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Rising pessimism has Mexico exploring world of post-NAFTA possibilities

Dec 17 2017 — Evan Dyer

“There is no need for a Plan B,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in June, when asked what Canada would do if NAFTA renegotiations failed. Canada, Trudeau told the New York Times, was confident the free trade deal could be salvaged. That is Mexico’s preferred option as well, but fears the Trump administration in the […]

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 17 2017 —

Beverley McLachlin was instrumental in Canada’s most important legal decisions for nearly three decades, helping to shape the laws of the land, the powers of the government and the constitutional rights of every Canadian. McLachlin retired Friday after 28 years on the Supreme Court, including 17 as chief justice. She sat down for a wide-ranging […]

Provincial NDP looks to make Quebec comeback as leadership race draws to a close

Dec 17 2017 —

The provincial wing of the New Democratic Party (NDPQ) is looking to reassert its presence, ahead of the upcoming spring general election, by holding an English-language leadership debate in the West Island. Candidates Raphaël Fortin and Raymond Côté spoke at John Abbott College Saturday about their visions to re-establish the party’s roots in Quebec, after […]

Dec 16 2017 — Kelly Cryderman

As Jason Kenney continues in his quest to win the job of Alberta premier, the former Conservative federal cabinet minister says he will work to broaden his party’s support in the NDP’s Edmonton stronghold, and to recruit a “diverse” group of candidates including LGBTQ community members and women. “I will be making a very deliberate […]

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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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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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Entertainment Plus

‘SNL’ has a special Christmas message from Baldwin’s Trump

Dec 17 2017 —

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and “Saturday Night Live” had a special Christmas message from President Donald Trump on Saturday night. “The war on Christmas is over,” Alec Baldwin’s Trump said opening Saturday night’s show. “It will soon be replaced by the war with North Korea.” Baldwin’s Trump stood alongside his wife, […]

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