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Liberal party pays off money borrowed to fight 2015 election campaign

Jan 19 2017 — — The federal Liberal party says it’s debt-free, roughly 14 months after sweeping to power in 2015, thanks largely to new members who signed on as supporters during an aggressive fundraising campaign. In a letter to the party’s national board, party president Anna Gainey says the Liberals paid off the remaining $1.9 million it still owed […]

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Trudeau appoints Quebec MP Pablo Rodriguez as chief government whip

Jan 19 2017 — — Pablo Rodriguez, MP for the Montreal riding of Honore-Mercier, has been named chief government whip in the House of Commons. Rodriguez replaces Andrew Leslie, who was named parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs earlier this week. The new whip was first elected to the Commons in 2004 and re-elected twice before losing his […]


Canadian police hit by major computer network outage

Jan 19 2017 — Alison Crawford — The failure of a critical core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing a critical computer program they need to do their jobs called the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. According to sources, the outage started around midnight ET, and lasted roughly 12 hours. It […]

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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 […]

Workers watch as the main girder of a new 300-tonne gantry crane is lifted into place at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 2, 2014. The federal government has topped up a West Coast shipbuilding contract by more than $65 million for a coast guard science vessel that needs a propulsion system and scientific equipment.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Military officer’s suspension casts clouds over federal shipbuilding effort

Jan 19 2017 — — The suspension of the military’s second-highest-ranking officer has cast a pall over the federal government’s multibillion-dollar plan to build new warships, which the Liberals had hoped was finally back on course after listing for years. Government and military officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday over why Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was abruptly stripped of his responsibilities last week […]

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O’Leary running to lead Conservatives; now to get them to support him

Jan 18 2017 — — A brash businessman-turned-reality TV star turns his outsized appetite for success towards the most powerful position in federal politics. Sound familiar? Canadians felt a shudder of deja vu Wednesday as Kevin O’Leary officially joined the Conservative leadership race, hoping his celebrity and private-sector experience will help him stand out from an already crowded field. On […]

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A look at businessman Kevin O’Leary, now running for Tory leadership

Jan 18 2017 — — Some facts about businessman Kevin O’Leary, who announced Wednesday that he is running for the Conservative leadership: Biographical facts and Education: Born in 1954 in Montreal, O’Leary completed high school in Ottawa before completing a BA in environmental science and psychology from the University of Waterloo and then going onto an MBA at the Ivey […]

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More stops in Quebec today as PM Trudeau continues national tour

Jan 18 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s grassroots tour will remain in Quebec today, with stops in Sherbrooke and Granby. Trudeau, however, will begin his day by holding a private meeting with Lac Megantic Mayor Jean-Guy Cloutier. The Quebec town was rocked by a huge train explosion in July 2013 that killed 47 people. The prime minister will […]


U.S. tax authority: GOP plan would hit Canada less than other countries

Jan 17 2017 — — An American tax authority who helped champion a reform now being considered by the U.S. Congress says Canada would not be among the countries hardest hit by the introduction of so-called border adjustments. Alan Auerbach is among the leading proponents of the push to restructure corporate taxes so that companies stay home and declare taxes […]

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Liberals inherited ‘mistrust’ from previous government on pipelines

Jan 17 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government inherited a “high degree of mistrust” from the previous Conservative government that has left Canadians skeptical about consultations on pipelines and environmental protection. Trudeau was asked about Energy East from a man at a town hall meeting in Fredericton, who wondered if public meetings will be held in […]


Trudeau affirms support of NATO after Trump brands alliance obsolete

Jan 17 2017 — — Justin Trudeau has affirmed Canada’s support of NATO, days after president-elect Donald Trump’s pronouncement that the military alliance is obsolete. But the prime minister stopped short of saying he would be willing to boost the defence budget so Canada could meet NATO’s spending target for its member countries. Trudeau cited Canada’s leadership in Latvia, where […]


PM backs Vance in relieving senior military commander, but won’t say more

Jan 17 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is backing the decision by Canada’s chief of the defence staff to relieve his second in command of his duties, but won’t say anything more about the controversy swirling around Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Word emerged Monday that Norman was abruptly stripped of his responsibilities by his boss, Gen. Jonathan Vance, in […]