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U.S. bridge company advertisement asks Trump to reject Canadian-funded span

Jun 21 2018 —

The U.S.-owned company behind a Windsor-Detroit bridge crossing is stepping up its fight to prevent a Canadian-funded second span from being built. And they’re doing it by appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump with a TV commercial. The owners of the Ambassador Bridge — the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) — say the construction of […]

Jun 21 2018 — Alex Boutilier

The cohort of young immigrants was protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration announced they will phase out. They now remain in legal limbo, as court challenges against their deportation proceed and the U.S. Congress remains unable to craft a legislative solution. “While some DACA recipients may […]

Jun 21 2018 — Kelly Cryderman

Ottawa has quietly renewed the equalization formula to keep its current form to 2024, a move it said it clearly communicated to the provinces and territories but seems to have caught those looking for changes to the sometimes contentious federal program off-guard. Provinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta – “have” provinces under equalization still suffering […]

Doug Ford wants consultations on cannabis sales in Ontario

Jun 21 2018 —

Ontario’s incoming premier says he’s focusing on the idea of selling cannabis in government-owned liquor stores but will consult with municipalities, stakeholders and his caucus on how recreational marijuana should be sold in the province. The outgoing Liberals had planned to roll out 150 standalone government-run pot stores by the end of 2020. Doug Ford […]

Ontario’s Doug Ford strands ‘thousands’ on waiting list for solar, says industry group

Jun 21 2018 — Carl Meyer

Doug Ford’s decision to abandon Ontario’s price on pollution has left “thousands” of Ontarians waiting for solar installations hanging out to dry, the national industry group says. John Gorman, president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association, said Thursday that the shutting down of a rebate agency that had been funded by the cap and trade […]

Jun 21 2018 — Chris Hall

Another of Canada’s largest business groups is warning that Ottawa needs to act now to lower corporate taxes or risk a continued exodus of investment and jobs to the United States. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, which represents 2,500 companies, released a report this week that paints a bleak picture of the business landscape in […]

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Jun 21 2018 — Aaron Wherry

“Canadians sent us to Parliament Hill with a clear mandate,” Justin Trudeau told a roomful of reporters assembled Wednesday to mark the end of Parliament’s spring sitting. Although that agenda has, in many ways, come to seem more timely — embracing diversity, growing the middle class, fighting climate change — Trudeau’s mandate did not include […]

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Jun 21 2018 —

The Canadian government is taking steps to further reduce the number of migrant children and families held in detention centres, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says. “The numbers are low in Canada, but they are getting lower,” Goodale told CBC News. “We’re working very hard to make sure that our system is as secure as […]

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Are issues getting too complex for real debate?

Jun 20 2018 — Don Lenihan

Yesterday in this space, I called for an election on how Canada should respond to Trump. In a note, public affairs expert Andrew Beattie neatly laid out what I believe is a widely shared fear about such a debate: the issues are too complex, and it would quickly degenerate into bombast and sloganeering. I see […]

War Under the Peace Tower

Jun 20 2018 — Glen Pearson

In the parliamentary calendar, it is inevitable that the subject of Question Period’s dysfunction will emerge, often with a twinge of anger. It’s happening again in these last few days, led by the Toronto Star researching into the veracity and truthfulness of that one time in the House where the government must account for its […]

Reforming Parliament: Time to hear from all the players

Jun 20 2018 — John Milloy

Is representative democracy in Canada in trouble? The Samara Centre for Democracy, a Canadian charity working to improve politics thinks so.  Their recently released report, Flip the Script, paints a grim picture of Canada’s system of elected representation.  Based on interviews with 54 Members of Parliament exiting after the 2105 federal election, it portrays a hyper-partisan House […]

Trudeau needs a calm summer (don’t all laugh at once)

Jun 19 2018 — Susan Delacourt

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs a better summer in 2018 than he had in 2017 — and the Chicoutimi-Le Fjord byelection was not exactly the most auspicious start. Publicly, Liberals are casting the Conservative victory as not a big deal — the byelection, they’re saying, was always going to be an uphill struggle against local […]

Canada is turning its back on Central American refugees

Jun 20 2018 — Jaymie Heilman

Today, on World Refugee Day, Canadians might see yet another news story about the traumas of young Central American girls and boys being separated from their asylum-seeking parents by US immigration officials. As the American Civil Liberties Union recently reported, children who flee to the US unaccompanied are also being brutally mistreated: child immigrants in […]

Jagmeet Singh has a lot of work to do

Jun 19 2018 — Paul Wells

We keep looking for a politician who’ll stand up and admit failure. Suddenly here was one. There’s a kind of nobility in taking your licking, I guess. “We’re disappointed” in Monday’s by-election results in the Quebec heartland riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, Jagmeet Singh told a knot of reporters outside the House of Commons before Question […]

Jun 19 2018 — Andrew Coyne

For twelve exciting hours last week, Parliamentary business was held up by a Conservative procedural tactic forcing a vote on every one of 200 items in the Main Estimates. The marathon voting session was in protest at the Liberal government’s failure to release detailed projections of the cost to Canadian households of pricing emissions of […]

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Jun 19 2018 — Shree Paradkar

Forgive me if I don’t get the big fuss around Laura Bush lambasting Donald Trump. The former first lady wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, castigating the U.S. President’s newly enforced zero-tolerance policy towards asylum seekers that in the past several weeks has officially seen more than 2,300 children separated from their parents. The […]

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Jun 19 2018 — Glen Pearson

I caught his stare as I was brought into the House of Commons for the first time and just couldn’t read it.  It was late-2006, shortly after I had won a by-election as a Liberal in London, Ontario.  Paul Dewar had entered the House as a newcomer for the NDP only a few months before.  […]

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Jun 18 2018 — John Ivison

The Conservatives have made clear their preferred ballot question in the 2019 election — the cost to the average family of Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax. They filibustered all night last Thursday to highlight their point that finance minister Bill Morneau won’t release that figure, despite having the analysis to hand. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party’s Twitter […]

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