National Newswatch
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Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau – Overall Impressions

Aug 29 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

The next federal election will feature different leaders for two of the main parties, and there’s already plenty of evidence that perceptions of leaders will play a major role in the outcome. While much can change between now and the next election, voters already have perceptions of today’s leaders, which we explored in our latest […]

Aug 29 2014 — Janyce McGregor

NATO’s outgoing secretary general is repeating his call for member countries like Canada to boost their defence spending in response to the “wake-up call” of recent crises like the one unfolding in Ukraine. In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio’s The House, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who will preside over his final NATO heads of […]

Aug 29 2014 — BJ Siekierski

Ahead of a byelection the prime minister will have to call by October 25, it looks as though there will be two candidates vying for the Conservative nomination in Whitby-Oshawa: Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins and former electoral district association president David Glover. With the deadline to submit applications for nominations closing Friday at 5 p.m., […]

Aug 29 2014 — Susan Delacourt

In the last federal election, about four of every 10 Canadians exercised their option to stay away from the ballot box altogether. Next year, if larger trends hold, we may get even closer to the dismal 50-per-cent turnout figure. Is it time to take away that no-voting option from Canadians? Do we need to make […]

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Federal legislation will end fees for getting monthly bills on paper: minister

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Although the big telecom companies have agreed to exempt some customers from fees charged for paper invoices, the federal government says it’s going to end the whole practice. Industry Minister Jams Moore says the government will introduce legislation to end what is called pay-to-pay, that is charging people for a monthly bill on paper. The […]

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Leaked New Brunswick PC internal poll: All the details here …

Aug 29 2014 — David Akin

Earlier this year, during the Quebec provincial election, two internal party polls were released to the media. They were widely reported on as much for their contents as they were for the selective nature of the data released and the motives for releasing the poll. Both internal polls were released by parties that were trailing […]

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Federal Liberals ponder mandatory voting

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With voter turnout plunging to new lows, Liberal MPs are pondering the idea of legally requiring Canadians to cast ballots in federal elections. They’re road testing the idea of mandatory voting in a survey emailed to party members this week. Whether mandatory voting is adopted as part of the eventual Liberal election platform remains to […]

Aug 29 2014 — Julian Fantino

It is shocking that the leader of the NDP talks about supporting our veterans when he has continually voted against measures that would increase the amount of money that goes directly into the pockets of veterans. The only thing more shocking than the leader of the NDP calling for veterans support while voting against it […]

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- Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. says it’s putting its passenger terminal at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport up for sale. The regional airline said a sale-leaseback deal would allow the company to focus on its core business, Porter Airlines.

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The federal government ran a surplus of $1.6 billion in June compared with a surplus or $200 million in the same month last year. The Finance Department said the increase came as revenue climbed $900 million or 3.8 per cent due to higher revenues from non-resident income tax, excise taxes and duties and employment insurance […]

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The premier of the Northwest Territories says Canada’s premiers are close to agreeing on the basic outline of a national energy strategy. Bob McLeod says the premiers are working on a so-called vision document and he’s hopeful a significant announcement will be made before their annual meeting wraps up today in Charlottetown. The provinces have […]

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall agreed today to lift barriers to allow consumers in both provinces to order wines and craft spirits directly from producers, and have them delivered to their door. “We still need to hammer out all the fine details but broadly it will mean it is no longer […]

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Aug 29 2014 — Evan Solomon

It’s all about The Parent. Sure, the Federation Family has other issues. The premiers talk about internal trade barriers, infrastructure, roundtables and health care, but the underlying issue — if you put all 13 premiers on a giant couch and asked, what’s REALLY getting to you — it would be The Parent thing. The Federal […]

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Featured Ink

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Violence Against Aboriginal Women Requires A Creative Solution, Not An Inquiry

Aug 29 2014 — Ken Coates

Critics of the Government of Canada have pushed hard for a federal inquiry into the shocking levels of violence against Aboriginal women, sparked by the recent murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. Superficially, the idea of an inquiry seems logical, particularly if such an investigation produced viable and sustainable solutions to an epidemic of […]

