National Newswatch
Sep 25 2018 —

Brian Gallant says he’ll carry on as premier, while PC Leader Blaine Higgs considers himself premier-elect. Premier Brian Gallant says he’s going to carry on governing New Brunswick, but Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs insists he’s the premier-elect and the Liberal leader is just “prolonging the inevitable.”

Sep 25 2018 —

New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash apologized to the House of Commons on Tuesday for using the F-word to describe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approach to Indigenous rights. During question period, the NDP’s reconciliation critic accused the federal government of “wilfully” violating its constitutional duties and obligations when it comes to its handling of the controversial […]

Sep 25 2018 — Murray Brewster

A used German drone is one of a handful of aircraft under consideration by Transport Canada for its long-delayed Arctic surveillance program. A spokeswoman for the department said no decision has been made about the kind of remotely-piloted system the department will purchase. Marie-Anyk Cote said the plan is to buy an aircraft to detect […]

Alberta NDP asks ethics commissioner to review Jason Kenney’s trip to India

Sep 25 2018 —

Alberta’s NDP caucus has asked the ethics commissioner to look into opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s trip last week to India. During the trip, Kenney, his energy critic Prasad Panda, and trade critic Devin Dreeshen toured the massive Jamnagar oil refinery on India’s west coast. Kenney has since talked about the refinery, owned by Reliance Industries, […]

U.S. will continue trade talks with Canada if deadline missed, Trump’s top negotiator says

Sep 25 2018 — Daniel Dale

The Trump administration will continue trade negotiations with Canada even if there is no deal by the U.S.-imposed deadline of this weekend, President Donald Trump’s top trade official said Tuesday. In a largely pessimistic public appearance, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Canada is “running out of time” to sign on to a trade deal […]

U.S. trade chief casts doubt on Canada joining new NAFTA deal

Sep 25 2018 —

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday cast doubt on the prospects of the U.S. and Mexico reaching a deal with Canada on an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the Sunday deadline. “The fact is, Canada is not making concessions in areas where we think they’re essential,” Lighthizer told the Concordia Summit […]

Sep 25 2018 — Shawn McCarthy

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is demanding major changes to federal environmental assessment legislation, arguing the current bill before the Senate extends Ottawa’s reach into provincial jurisdiction and undermines energy industry competitiveness. In a speech to the energy pipeline industry in Calgary Tuesday, Ms. Notley said her government is pushing the federal Liberals to rapidly re-start […]

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Sep 25 2018 — Evan Dyer

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’ll meet with her counterpart from Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The goal of the meeting would be to begin to mend fences between the two countries after an explosive dispute this summer following Canadian criticism of the kingdom’s […]

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Sep 25 2018 — Rob Ferguson

The new Doug Ford government has “gutted” most of Ontario’s climate change programs with no replacement, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says in a damning new report. The report slams the Progressive Conservatives for axing the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions — which Ford branded a carbon tax that was doing […]

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Sep 25 2018 — Nik Nanos

Ballot – The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Liberals at 39.0  per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 31.2 per cent, the NDP at 17.0 percent, the BQ at 2.4 per cent and the Greens at 5.5 per cent. Accessible Voters – Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the federal parties, […]

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Featured Ink

All eyes on New Brunswick’s tiny kingmakers

Sep 25 2018 — Susan Delacourt

The most interesting election result in Canada this year is unfolding in a province too often mocked as the least interesting one in the federation: New Brunswick. Now embroiled in a fascinating tug of war between Liberals and Conservatives — over nothing less than who will end up as premier — the province’s political drama […]

‘Line by line audit’ shows Liberals spent most on, er, health care and education

Sep 25 2018 — David Reevely

Reining in the Ontario government’s budget will mean spending less on the services people use most, the Progressive Conservatives’ “line by line audit” of provincial operations says, and this can best be achieved by running the government better. So that’s settled. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy hired Ernst & Young to produce the study of […]

Sunny Ways? It’s Up to Us

Sep 24 2018 — Glen Pearson

A lot has changed in the three years since Justin Trudeau’s government came to power, promising to deliver on the “sunny ways” he promoted during the campaign.  A few big things got in the way – a court ruling on Trans Mountain pipeline, struggles with the provinces, including the Doug Ford victory, carbon pricing troubles, […]

Luck is nearly impossible to beat, and Justin Trudeau’s has no end

Sep 25 2018 — Neil Macdonald

Because we need a horse race, (and because we are so deeply in love with clichés), news organizations have been pushing the idea that the bloom is off the Trudeau rose, which of course is doubly clever, given that flower’s famous place on the lapel of our prime minister’s father. The corollary is obvious: that […]

Québec Solidaire has the Parti Québécois on the ropes

Sep 24 2018 — Chantal Hébert

Three years ago, millennial voters helped Justin Trudeau’s Liberals vault from a distant third place in the House of Commons to a majority government. Next Monday in Quebec, that same cohort could deal a lethal blow to the once mighty Parti Québécois. PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée spent the past month trying to restore his party’s […]

Sep 23 2018 — Jaime Watt

Ask any Canadian conservative about federal politics during the mid-’90s, and you will be met with a grimace. Just when right-of-centre provincial parties were making substantial headway across the country, the Reform, Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties were insisting on a futile battle for voter support that saw them languish in second, third or even […]

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Sep 24 2018 — Lorrie Goldstein

We all know if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the case with a new report by Canadians for Clean Prosperity. It claims the Trudeau government will implement a carbon tax where “the vast majority of households, regardless of income level, would receive more money in the form of carbon […]

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Sep 23 2018 — Penny Collenette

Voters have a right to feel betrayed by floor crossers. It is time to reform. When Parliament reopened last Monday, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were jolted by the unaccustomed sting of political betrayal. Leona Alleslev, the Liberal MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, elected in 2015, crossed the floor to the Conservative party, switching parties without any […]

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Entertainment Plus

Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison

Sep 25 2018 —

Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home. Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years […]

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