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Prime Minister Trudeau speaks with Katie Telford in his Centre Block Office. November 5, 2015. (Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office)

Maclean’s 2015 Newsmaker of the Year: Justin Trudeau

Nov 27 2015 — Paul Wells

The French have a phrase for the challenge a child of a famous parent faces: “Se faire un prénom”—to make a first name for yourself. Until you can do that, you have to make your way through a fog composed of equal parts familiarity and incomprehension. Everyone knows who you are; nobody knows who you […]

Nov 27 2015 — Rosemary Barton

Canada today promised $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries fight climate change. The funding was announced on Friday in Malta, where Commonwealth leaders are meeting. “The needs are there, the projects are there,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion at a news conference in Malta. “We will not have a […]

Nov 27 2015 — James Fitz-Morris

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is pushing the federal government to set more ambitious emission reduction targets. He is set to outline the NDP’s demands ahead of the Paris climate talks in Ottawa at 11 a.m. ET. Mulcair and the NDP’s environment critic Nathan Cullen will leave this weekend to participate in the COP21 climate change […]

Nov 27 2015 — Kady O'Malley

Welcome, newly elected — and returning — MPs! For many of you, the Speech from the Throne may be your first experience as an active participant in the parliamentary process — aside from your swearing-in, of course. As far as pomp and ceremony goes, it’s hard to beat the Throne Speech — there is, after […]


James Moore still supports Tories

Nov 27 2015 —

When James Moore announced in June he would not be seeking another term, the Conservative industry minister followed a line of cabinet ministers – John Baird, Peter MacKay, Shelly Glover – backing away from public life. At the time Moore said he had “every confidence that Prime Minister (Stephen) Harper and our Conservative government will […]

New finance minister Bill Morneau (not shown) and Treasury Board President Scott Brison (seen here) meet with employees in their departments over coffee and timbits on Tuesday morning. Assignment - 122121 Photo taken at 08:17 on November 10. (Wayne Cuddington/ Ottawa Citizen)

‘Gaming the system’: PS sick leave not always about being sick, expert finds

Nov 27 2015 — Kathryn May

Canada’s public servants take up to twice the number of sick days a year as private sector workers do, because of different motivations, work cultures and rules that encourage “gaming the system,” says a new report by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Phillip Cross, Statistics Canada’s former chief economic analyst, concludes in the report that the existing […]

Nov 27 2015 — Bill Curry

A new federal marketing campaign promoting the Liberal pledge to accept 25,000 refugees describes the Canadian way as one of “open hearts and welcoming communities.” The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship’s online campaign will cost $535,000 and will run until March 31, 2016. The campaign marks the first new advertising effort under the federal […]

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Nov 27 2015 — Jane Taber

It has taken no time for the opposition in Ontario to try to exploit Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cozy relationship with Justin Trudeau – and it involves the expansion of Billy Bishop, Toronto’s island airport. This week, Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton, the Official Opposition’s economic development critic, pushed Ms. Wynne in the legislature to use […]

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Nov 27 2015 — Kathryn May

Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal has resigned as co-chair of the influential committee that Stephen Harper appointed for advice on managing and modernizing Canada’s public service. But he still has plenty of advice to share on how the bureaucracy can run more smoothly, including a recommendation to undo reforms in the former Conservative government’s signature […]

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Nov 27 2015 —

A summit of Commonwealth leaders is underway in Malta, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rubbing shoulders with royalty. Trudeau took part in a lunch with Queen Elizabeth, the 89-year-old monarch who royal watchers say may be attending her last Commonwealth meeting. The summits are only held every two years and the next two are […]

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So far, Justin Trudeau’s still not into the Parliament scene

Nov 27 2015 — Susan Delacourt

With one notable exception, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been lavishing attention on many who felt neglected during the Conservative years in power. Premiers, public servants, scientists, the United Nations, reporters, the United States, diplomats, cabinet ministers, Green party Leader Elizabeth May — all have received abundant assurances that the new guy at the top […]


Trudeau twirls the baton in a parade of promises

Nov 26 2015 — Don Martin

The trick to living long and prospering in politics, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein used to say, is to figure out which way the parade is going – and jump in front of it. Watching Justin Trudeau’s government on the march this week, it’s clear the new prime minister is twirling the big baton in […]


Trudeau breaks promise for right reasons

Nov 27 2015 — John Gormley

Although of uncertain provenance, decades ago a grizzled politico uttered the famous words “never concede, never explain and never apologize.” No matter how it’s pulled off, the rule seldom changes. From the arrogance of Pierre Trudeau the Elder to the obsequiousness of Brian Mulroney, the bluntness of Jean Chretien or the recalcitrance of Stephen Harper, […]


Curing the public sector’s sick leave malaise

Nov 27 2015 — Philip Cross

The federal government’s ailing sick leave system is in need of a cure. A new Macdonald-Laurier Institute report finds federal employees are calling in sick more often than their private-sector counterparts – and the gap is growing larger with each passing year. Author Philip Cross, Statistics Canada’s former chief economic analyst, delves into the numbers […]


‘Progressive’ Liberals may muscle out NDP

Nov 27 2015 — Anthony Furey

It’s going to be a tough few years for the NDP as it sits on the sidelines and watches the Liberals claim to be the most progressive party. Holding down the fort as third party isn’t fun, especially after you’ve been used to having the limelight as the official Opposition. But it’s even less so […]

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The RCMP wants more online surveillance power. We should say no.

Nov 27 2015 — Michael Harris

The Mounties may always get their man, but they shouldn’t always get what they ask for. That includes warrantless Internet snooping. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson wants warrantless access to online subscriber information. That, in itself, is not remarkable. Police always want fewer obstacles between their work and the people they pursue — more John Wayne, […]


Muslims grapple with their place in Canada

Nov 27 2015 — Carol Goar

The book was conceived in happier times. Novelist M.G. Vassanji and his wife, editor Nurehan Aziz — who had always resisted being pigeonholed by race, religion, culture or origin — were pondering their Muslim identity in the wake of 9/11. Living as they had for 30 years as members of the Indo-Canadian diaspora, distinguished by […]


TPP and Canada’s misunderstood dairy industry

Nov 27 2015 — Don Pittis

As hugely profitable companies from Bell to the banks continue to lay off employees in a quest to squeeze out higher profits, it is a reminder that market driven efficiency, including in Canada’s dairy industry, can have a dark side. So far it appears supply managed agriculture has escaped its worst fears. Nonetheless, commentary on […]

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Daniel Radcliffe had 2 personal assistants on set of new movie ‘Victor Frankenstein,’ insider says

Nov 27 2015 —

Daniel Radcliffe required two personal assistants during the filming of his new flick “Victor Frankenstein,” a well-placed insider tells Confidenti@l. “But James McAvoy, who plays the title character and is the star of the movie, only required one assistant,” adds the source, who says that it’s “ironic” that Radcliffe portrays Igor, Victor Frankenstein’s loyal assistant, […]

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