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Timing of Peter MacKay’s departure politically damaging

May 30 2015 — Evan Solomon

Even senior Conservative ministers, still reeling from an announcement most did not see coming, could not spin this one: losing Justice Minister Peter MacKay leaves a big hole in their party. “I’m sure our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee and talking about sinking ships and deck chairs on the Titanic and whatever other […]

May 29 2015 — John Paul Tasker

At least 6,000 aboriginal children died while in the residential school system, says Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sinclair, who has been tasked with studying the legacy of the residential schools, says that the figure is just an estimate and is likely much higher. Residential schools were established in […]

May 30 2015 — Sean Fine

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s assertion that Canada attempted “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples is launching a debate on whether Canada has sugar-coated its history, failing to confront the magnitude of the harm it has done to aboriginals. It is also highlighting a debate about the proper role of judges. Slightly more than two […]

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Team Harper suffering from ‘image problem': Alberta professor

May 30 2015 — Kelsey Johnson

The federal Conservatives are suffering from a major “image problem,” an Alberta political science professor says – one that could hurt them in the next federal election, especially now that Alberta has elected an NDP government. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives “are in trouble” said Professor Julián Castro-Rea, who teaches political science at the University […]

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Trudeau talks politics, policy and pot

May 30 2015 —

Following Friday’s press conference about opening a Vancouver Coast Guard station, Trudeau sat down with the North Shore News for a one-on-one interview regarding other issues Canadians are facing as the 2015 campaign machines kick into gear. The Liberal Party has been slow in trickling out its campaign platform so most questions about policy were […]

May 30 2015 — Kyle Bakx

For the most part, Alberta’s oil industry has been diplomatic with the NDP government in charge. But this week, one company decided to dial up the pressure on the new premier. The industry is in a holding pattern of sorts, waiting to see the policies of Rachel Notley. She’s pledging to review resource royalties, hike […]

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Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau landed on the North Vancouver waterfront Friday morning, campaigning to keep the Lower Mainland’s coastline out of the sticky mess it was in during April’s bunker fuel spill. Trudeau, flanked by his Vancouver MPs and North Shore candidates Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Jonathan Wilkinson and Terry Beech, was in town to reiterate […]

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Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservative government presented a budget to the Alberta Legislature on March 26. It was never debated in the legislature. It was never passed by the legislature. Moreover, on May 5, the PCs were soundly defeated by the NDP in a general election. Nevertheless, many of the most crucial aspects of the Prentice […]

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May 30 2015 — Ashley Csanady

The first attack ad of the 2016 presidential race goes after Republican hopeful Ted Cruz’s Canadian birthplace. Cruz was born to American parents living in Alberta, so while he’s technically a naturalized U.S. citizen, which is a requirement to run for president, he actually lived in Canada until he was four. The outrageous ad in […]

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Taxpayers take the hardest hit from attack ads

May 30 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

It’s Moron Time, again, when the political parties roll out television ads designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator of voter intelligence. As expected, because this is how they do politics, the Conservatives unveiled an attack ad against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives tried attack ads against Mr. Trudeau soon after he became […]

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Monumental folly on Ottawa, Cape Breton fronts

May 30 2015 — Dan Leger

Is there a moment in the life of every government when it decides it must, absolutely must, build a monument? Power is fleeting in a democracy, thank heavens, and governments aren’t made of concrete. But monuments are made of that sturdy stuff. They last, no matter how ugly. For prime ministers and potentates who want […]

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Why more voters might go to the polls this election day

May 29 2015 — Bruce Anderson

Every day, I run into people who are really into politics. And on Twitter and Facebook, it happens almost continuously. Some love what Stephen Harper stands for. Some believe he’s run the worst government they’ve ever seen. And some are attentive, but undecided. For them, a change may be tempting, but staying the course doesn’t […]

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Canadians still expect the prime minister to be macho

May 29 2015 — Susan Delacourt

As if to assure Canadians that they hadn’t completely deserted the political low road, Conservatives tossed in a gratuitous poke at Justin Trudeau’s appearance in their newest attack ad, released this week. “Nice hair,” says one of the panellists reviewing Trudeau’s resumé in the ad. It is not meant as a compliment. Though the tone […]

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Conservatives flog values, make desperation moves

May 30 2015 — Ralph Surette

In a rare acknowledgement that Atlantic Canada actually exists, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Truro recently to buck up support for his candidate against Bill Casey, the Liberal standard-bearer for Cumberland-Colchester. Casey’s the former Tory MP who got booted out of the Conservative party in 2007 for a principled act of opposition to one […]

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What Putin’s 86% popularity says about Russian polls

May 29 2015 — Oleh Iwanyshyn

Imagine this. You’re Russian. You’re living in a dictatorship. You get a phone call. An anonymous voice on the other end tells you it’s a poll. The question – Do you approve of Putin’s activities as President of Russia. You think to yourself. This guy holds all the power. He is ex-KGB.  And he doesn’t […]

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The deepest level of customer service hell, courtesy Hydro One

May 30 2015 — Rex Murphy

Soon after the explosive report this week by the Ontario ombudsman, dealing with Hydro One, I did a quick check of Dante’s imperishable Inferno and learned the noble Italian neglected to assign a place for corporate communications — customer complaint division. They inflict miseries on a grand scale, resign their victims to futile and wearying […]

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Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond convicted

May 30 2015 —

A former Saved by the Bell actor has been convicted of two charges after a bar fight on Christmas Day last year during which a man was stabbed. But Dustin Diamond – who played Screech – was cleared of recklessly endangering public safety by a jury in Wisconsin. Diamond had told the US court he […]

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