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Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Jan 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — A member of Health Minister Jane Philpott’s staff has lost his job after he gained unauthorized access to NDP offices near Parliament Hill. Mark Livingstone inappropriately entered the New Democrats’ research office on Sparks Street around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2016, the day before the Liberal government’s one-year anniversary in power. On Nov. 8, […]

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Trump poised to ‘reverse’ seven decades U.S. foreign policy: Harper

Jan 19 2017 — — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says Donald Trump’s presidency is a major source of international uncertainty that will “reverse” seven decades of U.S. foreign policy. Harper delivers that assessment today in a speech in New Delhi, the speaking notes for which were obtained by The Canadian Press. He says Trump’s foreign policy will scale back […]

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Faced with the end of their party, PCs ponder kicking out Jason Kenney

Jan 19 2017 — Don Braid — Will the Alberta Progressive Conservative party dare to kick out Jason Kenney at this late point in the chaotic leadership race? The PC board members might just do it. The fight for the old party is no longer political. It’s existential. Does the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, winner of 12 straight elections, simply follow […]

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A history of Kevin O’Leary’s spotty business record, in four deals

Jan 19 2017 — — The newest contender for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership is running on his business experience. Here’s how four of his companies fared. After months of speculation, Kevin O’Leary has finally entered the race to lead the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s a crowded field, with 14 leadership hopefuls in all. O’Leary has the benefit […]

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Like all opportunists, Kevin shifts positions when it’s convenient

Jan 19 2017 — Arlene Dickinson — Since announcing his candidacy for the Leader of the Conservative Party, I’ve been inundated with requests to comment on Kevin O’Leary. The question on everyone’s mind is the same: “Is the cold, money-driven person we see on television what we will get as a potential political leader?” It’s the exact same question I’ve received from […]

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Canadian embassy the hottest ticket in town for inauguration

Jan 19 2017 — Barrie McKenna — The Canadian embassy in Washington is promising that its bash for Donald Trump will be bigger than ever – a signal that Ottawa wants to reach out and impress the incoming U.S. president when some of the cornerstones of the Canada-U.S. relationship are under threat. The embassy’s invite-only inauguration “tail-gate” party and VIP brunch is […]

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Conservative leadership debate a head-shaking, tedious evening: Hébert

Jan 18 2017 — Chantal Hébert — For a measure of how bad Tuesday’s French-language Conservative leadership debate actually was, consider that Kevin O’Leary — the reality-show personality who has just joined the long list of contenders to succeed Stephen Harper — probably scored in absentia. If O’Leary had produced an infomercial designed to make the Conservatives crave a more energetic contest, […]

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Leitch: I do have 22 letters at the end of my name, I’m not an idiot

Jan 13 2017 — — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is on a crusade against the elites. But it’s not going well for her, and all those letters after her name are partly to blame. The Prince Arthur Herald has obtained an audio clip of Leitch berating a Conservative Party supporter and using her titles to show her intelligence. Partway […]

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RCMP investigation into alleged leaks prompts Canadian Forces vice-chief’s removal

Jan 16 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — An RCMP investigation into the leak of top-secret defence information led to the removal on Monday of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from his duties as the Canadian military’s second-highest-ranking officer, sources have told The Globe and Mail. A source said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, ordered the temporary relief of Vice-Adm. Norman’s command […]

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Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Jan 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — A member of Health Minister Jane Philpott’s staff has lost his job after he gained unauthorized access to NDP offices near Parliament Hill. Mark Livingstone inappropriately entered the New Democrats’ research office on Sparks Street around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2016, the day before the Liberal government’s one-year anniversary in power. On Nov. 8, […]

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‘I’ve never seen a politician in Canada do anything like that before:’ Nenshi on Rempel feud

Jan 13 2017 — Annalise Klingbeil — Calgary’s mayor says he was horrified upon realizing how his “math is challenging” retort to MP Michelle Rempel sounded, but he says her behaviour since his apology has been “odd.” The war of words between the prominent politicians continued Thursday, with Mayor Naheed Nenshi wading in at the same time Rempel hosted dozens of people […]

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Trump poised to ‘reverse’ seven decades U.S. foreign policy: Harper

Jan 19 2017 — — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says Donald Trump’s presidency is a major source of international uncertainty that will “reverse” seven decades of U.S. foreign policy. Harper delivers that assessment today in a speech in New Delhi, the speaking notes for which were obtained by The Canadian Press. He says Trump’s foreign policy will scale back […]

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Trudeau willing to make tough decisions to achieve his agenda, but Dion treated ‘disrespectfully’