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Canada’s war vets a potentially powerful electoral force

Aug 29 2014 — Tim Harper

So far, it sounds like loose, angry talk. But the governing Conservatives are playing with fire with the country’s war veterans. If they can — as they have threatened — organize, mobilize and speak with one voice during next year’s federal election, the government will have a major problem on its hands; a problem of […]

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The power of Canada’s unions: A Labour Day report card

Aug 29 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Canadian unions are living a paradox. For the past decade, their membership has remained relatively flat, at between 30 and 31 per cent of non-agricultural workers, after dropping from a high of 34.6% in 1997. The decline in manufacturing jobs, the rise of temporary and part-time work, and the introduction of non-unionized workplaces such as […]

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Is too much time in office bad for a politician?

Aug 29 2014 — Aaron Wherry

Do some of our elected representatives spend too much time in office? Do they eventually lose touch with the wider world? Does this loss of touch occur somewhere around the 12-year mark? Jim Prentice doesn’t like “career politicians” and so he would like to limit the amount of time an individual can serve as MLA […]

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You can’t just denounce Ottawa

Aug 29 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Ovide Mercredi has passed from the national political scene. For most of the 1990s, he was a major figure as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. What must Mr. Mercredi be thinking now, watching one of his successors, Shawn Atleo, leave his post under duress, accused by adversaries as having sold out to […]

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Are native leaders ready to be part of the solution?

Aug 29 2014 — Gary Mason

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was right to reject calls for a national inquiry into the matter of missing and murdered aboriginal women. The aboriginal community in Canada has been studied to death. The killing of Winnipeg teenager Tina Fontaine is a tragedy, as it would be for any 15-year-old. We don’t know who killed her, […]

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Why we don’t need an aboriginal women inquiry

Aug 29 2014 — John Gormley

As the dean of Canada’s premiers, and sporting impressive approval ratings, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has to know that when he wades into national issues, he brings some clout. But Wall’s call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women has completely missed the point. As Thomas Walkom, writing in the ever-liberal Toronto […]

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Anthem debate about more than words

Aug 29 2014 — Farzana Hassan

They’re only words! I agree. But words have the power to sway our feelings, connect us to our inner selves and convey what we hold most dear. The fact that words can have such potency makes the debate on Canada’s national anthem not at all trivial. And if we concede it is, then what’s the […]

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Shutting down online haters

Aug 29 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Shame ‘em, blame ‘em, flame ‘em, maim ‘em, tame ‘em. The online trolls, that is. And the web-based haters, and the defamers, and the stalkers, and the mean-spirited jerks. Because they have no life, the online world is where they live. They have all sorts of fake names. They come and go, but one thing […]

Aug 29 2014 — Rick Bell

We’re getting thrown a bone. Listen carefully. That’s the sound of the provincial government’s licence plate plans going down the drain. If Jim Prentice, heavy fave to be the next premier, actually wins the brass ring Wild Rose Country will be on the new standard-issue provincial licence plate. “People who like it exactly the way […]

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Aug 29 2014 — Lezlie Lowe

Oh, take off your cranky pants. They might get wet. And then imagine how much deeper your made-up outrage will be over the ice bucket challenge. The event (videotape yourself being dumped with a bucket of ice water and nominate three friends to do the same within 24 hours) is diabolical summertime hilarity. The best […]

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Aug 29 2014 — Robyn Urback

School hasn’t even started yet, and we have our first on-record apology coming from the hollows of one Canadian campus. Last week, Western University’s student paper, the Gazette, published an article about how to snag a date with a teaching assistant. The piece was meant to be satirical — which is generally lighter fluid on […]

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Entertainment Plus

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Joan Rivers ‘resting comfortably’ after health scare

Aug 29 2014 —

US comedienne Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” and with her family after reportedly going into cardiac arrest during surgery on her vocal chords. “We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” said the 81-year-old’s daughter Melissa. Rivers was taken ill on Thursday at an outpatient centre in the Yorkville neighbourhood […]