparing to lead a patrol in the Black Sea as part of a three-week NATO exercise aimed at boosting maritime security in the region and keeping a close eye on Russia. HMCS Toronto is to sail from Bulgaria to the Crimean peninsula next week, where the Halifax-based frigate will patrol […]

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Conservative MP Rob Anders a no-show as he loses nomination in Bow River

Sep 20 2014 —

In the end he never even showed up to hear the final results. Calgary MP Rob Anders, whose controversies spanned the last 17 years, was beaten Saturday in this rural riding east of Calgary where he had hoped to resurrect his flagging political career. Anders had sought the Conservative nomination in the new riding of […]

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Oliver urges targeted stimulus for Europe

Sep 21 2014 —

Finance Minister Joe Oliver says while some European countries need more stimulus spending, that’s not what he’s planning for Canada. Oliver says the G20 nations will come close to meeting their goal of raising global GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years if they all implement solid economic plans. But though […]

Sep 21 2014 —

David Suzuki says it’s likely his last major campaign and it won’t be another bullhorn protest but a much higher goal: to enshrine clean air and water in the Charter of Rights. Canada’s famed environmental activist, now 78, can hear the blowback already. “People say: ‘That’s crazy. You want to try to get a change […]

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Sep 20 2014 —

Egypt’s president says he can’t interfere with his country’s courts in the case of a jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist. In an interview with the Associated Press, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says if he had been in power at the time when Mohamed Fahmy and his fellow Al-Jazeera English colleagues were arrested, he would have simply deported them instead […]

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Sep 20 2014 — Glen McGregor

Conservative staff members deleted comments critical of the Canada-China investment deal that were posted on the party’s Facebook page. Angry notes about the controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) were among more than 100 Facebook comments purged from the party’s page in less than a week, an analysis by Postmedia News found.

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Trudeau gets abortion policy exactly right

Sep 22 2014 — Heather Mallick

“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 […]

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Breaking up the old 2011 Tory gang

Sep 21 2014 — Tim Harper

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 […]

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Justin is beyond infinity

Sep 22 2014 — Monte Solberg

“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 […]

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Stinging message to Canada’s lawyers

Sep 22 2014 — Carol Goar

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 […]

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Stench of PC Party hard to hide, but Jim Prentice is sure tryin’

Sep 22 2014 — Ian Robinson

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 […]

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Scotland’s ‘No’ and the road ahead

Sep 22 2014 — Celine Cooper

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 […]

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Mike Tyson — Comes to Rescue of Motorcycle Crash Victim

Sep 22 2014 —

When you need a calm, soothing voice to get you through a traumatic event, you don’t think of Mike Tyson … but that’s exactly what happened to a motorcycle crash victim. Ryan Chesley tells TMZ … he was on his way to Las Vegas this week when a cab cut him off on the freeway […]

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