New Supreme Court appointee blogged on Khadr, called Trudeau “unspeakably awful,” hoped for Harper majority
Prime Minister’s Stephen Harper’s latest appointment to the Supreme Court was a prolific blogger who regularly offered opinions on Senate reform, the federal government’s role in health care, elections law, the Omar Khadr case and other matters that could come before him in his new role on the bench.
The Conservatives are finally training their sights on NDP Leader Tom Mulcair just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper is about to plunge the country into an 11-week election on Sunday. After carpet-bombing the airwaves for weeks with ads asserting that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “just not ready,” the ruling party is poised to start […]
Premier Kathleen Wynne is about to call a byelection that will give the leader of the Opposition a chance to seek a seat in the Ontario legislature. Wynne said during an appearance in Penetanguishene on Saturday that she would call the byelection in Simcoe North next week for Sept. 3. The announcement saw Wynne change […]
Trade ministers were unable to reach an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major international trade deal involving Canada, but talks will continue in the future. U.S. trade representative Michael Froman said they had made “significant progress and we will continue to work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues.”Read More
The former head of Elections Canada says that with an early election call, Stephen Harper is “gaming the system” and the result is that parties with less money are politically disadvantaged. “What it does is completely distort everything we’ve ever fought for, everything we’ve established as rules,” Jean-Pierre Kingsley said in an interview on CBC […]Read More
Are you a normal person hoping to catch a sight of the prime minister when he swings by your home town on the election campaign? Well you’re screwed.Read More
Shoppers at a public market in east-end Montreal were all smiles when Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau paid them a visit, but behind the pleasantries was an electorate cool to the idea of voting for his party. The early-20th-century grey-stoned market where Trudeau visited Friday is located in the federal district of Hochelaga, a majority francophone […]Read More
The federal Liberals and Conservatives are using “wedge politics” on the key issues of national unity and security to scare voters into supporting them, NDP leader Tom Mulcair charges in his new autobiography. The book, Strength of Conviction, officially goes on sale Saturday, the same weekend the federal election is expected to be called. Mulcair […]Read More
Conservative Senator Josée Verner said she has has difficult moments since she learned on May 8 that she has cancer of the rectum. Verner, 55, revealed the health condition in an interview that was broadcast Friday by Radio-Canada, giving details of her battle with this little-known cancer. The senator has already gone through radiation treRead More
Stephen Harper has proved he knows how to spend your money. An orgy of pre-election spending topped $1 billion for a single day, sprinkled through Canadian ridings Thursday. Friday, the gas tax allocation was doled out to all provinces, there was $11.5 million for 26 projects in Saskatchewan, ongoing funding for aboriginal health, an upgrade […]
He is a lion in autumn, weaker than in his prime, but still a force of nature. He faces his fifth, and perhaps final, test as national leader. But in a way, the result won’t matter. Whether Stephen Harper wins or loses the general election of October 19 is moot. He has already reshaped Canada. […]
The formidably friendly former lieutenant governor of Ontario, David Onley, issued a very timely rebuke on Twitter of the commonly used, yet sloppy phrase, “dropped the writ”: “Thru 3 elections as Ont LG, I never ‘dropped a writ’ nor did I drop any other document. Writs of Election are Drawn Up not ‘dropped’.”
It is tempting to be cynical about the federal election now looming on Canadians’ doorsteps. An extra-long campaign, kicked off in the summer, seems designed primarily to bankrupt Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rivals and suppress voters’ interest and attention. But what if we suspended that cynicism and looked instead at all the advantages in having […]
We could be in the middle of a federal election — officially– as early as this Sunday. Most Canadians won’t notice the difference. If you’ve watched television at all in the past six weeks, you could be forgiven for thinking the race is already on. By now you’ve already seen the Tories’ “He’s Just not […]
On Oct. 19, Canadians will choose a prime minister to lead our country. If the latest polls are accurate, that choice could be NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. But before we all rush out to vote for the progressive guy with the beard, we should get to know him a little better. In the coming months, […]
Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he has been reporting throughout each day on the talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. LAHAINA, Hawaii – The situation in Maui is ominous. There is a hurricane bearing down on Hawaii – gaining strength from the warm Pacific waters. There was a full […]
Almost everyone is calling for greater transparency and accountability in our national government; and for more meaningful opportunities for democratic engagement, but what do these really mean? This election campaign is an opportunity to debate this. In this essay, two of Canada’s leading experts in access to information and citizen engagement set the stage by explaining, simply and clearly, what can and should be done to make Canada a world leader in Open Government.
Toronto rapper Shane Redway has been killed in a fiery crash on Highway 427 which also claimed the lives of two others.