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Rona Ambrose fears a post-budget ‘brain drain’

Mar 23 2017 — Laura Payton — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says she’s worried young Canadians will move south of the border to escape what she says are rising taxes for professionals. “A lot of young people aspire to go into these careers because they are good-earning careers. And your taxes are going up if you run your own professional corporation, […]

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Budget 2017: Cash crunch leaves Liberals with little new spending

Mar 22 2017 — Laura Payton — The federal government is offering almost no new spending in the 2017 budget, a document that brings into focus already announced funding amid an economic crunch. Total new spending over the next year, in fact, clocks in at only $1.3 billion on a total budget of $304.7 billion, but all of it is money that […]

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O’Leary wants all Conservative memberships vetted to avoid ‘taint of fraud’

Mar 22 2017 — — Conservative leadership hopeful Kevin O’Leary wants every Conservative party membership to be scrutinized. “I want every single member vetted and audited,” the political firebrand told CTV Power Play on Tuesday from Saint John, NB. “That’s the only way you can know with certainty, regardless of which man or woman leads the leadership contest, how they […]

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Don Meredith ‘groomed’ teen for sex, former police chief says

Mar 19 2017 — Laura Payton — A former police chief-turned-senator says the Senate ethics officer’s report describes how Don Meredith groomed a teenager for a sexual relationship. Vern White, who was the chief of police in Ottawa prior to being appointed to the Senate, told CTV’s Question Period he believes Meredith broke a law against sexual exploitation, section 153 of the […]

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‘It takes two to tango’: Sen. Meredith’s lawyer defends client

Mar 17 2017 — — On Friday, Selwyn Pieters, a lawyer for embattled Senator Don Meredith, came to his client’s defence in an interview with CTV Power Play about the middle-aged politician’s sexual relationship with a teenage girl. “Nothing improper happened,” Pieters unequivocally told CTV’s Power Play from Toronto. “It takes two to tango.” Pieters painted the controversy surrounding his […]

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Trudeau gov’t focuses on key American states ahead of NAFTA talks

Mar 13 2017 — Laura Payton — The federal government is stepping up its diplomatic efforts in key American states over the next three months to make sure the Trump administration can’t escape its message about the importance of trade with Canada, a senior government official tells CTV News. The intensive lobbying effort started last December with relationship-building meetings between Prime Minister […]

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Ralph Goodale fires back at critics over border jumpers

Mar 12 2017 — Laura Payton — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is taking on Conservative Party criticism that the government needs to do more at the border to prevent asylum seekers from crossing into Canada. A surge in illegal crossings since the end of 2016 has raised concerns over an influx of refugee claimants in small towns like Emerson, Man., and […]

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Sir Elton John asks for gangster rap at Vancouver record shop

Mar 10 2017 — — Record-lovers in downtown Vancouver were treated to a glimpse of music royalty on Thursday when the Rocket Man himself stopped by a couple of shops to look for, what else, music. Sir Elton John was caught sifting through vinyl records at Beat Street Records and Vinyl Records on West Hastings Street in a number of […]

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338 women take seats in House of Commons for first time

Mar 8 2017 — Laura Payton — The House of Commons looked a little different from usual on Wednesday morning as 338 women — including 70 indigenous women — took it over for International Women’s Day. One woman from each riding in Canada was chosen to visit Ottawa and learn what it would be like to be an MP, through a program […]

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Trudeau: We have a problem with Islamophobia in Canada

Mar 8 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians have a right to know if a Parliamentary motion to condemn Islamophobia makes politicians and fellow citizens “uncomfortable,” so that “we can deal with it as a society.” Trudeau, speaking in the House of Commons Wednesday during the “Daughters of the Vote” event in support of International Women’s Day, […]

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RCMP officer removed from Musical Ride over horse abuse allegations

Mar 6 2017 — — The riding master of the RCMP’s famous Musical Ride has been removed from duty over allegations he abused horses, CTV News has learned. Sgt. Maj. Marc Godue had been an instructor with the Musical Ride since 1990 and was named riding master in 2014, according to a biography posted on the RCMP’s Musical Ride website.

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Canada’s feminist government needs improvement, Oxfam Canada says

Mar 6 2017 — Laura Payton — Canada’s feminist government has significant work left to do on a range of policy issues affecting women’s equality, Oxfam Canada says in a new scorecard. The only point on which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government scored well — getting a green-light rating — is on representation, where Oxfam Canada says the government took meaningful steps […]