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Potential candidates question fairness of Markham-Thornhill Liberal nomination as Trudeau aide runs

Feb 20 2017 — Abbas Rana — Concerned that a top political aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is running for the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Markham-Thornhill, Ont., some potential candidates are reconsidering their plans and questioning if the contest is going to be a fair fight. Liberal sources told The Hill Times that potential candidates are hoping to […]

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Russia Compiles ‘Psychological Portrait of Trump.’ Here’s What It Says.

Feb 20 2017 — — A dossier on Donald Trump’s psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser. Trump “doesn’t understand fully who is Mr. Putin — he is a tough guy,” former Deputy Foreign […]

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Mulroney draws praise for Canada, Trudeau from Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Feb 19 2017 — Robert Fife — U.S. President Donald Trump expressed effusive praise for Canada and Justin Trudeau Saturday night after Brian Mulroney got a standing ovation for singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling during a cancer benefit at the U.S. President’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. It’s the same song the former Progressive Conservative prime minister sang together with […]

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He’s ‘moving on,’ but campaign to keep Mulcair leader picks up steam as NDP grassroots call ousting unfair

Feb 20 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Amid a leadership race with few candidates, there is a growing grassroots movement in the federal New Democratic Party to try convince leader Tom Mulcair to again run for the job he has resigned. However, calling the movement “heartening after a tough year,” and saying “not a day goes by” where he doesn’t receive messages […]

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Who will save the Conservative Party from self-destruction?

Feb 19 2017 — Kelly McParland — At some point pretty soon, some high-ranking, thoughtful Tory – if such a thing is out there – has to step back, survey the Conservative landscape and call a halt to the party’s self-destruction. As in: “Hold on, what are we doing here? This is nuts. Let’s try again, from the beginning. All together now: […]

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How the government is trying to save the ‘birthplace’ of Canada

Feb 20 2017 — Chris Hannay — On Sept. 1, 1864, as Islanders tell it, some Central Canadians got off a steamship, crashed a Charlottetown party and formed a nation. The Central Canadians included future prime minister John A. Macdonald, his political opponent George Brown and prominent French-Canadian George-Étienne Cartier. The party was a conference of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince […]

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Liberal MP Murray quietly recruiting other Grit MPs to ensure $6.8-billion Kinder Morgan pipeline follows all conditions

Feb 20 2017 — Abbas Rana — A senior British Columbia Liberal MP, who did not want the government to approve the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline, is holding discussions with other Liberal MPs from the province to put in place a monitoring system to ensure that all 157 conditions required by the government in the construction of the pipeline are […]

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A quarter of Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll shows

Feb 20 2017 — Peter Zimonjic — A significant minority of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high and one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban. Those are just two of the findings in a new Angus Reid Institute poll that looked at Canadian’s attitudes toward the federal government’s handling […]

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CPC leadership contenders rile crowd at Rebel event opposing M-103

Feb 16 2017 — Ainslie Cruickshank — As most members of Parliament debated a Liberal MP’s motion denouncing Islamophobia in the House of Commons Wednesday evening, four Conservative leadership contenders took their opposition on the road to Toronto. There they riled a hundreds-strong crowd gathered at the Canada Christian College. The majority in attendance were middle aged, but there were a number […]

After casting his ballot for the upcoming Ward 12 byelection, Edmonton-Mill Woods MP and former city councillor, Amarjeet Sohi speaks to media outside the Meadows Community Recreation Centre, 2704 17 St. in Edmonton, AB on Monday, February 8, 2016. TREVOR ROBB/Edmonton Sun/ Postmedia Network

Conservative MPs laugh at Amarjeet Sohi’s past as ETS bus driver

Feb 16 2017 — — A federal cabinet minister who learned to deal with the public while driving an Edmonton transit bus was laughed at this week in the House of Commons, apparently for that very reason. Amarjeet Sohi, the minister of infrastructure and Liberal MP for Edmonton Mill Woods, rose in the house Tuesday to speak about transportation. He […]

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Leitch surges in latest Mainstreet Tory leadership poll

Feb 17 2017 — BJ Siekierski — Kellie Leitch is now the first choice for over one-fifth of Conservative party members, passing Maxime Bernier and nipping at the heels of an increasingly polarizing Kevin O’Leary campaign, according to the latest iPolitics CPC Leadership Tracker — powered by Mainstreet Research. Mainstreet reached 804 members between February 9 and 12 and found — with […]

