National Newswatch
Mar 27 2015 —

A divided Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government has the right to order the destruction of Quebec’s federal gun registry data — but all three Quebec judges on the high court disagreed. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, upheld an earlier Quebec Court of Appeal ruling that sided with the government on […]

Mar 27 2015 — Rosemary Barton

A legal battle to prevent Canadians abroad from voting in elections has cost the federal government $1.3 million so far, CBC News has learned. The figures are revealed in an answer to a written question from Liberal MP and democratic reform critic Scott Simms. The government also confirms in its answer that it has paid […]

Mar 27 2015 — Staff

The Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit is the largest annual progressive politics conference in Canada, bringing together leading thinkers, policy experts and organizers. From March 26 to 28, over 700 participants will be discussing key issues facing the country to help build a better Canada and shape the future of Canada’s progressive movement. Join us at […]

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NDP wants to scrap proposed new spy powers, boost intelligence oversight

Mar 27 2015 —

The New Democrats want to scrap proposed new powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, bolster review of intelligence activities and enhance anti-radicalization programs. NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison says the party continues to believe the government’s anti-terrorism bill is dangerous and ineffective after hearing from four dozen witnesses at the House of Commons […]

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Sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo cost AFN more than just its leader

Mar 27 2015 —

Shawn Atleo’s abrupt resignation as national chief cost the Assembly of First Nations more than just its leader. New documents show the federal government turned down the assembly’s request for an extra $324,000 to cover the unforeseen expenses that arose when Atleo quit his job last May. Atleo stepped down amid fears that he’d become […]

Mar 27 2015 — Stephen Maher

Finance Minister Joe Oliver has been avoiding Question Period to spend more time preparing his budget, his spokeswoman said Thursday as Opposition MPs pressed the government on Oliver’s repeated absences from the House. Records show Oliver is attending the House of Commons to vote on legislation but not to answer questions in Question Period, leaving […]

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Harper is losing the argument on C-51 … with Conservatives

Mar 27 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill. This week, Conservative MP Michael Chong, never one to blindly toe the line, criticized the bill’s lack of oversight in a statement to the House of Commons: “However, […]

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A penchant to self-destruct in full view

Mar 27 2015 — Dan Lett

Toews hasn’t changed, at all. You can say a lot of things about Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Vic Toews. You could certainly say Toews was a successful politician, serving as a cabinet minister at both the federal and provincial levels. You could also say he was frequently, consistently newsworthy, channelling his blustery, verbose personality […]

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Balanced budget law overdue

Mar 27 2015 — Anthony Furey

Picture this: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Joe Oliver standing in front of the Parliament buildings proudly holding a “paid in full” sign above their heads, signalling Canada’s debt hitting zero. It’s not going to happen. At least not in the next few years. Not under this government, with its history of stimulus […]

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On war, art has insight that politics lacks

Mar 27 2015 — Rick Salutin

That was an unedifying debate in the House Wednesday about Canada expanding its understudy role in the war against the Islamic State. We have to, to make ourselves safe from beheadings here at home, implied the prime minister. Opposition leader Tom Mulcair replied like the lawyer he is. “Has the prime minister written to the […]

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Why Canada must fight ISIS in Syria

Mar 27 2015 — Farzana Hassan

I first wrote about the necessity of extending Canada’s military mission in Iraq into Syria in my Feb. 5 columm. In fact, I advocated removing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad from power. That would address one of the criticisms leveled against extending Canada’s mission, as many critics contend air strikes over Syria would support a brutal […]

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A tough love budget that is tough to love

Mar 27 2015 — Graham Thomson

Starting this year, it will cost more to be born, get married and die in Alberta. The government’s new provincial budget has got you coming and going. Fees for birth certificates, marriage licences and death certificates are going up. If that’s enough to drive you to drink or smoke, that’ll cost more, too. So will […]

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Cash grab: New civil forfeiture act uses proceeds of crime to fill budget gaps

Mar 27 2015 — Paula Simons

- Victims of crime were promised a lot in 2008 when the legislature unanimously passed Alberta’s first civil forfeiture legislation. The Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act allowed the Crown to seize money and goods from accused criminals and their associates. Civil libertarians complained civil forfeiture allowed the Crown to seize property from alleged criminals […]

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