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Danielle Smith says sorry on Facebook

Jan 24 2015 —

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says she should have waited to hear from Albertans before she and other caucus members crossed the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives. Smith took to Facebook on Saturday to say she’s sorry that she “did not take more time to allow Albertans to consider and debate the idea […]

Jan 24 2015 — James Munson

The Prime Minister’s Office has expressed interest in a First Nations-led plan to build a new seaport and railroad across northern Ontario to the Ring of Fire mineral deposit, an election-year effort that would rival Premier Kathleen Wynne’s own designs for the region. The Mushkegowuk Council and TGR Rail Company are preparing a joint purchase… […]

Jan 24 2015 —

Legendary figure skater Toller Cranston has died. He was 65. A Skate Canada spokesperson says Cranston was found dead at his home in Mexico this morning. There’s no immediate word on the cause of death. Cranston won Olympic bronze at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck and was a six-time national champion. Cranston, who spent […]

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Remaking Thomas Mulcair

Jan 24 2015 — Paul Wells

On Jan. 15, Tom Mulcair strode into a committee room in Parliament’s Centre Block, beaming. NDP MPs sat in photogenic rows behind him. More were arrayed in front. A huge Maple Leaf flag hung from the rear wall. TV news cameras recorded Mulcair’s remarks, teleprompters in his line of sight but hidden from the cameras’ […]

Jan 24 2015 — Kathryn May

Federal public service unions are changing the channel on a round of bargaining that was expected to be a nasty fight over sick-leave benefits, instead tabling demands for integrity, transparency and wellness in the workplace. The unions, led by the giant Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Professional Institute of the Public Service […]

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Jan 24 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

Russia’s new ambassador in Ottawa says his country will not go “begging” for better relations with Canada, even though the two countries need each other to protect the Arctic and fight terrorism. In an interview with the Citizen, Russian Ambassador Alexander Darchiev said his country wants to re-open lines of communication with Ottawa after relations […]

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Jan 24 2015 —

Justin Trudeau wrapped up his two day visit to the Windsor area Thursday with a tour of the Ford engine plant and meetings with the city’s mayor and chamber of commerce. The Liberal leader was asked if his party would support an auto strategy. But it was an idea Trudeau would not commit to. “Right […]

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Jan 24 2015 — Matt McClure

Faced with mounting bills from natural disasters like the 2013 floods in Alberta, the federal government is making provinces shoulder more of the burden when calamity strikes. Public Safety Canada is tripling the dollar threshold on claims under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements to reflect 50 per cent of the inflation that has occurred over […]

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Trudeau’s wrong, again

Jan 25 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Today let’s deconstruct the silliness of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s claim U.S. President Barack Obama would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline by now if Prime Minister Stephen Harper had put a price on industrial carbon dioxide emissions. First, the U.S. has never put a price on its emissions so it’s clearly not a priority […]

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Tax system needs a good cleanup

Jan 25 2015 — Carol Goar

According to the Fraser Institute, which takes a dim view of tax credits, Stephen Harper has created 68 new ones since taking office. According to Employment Minister Jason Kenney, who never met a tax break he didn’t like, the prime minister has doled out $3,400 to the average family in credits, deductions, shelters and exemptions. […]

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Hypocrisy marks our relationship with Saudi Arabia

Jan 25 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

The king is dead. Long live the king. That’s so in Saudi Arabia as well. The transition from King Abdullah to King Salman on Friday was smooth, as it always is at the death of the monarch there. Whatever the internal differences in the ruling House of Saud, the world never hears about them, the […]

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Free pass for the House of Saud

Jan 25 2015 — Adrienne Batra

One of Shakespeare’s famous quotes about Julius Caesar seems appropriate in light of the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” The focus of his peers abroad is on the good Abdullah did, the bad — perhaps deliberately — […]

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Don Cherry for the Order of Canada

Jan 25 2015 — Rex Murphy

As he toils toward the crest of his eighth decade, does Don Cherry feel a chill? Does he ever have the slightly cold feeling that despite all he’s done, all he is, all he has been, that the recognition of his place in the life and spirit of Canada hasn’t really been acknowledged? I suspect […]

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Defending self-defence

Jan 25 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Self-defence is legal in Canada. So how come police and Crown prosecutors keep charging victims who have the courage to fight back against their attackers? Two weeks ago I wrote about Michael Woodard, a 68-year-old from Honeydale, N.B. On Dec. 19, Woodard found three burglars in his remote home, a 20-minute drive down a gravel […]

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Kerry’s grotesque love letter

Jan 25 2015 — Ezra Levant

When Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, the U.S. sent no senior dignitaries to her funeral. Next to Winston Churchill, Thatcher was the most consequential prime minister the U.K. had in a century, and she was an indispensable ally to the U.S., in the Cold War and the first Gulf War too. But the only representative […]

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