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‘Zero chance’ of a cabinet shuffle this summer, senior official says

Jun 24 2017 — David Cochrane — As cabinet ministers head back to their ridings this summer, a senior government official says they can do so secure in the knowledge that they won’t be shuffled out of their job before Parliament resumes sitting this fall. Despite rumours of prorogation as the Liberal government nears the midway point of its mandate, the official […]

The most popular political Facebook group in Ontario targets Kathleen Wynne

Jun 24 2017 — Mike Crawley — A new political force in Ontario is exploding on social media, with defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in the 2018 election as its key goal. It’s called Ontario Proud, and its Facebook page has amassed nearly 145,000 followers — more than the provincial Liberals, PCs and NDP combined. Created little more than a year […]

Andrew Scheer distances himself from Kellie Leitch’s Syrian refugee tweet

Jun 24 2017 — Laura Payton — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says party members endorsed his positive message on immigration during the leadership campaign, suggesting former leadership rival Kellie Leitch is offside with a recent comment about Syrian refugees. Last week, Leitch tweeted a link to a column about a Syrian refugee charged with beating his wife with a hockey stick. “A […]

The end of the Mansbridge Era

Jun 24 2017 — Simon Houpt — It says something about the place in the Canadian imagination occupied by Peter Mansbridge that everyday Canadians know his dual origin stories: How he got his start in broadcasting and the drama behind him landing the big chair at The National.

Scheer names rookie MP as Quebec lieutenant

Jun 24 2017 — — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has named a rookie MP as his Quebec lieutenant. Scheer announced Saturday that Alain Rayes will be his political lieutenant in the province. Rayes, who represents the riding of Richmond-Arthabaska, was elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 election.

Mnuchin to Wed Fiancee With Trudeau’s Finance Chief Among Guests

Jun 24 2017 — Josh Wingrove — Through summits, bilateral meetings and a Broadway show, Canada has fanned out across the U.S. in a push to strengthen ties with President Donald Trump’s administration. Add a wedding to the list. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and fiancee Louise Linton are due to be married Saturday in Washington, and Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and […]

In Quebec, the sovereignty issue is in deep freeze

Jun 24 2017 — Chantal Hébert — There was time not so long ago when the very notion of a federal government funding some June 24th festivities in Quebec would have raised eyebrows on both sides of the federalist-sovereigntist divide. Ottawa has long contributed to the financing of St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations in the rest of Canada, but it had abstained from associating itself […]

Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

Jun 23 2017 — — NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence says the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of Canada’s mission against ISIL, and that his […]

If an election is B.C.’s only answer, then drop the writ

Jun 24 2017 — Andrew Coyne — To the charge that she has stolen her opponents’ policies in a transparent effort to pander to public opinion, Christy Clark responds that she has stolen her opponents’ policies and is transparently pandering to public opinion. “What I’m trying to do,” the premier of British Columbia told Global News Wednesday, the day before a Speech […]

Tight Canada 150 security will mean long lineups in Ottawa

Jun 24 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — Bring water, sunscreen and a healthy dose of patience if you plan to party on Parliament Hill over the Canada Day long weekend. Police in charge of security for the Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa are warning visitors to leave their cars at home, carefully pack their bags and arrive two or three hours early. […]

Some parliamentary stars shine as one loses glow

Jun 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert — With the House of Commons adjourning for the summer, time for a look in the rearview mirror at four leading MPs who were on their game over the first half of the parliamentary year … and at one who was off. 1. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale took almost two years to come up with […]

Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

Jun 23 2017 — — NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence says the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of Canada’s mission against ISIL, and that his […]

‘Shocked,’ ‘profoundly disappointed’: Ex-clerks pan appointment process after Bosc passed over for House clerk

Jun 21 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Another Liberal government appointment has current and former Hill-goers bristling, after longtime acting House clerk Marc Bosc was passed over for the permanent position, which instead went to his counterpart in the Senate this week. A pair of former House clerks blasted the government’s decision to hold what it said was an open competition for […]

Senators defy Trudeau, propose amendments to federal budget bill

Jun 20 2017 — — A Senate committee voted Tuesday to delete a so-called escalator tax on alcohol from the federal government’s budget, defying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence that only the elected House of Commons has authority over budgetary matters. The Senate’s national finance committee passed a series of amendments to the budget implementation bill, all aimed at removing […]

Premiers’ Performance: Ball and Wynne bounce, Wall and Pallister slide

Jun 21 2017 — — Canadians appear increasingly underwhelmed by the performances of their provincial premiers. While some are taking steps back from alarmingly low approval levels, others find themselves sliding into previously unknown territory. The rest find their fortunes largely unchanged over the last quarter. It should be noted that five premiers post higher approval than last quarter in […]

Wynne’s Liberals tracking for third place in next election: Poll

Jun 20 2017 — Antonella Artuso — The Ontario Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne find themselves as unpopular as ever despite a flurry of feel-good announcements, a Forum Research poll reveals. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said the Liberals experienced a surge in popularity in May after announcing a tax on foreign buyers to cool Toronto’s sizzling housing market, but that […]

Bernier camp casts doubt on Conservative leadership vote

Jun 2 2017 — — A substantial discrepancy in the final ballot count at the Conservative leadership convention is threatening to spill into open revolt and undermine the electoral legitimacy of new leader Andrew Scheer. Followers of Maxime Bernier are raising alarm bells about the gap between the votes cast and the final number announced at last weekend’s convention, where […]

Andrew Scheer narrowly elected leader of federal Conservative party

May 27 2017 — — Andrew Scheer, a longtime Saskatchewan MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons, has been narrowly elected the new leader of the federal Conservative party. The nail-biting process of winnowing the field went down to the final 13th ballot before Scheer, 38, was declared the winner with 51 per cent of the available points, […]

New concerns emerge over Conservative leadership voting process

Jun 5 2017 — — An official from the Kellie Leitch campaign is raising new concerns over the voting process used in the recent Conservative leadership race, fuelling questions over Andrew Scheer’s razor-thin victory. Last week, members of Conservative MP Maxime Bernier’s team publicly called on the party to explain a 7,466-vote discrepancy in the final ballot count. The Conservative […]

Peter Mansbridge To Be Replaced By 3 Anchors At New ‘The National’

Jun 15 2017 — Althia Raj — Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC’s flagship national news program, “The National.” The incoming hosts will also report in the field, said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News. However, the people who will fill the high-profile positions are still being decided. “As yet, no decisions have […]

London attack: 12 arrested in Barking after van and knife incidents

Jun 3 2017 — — Twelve people have been arrested after the London terror attack which left seven people dead and 48 injured. The arrests in Barking, east London, followed a raid at a flat belonging to one of the three attackers. A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got […]

Some parliamentary stars shine as one loses glow

Jun 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert — With the House of Commons adjourning for the summer, time for a look in the rearview mirror at four leading MPs who were on their game over the first half of the parliamentary year … and at one who was off. 1. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale took almost two years to come up with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]

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 […]