Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flew across the country to briefly boost a New Brunswick MP at a rally Wednesday evening in a battleground riding where the Liberals managed a narrow 2015 victory in a traditionally Tory area. Trudeau spoke for just four minutes, taking swipes at the economic records of former Conservative prime ministers, including […]
Andrew Scheer says if he was prime minister he would fire Canada’s Ambassador to China John McCallum over his most recent comments on Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. “I would fire him,” Scheer told Don Martin in an interview for CTV Power Play, airing Wednesday evening
John McCallum, Canada’s ambasssador to China, told Chinese-language media in a closed-door meeting that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou can make “strong arguments” her arrest has been politicized and that she should not be extradited to the U.S.
Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio has yet to submit his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Commons despite a much-publicized pledge to do so on Jan. 22. House Speaker Geoff Regan’s office told HuffPost Canada Wednesday that they haven’t received Di Iorio’s resignation letter. Di Iorio did not respond to HuffPost’s […]Read More
Just seven months after winning a majority government, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have formed an “election readiness committee” to get ready for the 2022 vote. The nine-member team includes major players from last spring’s campaign and new party president Brian Patterson, along with Ford chief of staff Dean French. There is one woman in […]Read More
Canada is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president. A government source who was not authorized to speak publicly says Canada will issue a formal statement shortly, following the lead of the United States. The move comes as Guaido declares himself interim president, just two weeks after Nicolas Maduro was sworn […]Read More
Documents show Alberta’s opposition United Conservative Party raised more in the fourth quarter of last year than the governing New Democrats did in all of 2018. New figures from Elections Alberta say the UCP brought in more than $3.9 million from October to December, with a third coming from individual contributions of $250 and under. […]Read More
Housing experts say Ottawa has several options as it looks for ways to help more millennials enter the Canadian housing market in an era of pricey real estate and rising borrowing costs. University of British Columbia associate professor Paul Kershaw says there’s no silver bullet to making real estate more affordable for younger people but […]Read More
A senior official at the Department of National Defence says Canada will remain a member of the F-35 stealth fighter program until the government knows which jet it plans to buy to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s. That means Canada will continue to pay tens of millions of dollars over the next couple of years to […]Read More
Presumably the ambassador of Canada to China speaks for the government of Canada in China. But what are we to make of it when the same ambassador appears to be speaking for the government of China in Canada? In a news conference with Chinese-language journalists in Markham, Ont., Tuesday — the national media were not […]
Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! He paid for his own suit out of his own pocket! What a splendid fellow he is. Such are the standards by which the modern man is judged that the report of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia — Darryl Plecas, the man who paid for […]
Doug Ford insists the federal price on carbon is a Liberal tax grab that will inflict serious economic hardship. But none of that is true. Ontario Premier Doug Ford chose a luncheon at the Economic Club of Canada to make one of his most economically uninformed statements ever, suggesting that a modest, fully refunded carbon […]
For weeks now, the Canadian government has argued it is simply following the rule of law in detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the United States. From the prime minister on down, officials have consistently argued that her extradition case is a judicial matter, free of any political interference. That position took a […]
What a difference four years and a villain-free political landscape can make. With Election 2019 looming, the Shiny Pony is dappled with a little mud; the Cons still haven’t found the batteries for their Andrew Scheer doll; and Jagmeet Singh, though doggedly rumbling down the runway, shows no signs of liftoff.
The debate over what exactly happened at last week’s Indigenous Peoples March misses the point. Whatever the order of events, First Nations people will see in the image of a white high school student confronting an Indigenous Elder in Washington, D.C. the callous indifference and disrespect that are constants of their experience. This is certainly […]
Three years ago, when the federal government asked Canadians about their needs and expectations for their national food guide, I offered a wish list of changes in my column. Turns out, my wishes were granted this week when Health Canada revealed its overhauled Canada’s Food Guide.
With an election on the horizon, Justin Trudeau wants to start planning our transition to a green economy and he’s asked Bill Morneau to develop an “economic argument” that will get Canadians on side. My advice is to start with the premise that we have no choice; responding to climate change really is a matter of […]
It sounds huge (and vaguely terrifying), which is how it’s meant to sound. Last week, several newspapers reported on a study from a NASA researcher that claimed in the past decade the Antarctic icecap has been melting six times faster than it used to. An “alarming” rate according to the Washington Post.
It just got uglier. Belinda Stronach and her CEO at The Stronach Group (TSG) have struck back against her billionaire father’s $520-million lawsuit against them, painting Frank Stronach as a meddling old man in a “declining mental state” who has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on vanity projects and is now lashing out because […]
The viral video of the standoff between Covington Catholic High School students and Indigenous Americans ought to be one hell of a wake-up call. It should rattle every journalist. Many of the people who are supposed to be fact-finders — skeptical investigators — accepted the narrative that a group of teen boys in MAGA hats […]Read More
The federal NDP, these days, is throwing everything it has to get its leader, Jagmeet Singh, elected in a byelection in a riding in B.C. where the party has long had deep roots even as it appears to be all but conceding a byelection in the beachhead established by its former leader, Thomas Mulcair, in […]Read More
Alberta’s provincial election hasn’t even been called and already much can be said about it. Firstly, it’s going to get nastier and, secondly, the chances of it being earlier than May is getting slimmer by the day as more NDP MLAs are jumping the NDP government’s sinking ship — two on Monday alone. First, we’ll […]Read More
Seldom has “profitable federalism” seemed quite so … mercenary. The phrase, popularized by Robert Bourassa to describe Quebec’s emotionless relationship with the rest of Canada — an update on Duplessis’s “rendez-vous notre butin” — was always fairly grubby in intent, but typically appeared shrouded in the majestic purple of nationalist agitprop, in which Quebec is […]Read More
Gillette has already dropped what is likely to be the most talked about 2019 Super Bowl commercial. “We believe” refers directly to the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment and bullying, and the commercial has generated lots of buzz because of its use of images of “toxic masculinity.”Read More
There was a time when an unconstitutional government policy was not something lamented then simply rebranded. Once a court found it unconstitutional, the practice just … ended, especially when politicians had campaigned against it. Not so solitary confinement – an old practice that today’s Parliament loves to hate, hates to love, but just keeps on […]Read More
The lie of the century, so far, is that facts don’t matter and that the line between truth and lies has been blurred into insignificance. All opinions are equally merited and anything goes, supposedly. You might even consider yourself entitled to a personal set of “facts,” to use the old-fashioned term. Some people further believe […]Read More
Canadian governments are becoming the envy of our neighbours to the south for something unlikely but important – success at reducing red tape. Last fall, Congressional House and Senate subcommittees heard testimony about British Columbia’s successful reforms – reforms that started more than a decade ago and have sparked a new approach to controlling red […]Read More
Brexit has Britain roaring with quarrels but here’s the strange part. They’re not with the EU. They are within Britain itself, as if the nation were having a drug intervention with Theresa May after that bellowing Commons catastrophe. “Welcome to the Blunderdome,” wrote journalist Marina Hyde. As is usual with interventions, it brought up childhood […]Read More
The art of politics is knowing when to go. A strong argument says if former premier Kathleen Wynne had quit as Liberal leader 18 months before last year’s election, the party could have gone on to win the vote with a fresh face at the helm — or at least salvage more seats. Which brings […]Read More
With Canada in a deep freeze, Netflix Canada welcomes February 2019 with a slew of new titles, including 23 new titles arriving on February 1 alone.