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Trudeau hits Saint-Laurent campaign trail as clock ticks down to byelection

Mar 27 2017 — — With just a week to go until the Saint-Laurent byelection, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the riding on Sunday taking selfies, shaking hands and campaigning with the Liberal party’s candidate, Emmanuella Lambropoulos. Lambropoulos, a 26-year-old teacher, won the Liberal nomination earlier this month in an upset that saw her beat former provincial immigration minister […]

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Scott Brison explains delay in promised transparency reforms

Mar 26 2017 — Alex Boutilier — Protecting Canadians’ privacy is one reason the government has hit the brakes on promised transparency reforms, Treasury Board President Scott Brison says. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Saturday, Brison said reforming Canada’s aging access to information regime remains a priority for the Liberals, despite continued delays. Brison said the government has run up against […]

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Polling shows hydro was No. 1 concern in Ontario long before relief announced

Mar 26 2017 — — Ontario’s government learned from its own polling that the rising cost of hydro was people’s top concern 10 months before the Liberals publicly acknowledged it and announced an eight-per-cent reduction on electricity bills. The government-commissioned polling from 2013 to 2016 — examined by The Canadian Press — tells a tale of increasing distress about hydro […]

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NDP leadership candidates suggest Liberal pledge on pot going up in smoke

Mar 26 2017 — — The Liberal government’s plan to move ahead on marijuana legalization is up in smoke, NDP leadership candidates suggested during Sunday’s leadership debate in Montreal while they also addressed a range of issues affecting youth including student debt and precarious work. B.C. MP Peter Julian, one of four contenders in the race to replace Tom Mulcair […]

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Canada must make tough decisions on defence spending: former NATO envoy

Mar 26 2017 — — Canada’s former ambassador to NATO says Ottawa has “to make some decisions” on defence spending given the global security situation and a recent budget that pledged almost no new money for the military. Speaking with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos this weekend, Yves Brodeur emphasized that Canada is hardly the biggest laggard in the 28-member […]

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he doesn’t need a budget lesson from Alberta

Mar 26 2017 — — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall had some choice words this weekend for his political neighbours in Alberta, maintaining that while his government is working to bring its books back to balance, Rachel Notley and the NDP are still mired in deficit. Wall spoke with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos following the tabling of Saskatchewan’s provincial budget, […]

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Did last year’s budget create 100,000 jobs? Bill Morneau can’t really say

Mar 26 2017 — — Last year, the Liberal government said its inaugural budget would help spur the creation of 100,000 jobs in Canada. But 12 months later, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is having trouble proving that it worked. In an interview with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos, Morneau was pressed about the promise in the wake of the government’s […]

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Fewer Canadian travellers blocked at U.S. land border

Mar 26 2017 — — New data obtained by The Canadian Press shows fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross. Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5 per cent between October and the end of February […]

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Bill Morneau isn’t ruling out selling off airports

Mar 26 2017 — Laura Payton — Finance Minister Bill Morneau isn’t ruling out privatizing some of Canada’s biggest airports, even though there was no plan to do so in the 2017 federal budget. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Morneau says the government hasn’t come to any conclusion on a report that recommended the move, written […]

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NDP leadership candidates call for a return to party’s roots

Mar 26 2017 — — In the minds of many of its followers, the NDP lost its way in the last federal election — and paid the price. Many blamed leader Thomas Mulcair for advocating centrist policies like balancing the budget without rising taxes, allowing Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to outflank them on the left by promising to run up deficits […]

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More TV streaming services join U.S. market, leaving Canada far behind

Mar 26 2017 — Sophia Harris — YouTube’s announcement that it will soon launch an online TV streaming service cut deep for some Canadians. That’s because it’s not coming here. YouTube TV will offer more than 40 live TV channels for only $35 US a month. The service joins a long list of low-cost streaming options available in the U.S. but not […]

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Canada may yet have peacekeeping boots on the ground in 2017

Mar 26 2017 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government has yet to formally serve notice to the United Nations that it’s ready to join international peacekeeping operations — something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed on Saturday. He insisted Canada might still have boots on the ground in 2017, which would head off a major embarrassment given that Canada is hosting a […]