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Polling shows hydro was No. 1 concern in Ontario long before relief announced

Mar 26 2017 — — Ontario’s government learned from its own polling that the rising cost of hydro was people’s top concern 10 months before the Liberals publicly acknowledged it and announced an eight-per-cent reduction on electricity bills. The government-commissioned polling from 2013 to 2016 — examined by The Canadian Press — tells a tale of increasing distress about hydro […]

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NDP leadership candidates suggest Liberal pledge on pot going up in smoke

Mar 26 2017 — — The Liberal government’s plan to move ahead on marijuana legalization is up in smoke, NDP leadership candidates suggested during Sunday’s leadership debate in Montreal while they also addressed a range of issues affecting youth including student debt and precarious work. B.C. MP Peter Julian, one of four contenders in the race to replace Tom Mulcair […]


Canada must make tough decisions on defence spending: former NATO envoy

Mar 26 2017 — — Canada’s former ambassador to NATO says Ottawa has “to make some decisions” on defence spending given the global security situation and a recent budget that pledged almost no new money for the military. Speaking with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos this weekend, Yves Brodeur emphasized that Canada is hardly the biggest laggard in the 28-member […]


Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he doesn’t need a budget lesson from Alberta

Mar 26 2017 — — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall had some choice words this weekend for his political neighbours in Alberta, maintaining that while his government is working to bring its books back to balance, Rachel Notley and the NDP are still mired in deficit. Wall spoke with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos following the tabling of Saskatchewan’s provincial budget, […]


Did last year’s budget create 100,000 jobs? Bill Morneau can’t really say

Mar 26 2017 — — Last year, the Liberal government said its inaugural budget would help spur the creation of 100,000 jobs in Canada. But 12 months later, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is having trouble proving that it worked. In an interview with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos, Morneau was pressed about the promise in the wake of the government’s […]


Fewer Canadian travellers blocked at U.S. land border

Mar 26 2017 — — New data obtained by The Canadian Press shows fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross. Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5 per cent between October and the end of February […]

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Corruption protests held across Russia; arrests reported

Mar 26 2017 — — Russian protesters denouncing government corruption have gathered in cities across Russia and some have scuffled with police. The Sunday protests appear to be one of the largest co-ordinated outpourings of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-12 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election. The demonstrations are driven by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and focus on his recent […]


Sources: Trump learned a lesson on dealmaking

Mar 26 2017 — — Republican sources close to the White House, aides inside the Trump administration, and GOP congressional staff involved in the health care process appear to agree on one thing: President Donald Trump has received a stinging lesson on dealmaking in Washington. “He didn’t care or particularly know about health care,” a key GOP congressional aide said […]


Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 14 injured

Mar 26 2017 — — One person was killed and 14 others injured when gunfire broke out at a nightclub in Cincinnati early Sunday, police said. The shooting occurred at Cameo Night Club just after 1 a.m. ET, CNN affiliate WLWT reported. Several people are undergoing surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN. Police do not have any suspects […]


NDP leadership candidates call for a return to party’s roots

Mar 26 2017 — — In the minds of many of its followers, the NDP lost its way in the last federal election — and paid the price. Many blamed leader Thomas Mulcair for advocating centrist policies like balancing the budget without rising taxes, allowing Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to outflank them on the left by promising to run up deficits […]


Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnancy from rape and incest as ‘beauty from ashes’

Mar 25 2017 — — In defending his controversial antiabortion legislation, Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught said that even in pregnancies that result from rape or incest, “God can bring beauty from ashes.” Faught made the statement during a debate on the Oklahoma House floor earlier this week. Faught’s bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday, would outlaw abortions […]


Las Vegas Strip shooting leaves one dead and one wounded

Mar 25 2017 — — Two people were shot, one fatally, on a bus on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday, police spokesman Officer Larry Hadfield said. Hadfield said the second person shot had minor injuries and was hospitalized. The male shooting suspect is barricaded on the bus and tactical teams and negotiators are on the scene on Las Vegas […]

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Airport Privatization Opposed: Poll

Mar 25 2017 — — In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ amongst 1029 Canadian voters, (45%), a strong plurality, oppose the privatization of Canada’s airports. Just over 1-in-10 support the privatization (13%), and about a quarter (26%) are undecided. Fifteen percent do not know (15%). Opposition is characteristic of those in the highest income […]