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Liberals unhurt, Tories not helped by scathing SNC-Lavalin report: Poll

Aug 21 2019 —

A new poll suggests a scathing ethics report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall — and it hasn’t helped the Conservatives. Indeed, the Leger poll suggests the two parties were locked in a dead heat, with the support of 33 […]

Aug 21 2019 —

With just weeks to go before an election call, opposition MPs plan to put Liberals on the spot today with a motion to bring Canada’s ethics commissioner before a Commons committee to testify about his conclusion that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke Canada’s conflict of interest laws. “I expect the members of the committee to […]

Aug 21 2019 —

The head of Canada’s largest federal public service union says the number one issue for the Public Service Alliance of Canada is “not to end up with another Conservative government” and to “get the NDP elected wherever we can.” “There’s no way we can have more of Stephen Harper, and that’s exactly what Andrew Scheer […]

Brampton’s new integrity commissioner has ties to Mayor Patrick Brown

Aug 20 2019 — Laura Stone

Brampton’s newly appointed integrity commissioner has publicly expressed support for Mayor Patrick Brown in the past and her spouse’s company did paid work for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party under the former leader. Muneeza Sheikh, a Toronto labour lawyer and frequent media contributor, was appointed by Brampton city council to the dual post of integrity […]

Aug 20 2019 —

Maclean’s and Citytv are hosting the first National Leaders Debate of the 2019 election calendar, to take place on Thursday, Sept. 12 starting at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT). The two-hour debate in English will centre on four major themes: the economy, foreign policy, Indigenous issues and, lastly, energy and the environment. After the […]

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Aug 20 2019 — Peter Zimonjic

Canada’s chief electoral officer issued a public statement today assuring environmental organizations that they’re free to promote action to fight climate change during the fall federal election without falling afoul of the Canada Elections Act. “The act does not prevent individuals or groups from talking about issues or publishing information,” Stéphane Perrault said. Perrault issued […]

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Featured Ink

It’s time for Elizabeth May to up her game

Aug 21 2019 — Tom Mulcair

Elizabeth May is by far the most experienced party leader in this campaign. She has been hammering home variations on the same themes for decades as an activist and as a politician. She can emote with the best of them. Because she has, for most of that time, been a one-woman show, she’s never developed […]

SNC-Lavalin affair exposes Trudeau’s lazy math on jobs

Aug 20 2019 — Heather Scoffield

There’s a short but jarring paragraph in Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report last week on what went wrong in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. When the commissioner asked Finance Minister Bill Morneau what kind of analyses his department had done on the economic damage that could flow from SNC-Lavalin having to go to trial, Morneau replied that […]

The Gathering Storm

Aug 20 2019 — Glen Pearson

We are all endeavouring to enjoy the fading days of summer before the hyper-activity of the federal election fires up.  The political parties have used the warmer days to hit the hustings in an attempt to tenderize voters for the melee that is about to ensue. But this election will be held against a backdrop […]

Why Canada’s environmental charities are afraid to talk about climate change during the election

Aug 20 2019 — Dianne Saxe

There is a serious erosion of democracy underway in Canada. Elections Canada is preventing environmental charities from telling the truth about the climate crisis during this fall’s election, when it will be a critical issue. Elections Canada’s job is to run elections that are fair and trustworthy so that the government chosen by Canadians will […]

With Jihadi Jack, Britain gives Canada a taste of its own medicine

Aug 20 2019 — Chris Selley

On Sunday we learned that Jack Letts, known in the British press as Jihadi Jack, is no longer a British subject. Then-home secretary Sajid Javid and then-prime minister Theresa May reportedly approved stripping the alleged ISIL fighter of his citizenship as one of their administration’s final acts and it seems they didn’t even send a […]

Alberta and Quebec have little chance of pipeline compromise

Aug 19 2019 — Chantal Hébert

Keeping track of Quebec and Alberta’s premiers these days is like watching two runaway trains on a pipeline-driven collision course. Neither Jason Kenney nor François Legault seems inclined to put his foot on the brake. It is not clear that either of them can alter course without derailing his agenda. By all indications, Canada’s s […]

Accountability reforms needed in wake of SNC-Lavalin affair

Aug 20 2019 — Aaron Wudrick

The pundits will be chattering about the political impact of federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s bombshell report into the SNC-Lavalin affair until election day. But this is also an opportunity to strengthen government accountability to prevent a repeat of the circumstances that gave rise to the scandal. Dion concluded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke conflict-of-interest […]

Aug 18 2019 — Jim Warren

Sorry, we’re not sorry! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down in the wake of the ethics commissioner’s report released last Wednesday, which found him guilty of violating the Conflict of Interest Act. Trudeau refused to apologize or appear contrite when speaking with the media. He stuck to his key message that his only motivation was […]

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Aug 18 2019 — Gloria Galloway

The federal integrity commissioner’s finding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the conflict of interest rules is an aftershock to the earthquake that rocked the government through the first few months of this year. The SNC-Lavalin scandal had already inflicted permanent damage on Trudeau’s personal brand. And the timing of Mario Dion’s report, which comes […]

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Aug 18 2019 — Rosie DiManno

Justin Trudeau wears apologia like a rose in his lapel. Sometimes accessorized with tears. The prime minister has either apologized or promised to apologize for: the harm caused to Aboriginal people by Canada’s residential schools policy and the decades-long abuse of Indigenous children; the Chinese head tax; refusal to let the Komagata Maru, a steamship […]

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Aug 18 2019 — Lorne Gunter

How arrogant is it when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems eager to apologize for everyone else’s sins but never his own? Since becoming PM back in November of 2015, Trudeau has offered apologies – both official and unofficial — to Inuit, Italians, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Nazi-fleeing Jews, numerous First Nations and Indigenous individuals and LGBTQ […]

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Aug 16 2019 — Anne Kingston

Justin Trudeau doesn’t apologize, at least for non-historical transgressions. His non-apology apologies tend to follow a formula: to assert his behaviour was “appropriate” and unimpeachable, to suggest “people can experience interactions differently” (and that his interpretation of the experience is the correct one), and then to wrap it all into a “teachable” moment.

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Entertainment Plus

Country music star George Canyon to run for Tories in Nova Scotia

Aug 21 2019 —

One of Nova Scotia’s best-known country music stars is walking on to the political stage. George Canyon has announced he’s running as a Conservative candidate in the riding of Central Nova in the upcoming federal election. His name was added to the Tory roster after existing candidate Roger MacKay dropped out this week, for what […]


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