Jan 16 2017 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau injected new energy into his government when he shuffled his cabinet last week in an effort to deal with upcoming U.S. president Donald Trump’s administration, but some insiders say the prime minister treated former federal party leader Stéphane Dion “disrespectfully” by giving him the boot from cabinet and offering him a […]

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Faced with the end of their party, PCs ponder kicking out Jason Kenney

Jan 19 2017 — Don Braid — Will the Alberta Progressive Conservative party dare to kick out Jason Kenney at this late point in the chaotic leadership race? The PC board members might just do it. The fight for the old party is no longer political. It’s existential. Does the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, winner of 12 straight elections, simply follow […]

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Leitch calls Bernier ‘liar and fraud’ as gloves drop in QC debate

Jan 17 2017 — — Minutes before the third official Conservative leadership debate began Tuesday evening, Kellie Leitch’s campaign put out a press release calling Maxime Bernier a “liar and a fraud” for criticizing corporate welfare while shelling it out as industry minister. For good measure, the release also highlighted a number of times Bernier was less than frugal with […]

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Trudeau promotes former general Andrew Leslie to forge closer ties with U.S.

Jan 17 2017 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will name retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie to the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations in an effort to forge closer ties with former military commanders that are playing leading roles in president-elect Donald Trump’s administration. A senior official told The Globe and Mail that Mr. Trudeau is also reassigning some of his […]

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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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Leitch: I do have 22 letters at the end of my name, I’m not an idiot

Jan 13 2017 — — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is on a crusade against the elites. But it’s not going well for her, and all those letters after her name are partly to blame. The Prince Arthur Herald has obtained an audio clip of Leitch berating a Conservative Party supporter and using her titles to show her intelligence. Partway […]

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RCMP investigation into alleged leaks prompts Canadian Forces vice-chief’s removal

Jan 16 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — An RCMP investigation into the leak of top-secret defence information led to the removal on Monday of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from his duties as the Canadian military’s second-highest-ranking officer, sources have told The Globe and Mail. A source said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, ordered the temporary relief of Vice-Adm. Norman’s command […]

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Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Jan 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — A member of Health Minister Jane Philpott’s staff has lost his job after he gained unauthorized access to NDP offices near Parliament Hill. Mark Livingstone inappropriately entered the New Democrats’ research office on Sparks Street around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2016, the day before the Liberal government’s one-year anniversary in power. On Nov. 8, […]

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‘I’ve never seen a politician in Canada do anything like that before:’ Nenshi on Rempel feud

Jan 13 2017 — Annalise Klingbeil — Calgary’s mayor says he was horrified upon realizing how his “math is challenging” retort to MP Michelle Rempel sounded, but he says her behaviour since his apology has been “odd.” The war of words between the prominent politicians continued Thursday, with Mayor Naheed Nenshi wading in at the same time Rempel hosted dozens of people […]

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Dion tops shuffle watch list

Jan 7 2017 — Amanda Connolly and BJ Siekerski — Liberal insiders don’t expect shakeup before budget. Liberal insiders aren’t expecting a major cabinet shuffle any time soon — owing in part to a federal budget expected in late February or early March — but many see a Trump-induced reset as inevitable in 2017 and Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion as one of several ministers […]

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Leitch campaign manager gloats about spreading false info

Jan 3 2017 — Janice Dickson — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s campaign manager, Nick Kouvalis, admitted Monday night to sharing false information on Twitter, saying he did so to get a rise out of “the left.” Amidst a growing and disturbing trend of creating and spreading fake information and false news, Kouvalis tweeted a list of “billions” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […]

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Stephane Dion booted from cabinet, his future uncertain

Jan 10 2017 — Amy Minsky — Liberal stalwart Stephane Dion is leaving politics in the wake of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle Tuesday. The shuffle removed Dion from cabinet entirely, handing the foreign affairs file he’s held since the Liberals formed government to Chrystia Freeland.

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Buried government report reveals looming fiscal crisis

Jan 4 2017 — Anthony Furey — A shocking new report quietly released by the federal government admits that their finances could collapse in the coming decades if politicians don’t make responsible choices. Two days before Christmas, when most politicians and their staffers had long left their offices for the holiday break, the finance department released — without fanfare or wide notice […]

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Trudeau in mood to make modest changes to cabinet

Jan 6 2017 — Paul Wells — Count back from known events. Late this month the Trudeau cabinet will hold a two-day retreat outside Ottawa. The last time the prime minister summoned his colleagues for one of these occasional getaways, in Sudbury at the end of August, he gave a few ministers new jobs and shook up the committees that organize their […]

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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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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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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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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 […]