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Trudeau and his ministers seem to miss the Senate’s old rubber stamp

Dec 16 2017 — Chris Hall

Transport Minister Marc Garneau arrived at the Senate this week spoiling for a fight. And he got one. What the normally even-keeled minister didn’t expect was to lose his bid to get senators to move more quickly on his bill that, among other things, would strengthen the rights of airline passengers. Garneau is the latest […]

Dec 16 2017 — Catharine Tunney

The Liberal government has a new rule book for judging procurement competitions — it’s just not sure how it will read yet. While launching its long-awaited fighter jet competition on Tuesday, the Liberal government also revealed its intention to evaluate all future defence purchases in part through the lens of whether individual companies have helped […]

Trudeau talks Trump, Khadr, ISIS and pot in exclusive interview with CTV News

Dec 15 2017 —

It’s been an eventful two years since Justin Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister, and 2017 was perhaps the most newsworthy yet. As 2018 inches closer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with CTV Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme to reflect on the year that was. In the wide-ranging interview, they […]

Dec 15 2017 — Katie Simpson

A high-profile employment law firm has been hired to probe allegations of inappropriate behaviour within the Prime Minister’s Office. Rubin Thomlinson LLP is the independent third party handling the investigation into Claude-Éric Gagné, the deputy director of operations within the PMO. Janice Rubin, who led the independent investigation of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation following the […]

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Dec 15 2017 —

Political analysts say United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney’s byelection victory fires the starting pistol on an unofficial 16-month election campaign that will be defined by the skills and personalities of party leaders. “We’re dealing with two political heavyweights going head-to-head,” said Mount Royal political scientist Duane Bratt, referring to Kenney and NDP Premier Rachel […]

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Dec 15 2017 — Rachel Aiello

Hitting the midway point on the House of Commons calendar, the Liberal’s legislative agenda seems lacking, critics say. “The government made some initial moves back in 2015 that I think were positive, and now it just seems to be in the doldrums,” said NDP House Leader Peter Julian in an interview with Julian came […]

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Dec 16 2017 —

One of Canada’s most prominent billionaires and community philanthropists was found dead alongside his wife inside their north Toronto mansion Friday, sending shock waves through the city’s upper echelon. Police would not release the identities of the victims but an outpouring of grief-stricken friends and colleagues confirmed it was Bernard Sherman, known as Barry, founder […]

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Featured Ink

Why did Patrick Brown undermine his own platform?

Dec 16 2017 — John Milloy

Why did Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown undermine his platform launch with a silly promise to resign if his top five promises were not implemented? It all seemed to be going so well. News that the PC blueprint for the next election would be presented at a PC gathering had generated considerable media attention, and Brown […]

Looking back provides clues to where Canada is headed

Dec 15 2017 — Chantal Hébert

Every political year brings its share of new players, emerging trends and surprises. 2017 in Canada was no exception. Here are five of the more meaningful ones for the shape of things to come. 1. Montreal mayor Valérie Plante scored the biggest electoral upset of the past political year in Canada. Her victory against Denis […]

Neo-Nazis are no joke—they just want you to think they are

Dec 16 2017 — Tabatha Southey

“Generally, when using racial slurs, it should come across as half-joking—like a racist joke that everyone laughs at because it’s true,” reads the style guide used by The Daily Stormer, a copy of which the Huffington Post got its hands on this week. The Daily Stormer is a prominent America-based neo-Nazi and white supremacist website […]

Dec 14 2017 — Gary Mason

What is Kent Hehr still doing in the federal cabinet? Mr. Hehr is the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities who has been making news recently, and not in a good way. He has been accused by a number of women of conducting himself inappropriately in meetings, mostly by making comments that were rude, […]

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Dec 14 2017 — Vicky Mochama

During a typical question period in the House of Commons this week, Maclean’s magazine reported that a sizable portion of our elected representatives were spotted staring into their phones: “The proportion of active users ranged from one third to a half of all sitting members at a given time. During each hour of question period, […]

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Dec 13 2017 — Tim Harper

For weeks, the opposition Conservatives have been aiming high, trying to take down a sitting finance minister. It won’t work. The Conservatives may be scoring points in the Commons, if not byelections, but Bill Morneau isn’t going anywhere. While it is natural to go hunting for the big game, the Conservatives should aim a little […]

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Dec 14 2017 — Liam Hunt

On November 29, North Korea tested the Hwasong-15, their newest long-range missile experts deem capable of striking anywhere in North America. It climbed to a height of 4500 kilometres before diving into the Sea of Japan. The launch followed two rounds of successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests by North Korea in August and September. […]

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Dec 13 2017 — John Ivison

The Trudeau government has weathered a Category 5 political storm over its small business tax changes, and the associated tempest over its finance minister’s personal assets, but it has left a mark. The Liberals released new measures to combat income sprinkling in small businesses Wednesday — marginal changes affecting around 5,000 companies that exempt elderly […]

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