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Andrew Scheer’s secret meeting with oil executives ‘concerning’, says Minister for Democratic Institutions

Apr 25 2019 —

A secret meeting between Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer and oil-industry executives is concerning because Canadians need full transparency from political parties leading up to next fall’s federal election, Minister for Democratic Institutions Karina Gould said on Thursday.The Liberal government has passed an election law that prohibits political parties from co-ordinating their campaign strategy with […]

Apr 25 2019 —

Top Conservative politicians met with oil-industry executives at a private conference to map out strategy for ousting Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in a sign of growing collaboration between the Alberta-based sector and its political backers ahead of the federal election this fall.The closed-door event reflects the deep ties between federal Conservatives and more activist elements of […]

Apr 25 2019 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ontario and other provinces trying to block the federal carbon tax are shortsighted and irresponsible. Trudeau gave a speech to an environmental conference in Montreal today during which he slammed Ontario’s constitutional challenge to the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick are all either […]

Apr 25 2019 —

Hate crimes appear to be on the rise in Alberta with the province becoming home to a number of extremist movements, according to a draft report obtained by CTV News. The federally funded 92-page report from the Organization for the Prevention of Violence examines six types of extremist groups currently active in Alberta, ranging from […]

‘The Simpsons’ writer reveals details on Sunday’s Canuck-themed episode

Apr 25 2019 —

“The Simpsons” consulting producer Tim Long grew up in Ontario and has always sensed something secretly Canadian about Lisa, the middle child and most critically-minded member of the enduring American animated family. “She’s the one who’s had the most barbed critiques of the United States,” Long, a writer-producer who was raised in Exeter, Ont., said […]

City of Ottawa declares state of emergency due to threat of flooding

Apr 25 2019 —

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has declared a state of emergency over flooding along the Ottawa River and other waterways. In the declaration, the mayor’s office says the water levels pose “an ongoing threat” to property, health and safety of nearby residents. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement forecasting up to 35 millimetres of […]

Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws

Apr 25 2019 — Catharine Tunney

Canada’s federal privacy watchdog plans to take Facebook to court following an investigation that found the social media giant broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting Canadians’ personal information. “Canadians are at risk because the protections offered by Facebook are essentially empty,” said Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien after releasing […]

Apr 25 2019 — Aaron Wherry

Doug Ford’s government in Ontario is now insisting the province should not be expected to do more than its “fair share” to meet Canada’s national commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But Ford’s definition of “fair” might present a significant challenge to the rest of the country — particularly Ford’s conservative allies in Alberta and […]

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Apr 25 2019 —

The oil and gas industry has worn out its welcome in Canadian marine conservation areas. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson today is announcing a total ban on oil and gas work, as well as mining, waste-dumping and bottom-trawling, in all of Canada’s marine protected areas. Wilkinson is at an international nature summit in Montreal where Canada […]

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Trudeau itching for a fight if Jason Kenney overturns pledge to cap oilsands emissions

Apr 25 2019 — John Ivison

Jason Kenney was recently elected premier of Alberta after campaigning against Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals, rather than Rachel Notley’s provincial NDP. Now Trudeau is weighing the prospect of returning the favour. Sources suggest the Trudeau government is actively considering the idea of blocking the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which the federal government owns, […]

Big stink forces Trudeau to take out the trash

Apr 25 2019 — Don Martin

It’s been a dozen years since I was assigned to follow garbage trucks down the 401 and across the U.S. border to watch them dump Toronto waste into Michigan landfills. To furious residents posting protest signs along the quiet streets rattled by thousands of our trucks every year, we were reprehensible Canadian trash. Their understandable […]

PC win in PEI is latest challenge for Justin Trudeau

Apr 24 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin

P.E.I. voters have spoken, and it’s more bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Premier-designate Dennis King, elected party leader a scant two months ago, won 12 seats in the Island’s 27-seat legislature, putting him in place to form a minority government. After four terms in office, the incumbent Liberals were reduced to six seats […]

Trudeau and Kenney: Well, this was coming

Apr 24 2019 — Paul Wells

Over-dramatizing is an occupational hazard in my line of work, and you’re right, I’m not immune. A lot of the coverage about Jason Kenney’s election, and the situation it puts Justin Trudeau in, might suggest it’s some kind of unprecedented thing. No, it is amply precedented. Precedented in many ways. At the most general level, […]

Scheer fires back at Trudeau’s ‘white supremacist’ charge

Apr 24 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accusing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of being a closet supporter of white supremacists, the Conservatives are countering with an election ad accusing Trudeau of lying to Canadians. And it’s still six months away from the Oct. 21 election, suggesting it’s going to be a long and brutal campaign. The […]

Apr 24 2019 — Neil Macdonald

On Thursday, the fiscal detectives at the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) will publish their assessment of a promise the Trudeau government will be repeating, almost as a matter of self-defence, in this year’s election: that the new carbon tax driving up gasoline and home heating costs will be entirely returned to taxpayers through tax cuts.

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Apr 23 2019 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s threatened defamation suit against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer over the SNC-Lavalin affair is just the latest in a rapidly growing list of Canadian political mud-slinging matches that have taken a litigious turn. Scheer had already employed some overheated rhetoric at earlier stages of the controversy, accusing Trudeau of exerting “frankly illegal […]

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Apr 24 2019 — Dennis Darby

The Government of Ontario announced recently a $30-billion transit expansion plan for the GTA. This historic investment, the province correctly notes, could have a massive positive impact on families, commuters, and jobs, injecting a breath of fresh air in Toronto’s aging infrastructure. And while the economic impact of this project will be felt by all […]

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Apr 23 2019 — Massimo Bergamini

Responding to recent calls from Canadian air carriers, airports and even a leading Canadian labour union to postpone the July 1 launch of his passenger rights regulations, transport minister Marc Garneau told the CBC “We’ve been working on this for over two years. I am anxious to get them out.” If the minister’s impatience is […]

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Apr 23 2019 — Glen Pearson

It frequently gets agitating listening to someone say that times were so much simpler in the old days.  It’s a kind of naïve way of both dismissing the past and providing excuses for the inactions of the present.  The world has always been on the verge of some calamity or another, but the fragile years […]

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Apr 23 2019 — Heather Scoffield

It was bold and controversial at the time, and remains so today. Critics were quick to pounce when the federal Liberals presented their big and expensive tax-and-transfer package of the 2015 election campaign as an experimental remedy to income inequality and the populism it often spawns, They said the tax elements of the package — […]

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