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Kate Harrison

Could O’Leary teach millennials to love the Conservatives?

Jan 18 2017 — Kate Harrison — Kevin O’Leary’s increasingly-less-exploratory Conservative leadership committee released a report last week effectively telling the outsider businessman to run for the top job. The report suggests that potential support from millennials could play a big role in O’Leary’s path to victory. It might be on to something. Data suggest that O’Leary’s candidacy could open a door […]

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Freeland, Trump and the rage of the 99 per cent

Jan 18 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Chrystia Freeland has a great new job as Canada’s top diplomat, but in case anyone has forgotten, it’s not the job she was expected to do when she left journalism for politics a few years ago. On the heels of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s big cabinet shuffle last week, Oxfam has delivered a report that […]

Leadership candidates Kellie Leitch, left, and Maxime Bernier greet each other at the beginning of the Conservative Party French language leadership debate, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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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Please, please, please don’t take away Trump’s Twitter

Jan 16 2017 — Scott Reid — No matter how absurd things become, how market-moving or foaming mad — no matter how crazy, profane or dangerous it gets — please don’t let them take away Donald Trump’s Twitter. The future of democracy in the United States probably depends upon it. Not that it’s hard to understand why even Team Trump might be […]

Tasha Kheiriddin

So what the hell was Trudeau thinking?

Jan 16 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Are you a prime minister looking to get away this winter? All those Google hangouts and holiday announcements making you feel overworked? Consider escaping to Bell Island in the Bahamas! Privacy, luxury and room for your friends and guests! Helicopter transport included! Cost: one investigation by the ethics commissioner, $500 in fines under the Conflict […]

Conservative Leadership Candidate Erin OÕToole sits down with iPoliticsÕ journalist Janice Dickson for an interview at his office in Ottawa on Thursday, January 12, 2017. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

O’Toole says he’s not burning any bridges

Jan 16 2017 — Janice Dickson — “Never throw anyone away.” That advice from the late Robert Stanfield stuck with Erin O’Toole, who tells people he’s determined to steer away from personal attacks on his rivals for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Many of them he considers friends — some of them could end up in an O’Toole cabinet. […]

Finance Minister Joe Oliver speaks during a press conference at the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on Friday, May 22, 2015. Oliver charged taxpayers hundreds of dollars to upgrade his seat on flights and spent more than $5,000 twice on in-country flights during his time as a cabinet minister. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Former federal finance minister loses Ontario PC nomination battle

Jan 16 2017 — Ainslie Cruickshank — Former Finance Minister Joe Oliver lost his bid for the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination in York Centre Sunday night. The riding membership nominated Roman Baber, a civil and commercial lawyer who worked on Patrick Brown’s leadership campaign, as their 2018 candidate instead. “A long-time resident of York Centre, Roman understands the opportunities and challenges his […]

Michael Harris

Chong could reboot Tory fortunes

Jan 15 2017 — Michael Harris — Michael Chong isn’t going to set his pants on fire at your New Year’s party. If he were in the movies, Chong probably wouldn’t get the girl. Nor will that Highland cheese-cake posted on Twitter, Chong-in-Kilt, likely stampede the Scottish vote his way. But if the CPC has the good sense to make him their […]

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If the Conservatives choose a unilingual leader, they’ll lose

Jan 14 2017 — Stephen Maher — In 1983, when Progressive Conservatives were looking for a champion to end Pierre Trudeau’s long run in office, John Crosbie, a brilliant and charming politician from St. John’s, NL, briefly looked like he might be the man for the job. Crosbie, for all his brains, had never taken the trouble to learn French. He kept […]

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Russian state-owned media slams Chrystia Freeland

Jan 14 2017 — Amanda Connolly — Well, that didn’t take long. The Russian state-owned Sputnik News has come out with a piece blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, and framing her appointment as a “catastrophe for Canadian-Russian relations.” Posted early Saturday afternoon, the copy quotes University of Montreal history professor Michael J. Carley who slams the […]

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Mr. Putin’s troll army

Jan 11 2017 — — It came as no surprise to anyone paying attention when the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence stated recently that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his intelligence agencies had attempted to influence the American presidential election.

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Trudeau retools his front bench for an alarming new world

Jan 10 2017 — Susan Delacourt — The best person to explain the big new-year changes to the federal cabinet’s makeup might well be someone who doesn’t even live here: outgoing U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. During a visit to Canada a month ago, Biden told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada needs to step up, internationally — comments that were widely interpreted […]