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Trudeau’s popularity takes hit

Mar 25 2017 — Antonella Artuso — The Justin Trudeau Liberals are now trailing the Conservatives slightly after delivering a widely unpopular budget this week, a Forum Research poll shows. Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said there were several items that drew a strong negative response in Thursday’s budget and that added up to a drop in popular support for […]

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Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

Mar 26 2017 — David Cochrane — The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne […]

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O’Leary will start first, but maybe not finish first

Mar 26 2017 — Jim Warren — Many pundits and commentators are ready to anoint Conservative frontrunner Kevin O’Leary as the next leader of the party and Leader of the Opposition. If O’Leary has signed up enough new party members to win the race on the first ballot then they will be right. But the election to be the new leader of […]

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10 key promises Trudeau has broken since becoming PM

Mar 26 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Given that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once said budgets balance themselves, it’s perhaps not surprising his major broken election promises to date are in the areas of tax cuts and government spending. Indeed, after 16 months in office, Canadians have cause to be concerned about where his government is headed, financially. To be sure, it’s […]

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Impeaching Trump could hurt Democrats

Mar 26 2017 — Jaime Watt — Less than three months into Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency, whispers of impeachment are becoming louder. Ladbrokes, a British bookmaker, has Trump’s odds of leaving office via impeachment or resignation before the end of his first term at 10/11. I am not a betting man, but with those odds, do not expect a large payoff. Allan […]

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Bill Morneau isn’t ruling out selling off airports

Mar 26 2017 — Laura Payton — Finance Minister Bill Morneau isn’t ruling out privatizing some of Canada’s biggest airports, even though there was no plan to do so in the 2017 federal budget. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Morneau says the government hasn’t come to any conclusion on a report that recommended the move, written […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Trudeau’s popularity takes hit

Mar 25 2017 — Antonella Artuso — The Justin Trudeau Liberals are now trailing the Conservatives slightly after delivering a widely unpopular budget this week, a Forum Research poll shows. Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said there were several items that drew a strong negative response in Thursday’s budget and that added up to a drop in popular support for […]

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Global Affairs bans use of life-size cardboard cut-outs of Justin Trudeau

Mar 20 2017 — — Justin Trudeau may still be a big draw on the international circuit, but his cardboard stand-ins have fallen flat. Global Affairs has instructed diplomatic missions in the United States to stop using life-size cardboard cut-outs of the prime minister to promote Canada. The order follows the revelation last week that prime ministerial replicas turned up […]

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Leitch slides, O’Leary gains in Conservative Leadership Index

Mar 23 2017 — Eric Grenier — Kellie Leitch is falling back and Kevin O’Leary is moving forward in their bids to lead the Conservative Party, according to the latest update to the Conservative Leadership Index. Fellow contenders Andrew Scheer and Erin O’Toole also improved their standings in the index thanks to some key political endorsements. The index is a composite of […]

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Justin Trudeau’s trip to Aga Khan’s Bahamas island cost more than $127K

Mar 21 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial family vacation to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan cost Canadian taxpayers more than $127,000, including thousands of dollars in per diems for government employees who also made the trip.. According to documents tabled in the House of Commons, overtime and shift differentials alone for […]

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The accidental takedown of the NDPs Thomas Mulcair

Mar 14 2017 — Alex Boutilier — A stunned silence blanketed the room at the Edmonton convention centre. Did they hear that right? The vote was 52 to 48 for a leadership review. Thomas Mulcair had lost his bid to lead the New Democrats into the 2019 election. A small group cheered, but mostly people just milled around, exchanging shocked glances, trying […]

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Trudeau’s popularity takes hit

Mar 25 2017 — Antonella Artuso — The Justin Trudeau Liberals are now trailing the Conservatives slightly after delivering a widely unpopular budget this week, a Forum Research poll shows. Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said there were several items that drew a strong negative response in Thursday’s budget and that added up to a drop in popular support for […]

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Freeland knew her grandfather was editor of Nazi newspaper

Mar 8 2017 — Robert Fife — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland that vilified Jews during the Second World War. Ms. Freeland’s family history has become a target for Russian forces seeking to discredit one of Canada’s highly placed defenders […]

