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Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary, ignites Twitter skirmish over ISIS policy

Feb 9 2016 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ​principal secretary Gerald Butts got into some heated exchanges Tuesday morning when he responded on Twitter to criticism of the Liberals’ newly unveiled anti-ISIS mission plan. The response then turned into an intense clash of ideas. The altercation started when Stephanie Carvin, an assistant professor at Carleton University and researcher at […]

Feb 9 2016 — Paul Wells

To say Justin Trudeau dodged a bullet when the Obama administration said nice things about his new ISIS/Syria/Iraq policy is to understate things. The Prime Minister didn’t just escape harm inflicted by a jilted ally (though he still must remain nervous about domestic Canadian political reaction, which naturally will parse these things differently from the […]

Feb 9 2016 — Mark Gollom

Jian Ghomeshi’s defence team tells court they will be ready to present closing arguments on Wednesday, hinting that their client may not testify at his trial on sex assault and choking charges. Judge William Horkins is deciding whether to allow a friend of Lucy DeCoutere to be called as a witness. Crown attorney Michael Callaghan […]

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Feb 9 2016 —

Canada’s defence minister acknowledges the risks to Canadian troops serving in Iraq, as the federal government refocuses military efforts on training Iraqis to fight Islamic State militants. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the risk will come largely due to the higher number of troops that will be deployed in Iraq, when Canada ends airstrikes and […]

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Feb 9 2016 — Chris Hall

Of the roughly 200 campaign promises made by Justin Trudeau during last year’s federal election, the pledge to rethink Canada’s mission against ISIS contained comparatively few details — aside from promising to pull out Canada’s CF-18s. The Liberal platform stated that if Trudeau was elected prime minister, his government would end the combat mission in […]

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Feb 9 2016 — Gloria Galloway

First Nations have launched a class-action lawsuit against the federal government claiming they are owed an estimated $3-billion because the agency responsible for protecting their oil-and-gas rights has, for decades, allowed those resources to be drained away without demanding that indigenous communities be compensated. A statement of claim was filed in the Federal Court late […]

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Mr. Trudeau goes to Washington

Feb 9 2016 — John Manley

In the life of the Canada-U.S. relationship, some periods offer more opportunities for progress than others. The most fruitful epochs tend to be when the prime minister and the president share the same basic worldview and use this foundation to build a deeper connection. The Obama White House vigorously welcomed the election of Justin Trudeau. […]

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The fight for the right and the rise of Alberta PACs

Feb 9 2016 — Don Braid

Alberta’s right-wing groups may finally be uniting — against each other. Insults are flying and temperatures rising. This is how conservatives eventually merge, over everybody’s dead body. Both formal parties, Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives, are now telling independent merger advocates to butt out of the looming byelection in Calgary-Greenway, the riding that’s been vacant since […]

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A political love affair: Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley

Feb 9 2016 — Gillian Steward

It’s more than a little obvious, politically speaking, that Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley are quite smitten with each other. They were both all smiles and in coy agreement when the Prime Minister made a two-day visit to Alberta last week. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s actually quite refreshing to […]

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PM should stay out of byelection

Feb 9 2016 — Christina Blizzard

It comes as no surprise that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking to the provincial hustings alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne in the Whitby-Oshawa byelection. They’ll show up at a sports bar called Zingers — I kid you not — in Whitby with Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy Tuesday night. I guess Hooters was booked. It’s not […]

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The Liberals are blowing up the immigration system again. Why?

Feb 9 2016 — Tasha Kheiriddin

It’s a do-over. From Communist monuments to crime bills to CBC funding cuts, the new government is busy, busy, busy rubbing a giant novelty-sized pink eraser over the last nine years of Conservative government. There’s not a single Tory decision the Liberals don’t have in their sights – even in cases where going back in […]

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On fighting Islamic State, Trudeau’s message is muddled

Feb 8 2016 — John Geddes

It’s not often that Justin Trudeau is upstaged when it comes to conveying a message, but the Prime Minister was clearly not the most compelling communicator today for his government’s new position on the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Trudeau showed up at the National Press Theatre, just off Parliament Hill, to explain why […]

Feb 8 2016 — Anthony Furey

By removing our fighter jets from the anti-ISIS coalition, Canada has sent the wrong message not just to the people who want to kill us, but to our allies. The Liberals held up “evidence-based decision making” as what made them different from the other guys. Yet when it comes to the government’s announcement Monday to […]

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Senators acquire defenceman Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in 9-player trade

Feb 9 2016 —

The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a nine-player trade. Ottawa also acquired defenceman Cody Donaghey and forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert. The Maple Leafs get defenceman Jared Cowen and forwards Milan Michalek, Colin Greening and Tobias Lindberg, along with a 2017 second-round draft pick. […]