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O’Toole seeks to boot Ontario MP Derek Sloan from Conservative caucus

Jan 18 2021 —

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he wants Ontario MP Derek Sloan kicked out of the party caucus over a donation to his leadership campaign from a white supremacist. O’Toole says his former leadership rival’s accepting the contribution is “far worse than a gross error of judgment or failure of due diligence.” It’s up to Conservative […]

Jan 18 2021 —

Alberta has decided to cancel recently issued coal leases in the Rocky Mountains, as public opposition grows to the United Conservative government’s plan to expand coal mining in the area. Late Monday afternoon, Energy Minister Sonya Savage issued a press release saying the sale of 11 recently purchased coal leases would be cancelled. Savage added […]

Jan 18 2021 —

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is urging United States President-elect Joe Biden to reconsider his reported decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline extension when he takes office on Wednesday. On Sunday, CTV News reported Biden planned to sign an executive order to scrap the US$8 billion-cross-border pipeline that would transport 830,000 barrels of oil from […]

Jan 18 2021 — John Paul Tasker

The leaders of two federal opposition parties welcomed news today that U.S. president-elect Joe Biden is poised to rescind a presidential permit allowing cross-border construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that would effectively kill the long-delayed project. Green Party Leader Annamie Paul said Biden’s expected move to block the project shows that the […]

Canada to wait longer than Europe for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 18 2021 —

The European Union will have a much shorter interruption in deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine than Canada, despite commitments last week that countries would share equally in a temporary drop in doses. On Friday, the federal government announced vaccine deliveries to Canada would be cut by half for a four-week period starting Jan. 25. […]

Jan 18 2021 — Mike Lapointe

Multiple Conservatives, including party leader Erin O’Toole, have publicly condemned the violent insurrection that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and left five dead. But Canadian strategists, pollsters, and experts say the party still has work to do to address some of the Trump-style, divisive politics within its ranks and that it has to […]

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Jan 18 2021 — Maura Forrest

Canada’s Liberals wasted no time after the Capitol Hill riot trying to tar the Conservatives with the brush of Trumpism. The governing party dug up Parler accounts supposedly belonging to Conservative members of Parliament, reminded everyone of Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s “Take Back Canada” slogan, and passed around photos of deputy leader Candice Bergen wearing […]

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Pretending that energy jobs will come back is only making things worse

Jan 18 2021 — Jim Stanford

Like most industries in Canada, fossil-fuel businesses have suffered painful job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession. Plunging global prices and steep reductions in capital spending have led to major job cuts. Fossil-fuel industries (including oil, natural gas, coal, and related activities) lost 17,500 jobs in the 12 months up to September.

This is a bad time for attack politics

Jan 17 2021 — Robin V. Sears

Sun., Jan. 17, 2021timer3 min. read Erin O’Toole is no fool — though you would be forgiven for wondering, given his performance in recent days. Having carefully plotted and executed a shift to the centre, and the beginnings of an appeal to working-class urban voters, he appears to be at risk of backsliding into the […]

The Bloc’s sneaky slur against a mild-mannered Muslim MP

Jan 16 2021 — Campbell Clark

It was slipped into the last paragraphs of a press release issued by Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet. I’m not accusing anyone, Mr. Blanchet said, before questioning whether new Transport Minister Omar Alghabra was too close to Islamic extremists to sit in the federal cabinet. Whoa. That’s a heck of a thing to just sneak […]

What can Canada do for Joe Biden?

Jan 15 2021 — Kevin Lynch and Paul Deegan

The United States embarked on a presidential transition like no other, with the outgoing president dangerously sowing the seeds of disruption, distrust and even insurrection, and the incoming president seeking to restore democratic order and traditional norms of decency and respect. President-elect Joe Biden needs allies during this extraordinary transition, and not just in the […]

Jan 14 2021 — Matt Gurney

It’s well understood in Canadian politics that Ontario and Quebec are the parts of the country that matter. This is immensely frustrating, and understandably so, for the Atlantic provinces, the West and the territories. But it’s just math. If the Liberals can win big in Ontario and Quebec, they win. If the Tories hold their […]

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Jan 13 2021 — Don Martin

The retired top general of Canada’s military, who guided the combat mission in Afghanistan and ran disaster deployments against floods and fires, now faces the most important mission of his career: getting almost 15 million Ontarians vaccinated against COVID-19 in 250 days or less. His first shots in confronting an enemy that never appeared in […]

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