National Newswatch
Apr 27 2015 —

The Senate’s top finance official says there were no criteria or definitions of what constituted primary and secondary residences at the time Mike Duffy was making expense claims. As the fourth week of the suspended senator’s trial begins, Duffy defence lawyer Donald Bayne is continuing his cross-examination of chief corporate services officer Nicole Proulx. He […]

Apr 27 2015 —

Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-struck Nepal and says it will match donations to a fund specifically set up to help people in that country. The federal government says it will match — dollar-for-dollar — all eligible contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund until May 25, but retroactively to when donations first […]

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Ontario looks to limit third-party election advertising

Apr 27 2015 —

Ontario’s Liberal government is looking to limit the influence of third parties during elections, a year after election advertising by those groups topped $8 million. The province is currently the only jurisdiction in Canada — of those that regulate third-party advertising — in which those groups don’t face advertising spending or contribution limits. The government […]

Apr 27 2015 —

Dean Del Mastro is back in court Tuesday. Elections Canada began investigating former Peterborough’s former MP in 2012, alleging he overspent on his 2008 election campaign, then lied to cover it up. His trial was spread out over several months in 2014. Here’s how events unfolded. June 6, 2012: Peterborough Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Rachel Aiello

A federal budget just months ahead of a federal election serves as the most important part of the government’s platform, and looking at where ministers were dispatched last week to sell it is a strong indication of the seats the Conservatives are looking to hold in October, strategists say. “There’s an old saying in politics, […]

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Apr 27 2015 — Kathryn May

The largest union representing workers in Canada’s non-partisan public service is appealing to its members to defeat the Conservatives in the upcoming election as part of a sweeping emergency resolution to “beat back” the government’s attack on collective bargaining rights and sick leave benefits. More than 700 delegates are gathered in Quebec City this week […]

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Tragi-comic Duffy plot thickens

Apr 27 2015 — Dan Leger

In the list of history’s great courtroom dramas, The Queen vs. Mike Duffy might not rank in the top 10. There’s been no shock DNA evidence, no glamorous witness with a mysterious past. No one has yelled, “You can’t handle the truth!” Duffy’s defence lawyer, Donald Bayne, is sharp but he’s no Horace Rumpole, the […]

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A mid-campaign scare or end of an era in Alberta?

Apr 27 2015 — Tim Harper

The barbarians are at the gate again — and this time the dynasty is having trouble with the drawbridge. As the Alberta election campaign enters its final full week, the Progressive Conservative dynasty — the country’s longest ever — is being entrusted to the increasingly shaky grip of leader Jim Prentice. Of course, we’ve been […]

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Stephen Harper gives the Order of Canada a strange makeover

Apr 27 2015 — Heather Mallick

The wrong people are getting the Order of Canada, apparently, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper has snuck $13.4 million into the federal budget to prod for nominations of the “under-represented.” As the Ottawa Citizen’s wry Glen McGregor has suggested, it appears Harper is upset that the Ordered of Canada are thin on the ground in […]

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Canada’s tax system requires swift simplification

Apr 27 2015 — Charles Lammam

Filed your taxes yet? You’ve got until Thursday at midnight. After that, according to the federal government, you’re officially in arrears. Unfortunately, due to Canada’s increasingly complex tax system, Canadians today face greater challenges filing their taxes than they did just 20 years ago. Things have gotten a lot more complicated. For instance, consider the […]

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Harper feigns ignorance as Crown’s case against Duffy in shambles

Apr 26 2015 —

Just who is on trial in Ottawa’s famous current criminal case; suspended Senator Mike Duffy, or the Senate of Canada? Is the “Old Duff” getting his crack at justice? Or is this some gaudy form of Senate abuse using the courts the way politicians have been known to dump political problems into the laps of […]

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Polls show why Harper needs to cozy up to blue-haired set

Apr 26 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

If you’re wondering why last week’s budget had so much stuff for seniors -— from compassionate leave to home accessibility tax credits — you only have to look at the voting intention by age demographic in the latest weekly EKOS poll for iPolitics. The Conservatives own the 65-and-up demographic, with 40-per-cent support, compared to 30-per-cent […]

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Clock ticking on Canada’s latest military effort

Apr 27 2015 — Scott Taylor

Shortly after being elected in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew into Kandahar Airfield to deliver a rousing pep talk. At that juncture, the Canadian contingent was experiencing a dramatic increase in casualties, and for the first time Canadians were beginning to question our military involvement in Afghanistan. To rally the troops, Harper uttered the […]

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Let the Omar Khadr furor fade away with him

Apr 27 2015 — Rosie DiManno

There is nothing alleged about Omar Khadr or “so-called” about the terror he inflicted. The crimes were confessed, in his own words, under oath at trial in Guantanamo. Convicted and sentenced means dropping the qualifiers, whatever retractions Khadr floats now. He did throw the grenade that killed U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer and wounded another serviceman. […]

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Jian Ghomeshi book by journalist Kevin Donovan to be published in June

Apr 27 2015 —

A book on disgraced former radio star Jian Ghomeshi, written by Toronto Star investigative reporter Kevin Donovan, is slated for release in late June. Kobo and ECW Press say they’ve come to an “unprecedented agreement” to co-publish “Jian Ghomeshi — Secret Life.” Kobo says the book will reveal details and background about Ghomeshi and explore […]

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