SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is touting a free-trade deal with South Korea as a major boost for Canadian exporters looking for a toehold into the lucrative Asian marketplace.The announcement puts an end to nearly a decade of on-again, off-again talks, and marks Canada's first free-trade foray into the Asia-Pacific region, […]
Mayor Rob Ford’s re-election campaign is ramping up this week and Councillor Doug Ford is promising more Hollywood theatrics. Doug Ford revealed Monday that Jimmy Kimmel — the U.S. comedian that interviewed the mayor last week — will be a guest on an upcoming episode ofthe Fords’ YouTube show.
Free trade creates winners and losers across an economy, and the deal with South Korea announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is no different. While Ottawa is saying that many industrial sectors will benefit, the vital question for Ontario is whether the province’s auto sector will lose production and jobs once South Korean carmakers have […]
South Korea – Korean cars for Canadian cows. That’s one way to describe the free trade deal announced here Tuesday between Canada and South Korea. Korean-made vehicles imported into Canada -Kias and Hyundais -will have their 6.1% tariff eliminated over two years once the deal is officially put in place.Read More
Canada and South Korea concluded negotiations on a free-trade deal that will give more market access for Canadian beef producers and phase out tariffs on cars made by Korean companies such as Hyundai Motor Co. (005380)Read More
A veteran Conservative MP from Edmonton says he won’t seek re-election. Laurie Hawn says he will continue serving the Edmonton Centre riding until October 2015 and then retire from politics. Hawn, who is 66-years-old, says he wants to spend more time with his family.Read More
The day after media tycoon Pierre Karl Peladeau’s plunge into provincial politics, he’s earning considerable praise in the pages of Quebec’s most-read newspaper — one he happens to own. Columns in the flagship paper of Peladeau’s empire described the Parti Quebecois candidate as a magnificent catch, a game-changer for Premier Pauline Marois and bad news […]Read More
The Liberals want Elections Canada to investigate over letters sent to voters by the NDP about the Nov. 25, 2013, federal byelection in the Montreal riding of Bourassa. Liberal MP Marc Garneau has complained to the Commissioner of Elections about mailings sent by four NDP MPs to people in Bourassa, a Liberal stronghold that became […]Read More
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he’d be lying if he didn’t admit that it would be interesting to become Canada’s ambassador to the United States one day. Wall, who recently returned from a trip to Washington, was asked about his future at the Saskatchewan legislature. The premier says he likes the history in Washington and […]Read More
Media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau is the brightest but most mercurial star to appear on the Quebec political firmament since Lucien Bouchard. His decision to run for the Parti Québécois in the April 7 election could lead to a dramatic realignment of the constellations in Quebec. His addition to Pauline Marois’ candidate lineup was initially described as […]
On the day it was announced, Pierre Karl Peladeau’s entry into provincial politics was hailed as a “masterful coup” for the Parti Quebecois, a “game-changer” that would bolster the party’s credentials on economic issues. And not just in the newspapers he owns. A day later, the hazards of inviting rogue billionaires to try their hand […]
In 1976, when Parti Québécois founder René Lévesque led his party to power for the first time, he said his government would have a “favourable prejudice to workers.” Now it’s 2014, Lévesque is dead, and so is his Parti Québécois. After the announcement on Sunday of Pierre Karl Péladeau’s candidacy for the PQ, Quebec’s largest […]
Be careful what you wish for — you might just get it. That’s good advice for Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, who announced the ‘star’ PQ candidacy of Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau in the riding of St. Jerome over the weekend. Peladeau brings many positives to the Parti Quebecois, notably in the realm of economic policy — […]
It is not certain that Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois will win a majority government in Quebec next month. The polls could be wrong, the Liberals might recover, Quebecers might decide that they have no stomach for another self-indulgent conversation on their future.
We want our leaders—and governments—to be clear in their views and decisive in their actions; all the more so when it concerns hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women was created to find solutions to this horror. A year later, it has imploded and the process is in ruins. Why? The flashpoint appears to be the NDP and Liberals' call for a national commission of inquiry. Conservative MP and Committee Chair Stella Ambler opposes this option. She says there's been enough talk and now it is time for action, but what kind of action does she want?
Our neglect of our history being what it is, March 11 won’t signify much to most Canadians. It’s March 17 that gets all the notoriety and all the boozing. But while there’s no problem with raising a glass to the patron saint of Ireland, Tuesday’s date should be a greater day of celebration in this […]
An old hand who has worked the wheat fields of Canada for many years said yesterday there used to be a saying in the business that Canadian wheat is “13% protein and 87% politics.” The ratio may have come down in recent years on average, but for a few days last week the Canadian grain […]
Last October during the U.S. government shutdown I argued Canada needed some form of debt ceiling legislation. Right now, debt just increases every time we approve the federal budget. People spend the budget process fixated on items like niche tax credits without stopping to think of how much the overall package increases our debt. Many […]
Ezra Levant’s libel trial could have been settled long ago — if the two sides had cut each other some slack
At one point, the judge begged, “Please be quiet.” At another, she said wearily, “Can I ask you both to stop?” Ontario Superior Court Judge Wendy Matheson was addressing the witness and the lawyer questioning him, respectively the right-wing pundit Ezra Levant and Brian Shiller, the lawyer from the Toronto firm of Ruby & Shiller, […]
Dear Barack Obama, Stephen Harper et al.: We sense Vladimir Putin is making you angry. Even worse, we sense that he is – once again – making you look like a band of powerless eunuchs. As he did over Syria. As he did with Edward Snowden. As he did with his gay-hating laws leading up […]Read More
Drake and Rihanna have been acting like a “loved-up couple” behind closed doors. The ‘Take Care’ rapper is rumored to have rekindled his romance with the Bajan beauty – who he was first linked to in 2009 – and though they have mostly kept their union private, they were spotted out together in London restaurant […]