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A group of young people demonstrate against government cuts to Katimavik a national youth volunteer traing program, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday April 23, 2012 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Katimavik Youth Program Receives 11th-Hour Reprieve From Trudeau Liberals

Mar 25 2017 — Althia Raj — The federal government has granted Katimavik, the national youth volunteer program, half a million dollars — money that could keep it afloat while the Liberals decide whether to make good on Justin Trudeau’s four-year-old pledge to ensure the organization’s survival. The Huffington Post Canada has learned the federal government just granted Katimavik $499,500 under the […]

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Liberal Flirtation With Privatizing Airports Sets Off Alarm Bells

Mar 20 2017 — Althia Raj — Opposition parties, Canada’s airlines and some of the country’s major airports are sounding the alarm over the Liberal government’s interest in privatizing some of the country’s terminals and landing strips, warning it will lead to higher fees for travellers. The plan won’t be Wednesday’s budget, Huffington Post Canada has learned, but the federal government is […]

Conservative Party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier listens to presentations at a debate Monday, February 13, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Maxime Bernier Calls Kevin O’Leary A Desperate ‘Loser’ After Membership Fraud Allegations

Mar 17 2017 — Althia Raj — Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier blasted his rival Kevin O’Leary as a “loser” and a “bad candidate” after the celebrity businessman complained to the party of potential membership fraud. In a fundraising note to Conservative members Friday, Bernier called O’Leary desperate. “Kevin O’Leary is losing. He knows my campaign has raised more money, signed up […]

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Maxime Bernier Campaign Investigated For Allegedly Breaking Tory Leadership Rules

Mar 16 2017 — Althia Raj — The Conservative party is investigating allegations that leadership candidate Maxime Bernier’s campaign breached contest rules by signing up members without their knowledge, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. The claims are being levelled by fellow leadership challenger Kevin O’Leary. Reached on Thursday evening, Bernier said he had never heard of such allegations and suggested such […]

Candidate Lisa Raitt addresses a Conservative Party leadership debate Monday, February 13, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Lisa Raitt Is Still Learning French But Ready To Be Conservative Leader

Feb 21 2017 — Althia Raj — “She doesn’t speak French.” It’s the common response when Conservatives in Ottawa are asked about Lisa Raitt’s candidacy as leader of the Conservative party. Raitt would be a more formidable candidate if she had mastered both official languages. She is, after all, a former CEO of the Toronto Port Authority, the city’s first female harbourmaster, […]

Conservative Member of Parliament Deepak Obhrai speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS)

Deepak Obhrai, Tory Party Elder, Seeks Leadership And A Little Respect

Feb 12 2017 — Althia Raj — Deepak Obhrai is trying to make a point. Canada has changed. Young people and immigrants understand that, the Conservative candidate tells The Huffington Post Canada over lunch at the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill. But the Tories’ base seems unable to accept it, he suggests. “This party has to […]

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly scrums with media in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Matthew Usherwood

Liberals Won’t Bail Out Canada’s News Industry, Sources Say

Feb 7 2017 — Althia Raj — The Trudeau government won’t be bailing out Canada’s struggling news industry, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. The upcoming federal budget will include no cash to set up a civic journalism fund — as was recently recommended by the Public Policy Forum in a report commissioned by Heritage Canada, several sources confirmed.

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Kellie Leitch Says There’s Nothing Racist About Immigration Plan

Feb 2 2017 — Althia Raj — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch acknowledged Thursday that her call to screen newcomers will lead to fewer immigrants and refugees admitted to Canada — but she said there’s nothing racist about the plan. In a 2,588-word fundraising email, the Ontario MP, who was the target of protesters for her divisive language after six Quebecers were […]