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Liberal-friendly diplomat’s new job pays above scale, but is he worth it?

Aug 22 2017 — Chris Hall — Gerald Butts is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser, making him arguably the second most influential person in this Liberal government given his regular involvement with the PM on the most sensitive and important files. So when Butts took to Twitter on Monday to defend the government’s decision to pay his friend Rana Sarkar, the […]

Gerald Butts defends new consul-general Rana Sarkar’s salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aide Gerald Butts took to Twitter to defend the appointment of his friend to a diplomatic post in San Francisco at a pay rate nearly double the official salary scale, arguing his compensation is in line with others the Liberals have recruited from outside the government – and that they […]

Canada, Mexico shrug off Trump threat to blow up NAFTA

Aug 23 2017 — — Donald Trump’s sudden threat to blow up NAFTA less than a week into its renegotiation isn’t drawing much of a response from the other North American countries, which are downplaying his remarks. Canada and Mexico are saying it’s a predictable event in the course of a trade negotiation. Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs […]

Memo to CPC brass — there’s more than one way to be a Tory

Aug 22 2017 — Andrew MacDougall — Nobody likes it when an outsider makes observations about the family dynamic, especially when the family is going through a rough patch. And so it is with the members of the Conservative family who, judging by the reaction to a recent Hill Times article detailing efforts by self-described progressive conservatives to pull the party back […]

The Rebel up for a bit of reboot, says outlet founder Ezra Levant

Aug 22 2017 — — The founder of the online news site The Rebel admits its content and management need more oversight in the wake of a string of controversies. One reporter was fired, another founder quit and two other contributors resigned last week after the outlet came under intense criticism for its coverage of deadly protests in Virginia. While […]

Conservatives prepare to ‘ramp up’ campaign against Morneau’s tax-reform plan

Aug 22 2017 — Brian Platt — As protests grow from business groups over the government’s proposed tax crackdown on private corporations, the Conservatives are getting ready to launch their own campaign against it. Lisa Raitt, the Conservative Party’s deputy leader under Andrew Scheer, says she’s been deep in discussions with doctors and small business owners over the government’s tax plan, and […]

Why Kathleen Wynne just won’t quit

Aug 21 2017 — Martin Regg Cohn — Sign of the times: Journalists get a heads up that the premier will address her MPPs at a normally closed caucus meeting the next day. Immediately, reflexively, every editor in town assumes it’s a resignation story, sending reporters into a feeding frenzy. Proof, as ever, that people don’t pay attention to Queen’s Park.

Rebel Media meltdown: Faith Goldy fired as politicians, contributors distance themselves

Aug 18 2017 — — Rebel Media, the far-right news organization that Ezra Levant built from the remnants of the Sun News Network, appeared in near total meltdown on Thursday, losing more high-profile contributors, facing accusations of financial mismanagement and being shunned by leading conservative politicians as the shock of the Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests reverberated through Canada.

Liberal-named consul-general Rana Sarkar to make nearly double office’s official salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — The well-connected former Liberal candidate who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to a plum diplomatic posting in San Francisco is being paid nearly twice as much as the job’s official salary rate. Rana Sarkar, a long-time Liberal who is close to Mr. Trudeau’s top aide, principal secretary Gerald Butts, was named consul-general to […]

Unsuccessful Conservative leadership candidate, Hill staffers poised for battle in Ambrose’s former riding

Aug 21 2017 — Abbas Rana — Two more candidates threw their hats in the ring last week to seek the Conservative Party nomination in the coveted and safe Alberta riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland vacated by outgoing interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose last month. Businessman and former Conservative Party leadership candidate Rick Peterson and Hill staffer Dane Lloyd told The Hill Times […]

A Trump meltdown for the ages

Aug 15 2017 — — It was like watching a human Twitter feed. A combative and unrestrained President Donald Trump opened his authentic political soul, in possibly the most memorable news conference in presidential history, that is certain to become a defining moment of his administration.

Bannon: ‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.’

Aug 18 2017 — — With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump in his unlikely path to election, a new phase of the Trump presidency begins. Given Trump’s nature, what comes next will hardly be conventional, but it may well be less willfully disruptive […]

The Conservative Party wrings its hands on condemning The Rebel

Aug 16 2017 — Justin Ling — A statement from the Conservative Party distancing itself from the controversial alt-right Rebel Media has been shown to Andrew Scheer, the party’s leader, but has yet to be released. It’s not clear whether Scheer, who has been interviewed by the controversial opinion site on four different occasions, is uncomfortable with the move, or whether the […]

Gerald Butts defends new consul-general Rana Sarkar’s salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aide Gerald Butts took to Twitter to defend the appointment of his friend to a diplomatic post in San Francisco at a pay rate nearly double the official salary scale, arguing his compensation is in line with others the Liberals have recruited from outside the government – and that they […]

A Trump meltdown for the ages

Aug 15 2017 — — It was like watching a human Twitter feed. A combative and unrestrained President Donald Trump opened his authentic political soul, in possibly the most memorable news conference in presidential history, that is certain to become a defining moment of his administration.

Tension between The Rebel and conservatives erupts anew

Aug 15 2017 — — The uneasy relationship between Canadian conservatives and controversial news outlet The Rebel garnered renewed attention Tuesday after one of the site’s co-founders and two of its contributors quit over its coverage of the Charlottesville protests. Co-founder Brian Lilley said he was no longer comfortable working with an organization increasingly linked with the alt-right, the name […]

Rebel Media meltdown: Faith Goldy fired as politicians, contributors distance themselves

Aug 18 2017 — — Rebel Media, the far-right news organization that Ezra Levant built from the remnants of the Sun News Network, appeared in near total meltdown on Thursday, losing more high-profile contributors, facing accusations of financial mismanagement and being shunned by leading conservative politicians as the shock of the Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests reverberated through Canada.

Liberal-named consul-general Rana Sarkar to make nearly double office’s official salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — The well-connected former Liberal candidate who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to a plum diplomatic posting in San Francisco is being paid nearly twice as much as the job’s official salary rate. Rana Sarkar, a long-time Liberal who is close to Mr. Trudeau’s top aide, principal secretary Gerald Butts, was named consul-general to […]

House conducting investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Alberta Liberal MP Kang

Aug 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — The House chief human resources officer Pierre Parent is conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against rookie Liberal MP Darshan Kang, the Chief Government Whip’s Office confirmed Friday. “We were made aware of the allegations and referred them, as per the House of Commons process, to the chief human resources officer,” said Charles-Eric […]

Trudeau’s 14-seat majority could ‘easily’ be reduced to minority ‘or worse’ in 2019, say opponents

Jul 24 2017 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 14-seat majority government could “easily” be reduced to a minority or even kicked to the opposition benches in 2019, say Liberal opponents, as the margin of victory in the Liberals’ 14 tightest victories in 2015 were between 0.2 and 2.5 per cent. Pollster Greg Lyle of Innovative Research said these closely […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]