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How Preston Manning convinced Wildrose MLAs to join mass defection

Dec 19 2014 — Jen Gerson

A whirlwind three weeks of negotiations to set the terms for one of the most dramatic mass defections in Canadian political history ended in the Edmonton apartment of a Wildrose MLA on Tuesday night. Pizza, pretzels and “beverages” were served as the “Wildrose Nine” — the collection of MLAs who crossed the floor on Wednesday […]

Dec 19 2014 — Allison Jones

Ontario’s premier hopes Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t have a “vendetta” against the people of the province, saying the well-being of Canadians should dictate their working relationship, not his “feelings.” Kathleen Wynne’s last meeting with Harper was more than a year ago, on Dec. 5, 2013, and she has since embarked on a public campaign […]

Dec 19 2014 — Andrew Peplowski

A poll published in La Presse this morning indicates that Quebecers are increasingly throwing their support behind the federal Liberal Party, for an election that is still months away. Conducted by CROP, the survey also contains encouraging numbers for the Conservitives. If an election was held today, 37% of Quebecers would vote Liberal, 30% would […]

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Feds Pay $1.25M For ‘News’ Handouts To Media Editors

Dec 19 2014 —

Public Works Canada is awarding a $1.25 million contract to a publicist to distribute government-vetted “news” to publishers and radio and TV stations. The budget for handout “news” increased 25 percent from a previous contract. The department said it wanted to “inform and educate Canadians on public issues”. The publicist, News Canada Ltd., said it […]

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Mulcair didn’t know Sudbury MP was leaving

Dec 19 2014 — Carol Mulligan

Federal New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair had no idea when he spoke Sunday with Glenn Thibeault that, in two days, the Sudbury New Democrat MP would be the appointed candidate for the Liberals in a Sudbury provincial byelection. Thibeault had resigned as chair of Mulcair’s caucus three weeks earlier, and he and the party […]

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Canada considers free trade with Thailand despite internal warnings

Dec 19 2014 — Steven Chase

The Canadian government is exploring the idea of free trade with Thailand despite internal warnings from Foreign Affairs officials that Ottawa should hold back while the Asian country remains under control of a military junta, documents say. A government memo dated Dec. 12, 2014 and marked “secret” that was obtained by The Globe and Mail […]

Dec 19 2014 — Tim Naumetz

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has given his normal sprinkling of year-end Parliamentary Press Gallery interviews, but he has had only one news conference in the National Press Theatre since first winning power in 2006 and a comparison of G8 ranks shows Mr. Harper is least likely of the major leaders to open up to journalists […]

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Dec 19 2014 —

The top Palestinian diplomat in Canada says the Harper government should not have boycotted a United Nations conference this week that harshly criticized Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Said Hamad says Canada should have joined other countries at a conference in Geneva examining the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the rules […]

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Sanctions bite, but Baird and allies worry about Putin’s reaction

Dec 19 2014 — Tim Harper

One year ago, John Baird marched with anti-government protesters in Kyiv’s Maidan Square, a scarf bearing the colours of Ukraine’s national football team draped over his shoulders. Providing security for Canada’s foreign affairs minister were agents of the government the demonstrators sought to overthrow. The symbolic — and risky — show of solidarity marked the […]

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Out of the darkness, into the light

Dec 19 2014 — Warren Kinsella

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And this year, the worst moments inadvertently resulted in some of the best moments, too. As 2015 beckons, and 2014 recedes, Sun News Network asked some of us to assemble some thoughts about the year’s best and worst political moments. As we did […]

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Steve and CC, cozy together

Dec 19 2014 — Michael Harris

Last night, Canada’s most overrated journalist and underrated politician, Peter Mansbridge, performed his Yuletide foot massage on Prime Minister Stephen Harper. You came away knowing not much more than the fact that both men love their jobs. Good for them. As usual, Harper had his way with a host referred to inside the grandiose and […]

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Goodbye, 2014. We never liked you.

Dec 19 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

All through the House, nothing is stirring. The politicians are tucked in their ridings with care, and voters can turn their attention to more important matters — like whether to serve tinned or home-made cranberry sauce at Christmas dinner. Time to put up your feet, toss back a box of chocolates and reflect on the […]

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Alberta premier’s coup will come at a cost

Dec 19 2014 — Michael de Adder

Can there be anyone as superbly fantastic as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, except perhaps for, on a good day, Chris Hadfield? Prentice is the multi-talented global space-walking superstar of Canadian politics. It’s a matter of time until he too starts warbling David Bowie, better than the original. And unlike Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose arias […]

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Economic Risks and Climate Change

Dec 19 2014 — Grant Mitchell

There is clear economic risk to Canada in ignoring climate change. There is also great economic opportunity in dealing with it. The resistance to Northern Gateway, Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines is evidence that the Canadian and US publics want greater assurance of environmental responsibility in developing energy projects. Well into the ninth year […]

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Liberals fail the smell test

Dec 19 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Why would the Liberal Caucus at Queen’s Park pay $10,000 to the husband of then premier Dalton McGuinty’s deputy chief of staff to wipe 20 computer hard drives in the premier’s office? The taxpayer-funded caucus office represents MPPs. Why would it pay Peter Faist, husband of senior McGuinty adviser Laura Miller, for work done in […]

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Colbert signs off ‘Report’ with cameo-filled finale

Dec 19 2014 —

When Stephen Colbert announced the Grim Reaper as his final “Colbert Report” guest, there was speculation he would symbolically kill off the conservative blowhard character he has inhabited since the show’s premiere in 2005. But in the final episode of the Comedy Central late night show Thursday, it was Colbert who achieved immortality when he […]

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