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Youth Minister Trudeau: Is PM delivering on promises?

Feb 7 2017 — Alex Ballingall — After winning the last federal election, the fresh-faced new prime minister, the second youngest ever to assume the office, bestowed upon himself a fitting extra portfolio: minister of youth. One of his first acts was to publish mandate letters for each of his new cabinet ministers. You can read them online. They outline for all […]


Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef skipped march against Trump

Jan 24 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Canada’s status of women minister did not attend a women’s march Saturday, when thousands of people across the country protested the new U.S. president’s stance on abortion, history of sexist comments and other issues, because she had “prior commitments in her riding,” according to her office. Organized for the day after Donald Trump was sworn […]

Canadian businessman Kevin O'Leary speaks during the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, Friday, May 27, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Kevin O’Leary leads as Tories gain ground on Liberals, new poll shows

Jan 24 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Kevin O’Leary is the far-and-away front-runner for the Conservative leadership as the Opposition party gains slightly on the Liberals in overall voter preference, according to a new poll. O’Leary, the celebrity businessman who entered the Tory leadership race last week after months of signalling a potential campaign, is the top choice to lead the party […]


Ethics commissioner starts ‘preliminary review’ of Trudeau’s Aga Khan trip

Jan 12 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The ethics commissioner has started a “preliminary review” of the prime minister’s secret family vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island, as the Opposition continues to cry foul and demand a full scale conflict of interest investigation. In an email Thursday, a spokesperson from the office of ethics commissioner Mary Dawson confirmed the review had […]


Conservatives, Quebecers most biased, poll finds

Dec 19 2016 — Alex Ballingall — A majority of Conservative voters and people from Quebec — almost six in 10 — have “unfavourable feelings” for at least one religious or ethnic minority group, according to a new poll. The telephone survey by Forum Research found that, overall, 41 per cent of Canadians feel unfavourable about at least one of the following […]


Canadians ‘admire’ Prince William the most, poll shows

Sep 24 2016 — Alex Ballingall — Call him Popular Will. A new poll from Forum Research Inc. shows the favourite royal for Canadians is the Duke of Cambridge, who touches down in Victoria on Saturday for a tour of B.C. and the Yukon with the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and their cherubic kids. The poll found Prince William is the […]

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Terrorist suspect killed by RCMP bullet, family says

Aug 16 2016 — Alex Ballingall — The suspected terrorist who allegedly planned an imminent attack on a major Canadian urban centre last week was killed by a bullet after being shot twice as Mounties descended upon him outside his sister’s home, according to his family. Wayne Driver, a retired military officer whose youngest son Aaron Driver died after detonating an explosive […]


What it’s like living in Stephen Harper’s old house

Oct 19 2015 — Alex Ballingall — Most people would probably be more excited than Larry Corke. Maybe they’d scour the house for artifacts, or try to divine a reason why its prior occupant rose to political renown. But Corke and his wife Jane have lived at 57 Princess Anne Cres. for 20 years. The fact that Stephen Harper — whose fate […]