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Mike Duffy trial timing seen as problem for Harper, Conservatives

Sep 14 2014 — Hannah Thibedeau

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives should be worried about the pending trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy because of “what Mike might have up his sleeve,” a former senior adviser to the prime minister says. Keith Beardsley, who served for five years as Harper’s deputy chief of staff for issues management, warned the court proceedings […]

Sep 14 2014 — Emily Chan

With MPs headed back to work Monday as Parliament resumes, signs of an unofficial launch to the next federal election campaign are beginning to show. There is still over one year to go before the October 2015 fixed election date, but parties are already revving into campaign mode.

Sep 14 2014 —

Like a fresh-baked pie on the window sill, the sweet smell of a surplus has mouths watering — but which ministers will get a piece in this critical pre-election period, and how will it trickle down to Canadians? Prime Minister Stephen Harper must decide how best to spend the excess dollars in the next couple […]

Sep 14 2014 —

Sexual dysfunction in the Canadian military is such a sensitive topic for the Harper government that federal officials have stamped all information related to it as a cabinet secret, something not to be revealed to the public. And there are other subjects the federal Conservatives don’t want to talk about: Why their planned $2-billion purchase […]

Sep 14 2014 —

More than 400 academics are demanding the Canada Revenue Agency halt its audit of a think-tank, saying the Conservative government is trying to intimidate, muzzle and silence its critics. In an open letter, the group defends the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning think-tank that was targeted for a political-activity audit partly because it […]


Senate expenses audit turns up heat on MPs’ spending

Sep 14 2014 — Chris Hall

Marjory LeBreton is not given to second guessing, and the Conservative senator isn’t about to start now. It was LeBreton who, as government leader in the Senate, introduced the motion last year to summon the auditor general to probe the expenses of every senator.

Jim Prentice

Alberta Tories launch new era under Prentice

Sep 14 2014 —

A new era begins Monday for Alberta’s dynastic Progressive Conservatives, once a colossus of stability and constancy, now a feuding family stricken by more staff turnover than a beachside burger stand. Jim Prentice — the former Calgary MP, cabinet minister, and key lieutenant to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — will be sworn in as Alberta’s […]


Justin Trudeau says abortion rights trump MPs’ freedom to vote their conscience

Sep 14 2014 —

Women’s reproductive rights trump the freedom of Liberal members of parliament to vote their conscience on abortion, Justin Trudeau said, adding that it’s time that his party “actually defended rights.” “I have had a lot of Liberals come up to me and say, ‘I don’t quite understand, isn’t the Liberal party about freedom and about […]

Sep 14 2014 — Joe Warmington

Count Mayor Hazel McCallion among the cynical when it comes to analyzing Toronto’s great Ford swap. “That was a show,” the Mississauga chief magistrate said Saturday at the annual Great Ontario Salmon Derby in Port Credit. “That’s what that was.” The 93 year old who is retiring after 36 years as mayor after the Oct. […]

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Sep 14 2014 — Robert Benzie

In the fight of her political life, embattled NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is banking on her left hook. A fiery Horwath came out swinging Saturday, touting a new left-wing approach for a party still reeling from a disappointing June election defeat to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals. “I have some things to learn,” she admitted to […]

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Sep 13 2014 —

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Progressive Conservatives broke a deadlock Saturday night by selecting a former police officer to be the province’s next premier after an extraordinary leadership convention that saw Paul Davis win two ballots before he was declared the victor.The convention in St. John’s went to a surprise third ballot when the party said neither […]

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Sep 14 2014 —

Justin Trudeau had the Internet abuzz after he photobombed a bridal party. On his way out of the annual general meeting of the Liberal Party of Canada in Ontario, taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Markham, just north of Toronto, the Liberal Leader stopped on a staircase where a bride was posing with seven […]

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Sep 14 2014 —

The federal government is keeping mum on any plans it may have to increase the immigration cap in Nova Scotia. Costas Menegakis, the parliamentary secretary to federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, said on Saturday Ottawa will announce its immigration plan and targets early this fall, but he can’t divulge any details yet. “I’m not at […]

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Tom’s Take: The parliamentary session ahead

Sep 14 2014 — Tom Clark

So, peer with me into the crystal ball and all will be revealed. OK, maybe psychic journalism isn’t the right idea. But it is safe to say that things around Parliament Hill aren’t going to be same old, same old come Monday. For starters, the relatively small Hill is tasked with tackling the world — […]


Trudeau inherited dad’s arrogance, not brains

Sep 14 2014 — Ezra Levant

When Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, declared her opposition to wireless Internet, claiming its “electromagnetic frequencies” might be unhealthy, people laughed. But it was no big deal. It’s not like she has a chance of becoming the prime minister. Such a statement from a serious candidate – or from the actual prime […]


Tory caucus has ‘phalanged up,’ Alberta’s premier-designate says

Sep 14 2014 — Paula Simons

The first time Jim Prentice said it, I wasn’t sure I’d heard correctly. But he repeated the phrase, and with emphasis. “Caucus has really phalanged up as a team over the summer,” said Alberta’s premier-designate. “They’ve phalanged up into fighting trim. They are united.” Phalange. From the Greek word “phalanx.” Defined by the Canadian Oxford […]


Scotland and England are like fish and chips

Sep 14 2014 — Michael Coren

I’m British. I have lived half of my life in Canada, but in so many ways I remain British. I still cry at the movie Battle of Britain, watch every episode of Doctor Who, adore Branston pickle, get up at dawn to see England win the rugby world cup and wear Tattersall shirts. It’s in […]


Treasures await at new Museum of Islamic Art

Sep 14 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

Who would have thought Canada would get an Islamic garden — in Don Mills at that? But there it is, green and serene next to the noisy Don Valley Parkway. It links two new architectural jewels, the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art and an Ismaili Centre, on a transformed 17-acre site on Wynford Dr. […]

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