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Why Stephen Harper’s former policy director is defending Trudeau’s carbon tax

Sep 20 2018 —

While the Conservatives argue the Liberal government’s proposed carbon tax would take money out of the pockets of everyday Canadians, a new report suggests the opposite is true. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will levy a price on carbon dioxide pollution starting at a minimum of $10 a tonne in 2019, rising by […]

Sep 20 2018 — Marieke Walsh

The clock is ticking down to the latest deadline to renegotiate a trade deal with the United States and Mexico, but Ontario’s trade minister went out of his way Thursday to commend the Trudeau government’s work. Fresh off a one-day trip to Washington on Wednesday, Minister Jim Wilson gave kudos to Canada’s negotiating team. “They’re […]

Sep 20 2018 — Daniel Leblanc and Robert Fife

A number of non-profit groups such as St. John Ambulance and Scouts Canada are still waiting for the results of a review of the Governor-General’s activities to see whether Julie Payette will uphold tradition and start to work with their organizations, nearly one year after she was installed in the vice-regal position. The situation is […]

Canadian Export Agency Downgrades Its Assessment of Saudi Arabia

Sep 20 2018 — Stephen Wicary

Canada’s export financing agency is raising a red flag on doing business with Saudi Arabia in the wake of a feud between Riyadh and the Trudeau government. Export Development Canada “is currently off cover on all products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the agency said on its website’s Saudi country profile Thursday night. “EDC […]

Rate of rejections for summer jobs funding higher in Conservative ridings

Sep 20 2018 — Rachel Aiello

Organizations in Conservative ridings had disproportionately more Canada Summer Job funding applications rejected in 2018 due to their response to the Liberals’ hotly contested values attestation newly released documents show. According to numbers recently tabled in the House of Commons, Liberal-held ridings experienced the largest overall number of rejections. However, a CTV News analysis of […]

Sep 19 2018 — John Ivison

The study, which will be released next week, is by Canadians for Clean Prosperity, a non-partisan group led by Mark Cameron, ex-policy director to Stephen Harper. “Bring it on.” That was Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s response Wednesday to Justin Trudeau’s defence of the Liberal carbon tax and the Liberals’ willingness to fight the 2019 election […]

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Sep 20 2018 —

Canada is extending an olive branch to Saudi Arabia after a diplomatic blowout, as the countries weigh whether they can potentially avoid a prolonged standoff affecting Canadian firms and Saudi students. Tweets about a human rights case erupted last month into an unusually public brawl between two Group of 20 nations — both a rebuke […]

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Featured Ink

(Not)withstanding judicial overreach is healthy for democracy

Sep 20 2018 — Joe Oliver

Premier Doug Ford no longer needs to invoke the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario Court of Appeal stayed the lower court’s ‘dubious’ ruling overturning legislation to reduce the size of the Toronto City Council. Since Ford said he might use it in other instances and because the issue is […]

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Canada aims for the minimum on Indigenous consultation

Sep 20 2018 — Eugene Kung

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision that quashed the federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and tanker project on August 30 was big news across the world, because the project has come to symbolize so many larger issues: from climate change to Indigenous rights and the nature of Canadian federalism.

Sep 19 2018 —

Leona Alleslev, MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, crossed the floor this week to join the Conservatives from the Liberal party. If she runs for re-election in 2019 under the banner of her new party, history suggests that there is a good chance she will lose her seat, despite the narrow margin between the two parties […]

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Sep 18 2018 — Lori Turnbull

Leona Alleslev just became Canada’s newest floor-crosser, giving federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer the best day he’s had since he won the leadership. A rookie MP representing Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, Ms. Alleslev came out swinging hard against her former colleagues in the Liberal government, voicing her deep concern for the country and criticizing the government’s […]

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Sep 18 2018 — Vicki-May Hamm

Legalizing nonmedical cannabis across Canada — safely and systematically — is a significant challenge for all orders of government. That challenge starts with the local governments on the front lines of the communities where cannabis will be legally produced, sold and consumed. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) serves more than 2,000 local governments representing […]

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Sep 17 2018 — Dan Leger

The federal ethics commissioner’s finding that cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc blundered into a conflict of interest over a fishing licence wasn’t much of a shock. Liberals are known for skating along the edge of rules designed to curb undue coziness between politicians and pals. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taken to task for vacationing with […]

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Entertainment Plus

KISS announces ‘End of the Road’ farewell world tour

Sep 20 2018 —

KISS is saying goodbye once again — but first, the band is embarking on one more tour. The rock group announced the news of their final tour after a legendary 45-year career on Wednesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent. “This is going to be our last tour,” they announced onstage after performing Detroit Rock City. […]


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