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Fisheries Minister defends decision to award clam fishing quota to company with familial, Liberal ties

May 22 2018 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc defended his decision to award a lucrative clam harvesting quota to an Atlantic Canadian company with ties to the Liberal Party and to his family, telling the House of Commons on Tuesday that his wife has a lot of relatives. Mr. LeBlanc is being investigated by Canada’s federal Ethics Commissioner after […]

May 22 2018 — Catherine Cullen

Conservative MP Brad Trost is not backing down from his legal battle against the Conservative Party of Canada. His lawyer is filing a motion to appeal a previous decision which confirmed that Trost’s leadership campaign has to pay a $50,000 fine, and added $22,000 to cover the party’s legal costs. Trost has threatened in the […]

Canada continues to call for independent inquiry into Gaza violence

May 22 2018 — Robert Fife

Canada continues to push for an international probe into recent violence in Gaza. The calls come even as Canada opposed a UN Human Rights Council vote on Friday to establish an investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinians during protests along the Israeli-Gaza border. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the House of Commons on Tuesday […]

Doug Ford’s PCs falter as Andrea Horwath’s NDP makes gains: polls

May 22 2018 — Eric Grenier

The Ontario election campaign isn’t even two weeks old and already everything has changed. From a wide double-digit lead in the polls, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are now ahead by only four points in the CBC’s Ontario Poll Tracker. Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, meanwhile, have made gains in poll after poll — and according to […]

May 22 2018 —

The British Columbia government is going to court asking for an injunction and damages against Alberta over that province’s recently passed fuel restriction law. B.C. Attorney General David Eby says the government filed a statement of claim in Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench challenging the constitutionality of Alberta’s Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act. The statement […]

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May 22 2018 —

Justin Trudeau says he welcomes amendments from opposition parties to his government’s proposed reforms to laws governing federal political parties and elections. The prime minister is stressing his openness to amendments in response to Conservative demands that government advertising and ministerial travel be limited in the three months preceding an election call. Bill C-76 would […]

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Featured Ink

Trudeau’s chance to diffuse the India debacle

May 22 2018 — Susan Delacourt

The Prime Minister’s trip to India earned him a lot of laughs this year — all at his own expense. This weekend, however, Justin Trudeau has a chance to solicit some laughs on his own terms, at the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner in Ottawa. Will this finally be a chance to put that trip […]

Consigning the Bob Rae monster to the pages of history

May 22 2018 — Tim Harper

“Pink Floyd” and the Clampetts. Rae Days and massive deficits. With Andrea Horwath’s NDP showing continued momentum in the Ontario election, is it time again for the Bob Rae monster to burst out of the bedroom closet at night? Will he do an encore as a scary apparition at the stroke of midnight around the […]

Ontario PCs searching for weak spot in surging New Democrats

May 22 2018 — Chris Selley

Let us peer back through the mists of history to a time called A Few Months Ago. Ontarians were telling pollsters they were sick of Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government, but they nevertheless seemed tolerant of some of their policies: polls found solid support for the $15 minimum wage, expanding rent control and cutting […]

U.S. stalling on NAFTA could give Trudeau Liberals a windfall

May 21 2018 — Dan Leger

As the latest real or imagined deadline for a new North American free trade deal came and went last week, concern in Ottawa and Mexico City grew acute. Time is running out to put an agreement to the U.S. Congress and talks are stalled. Senior ministers from Canada and Mexico, while frustrated, suggested the bones […]

Safeguarding the independence of the Senate

May 22 2018 — Larry W. Smith

In April, Senator Peter Harder, the Trudeau government’s representative in the Senate, shared the government’s agenda for the upper chamber. His paper aims to advise senators from all parties and groups on how they should conduct themselves when reviewing government legislation.

Why we should care what Stephen Harper says

May 20 2018 — Penny Collenette

It was a surprise to see Stephen Harper’s name streak through the news recently. Why would anyone write about him? His party was defeated in 2015 and he subsequently retired. So why were Conservative pundits defensive about his recent activities? And why did the Liberal Party pounce on the situation with a cheeky fundraising email […]

May 20 2018 — Jaime Watt

The fairy tale that best fits this Ontario election: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The voters, playing the role of Goldilocks, find the Liberal porridge has grown cold and, for many, Doug Ford’s Conservative bowl a trifle hot. That leaves Andrea Horwath and the NDP an opportunity: to serve porridge that is exactly right temperature […]

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May 20 2018 — Robin V. Sears

In his passionate defence of a politics of values over tribes, Bob Rae said the most important was an acceptance of the importance of facts. He was being honoured last week by hundreds of Canada’s finest political leaders of all three parties for his contribution to public life. “Facts matter,” he concluded, “Our politics needs […]

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May 19 2018 — Aaron Wherry

Doug Ford is not Donald Trump. Whatever the controversies and criticisms he now faces, Ford has not promised to build a wall along any of Ontario’s borders. He has not suggested that Muslims should be banned from immigrating to the province. He has not been caught on tape bragging about sexual assault. But “not being […]

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May 17 2018 — Don Martin

Seemingly without provocation this week, the Official Opposition Leader in Alberta decided to blast the prime minister as stupid. Jason Kenney seems to be very proud of his hyper derision in the Calgary Sun, refusing to recant after belittling Justin Trudeau as “empty” and having “the political depth of a finger bowl” incapable of digesting […]

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Entertainment Plus

Judge authorizes class-action against former impresario Gilbert Rozon

May 22 2018 —

A Quebec judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit against former Just For Laughs head Gilbert Rozon for the alleged harassment and sexual assault of several women. The women sought permission last fall to file the suit against the co-founder of the popular Montreal comedy festival, seeking $10 million in punitive damages as well as additional […]

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