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Here’s why I never reported sexual harassment while working in Parliament

Mar 13 2017 — Beisan Zubi — Beisan Zubi has worked on Parliament Hill in research and communications capacities. She is currently a social media specialist at an international research institute. My heart should have warmed last week as I watched the Daughters of the Vote take over the Canadian Parliament, speaking about inclusion and representation and standing up to the hateful […]

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The Rebel Hits a New Low

Mar 14 2017 — Michael Coren — The April edition of The Walrus features a cover story by Peter Norman detailing his close encounters with Ezra Levant, self-appointed “commander” of the surging online right-wing media outlet known as The Rebel—a site that specializes in Islamophobia, climate-change “skepticism,” and polemics against feminism and lgbtq rights. So influential has The Rebel become among hardcore […]

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Emmanuella Lambropoulos stuns Liberals to win nomination to replace Stephane Dion

Mar 9 2017 — — A 26-year-old high school teacher virtually unknown to politics bested a former provincial cabinet minister Wednesday to win the Liberal party nomination for the April federal by-election in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent riding. Emmanuella Lambropoulos and her team couldn’t hold back their surprise at beating the woman considered to be the Liberal party favourite, Yolande James. “I’m […]

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Liberal candidates revolt in Markham-Thornhill as retroactive deadline seen as favouring top Trudeau aide Ng

Feb 27 2017 — Abbas Rana — Two candidates seeking the federal Liberal nomination in the vacant Markham-Thornhill, Ont., riding are crying foul over the party’s handling of the nomination process, saying the party is “doing everything they can” to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s director of appointments, Mary Ng, elected as the candidate in next weekend’s nomination meeting. “Mary Ng is […]

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Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]

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Caroline Mulroney Lapham could be Tories’ heir apparent

Dec 13 2015 — Christina Blizzard — She’s beautiful, fluently bilingual and well-educated. And she’s Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare. Caroline Mulroney Lapham, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is the best choice to be the new leader of the federal Conservative party, many Tory insiders believe. Like Trudeau, she has an impeccable political pedigree and is glamorous. She’s also very […]

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Andrew Coyne v The National Post

Oct 17 2015 — Jesse Brown — Postmedia newspapers have been running variations of the same Harper endorsement all day. But as the Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons publicly confirmed, pumping the Conservatives was management’s call. Regardless of what Postmedia’s reporters, columnists, editors (or readers) think, endorsements are a publisher’s decision, and Posties know Paul Godfrey was always going to force a Harper […]

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Tory MP Eve Adams switches to Liberals, brings backing from Harper loyalist

Feb 9 2015 — Joan Bryden — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals scored a two-fer Monday. Well-connected Toronto-area Conservative MP Eve Adams crossed the floor to sit with the Liberals. And insiders said her surprise defection has the support of her fiance, former top Conservative operative Dimitri Soudas — long considered one of Stephen Harper’s fiercest loyalists and an architect of the Tories’ re-election […]

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Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

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Chrystia Freeland takes over Foreign Affairs as Trudeau shuffles cabinet

Jan 10 2017 — — Chrystia Freeland has been appointed Canada’s new minister of foreign affairs in a shakeup of the federal Liberal cabinet. But the future of the man she is succeeding is unclear. Freeland, who leaves the international trade portfolio, replaces veteran MP Stéphane Dion. Sources told CBC News Dion was offered the position as Canada’s ambassador to […]

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Only 1 suspect in deadly Quebec mosque shooting, police say

Jan 29 2017 — — Police arrested 2 men after killings inside Quebec City mosque, but now say 1 is considered witness. Quebec provincial police now say only one of the two men arrested Sunday night following the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque is a suspect in the attack. Quebec provincial police now say only one of the […]

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Senator Patrick Brazeau in critical but stable condition in Gatineau hospital

Jan 19 2016 — — Senator Patrick Brazeau is recovering in hospital following surgery after he was found seriously injured in his home last night, according to officials at a hospital in Gatineau, Que. Police and paramedics were called to Brazeau’s home in Mayo, Que., northeast of Ottawa, just after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, sources told CBC News. He […]