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Five NDP votes in Labrador to determine status of N.L. Liberal government

May 19 2019 —

The deciding seat in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal minority setup came from a surprising race in Thursday’s election, with an NDP political rookie unseating a Liberal cabinet minister by a slim margin. An official recount is pending but official results released Sunday for the district of Labrador West showed NDP newcomer Jordan Brown still ahead […]

May 19 2019 — Rachel Aiello

Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said implementing a national handgun ban is still on the table, and would not rule out issuing a federal order instead of legislation given the limited window of Parliamentary time. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair was asked whether the handgun ban that […]

May 19 2019 —

The House of Commons standing committee on finance got a passionate earful last week from one of Canada’s most knowledgeable refugee experts, who wanted to know precisely why the Trudeau government was suddenly taking a harder line on asylum seekers at the very moment the numbers entering Canada were falling.

Revamped citizenship guide still a work in progress as election nears

May 19 2019 — Kathleen Harris

A promised overhaul of Canada’s citizenship guide remains a work in progress with just months left in the Liberal government’s mandate. That leaves newcomers to the country with the existing guide — which is riddled with historical gaps and outdated information — as their primary document for preparing for the citizenship test. The government is […]

Two N.L. Independent say they look forward to minority government

May 19 2019 —

Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent election resulted in a rare minority government, partially due to wins by two Independent candidates — and both former Liberals say they won’t be swayed to rejoin any political party. Eddie Joyce and Paul Lane both crossed the floor to sit as Independents since Dwight Ball’s Liberal majority government took office […]

May 19 2019 —

One Canadian and four Americans were killed after a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatan, a popular island destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Officials initially gave conflicting reports about the victims’ nationalities, suggesting all five of the victims were Canadians; however, the country’s armed forces later said […]

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The gift of social media helped Trudeau, but it can also take away

May 19 2019 — Jaime Watt

When Justin Trudeau took the stage in October 2015 to celebrate the Liberals’ majority victory, he spoke of his party’s “positive vision,” for Canada. Their campaign, he said, had “defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less, that good enough is good enough and that better just isn’t possible … this is Canada, […]

If Scheer wins, who will be the next Liberal and NDP leaders?

May 19 2019 — Jim Warren

Last week I listed the front-runners to replace Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer if he doesn’t win a majority government this October. The list included Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Erin O’Toole, Lisa Raitt, Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper. The one who by far solicited the most positive response by email and on social media was Harper. […]

Green Party success could create hostile internal divisions

May 19 2019 — Robin V. Sears

Forty years ago this spring, an eloquent, passionate, young American-educated German named Petra Kelly helped to launch the Green movement that swept first West Germany and then much of Western Europe. Kelly was one of those naturally charismatic politicians who drew supporters from a broad sweep of German voters: left and right, young and old.

The 2019 election is looking like 1972 all over again

May 19 2019 — Anthony Furey

Trudeau wins a majority government thanks to his personal popularity, as regular Canadians take to the streets to pose for photographs with him, swooning over his style. This is a description of Justin Trudeau and the 2015 election, right? Sure, but the same words equally apply to the original Trudeaumania – the 1968 election that […]

Trudeau’s ‘hidden agenda’ exposed

May 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein

As it turns out, the Canadian political leader with a “hidden agenda” is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Because while Trudeau was boasting about his “sunny ways” of governing, and falsely accusing Scheer of being sympathetic to white supremacists, the Liberal government he presided over was, in the unforgettable words of […]

Nathalie Des Rosiers and Marie-France Lalonde dared to lead

May 19 2019 — Tiffany Gooch

Less than a year after their election, it was revealed last week that two Ontario Liberal members of provincial parliament will be formally resigning in the pursuit of new leadership roles. MPPs Marie-France Lalonde and Nathalie Des Rosiers, representing the ridings of Orléans and Ottawa-Vanier respectively, announced that they will be departing the provincial political […]

Did Justin Trudeau win a trade war, or a friend?

May 17 2019 — Susan Delacourt

Justin Trudeau and Conrad Black don’t have much in common, but both of them have had a pretty good week with President Donald Trump. While Black got a presidential pardon, Trudeau won what he and his government were boasting was a “full lift” of steel and aluminum tariffs. On both counts, the good news came […]

Scheer’s big ideas still need numbers to back them up

May 17 2019 — Heather Scoffield

Heavy on symbolism, light on detail. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer left Parliament Hill on Thursday for Toronto’s financial district to roll out his proposals for Canada’s economy, the second in a series of policy speeches meant to define his campaign to become the next prime minister. He evoked the memory of gold magnate Peter Munk, […]

May 17 2019 — Glen Pearson

It’s tough to blame him.  In its own way it seemed kind of inevitable. Francis Fukuyama was little known to the outside world in 1989, but his star was rising within the American State Department.  And his timing was perfect when he published The End of History and the Last Man six months prior to […]

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May 16 2019 — Don Martin

Today was the 13th question period in the House of Commons this month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has attended just three of them, only one being on a Wednesday when he dances around every opposition query. Mind you, Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer hasn’t exactly earned a gold star for House attendance. He’s only made […]

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May 17 2019 — Andrew MacDougall

Why are Liberals tweeting and petitioning and fundraising about access to abortion, which is not under threat in Canada? They’re in panic mode. You know things are going particularly well for the Liberals when abortion becomes the topic du jour. Stuck in the high 20s/low 30s after months of SNC-Lavalin and a side of Mark […]

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May 16 2019 — Shannon Proudfoot

Half of Canadian voters hold opinions that might make populism appealing to them, a new poll from Earnscliffe Strategy Group shows, and while Canadian populists lean distinctly to the right, they are not alienated outsiders but rather highly motivated politics watchers. In the report, the lobbying firm cautions that “in order to avoid unnecessary hysteria,” […]

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