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Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age. A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly […]

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Millennials, boomers meet as Conservative Party-crashers

Apr 29 2017 — — The 160-plus voters crowded into a Toronto barroom last Tuesday would seem at first to be ripe and easy pickings for the Conservative Party of Canada. The group included longtime Liberals and New Democrats who now seethe under the much-larger-than-promised deficits of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and want to test out a more right-wing politics. […]

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Alberta Conservatives edge toward merger, but who will lead?

Apr 29 2017 — Don Braid — Rumours of floor crossings. Talk of a Wildrose-PC merger agreement as early as this weekend. Alberta’s conservative world is still in turmoil, although a bit more private about it these days. The two-party merger committee held long and intense meetings Thursday and Friday. They’re trying for an agreement as soon as possible. The self-imposed deadline […]

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Liberals resume cabinet fundraisers under new rules

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Boutilier — Liberal cabinet ministers are once again hitting the fundraising circuit, but are promising to adhere to new rules after “cash-for-access” allegations turned into a scandal for the party. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr hosted a fundraiser Thursday night in Calgary, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has another scheduled for Montreal in May. Unlike the cozy […]

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Here’s a breakdown of who’s actually winning the Conservative Party leadership race

Apr 28 2017 — Justin Ling — The final stretch of the Conservative Party leadership race has begun, and it is, given the sudden departure of Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, anyone’s game, Conventional wisdom says that Maxime Bernier is now the odds-on favourite to win: The self-styled libertarian, the Albertan-from-Quebec, the enemy of supply management, the occasional alt-right-styled opponent of legislation protecting […]

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Trudeau says his dad went to bat for son Michel when he was charged with pot possession

Apr 24 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that when his late brother Michel was charged with pot possession, his father’s resources, legal network and connections helped make the charge “go away,” and that he will introduce a “process” to help other Canadians with pot-related charges after recreational marijuana becomes legal. Trudeau made the comments at a town […]

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More Now Disapprove of Trudeau Than Approve

Apr 28 2017 — — In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ amongst 1479 Canadian voters, amongst those decided and leaning, the Liberals (35%) and the Conservatives (35%) are tied. The NDP is third (17%), with the Green Party (7%) and the BQ (5%) following behind. (1%) say they support another party. Liberal support is […]

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Kevin O’Leary met with Andrew Scheer before backing Maxime Bernier

Apr 27 2017 — Susan Lunn — Kevin O’Leary praised Maxime Bernier on Wednesday as the candidate who best “mirrors” his policies, but CBC News has learned the reality TV star also held talks with another Conservative leadership candidate the night before. O’Leary had an extensive face-to-face meeting with Andrew Scheer in Toronto on Tuesday night. Multiple sources told CBC News the […]

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Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age. A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly […]

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‘Don’t touch me again’: The moment the provincial debate changed

Apr 22 2017 — — Political debates have a reputation for rattling their participants. Add NDP leader John Horgan to that list. After a strong start during the first leaders’ debate, as over the course of more than half an hour, he questioned and interrupted Liberal Leader Christy Clark for, as Horgan described it, spewing “alternative facts,” things took a […]

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Conservative MPs criticize Gilmore for floating Conservative Party shakeup, take aim at his marriage to Liberal minister

Apr 12 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — A handful of Conservative MPs are challenging Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore’s cross-country discussion tour on the state of the Conservative Party, questioning Mr. Gilmore’s motives and experience with the party. However, several well-known conservatives say Mr. Gilmore is right to warn that the rhetoric coming out of the party’s leadership race misses the mark for […]

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Investigator in Guergis case admits withholding information from MPs

Apr 21 2017 — James Munson — Senior RCMP officers pressured a private investigator to withhold information from a House of Commons committee looking into alleged wrongdoing by former Status of Women minister Helena Guergis in 2010, the investigator now alleges. Derrick Snowdy says he kept information from MPs at a Commons committee as Stephen Harper’s government was struggling with the fallout […]

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Alt-Right Ringleader Mike Cernovich Threatens to Drop ‘Motherlode’ If Steve Bannon Is Ousted

Apr 14 2017 — — A week after President Donald Trump began to publicly distance himself from White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, alt-right ringleader Mike Cernovich threatened to release a “motherlode” of stories that could “destroy marriages” if Bannon is formally let go from the administration. Cernovich made the claims that he’d release a series of “scoops” if Bannon […]

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No seats change hands in byelections, but Tories, NDP come on strong in Ontario

Apr 3 2017 — Lee Berthiaume , The Canadian Press — Upstart Conservative and New Democrat candidates gave their heavily favoured Liberal rivals a bit of a scare Monday in a pair of byelections in Ontario where some of Justin Trudeau’s policies and promises played a central role. In the Toronto-area riding of Markham-Thornhill, Liberal candidate and former PMO staffer Mary Ng pulled away from Ragavan […]

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Conservative MP Tilson tells O’Leary ‘to his face’ he won’t vacate his House seat

Apr 10 2017 — Abbas Rana — Five-term Conservative MP David Tilson informed Conservative Party leadership front-runner Kevin O’Leary at a private meeting last week that he would not vacate his seat for him if the businessman and reality-TV star won the party’s top job next month in Toronto. In an interview with The Hill Times, Mr. Tilson (Dufferin-Caledon, Ont.)—who is supporting […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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 […]