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Former Wildrose president Jeff Callaway running for UCP leadership

Aug 10 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Former Wildrose president Jeff Callaway launched his leadership bid for the United Conservative Party on Thursday by criticizing Premier Rachel Notley and former Wildrose leader Brian Jean. Callaway is the fourth entrant in the race, joining Jean, former Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer. Callaway is a senior investment adviser at […]

Mulcair calls it ‘suspicious’ Trudeau won’t recuse himself from lobbying commissioner hiring process

Jul 18 2017 — Zane Schwartz — NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is calling on Justin Trudeau to recuse himself from the selection of the next lobbying commissioner because the current one is investigating two cash-for-access fundraisers organized for the prime minister by wealthy lobbyists. “It is suspicious that Justin Trudeau won’t recuse himself from this significant decision,” said Mulcair, “especially after he […]

Justin Trudeau offers strongest defence yet of Omar Khadr settlement at Calgary Stampede

Jul 16 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Justin Trudeau offered his strongest defence yet of his government’s $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr on Saturday, saying he hopes it serves as an example to future governments. “When governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences and we hope that the message going forward to all future governments is: you can not […]

Trudeau won’t recuse himself from hiring of new lobbying watchdog despite ongoing investigations

Jul 14 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Justin Trudeau will not recuse himself from the hiring process for the next lobbying commissioner, even though the current one is investigating two fundraisers that wealthy lobbyists held for the prime minister. On Thursday Postmedia confirmed that lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd is still investigating an August 2015 fundraiser held for Trudeau by billionaire Barry Sherman, […]

Clinton lost due to poor performance among African-American, Latino and Asian voters: Canadian embassy

May 6 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election partially due to her poor performance among African-American, Latino and Asian voters, according to a report prepared by Canada’s embassy in Washington. The Nov. 11 report, sent just three days after the 2016 U.S. election, offers a detailed look at how the embassy was explaining Donald Trump’s surprise victory […]

Liberal MP hosted event for Christian group whose president says Muslims want to ‘convert all Canadians’

Apr 10 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Liberal MP Ruby Sahota hosted an event last spring with a group whose president recently accused Muslims of wanting to convert all Canadians to their faith and rule the country. During the United Christian Federation’s Last Supper on the Hill event on Parliament Hill last Easter, Brampton MP Sahota thanked the organization for its “dedication […]

Ethics watchdog won’t clarify timing around $200,000 Trudeau Foundation donation

Jan 5 2017 — Zane Schwartz — The office of Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson says it cannot answer questions about the timing of Justin Trudeau’s involvement with the Trudeau Foundation because of “confidentiality” reasons. Dawson said Trudeau wasn’t involved in the foundation in September 2014 when it started negotiating a $200,000 donation from Chinese businessmen with ties to the country’s ruling Communist […]

Conservatives call on Trudeau Foundation to ban foreign donations after 10-fold increase in three years

Dec 21 2016 — Zane Schwartz — The federal Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau Foundation to stop accepting foreign donations after a National Post analysis showed foreign donations increased ten-fold since Justin Trudeau won the Liberal leadership. “I think if the Prime Minister had the wisdom that I hope he does have, that he would tell his family foundation to stop […]

Drug company embroiled in Liberal cash-for-access controversy is still lobbying the federal government

Nov 22 2016 — Zane Schwartz — Pharmaceutical giant Apotex, whose chairman pulled out of a cash-for-access fundraiser with Finance Minister Bill Morneau earlier in November, has not backed off its lobbying of the federal government. Records released Monday by the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada show that Apotex lobbied government officials on Oct. 12 and Nov. 16. Apotex […]