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‘Private interests’ in the Senate: How business conflicts are everywhere in Canada’s top legislative body

Apr 19 2014 — Theresa Tedesco and Jen Gerson

In the dry tone reserved for routine business, Senator Larry Campbell made a note for the parliamentary record: “I believe that I have a private interest that might be affected by Bill C-290.” The bill, still awaiting the Senate’s approval, would allow Canadians to bet on individual sporting events; currently, legitimate establishments allow wagers on […]

Apr 19 2014 —

YouTube video shows baggage dropped from atop staircase, airline investigating. Air Canada says it is investigating after a video that appears to show its baggage handlers dropping items from a tall staircase circulated on the internet. The short video was shot on Thursday by Dwayne Stewart of Vancouver while he was waiting to fly home […]

Apr 19 2014 — Bill Mah

The premier of Alberta and the head of TransCanada Corporation both expressed frustration at the U.S. government Friday for once again delaying a decision on the company’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline. “I am disappointed in today’s announcement of yet another delay in the regulatory approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline,” Premier Dave Hancock said […]

Apr 19 2014 — Evan Solomon

This week on The House, Evan Solomon looks into the ramifications of the RCMP’s decision to not pursue charges against Nigel Wright. What does that mean for the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff, for Mike Duffy, and for Stephen Harper? Paul Calandra, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, and Charlie Angus, the NDP’s […]


Rob Ford’s ‘cranes in the sky’ line examined by economists

Apr 19 2014 —

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says his city is “booming” since he took office and the number of construction cranes in the sky are the proof. But is counting cranes really a solid method of evaluating a city’s economy? Toronto currently has 147 high-rise buildings under construction, according the city’s chief planner name, Jennifer Keesmaat. In […]

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Only 20 applications to grow medicinal pot approved so far

Apr 19 2014 — Tonda MacCharles

The federal government has received hundreds of applications from pot producers seeking to become licensed marijuana growers under the Conservatives’ new scheme, but has processed fewer than two dozen so far. In a formal written response last week to Liberal MP Hedy Fry, Health Minister Rona Ambrose provided a snapshot of the rocky transition to […]

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New head faces challenges at Library and Archives Canada

Apr 19 2014 —

More than a year after his predecessor abruptly quit, the new head of Library and Archives Canada will arrive in June at an institution facing huge challenges over digitizing Canada’s history in an era of federal budget cuts. The federal government announced that Guy Berthiaume, president of the Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec since […]

Apr 19 2014 — Julie Van Dusen

It can be challenge enough to get politicians of different stripes to congregate happily in the same room. So how about sharing the same pool in their bathing suits — totally out of their usual element of suits and talking points, sporting goggles and flippers. “Were all a bunch of guys and girls who try […]

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Apr 19 2014 — Doug Hempstead

To be blunt, I’ve got the right name for this article. One of the largest “peaceful celebrations” in Canada happens on Parliament Hill Sunday at noon, and it has nothing to do with Easter. It’s 420 Ottawa — Fill The Hill. Thousands — as many as 10,000 — of pot smokers and pot smoker-supporters will […]

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Apr 18 2014 — Matthew Kwong

Drunken stupors, ill-advised TV interviews and lewd public statements notwithstanding, Rob Ford is no political nitwit. It would be foolish for voters to think so of Toronto’s chief magistrate, say political observers, who argue the mayor’s effectively crafted populist image could carry him through to re-election in October despite a year blighted by scandal.

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Apr 18 2014 —

PM Stephen Harper’s wife dismisses student’s remarks about missing or murdered indigenous woman. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife, Laureen Harper, was briefly interrupted during her speech at TIFF Bell Lightbox last night after a university activist demanded she take a stance on a subject she considered to be much more serious. She was just beginning […]

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Apr 18 2014 — Alexander Panetta

The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges. The American administration shrugged off a demand from the Canadian government for an immediate decision on the controversial pipeline, so that construction could begin this summer.

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Populist or elitist: Can the Harper Government be both?

Apr 19 2014 — Don Lenihan

Is the Harper Government populist or elitist? Colin Horgan thinks they have run out of ideas so they are turning to populism. Linda McQuaig finds the talk of populism odd. They are, she insists, deeply elitist. So which is it: populist or elitist? Horgan borrows his definition of populism from Andrew Coyne, who says that it is “about […]


Conservatives’ election bill wrong but not fatal

Apr 19 2014 — Tom Walkom

Yes, the Conservative government’s proposed election reform bill is wrong-headed. But take a deep breath. Its adoption will not materially hasten the end of civilization as we know it. There are deeper forces at play. New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair says the Conservative government’s decision to ram Bill C-23 through the Commons is unprecedented. […]

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Assisted suicide – the issue we can’t ignore

Apr 19 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Steven Fletcher, the Conservative MP from Winnipeg, has done Canada a service. In March, he introduced two private member’s bills to allow physician-assisted suicide. His bills rekindled the embers of a national debate. If they ever reach the Commons for a vote, attention will again be focused on an issue that refuses to go away.


Hudak, Wynne have enough to fight over

Apr 19 2014 — Mohammed Adam

What a silly and egotistical game Kathleen Wynne and Tim Hudak are playing over the gas plant cancellations, but for Ontarians watching, it is neither funny nor edifying. The two top Ontario politicians — one who is premier, and the other the Opposition leader who could be premier — are playing a game of chicken […]


Marriage Act changes fail to set trap for Wildrose

Apr 19 2014 — Graham Thomson

Well, they’ve finally caught up with the rest of the province. They must be exhausted. On Thursday, Alberta government MLAs voted to support legislation to change the preamble to the province’s Marriage Act to fall in line with a 2005 federal law that recognizes same-sex unions. For the past nine years, the provincial government has […]


Sending jets a measured response

Apr 19 2014 — Sun Media

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must do everything possible to avoid Canadian military action in eastern Europe. At the same time, we’ve got no problem with sending over six CF-18 fighter jets. We are only following our obligations as a NATO member by sending the jets to be stationed in Lask, Poland. There they will help […]


The settled science of ‘rape culture’

Apr 19 2014 — Anthony Furey

What a strange approach to a public debate. There is a subset of today’s activist movement that seems straight out of Orwell. These are the adherents of the New Activism who believe that the most pressing issue of our time is the vaguely defined phenomenon “rape culture.” You can’t object to their talking points. There […]


So long, Jim. Easter is why I know I’ll see you again

Apr 19 2014 — Preston Manning

Dear Jim: I simply can’t believe that you’re “gone”; in fact, I don’t believe it. Not sure you’ve seen all the media coverage last week, but it has been spectacular and 99 per cent positive. The best media week you’ve ever had. Remember when you were Mike Harris’s labour minister and you were castigated as […]

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Kevin Martin retires

Apr 19 2014 —

Kevin Martin was the kind of guy who marched to his own drummer. So, when he announced his retirement as a competitive curler late Friday afternoon, it was done in typical enigmatic fashion. There it was in a Sportsnet news release announcing Martin would be a broadcast analyst and official spokesman for the Grand Slam […]

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