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Ottawa shooting: Stephen Harper tells MPs he’s sorry he left during attack

Oct 29 2014 — Laura Payton

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his hushed caucus Wednesday morning he felt remorse for surreptitiously ducking into a closet during last week’s assault on Parliament Hill, CBC News has learned. Many Conservative MPs were alarmed at the prime minister’s sudden disappearance during the terrifying 15 minutes between the moment Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fired the first shot […]

Oct 30 2014 — Bruce Campion-Smith

A year before a gunman stormed the front doors of Parliament, the House of Commons rejected demands from its guards to be armed while on duty outside, telling them instead to “retreat” from any crisis. The 2013 demand from the union representing Commons security staff related to the times when guards were working on the […]

Oct 30 2014 — Robert Fisher

“I can honestly say I wouldn’t rule that out right now.” Eleven little words from failed Toronto mayoralty candidate Doug Ford, suggesting he could vie for the Ontario Conservative Party leadership, have sent shock waves through the party. Ford is the brother of Toronto’s outgoing mayor, Rob Ford. He took over his brother’s campaign after […]

Oct 29 2014 — Kevin Donovan and Jesse Brown

Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment. The allegations the Star is probing range from 2002 to the present. One of the women, popular Canadian television actor Lucy DeCoutere, has agreed to be identified. […]

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Billions in federal cash go unspent as Tories mull tax cuts

Oct 30 2014 — Jason Fekete

The federal government held on to more than $7 billion in approved spending last fiscal year at the same time as some departments and agencies struggled with a lack of funds – bringing total “lapsed” spending to more than $18 billion over the last two years. The Conservative government continues to sit on billions of […]

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Tax cheats walked off with $220 million last year

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Tax cheats bilked the federal government of almost $220 million in the last fiscal year, and the Canada Revenue Agency has so far recovered only $2.2 million – or about one per cent of it. The CRA expects to recover a further $9.2 million of the $219.7 million it is owed from the 553 tax-cheat […]

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Harper expected to expand $2.5-billion universal child care benefit at campaign-style announcement

Oct 30 2014 — John Ivison

The Prime Minister is expected to unveil a bundle of measures aimed at benefiting families in a splashy, campaign-style announcement Thursday. The centrepiece is expected to be an enhancement to the $2.5-billion universal child care benefit, as the National Post revealed earlier this month. The government is said to be expanding the program, with the […]

Oct 29 2014 — Chris Hall

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will on Thursday unveil a scaled-down version of the Conservatives’ 2011 campaign commitment to allow income-splitting by parents with children younger than 18 once the federal budget is balanced. Sources tell CBC News that Harper’s announcement at a community centre north of Toronto will cap the amount of tax savings at […]

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As the federal government weighs changes to anti-terrorism laws in the wake of last week’s fatal attacks on two Canadian Forces personnel, Justice Minister Peter McKay acknowledges there are already “robust” laws on the books. “There are already some pretty robust measures that we can use — [sections of the Criminal Code] 83.3 and 810 […]

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Oct 29 2014 — Joanna Smith

New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said he would not label killing of a solider at the National War Memorial and the attack on Parliament Hill by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a terrorist act. “I don’t think that we have enough evidence to use that word,” Mulcair told reporters Wednesday after emerging from the NDP caucus […]

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Oct 29 2014 — Alice Funke

If you’re not already in Parliament, chances are you’re going to have to win a nomination contest to get there in 2015. That’s because of the large number of competitive races we’re seeing to carry party colours into the next federal election — especially in comparison with previous elections this century, and it’s particularly true […]

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The head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving the position after barely more than a year on the job. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Walt Natynczyk will become deputy veterans affairs minister, effective this coming Monday. Harper made the announcement in a statement today. Natynczyk had been head of the space agency since August […]

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Oct 29 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has signalled his party may support the Conservative government’s forthcoming security legislation, while Official Opposition NDP leader Tom Mulcair says he is not sure last week’s shooting attack in Ottawa was terrorism. Trudeau indicated Wednesday after a caucus meeting that he accepts the RCMP’s statements that recent attacks were “acts of […]

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For Stephen Harper, fear works

Oct 30 2014 — Linda McQuaig

Stephen Harper insisted last week that we will not be intimidated by terrorism. He then did everything he could to ensure that we will be intimidated by terrorism. I’ve always been confused by the assertion that we won’t be “intimidated” by terrorism. Has anyone ever suggested that we should be — that because a man […]

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The NDP’s problems are piling up across Canada

Oct 29 2014 — Chantal Hébert

On a day when the NDP was already mourning the defeat of an icon at the hands of Toronto voters, the sole New Democrat provincial government in the country was flirting with implosion. With his ruling party sinking in the polls, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has a cabinet rebellion on his hands. Until further notice, […]

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Canadian cities need fiscal and governance reforms

Oct 30 2014 — Andrew Coyne

A lot has changed of late at the top of Canada’s city governments, mostly for the better. Toronto has just elected a new mayor, John Tory, who’s guaranteed to be a huge improvement over the last, as earlier did Montreal, with Denis Coderre, after the corruption and turmoil of recent years. Winnipeg’s new mayor, Brian […]

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Canada’s place in the ever-shifting war on terror

Oct 30 2014 — Tom Walkom

The war on terror continues unabated. When one enemy falls off the radar, we replace it with another. In the early days of this never-ending war, the enemy was the Taliban. They were the terrorists we had to defeat in Afghanistan to prevent attacks here. Nobody talks much about the Taliban any more. Britain quietly […]

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Ford Nation remains huge political force

Oct 30 2014 — Bob Hepburn

As the Toronto mayoral results were being announced Monday, a campaign adviser for one of the early major candidates fired off an email expressing shock at how well runner-up Doug Ford fared despite losing to John Tory. “More than 330,000 people voted for Doug Ford for mayor!” the advisor wrote. “Who are these people? What […]

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Doug Ford could win PC leadership

Oct 30 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Might give party urban votes. Don’t underestimate the power of Doug Ford to win the leadership of the provincial PC party. Tories at Queen’s Park are abuzz at the prospect of the former Toronto mayoral candidate throwing his hat in the ring. It would be a seismic shift. He’s a political juggernaut and could steamroll […]

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The last of the Red Tories

Oct 30 2014 — Michael Taube

John Tory’s long-suffering political ambitions were finally realized this week when he was elected Toronto’s next mayor. His victory could have significant implications not just for Toronto, but also for a nearly moribund political philosophy. Tory’s campaign cobbled together a very diverse group of individuals. This included federal Tories, provincial PCs, Liberals of all shapes […]

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France is looking for a seat at the defence procurement table

Oct 30 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Europe, led by France, wants a seat at Canada’s defence procurement table. It’s a not-unreasonable request, given that the prize being sought, as French President Francois Hollande prepares for his first state visit to Canada Sunday, is merely a level playing field, as opposed to the stacked deck that has so often characterized this country’s […]

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