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Countries that want to extradite from Canada ‘should not seek to politicize’ the process: Freeland

Dec 12 2018 — Amanda Connolly

Countries seeking extraditions from Canada must make sure their requests are solely about seeing that justice is done – not about political interference. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon most citizens would agree Canada needs to take seriously requests for extradition from close allies like the United […]

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says a second Canadian may have been detained by Chinese authorities and Ottawa is seeking to find out the individual. Ms. Freeland said the Canadian, who she did not name, had contacted government officials after being questioned by Chinese authorities. “We have not been able to make contact with him […]

Dec 12 2018 —

The former Canadian diplomat who was detained in China days after the arrest of a senior Huawei executive is being questioned on suspicion of engaging in “activities that harmed China’s national security”, according to state-run media. Beijing News said on Wednesday that Michael Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group (ICG), had become the […]

Dec 12 2018 — Abbas Rana

‘Jokes in bad taste, comments about a colleague’s physical appearance, sustained looks, etc. can constitute harassment,’ reads the memo sent out Liberal MPs, and staffers. With Christmas parties on the Hill and in constituency offices across the country underway, the Liberal leadership sent out a memo on Tuesday evening, warning MPs, Hill staff, including exempt […]

Federal minister feuds with N.B. premier after dramatic project cuts

Dec 12 2018 —

The federal intergovernmental affairs minister has launched an attack on the Tory premier of his home province, after dramatic project cuts that left millions of federal dollars on the table. Dominic LeBlanc said the cuts announced Tuesday in the New Brunswick government’s capital budget were done in a “unilateral and belligerent” way. “I think that […]

NDP wants RCMP to probe allegation Ford’s office asked OPP for ‘camper-type vehicle’

Dec 12 2018 —

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the RCMP to investigate an allegation that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s office asked the provincial police force to buy him a specialized “camper-type vehicle.” The alleged request is detailed in a Dec. 11 letter sent by Brad Blair, interim commissioner of Ontario Provincial Police, to ombudsman Paul Dubé.

Dec 12 2018 — Carl Meyer

The House of Commons ethics committee demanded Tuesday that right-wing group Ontario Proud hand over information about its out-of-province funding and reveal details about the telemarketing firm it used to blast out millions of texts and phone calls during the last provincial campaign. The official requests from the committee came after a combative appearance by […]

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See you later, Centre Block

Dec 12 2018 — Susan Delacourt

Massive home renovations can test even the best of relationships. So it could be a bit of a democratic-relationship experiment to see who and what gets tested when a very long renovation gets under way soon in the home that belongs to all Canadians — Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.

Better late than never for Parliament Hill consultation?

Dec 12 2018 — Jennifer Ditchburn

MPs were told that parliamentarians and the public will finally be consulted on the Centre Block rehabilitation. The details of the process are still hazy. There are lot of 11th-hour trips up the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill this month, a lot of group photos being taken in the halls and one-last-meals among colleagues in […]

Talk of Alberta exit is out in the open again

Dec 12 2018 — Don Braid

After lying dormant for nearly 40 years, talk of Alberta separatism is again boiling to the surface. On Tuesday, Premier Rachel Notley said she’s well aware of the increasing chatter about giving up on Canada. And she dealt with the question exactly as the first PC premier, Peter Lougheed, did back in the 1980s. “I […]

Women Should Be Outraged Over ‘New’ Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Dec 12 2018 — Paula Gordon

Canadian women should be outraged. This week, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health released its latest guidelines for screening for breast cancer for women at average risk. They advise against mammography for women aged 40-49, against women doing breast self-examination, and against doctors doing breast exams. They recommend women age 50-74 have mammograms every […]

No trade deal is worth letting down our guard on China

Dec 11 2018 — Andrew Coyne

It took several days for news of the Dec. 1 arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver to leak out. Judging by the reaction out of China, that was probably just as well. The arrest, vice foreign minister Le Yucheng fumed, was “in disregard of the law, unreasonable, merciless and very evil.” […]

Dec 11 2018 — Robyn Urback

Looking back now, Doug Ford’s campaign promise to conduct an independent audit of Ontario’s finances — essentially duplicating the work of the already independent provincial auditor general — was a harbinger of how this government would go about finding its “efficiencies.” The new PC government would hire former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to lead its […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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