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Liberals lose ground to Harper’s Conservatives: poll

Aug 21 2014 — Donovan Vincent

The federal Liberals remain ahead of the Conservatives in support, but lost ground to Prime Stephen Harper’s government, dropping from 16 points ahead last month to nine this month, according to the latest public opinion poll by Forum Research. The survey Aug. 18 and 19 of nearly 1,800 Canadian voters found that 41 per cent […]

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Alberta Tory leadership hopeful Jim Prentice says he will introduce term limits on provincial politicians if he becomes premier. Prentice says the restrictions would be three terms for members of the legislature and two terms for premier. He says the changes would be grandfathered in and would be the first of their kind in Canada. […]

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Canada’s broadcast regulator has issued broad new proposals that could dramatically alter how Canadians receive and pay for their television. The proposals issued Thursday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission include requiring cable and satellite providers to offer a basic service made up primarily of local Canadian channels.

Aug 21 2014 — Daniel Dale

Karen Stintz bowed out of the Toronto mayoral race on Thursday. “I’m announcing my decision to exit the race for mayor of Toronto,” she said at an 11 a.m. news conference. “I knew more than anyone I was in for a difficult race,” Stintz said. She decided to run because “I know how to get […]

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Stephen Harper pledges millions for cold weather technology

Aug 21 2014 — Alex Boutilier

Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off his annual northern trip in Whitehorse on Thursday morning, announcing a partnership between Yukon College and the National Research Council. The partnership will see the council invest approximately $2 million annually over eight years with Yukon College’s Cold Climate Innovation Centre. The centre specializes in the development and commercialization […]

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, shakes hands with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the premier's office in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Clement Allard

Quebec and Ontario want more infrastructure cash

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Ontario and Quebec are calling on the federal government to increase infrastructure funding because of the slower rate of economic recovery and job creation in Eastern Canada. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard say they are looking for improved and stable funding that allows provinces to determine their own infrastructure investment priorities.

Aug 21 2014 — Patrick Cain

A controversial tax deal with the United States, under which Canadian banks agree to try to find U.S. citizen clients and report them to the IRS, using the CRA as an intermediary, took effect July 1. But many dual citizens in southern Ontario aren’t waiting to be found – they’ve decided to shed U.S. citizenship. […]

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Aug 21 2014 — Brett Bundale

Former staffer landed communications gig with security forum 3 months after departure. Another former Peter MacKay staffer appears to be benefiting from a multi-million dollar federal grant awarded to a Washington, D.C., organization. Jay Paxton was communications director in the office of the minister of national defence under MacKay from 2010 to 2013, and press […]

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Aug 21 2014 — Laura Payton

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau set out a bold goal at the closing news conference of the party’s summer retreat – a majority government in 2015. That’s an extraordinary goal for a party that was near death after the 2011 election. Back then, the party was reduced to just 37 seats — about 12 per cent […]

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Aug 21 2014 — Sophia Harris

America and Canada are friends. That’s the main message Americans got from phase one of the federal government’s multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to promote Canadian oil in Washington and drum up support for the Keystone XL pipeline. That’s no surprise to some Washington-based Canada-U.S. relations experts who say the first leg of the campaign was too […]

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What would have come after a Yes

Aug 21 2014 — Paul Wells

Paul Wells on Chantal Hébert’s important new book about the 1995 referendum. A team of Saskatchewan officials worked quietly to develop contingency plans in the event of a Yes vote in the 1995 Quebec referendum — options that included Saskatchewan following Quebec out of Canada, a new book reveals. Roy Romanow, the premier of Saskatchewan […]

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An unhealthy dose of partisanship

Aug 21 2014 — Konrad Yakabuski

Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both. This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the […]

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Justin Trudeau’s political style a phenomenon to watch

Aug 20 2014 — Mark Kennedy

In the age of the selfie, he is the political king. They cluster around him. Mothers and fathers with children. Old men with canes. Teenagers with that star-struck look in their eyes. Many of them carry cell-phone cameras, and as he approaches, they ask him to pose with them. Justin Trudeau, the man who wants […]

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Chow-Tory dust-up portends nothing good

Aug 21 2014 — Marcus Gee

Yes, it’s a minor incident in a long race that has yet to begin in earnest. And, okay, it’s only Warren Kinsella, a long-time political operative notorious for his feuds and flare-ups. All the same, the Kinsella affair is bad news at a critical time for the faltering Olivia Chow campaign. We are on the […]

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To us, Tina Fontaine just another missing native kid

Aug 21 2014 — Heather Mallick

The call for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous girls and women isn’t the result of nearly 1,200 females crying out from wherever their graves may be. It isn’t history leaking blood, it is a continuing serial tragedy, and pretty little Tina Fontaine, her corpse hauled out of the Red River on the […]

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Put native women on the agenda

Aug 21 2014 — Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

When Canada’s premiers meet next week in Charlottetown, I sincerely hope they will take the time to reflect on the tragic story of Tina Fontaine. Tina is the 15-year-old Anishinabe girl whose body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River this week – the sort of occurrence repeated all too often in cities and towns across […]

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