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When Trudeau wants a cuppa, it’s apparently not tea he wants

Apr 25 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Next time the prime minister pops his shirt off, don’t be alarmed if his body is peppered with circular bruises. He’s just been subjecting his skin to an ancient suction treatment with questionable efficacy that’s hot with the alternative medicine crowd. Justin Trudeau, it turns out, is into “cupping.” Canada’s PM was outed as a […]

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NDP leadership aspirant Pat Stogran targets Trudeau for ‘smiling selfies and loquacious lies’

Apr 20 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Billing himself as an everyman warrior who will fight for “us commoners” against the corporate-friendly political establishment, former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran launched his campaign to lead the federal New Democratic Party on Thursday. The retired colonel and Afghan war veteran railed against the Liberals and Conservatives, who he accused of governing in their own […]

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NDP to reconsider rejected leadership candidate’s entry bid

Apr 18 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The NDP will reconsider the federal leadership bid of a Toronto man who took the party to court after it rejected his candidacy application late last year. Brian Graff, 58, had argued that the party unfairly blocked his entry into the leadership race with “no reasons or explanation,” and wanted an Ontario court to force […]

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Quebec budget contains help for newspapers

Mar 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Quebec’s budget, released Tuesday, had a little of something for everyone . . . journalists included. Among the tax reductions and financial commitments unveiled by Finance Minister Carlos Leitao was $36-million worth of promised investments to assist the troubled newspaper industry. In his budget speech, Leitao said the money was particularly aimed at helping print […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]