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Brian Mulroney sings for Donald Trump

Feb 19 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney and musician David Foster made for an unlikely Canadian duo to entertain Donald Trump and guests at his Florida estate Saturday night. With Foster, the famed songwriter and producer, on the keyboards, Mulroney took to the stage and performed, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” to an audience that included Trump. […]

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Potential candidates question fairness of Markham-Thornhill Liberal nomination as Trudeau aide runs

Feb 20 2017 — Abbas Rana — Concerned that a top political aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is running for the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Markham-Thornhill, Ont., some potential candidates are reconsidering their plans and questioning if the contest is going to be a fair fight. Liberal sources told The Hill Times that potential candidates are hoping to […]

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Mulroney draws praise for Canada, Trudeau from Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Feb 19 2017 — Robert Fife — U.S. President Donald Trump expressed effusive praise for Canada and Justin Trudeau Saturday night after Brian Mulroney got a standing ovation for singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling during a cancer benefit at the U.S. President’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. It’s the same song the former Progressive Conservative prime minister sang together with […]

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The centre cannot hold: Canada faces a populist eruption

Feb 14 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Now that Justin Trudeau has taken the first steps into President Donald Trump’s circle of trust, he may want to turn his attention back to serious trust issues back here in Canada. A new, international “trust index” released today contained some troubling news for the prime minister and his Liberal brand: Canadians’ trust in government […]

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Senior Trump appointee fired after criticism

Feb 19 2017 — — A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers. Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked […]

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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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Ambrose took holiday on billionaire’s yacht

Feb 3 2017 — Stephen Maher and BJ Siekierski — Rona Ambrose was vacationing in the Caribbean on a billionaire’s yacht while her colleagues back in Canada were attacking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his holiday trip to the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean island, iPolitics has learned. Ambrose and her partner, businessman J.P. Veitch, spent Jan. 3-14 on the yacht of energy mogul and Calgary […]

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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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CPC leadership contenders rile crowd at Rebel event opposing M-103

Feb 16 2017 — Ainslie Cruickshank — As most members of Parliament debated a Liberal MP’s motion denouncing Islamophobia in the House of Commons Wednesday evening, four Conservative leadership contenders took their opposition on the road to Toronto. There they riled a hundreds-strong crowd gathered at the Canada Christian College. The majority in attendance were middle aged, but there were a number […]

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How the Star got its O’Leary poll story dead wrong

Jan 25 2017 — Paul Adams — It isn’t always the polls getting it wrong. Sometimes it’s the journalists. Here’s a newsflash: The polls in the election that delivered us Donald Trump weren’t the problem. The journalists and commentators who reported on them — they were the problem. You won’t hear that from most of the media, of course. In fact, these […]

After casting his ballot for the upcoming Ward 12 byelection, Edmonton-Mill Woods MP and former city councillor, Amarjeet Sohi speaks to media outside the Meadows Community Recreation Centre, 2704 17 St. in Edmonton, AB on Monday, February 8, 2016. TREVOR ROBB/Edmonton Sun/ Postmedia Network

Conservative MPs laugh at Amarjeet Sohi’s past as ETS bus driver

Feb 16 2017 — — A federal cabinet minister who learned to deal with the public while driving an Edmonton transit bus was laughed at this week in the House of Commons, apparently for that very reason. Amarjeet Sohi, the minister of infrastructure and Liberal MP for Edmonton Mill Woods, rose in the house Tuesday to speak about transportation. He […]

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Trump, Trudeau strike conciliatory note in joint statement

Feb 13 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have issued a joint statement on shared priorities that suggests the first face-to-face meetings between the two leaders have gone well. The lengthy statement indicates the two sides have agreed to work on improving labour mobility and trade across the Canada-U.S. border, expand preclearance agreements to […]

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Kellie Leitch’s campaign manager, mastermind behind her ‘Canadian values’ campaign, resigns

Feb 2 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is down a campaign manager. Longtime conservative organizer Nick Kouvalis announced with a Facebook post Thursday evening he is resigning his position “because it has become clear that I have become a distraction to the campaign.” “When a member of a campaign team becomes the focus of media coverage, the […]

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Trudeau abandons promise to change voting system in time for 2019 election

Feb 1 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections. In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform — once top of mind for the Liberal government — is no longer on the agenda. “Changing the […]

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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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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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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 […]