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Sep 25 2018 — Evan Dyer

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’ll meet with her counterpart from Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The goal of the meeting would be to begin to mend fences between the two countries after an explosive dispute this summer following Canadian criticism of the kingdom’s […]

Sep 25 2018 —

The Canadian government released a new blueprint Tuesday to reinforce the World Trade Organization and buffer it from President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ attacks on the Geneva-based trade body. The proposal, called “Strengthening and Modernizing the WTO,” seeks to forge an alliance of like-minded countries to “restore confidence in the multilateral trading system and discourage […]

Sep 25 2018 — Rob Ferguson

The new Doug Ford government has “gutted” most of Ontario’s climate change programs with no replacement, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says in a damning new report. The report slams the Progressive Conservatives for axing the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions — which Ford branded a carbon tax that was doing […]

Liberals 39, Conservatives 31, NDP 17, Green 6: Nanos

Sep 25 2018 — Nik Nanos

Ballot – The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Liberals at 39.0  per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 31.2 per cent, the NDP at 17.0 percent, the BQ at 2.4 per cent and the Greens at 5.5 per cent. Accessible Voters – Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the federal parties, […]

Independent Senators Group poised for majority with latest appointments

Sep 24 2018 — Bill Curry

The official caucus of independent senators could soon wield a majority as Prime Minster Justin Trudeau named two more senators on Monday. Beverley Busson, Canada’s first female RCMP commissioner, and Saskatchewan business leader Marty Klyne were appointed Monday as independent senators. Mr. Klyne is Cree Métis and a former publisher of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and […]

Sep 24 2018

Washington’s Department of Ecology wants the Canadian government to fix what it calls “deficiencies in critical areas” of its spill response plan for a spur of the Trans Mountain pipeline that runs through the state. When Canada purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and assets for $4.5 billion, it also bought the Puget Sound line, which […]

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Sunny Ways? It’s Up to Us

Sep 24 2018 — Glen Pearson

A lot has changed in the three years since Justin Trudeau’s government came to power, promising to deliver on the “sunny ways” he promoted during the campaign.  A few big things got in the way – a court ruling on Trans Mountain pipeline, struggles with the provinces, including the Doug Ford victory, carbon pricing troubles, […]

Luck is nearly impossible to beat, and Justin Trudeau’s has no end

Sep 25 2018 — Neil Macdonald

Because we need a horse race, (and because we are so deeply in love with clichés), news organizations have been pushing the idea that the bloom is off the Trudeau rose, which of course is doubly clever, given that flower’s famous place on the lapel of our prime minister’s father. The corollary is obvious: that […]

Québec Solidaire has the Parti Québécois on the ropes

Sep 24 2018 — Chantal Hébert

Three years ago, millennial voters helped Justin Trudeau’s Liberals vault from a distant third place in the House of Commons to a majority government. Next Monday in Quebec, that same cohort could deal a lethal blow to the once mighty Parti Québécois. PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée spent the past month trying to restore his party’s […]

Canada shouldn’t let itself be rushed or bullied on NAFTA

Sep 24 2018 — Dan Leger

Forget the midnight flights to Washington and the clumsy presidential threats, the phoney deadlines and blatant negotiating ploys. If Canada is to achieve a renewed continental trade agreement under viable terms, it has to shrug off American pressure tactics and stay focused. There is no rush to get a new NAFTA because there are no […]

What governments do in the last year of their mandate

Sep 24 2018 — Rachel Curran

It is true that governments in Canada do not technically have “mandates” to govern, as scholar Philippe Lagassé has pointed out. But for lack of a better term, let me use it to describe the four-year period a majority federal government is given to achieve particular policy objectives and otherwise govern the country before it […]

Tory divide a painful lesson not learned by all

Sep 23 2018 — Jaime Watt

Ask any Canadian conservative about federal politics during the mid-’90s, and you will be met with a grimace. Just when right-of-centre provincial parties were making substantial headway across the country, the Reform, Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties were insisting on a futile battle for voter support that saw them languish in second, third or even […]

Everyone wins with Trudeau’s carbon tax? No

Sep 24 2018 — Lorrie Goldstein

We all know if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the case with a new report by Canadians for Clean Prosperity. It claims the Trudeau government will implement a carbon tax where “the vast majority of households, regardless of income level, would receive more money in the form of carbon […]

Sep 23 2018 — Penny Collenette

Voters have a right to feel betrayed by floor crossers. It is time to reform. When Parliament reopened last Monday, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were jolted by the unaccustomed sting of political betrayal. Leona Alleslev, the Liberal MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, elected in 2015, crossed the floor to the Conservative party, switching parties without any […]

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Sep 21 2018 — Rosemarie Fike

The Canada/Saudi Arabia diplomatic dispute, which peaked in August after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted her support for women’s rights activist Samar Badawi, which in turn prompted Saudi Arabia to pull its students from Canadian colleges and universities (with a temporary exception for medical students), appears to have calmed—for now. But while the spat […]

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