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NDP MP regrets telling Trudeau about harassment allegations

Nov 27 2014 — Laura Stone

The NDP MP who accused Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti of having sex without her “explicit consent” says she now regrets telling Liberal leader Justin Trudeau about the allegations. In an interview with Global News, the MP said she wishes Trudeau handled the allegations against Pacetti and Liberal MP Scott Andrews differently. The Liberal leader kicked […]

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An Ontario judge who heard a defamation lawsuit against Sun News Network host Ezra Levant ruled Thursday that the controversial media personality libelled a Saskatchewan lawyer in a series of blog posts the judge said were “motivated by malice.” Justice Wendy Matheson ordered Levant to pay $80,000 in damages to Khurrum Awan and remove “defamatory […]

Nov 27 2014 — Allan Woods

There is not much that surprises the aging Italian residents of Montreal’s Saint-Léonard neighbourhood. Gangland Mafia wars, corruption schemes and the federal sponsorship scandal have all been tied, justifiably or not, to the working-class quarter in the city’s north end that these people call home. Rightly or wrongly, the newest allegations of sexual misconduct against […]

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An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday, meaning the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1. In denying the company’s request to extend the injunction to Dec. 12, the judge also ruled […]

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice agree concerns raised by Central Canada over the Energy East pipeline project cannot deteriorate into “an east versus west” debate. Wynne and Prentice talked briefly today to discuss the seven principles that Ontario and Quebec say they want considered in the approval process for […]

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MPs to develop their own Code of Conduct on harassment

Nov 27 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Members of Parliament have launched a study to set a Code of Conduct for themselves on harassment and devise a policy on how to treat complaints. The Commons’ Procedure and House Affairs Committee will begin its work next week. The move comes after three weeks of embarrassing publicity for federal politicians over allegations by two […]

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52 First Nations risk losing funding for not complying with transparency law

Nov 27 2014 — Susana Mas

The government has revised its list of First Nations that have not complied with new transparency rules that require them to post their financial statements online for the last fiscal year, leaving the names of 52 bands on its website after initially publishing 55. The names of Taykwa Tagamou Nation and Neskantaga First Nation in […]

Nov 27 2014 —

MP Scott Andrews’ suspension from the Liberal caucus for alleged misconduct is a delicate subject in his Newfoundland riding where local mayors, political organizers and several residents declined to be interviewed. Others in the pretty oceanfront enclaves of Conception Bay South said they don’t know enough detail to get into what they called one very […]

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Nov 27 2014 —

Media magnate Pierre Karl Peladeau is entering the Parti Quebecois leadership race in a move that could eventually have major consequences on national politics. Peladeau made the announcement in Montreal today in response to a question from a university student as to whether he was going to seek the leadership. He then repeated his comment […]

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Nov 27 2014 —

House of Commons guards will now all carry guns, and eventually be merged with Senate security, after last month’s shooting on Parliament Hill. The move to arm the guards was revealed during a committee appearance Thursday by House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers and other House officials.

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Nov 27 2014 —

The Conservative government is trying to quash a finding of the federal integrity commissioner concerning alleged wrongdoing within the RCMP. In a notice of application, the government is asking the Federal Court to set aside an Oct. 31 decision of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner’s office. The notice says the commissioner’s office began investigating last […]

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Nov 27 2014 — Jorge Barrera

A former intelligence officer’s allegations that Canada’s spy agency routinely ignores law-breaking by its operatives needs to be investigated, say opposition MPs. NDP MP Randall Garrison, the party’s public safety critic, said the RCMP is in the best position to investigate the allegations made by former spy Danny Palmer, a 12-year veteran of the Canadian […]

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Sex scandal having severe repercussions on Parliament Hill

Nov 27 2014 — Tim Harper

It’s sometimes impossible to shake the notion that we are working in a giant frat house on the Rideau. That’s not fair to the vast majority of MPs who come to this town to work, but they’ve been in this game long enough to know that perception in politics is everything. Business is still getting […]

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Why do the Conservatives treat veterans so poorly?

Nov 27 2014 — Bruce Anderson

Canadian governments have piled up more than a trillion dollars in debt, money borrowed to provide services to citizens. Being penny-wise and pound-foolish doesn’t come naturally to most politicians. That’s just one reason why the Conservatives’ dismal management of their relationship with veterans is causing people to scratch their heads. This government wouldn’t lose a […]

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The time for creating a Canadian LNG industry is now

Nov 26 2014 — Barry Munro and Gary L. Zed

There has been plenty of public debate recently, in government and financial circles, about whether British Columbia and Canada will ever enter the global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) game. The sector’s first movers, PETRONAS and its partners, are on the verge of making a final investment decision that is destined to mark a historic step […]

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Central Canadians should be prepared to freeze in the dark

Nov 27 2014 — Barry Cooper

Insufficient pipeline access to tidewater for Alberta crude costs the Canadian government more than $7 billion a year in revenue. To the west, a toxic combination of largely American-funded ideological enviros, who have alarmed already resentment-filled aboriginals, has temporarily stopped the Northern Gateway pipeline. They have slowed the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (along […]

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Pipeline politics could fuel talk of Alberta separation

Nov 27 2014 — David Marsden

Few people are indifferent to the prospect of global warming, but that doesn’t mean that greenhouse gas emissions should cloud the debate over construction of new pipelines. Unless we’re going to ban automobiles and other forms of transportation, such as buses and jets, the focus should be on reducing the amount of emissions that are […]

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Sex on the Hill, theatre of the absurd

Nov 27 2014 — Margaret Wente

Here’s the scene: One of your colleagues is a married guy. You both play on a recreational sports team. One day after a game, he asks you back to his hotel for a drink. (He commutes to work from another city.) He makes clear that he wants to have sex with you, but you don’t […]

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Don’t expect misconduct allegations to be cleared up soon

Nov 27 2014 — Chantal Hébert

In the matter of the alleged sexual misconduct that led Justin Trudeau to suspend two male MPs earlier this month, the ball is no longer solely in the Liberal leader’s court. But where it will ultimately land is anybody’s guess. By laying out her allegations in the media, one of the NDP complainants kicked the […]

Nov 27 2014 — Rosie DiManno

Jian Ghomeshi has been a rock musician. He’s been a media celebrity in the admittedly low wattage firmament occupied by Canadian entertainment luminaries. Now he knows how it feels to be a megastar — fallen. And he would have known, from his career vantage point on the other side of the curtain, what to expect […]

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Bill Cosby, under oath, says he gave tabloid exclusive in 2005, had accuser’s story spiked

Nov 27 2014 —

Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser’s story. Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby’s deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he […]