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‘Fear and division’: Trudeau rips Conservatives in campaign-style speech to supporters

Apr 21 2018 — Kathleen Harris

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took sharp aim at his chief electoral opponent today, casting Andrew Scheer as a divisive force in a campaign-style speech to fire up his troops. Addressing about 3,000 delegates at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax, Trudeau seized on the Conservative leader’s characterization as “Stephen Harper with a smile.” “It may […]

Apr 21 2018 — Abbas Rana

It’s a three-day happy gathering of about 3,000 Liberal Party faithful, but one serious concern still being talked about in the hallways and backrooms is the propensity for self-inflicted wounds by top strategists and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inability to do anything about it which could cost him the next election or could reduce the […]

Apr 21 2018 —

The Aga Khan, one of the central figures in an ethics scandal involving the prime minister, will visit Canada to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee. Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Ismaili spiritual leader, will be in Canada from May 1 to 4, with the trip including a dinner at Rideau Hall and then stops in […]

From #MeToo to never again: Trudeau, Liberals hold closed-door session on sexual harassment

Apr 21 2018 — Kathleen Harris

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Liberal MPs, including one accused of sexual harassment, are taking part in a closed-door workshop on creating safe workplaces at the Liberal convention in Halifax. The session, called “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments,” is closed to the media so delegates can share personal stories. Liberal […]

Sober suits, no drama: how Trudeau got the low-key foreign trip he badly needed

Apr 21 2018 — Evan Dyer

The Official Opposition barely mentioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign travel this week. Instead, Conservatives mostly used question period to rehash the PM’s excursion to India two months ago, and the unforced errors that plagued it. So the Trudeau government succeeded at least in not giving its enemies any fresh ammunition — which surely came […]

Apr 21 2018 — Bill Curry

The federal government is shelving its in-depth study of airport privatization after nearly two years of examining the multibillion-dollar potential of selling off the key federal assets. During a private meeting with airport executives in Ottawa this week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau confirmed that the Liberal government is not moving ahead with privatization at this […]

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Apr 21 2018 —

As the infighting over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline heats up, the courts may ultimately do what the politicians in Alberta, B.C., Ottawa and − recently − Saskatchewan have been unable to do so far. Pending rulings could set the stage for killing or saving the $7.4-billion expansion of the 65-year-old link between Alberta and […]

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Apr 21 2018 —

The Canadian government will lead the first trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ businesses and entrepreneurs later this year, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday. The announcement was part of a speech promoting the Liberal government’s progressive trade agenda at the party’s national convention in Halifax. Champagne offered no details about the missions, […]

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Apr 21 2018 —

Re-election campaigns — like the one the Trudeau Liberals will embark on next year — hang on a government’s ability to convince voters that it still represents positive change, Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod said Friday. But since electoral success seems more and more these days to depend on offering voters something other […]

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Featured Ink

Doug Ford is brash, but he’s no Donald Trump

Apr 21 2018 —

Earlier this week, Ontario PC leader Doug Ford made an announcement that sent a shock wave through the canyons of Bay Street. His first act, should he be elected premier, said Ford, would be to fire Mayo Schmidt, the president and CEO of Hydro One, and the company’s entire board of directors.

Justin Trudeau will have an election in mind as he heads to Halifax convention. But it’s not his own

Apr 20 2018 — Susan Delacourt

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled out not one, but three of his 2015 election slogans last weekend when he held his pipeline-crisis meeting with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia. He talked of “hope and hard work” and declared that “better is always possible.” Trudeau even urged the warring provinces to see their rivals […]

Canada stuck with overpriced beer and provincial monopolies

Apr 19 2018 — Don Martin

It was never just about the beer — although, as an occasional cross-border suds shopper, there may be a conflict of personal interest here. The case of Gerard Comeau was a crucial legal fight aimed at ending protectionism for a myriad of goods and services controlled by provincial monopolies or regulations which impose higher prices […]

Bernier and Simms offer a tale of two whips

Apr 19 2018 — John Ivison

Francis Urquhart, the fictional chief whip in the original (and the best) House of Cards, described his role thus: “A pat on the head and a biscuit here; a short, sharp shock there – and a good boot up the backside where indicated.” In recent days, both the Conservative and Liberal whips’ offices have been […]

Apr 19 2018 — Paul Wells

This is not a small thing that has happened to Maxime Bernier. It’s a brutal humiliation of a major figure in a national party. The man who led the federal Conservatives’ leadership voting last year for 12 consecutive ballots (using the party’s novel preferential voting system) before losing, narrowly, to Andrew Scheer on the 13th […]

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Apr 18 2018 — Mark Winfield

Since early April, the concerns over the fate of the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline in the face of the British Columbia government’s objections have been elevated to the level of a constitutional and political crisis, driven by an artificial deadline set by the pipeline’s Houston-based owner. The hyperbole about how the fate […]

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Entertainment Plus

Nova Scotia politician files complaint with talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel

Apr 20 2018 —

A provincial cabinet minister in Nova Scotia has written a letter of complaint to talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, saying he didn’t appreciate a recent segment that made light of the Halifax Explosion. The letter from Labour Minister Labi Kousoulis says even though the disaster happened more than 100 years ago, Nova Scotian families still live […]

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