National Newswatch

Liberals move Trudeau fundraiser off Canadian Forces base

Dec 10 2018 — Daniel Leblanc

The Liberal Party of Canada has cancelled plans to host a fundraiser with Justin Trudeau on a Canadian Forces base, an event that might have run afoul of military rules around political events. The Liberal Party had planned to hold the Dec. 19 fundraiser at the Vimy Officers’ Mess in Kingston, according to information posted […]

Dec 10 2018 —

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is proposing she trade her prison cell for a GPS tracking device and a private 24/7 security detail that will ensure she doesn’t leave Vancouver and its suburbs while awaiting an extradition hearing on U.S. fraud charges. Ms. Meng’s bail hearing resumed Monday morning with lawyers questioning a former […]

Dec 10 2018 — Amanda Connolly

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said the federal equalization program needs fixing, because the way it is now doesn’t work for Albertans. Speaking in a scrum with reporters in Ottawa on Monday, Ceci said the current formula used to deem provinces either “have” or “have nots” has continually failed to help Alberta deal with significant […]

National security ‘comes first’ on Huawei 5G review: infrastructure minister

Dec 10 2018 —

Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says national security must come first in deciding whether to allow Huawei Technologies to take part in developing Canada’s 5G telecommunications network. In an interview, Champagne says Canada needs to be prudent and rely on the input of its intelligence services before ruling on whether the Chinese firm should be involved […]

Dec 10 2018 — Robert Benzie

Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says this year’s budget deficit is $12.3 billion — $1.2 billion lower than Finance Minister Vic Fedeli has projected. But financial accountability officer Peter Weltman also warned huge shortfalls will continue into the future unless the Progressive Conservative government makes dramatic spending cuts or increases taxes.

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Dec 10 2018 — Abbas Rana

The federal government needs to put in place a strategy to help retrain workers in the fossil-fuel industry to transition to the green-energy sector, says an Alberta NDP MP. But unless construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline starts now and with Albertans “super angry,” the Liberals should forget about winning any seat in the province […]

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Dec 10 2018 — Peter Zimonjic

Weeks after child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic was returned to prison after being transferred to an Indigenous healing lodge, the victim’s father is now reporting that her co-conspirator in the murder, Michael Rafferty, was transferred to a medium security prison in March. The transfer was revealed by Rodney Stafford, father of murdered eight-year-old girl Tori Stafford, […]

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Dec 9 2018 — Bill Curry

Quebec will receive $13.1-billion in equalization payments next year – a $1.4-billion increase – while Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador continue to be left out even though Canada’s oil-producing provinces are facing deficits and hard times. The three energy-producing provinces petitioned Ottawa last year to rework the federal transfer formula but Finance Minister Bill […]

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Dec 10 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert

Despite trailing in fundraising and opinion polls, and a steady loss in vote-share in federal byelections since 2015, NDPers say they’re optimistic the party can turn things around and be competitive in 2019, but much hangs on new leader Jagmeet Singh’s upcoming byelection campaign. “There’s a corridor available for the NDP to do the critique […]

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Featured Ink

Trudeau’s heaven will be Alberta’s hell

Dec 10 2018 — Chris Nelson

We hear enough from politicians these days so it’s with trepidation I step aside for a few paragraphs to provide a platform for our prime minister to regale us with his worldview. You see, while hardly Churchillian in tone or content, his expressed view is vital in gaining true insight. Therefore it needs reading and […]

Hate crimes are on the rise as bigotry creeps into politics

Dec 10 2018 — Dan Leger

Bears might be prowling the stock indexes, but shares in hate are enjoying a bull market like we haven’t seen in generations. Western democracies, once justly proud of their openness and tolerance, are seeing the intolerant minority growing bolder and more violent. In Canada, federal statistics captured almost 2,100 hate crimes reported to police in […]

Trudeau’s got gall accusing Ford of moving emissions goalposts

Dec 9 2018 — Lorrie Goldstein

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation Ontario Premier Doug Ford is “moving the goalposts … (a) step backwards” on the province’s industrial greenhouse gas emission targets is laughable, given the Liberals’ sorry history on this issue. To say nothing of hypocritical. First, a brief explanation of why this controversy about “goalposts” erupted at Friday’s first ministers’ […]

Get ready for a transformation of our migration policy

Dec 9 2018 — Joe Oliver

Next week in Marrakesh, Morocco, Canada will sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said our government was actively involved in drafting. Canada will then be politically and possibly legally committed to migration principles that could erode our sovereignty, weaken our borders and cost billions. Yet […]

Michelle Obama sets stellar example for future change-makers

Dec 9 2018 — Tiffany Gooch

As Michelle Obama embarks on her global book tour, connecting with audiences in promotion of her first book Becoming, she is proving herself to be a powerful political force for the causes she chooses to support. While she has been clear that she has no intention to run for public office herself, she has turned […]

Set the age to buy pot at 21 across Canada

Dec 9 2018 — Jim Warren

Last week, the newly elected Quebec Premier Francois Legault and his party the Coalition Avenir Quebec introduced legislation to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 in Quebec to consume and purchase all cannabis products. The bill will also ban the consumption of all cannabis products in all public spaces including parks and playgrounds. […]

Presidential successors put Bush Sr. in a new light

Dec 9 2018 — Jaime Watt

Many believe that, in politics, your successor is your legacy. Consider the straight-as-an-arrow Sunday school teacher Jimmy Carter after the Machiavellian Nixon years. Or the steady, competent, experienced John Tory after the roller coaster term of Rob Ford. Or more recently, Doug Ford’s approach to smaller government focused resolutely on every day family affordability after […]

Dec 6 2018 — John Ivison

John F. Kennedy once explained that America’s founding fathers sacrificed efficiency for liberty, dividing power as a guarantee against ill-considered action. Canada has been similarly hamstrung by its constitution when it comes to getting anything done. Trying to explain to a Chinese diplomat this week why this country cannot build an oil pipeline to saltwater […]

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Dec 7 2018 — Rick Bell

Talk about champing at the bit. United Conservative leader Jason Kenney wants Alberta’s election day to be in the first week of March 2019. That is, as soon as the law allows. “This government, I believe, is living on borrowed time and it should not seek to prolong the pain.”

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Dec 5 2018 — Glen Pearson

They say he was from another era, another point in time when respect mattered, humility was a virtue and decency was effective.  They also follow these observations by noting that such times are gone forever, relegated to history, never to be resurrected. But maybe that’s not right. The tributes that poured in following the passing […]

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Dec 5 2018 — Andrew Coyne

Since he became Conservative leader, it has been a matter of speculation: how far would Andrew Scheer go to pander to the populist-nationalist right, specifically on the matter of immigration? His predecessor had pulled in both directions at once, one minister building bridges to immigrant communities even as another was blowing them up. But candidates […]

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Entertainment Plus

Ellen Page steps up attack on Nova Scotia pulp mill’s effluent pipeline

Dec 10 2018 —

Hollywood actor Ellen Page is doubling down on her criticism of a Nova Scotia pulp mill that wants to build an effluent pipeline into the ocean. In a tweet this morning, the Halifax-born movie star said the provincial government must stop its “corporate welfare” for Northern Pulp, which Page said is “literally destroying the province.” […]


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