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MPs set to begin deliberating hundreds of amendments to key elections bill

Oct 15 2018 — Rachel Aiello

Amendments to further legislate foreign spending and political advertising leading up to, and during Canadian election campaigns could be made to the government’s key piece of election reform legislation this week, as MPs on the Procedure and House Affairs Committee are beginning what’s set to be a marathon series of meetings on the bill. Monday […]

Oct 15 2018 —

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s legal team is demanding the federal government release dozens of documents that officials have deemed cabinet secrets, but which Norman’s lawyers say they need to properly defend their client in court. The request is detailed in a court filing from Norman’s lawyers obtained by The Canadian Press, and represents the latest twist […]

Oct 15 2018 —

Add beer to chocolate, coffee and wine as some of life’s little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. Losses of barley yield can be as much as 17 per cent, […]

Oct 15 2018 — Robert Benzie

As Ontario’s fiscal watchdog is set to reveal the financial impact of Premier Doug Ford’s decision to scrap cap-and-trade, the Progressive Conservatives insist they will have a replacement climate-change plan soon. Environment Minister Rod Phillips said Monday the Tories would soon unveil their strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to extreme weather.

Former Hill staffer Wernick wants MPs to sign pledge to bring about ‘a long-term culture change’ on the Hill

Oct 15 2018 — Abbas Rana

Paul Wernick, the former Liberal staffer who attempted suicide twice earlier this year, including once on the Hill, and went public with his story in order to publicize the darker side of working in federal politics, is now urging all MPs to sign a pledge to create “greater transparency and accountability regarding working conditions” on […]

Oct 15 2018 — Daniel Leblanc

The federal Conservatives say they would not stand in the way of the Quebec government if it moves to bar some provincial employees from wearing religious symbols at work. In an interview, Conservative MP Gérard Deltell said his party accepts the incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government’s right to introduce legislation on the matter, would not […]

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Oct 15 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert

Last week’s UN report detailing the devastating and irreversible impacts of climate change, which the world is on track to see by 2030, underscores the urgent need for Canada to “ratchet up” its efforts and targets, say experts and critics, who also say the government should drop its pursuit of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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Featured Ink

Canadians are suckers. Just look at our oil exports

Oct 15 2018 — Kelly McParland

If you haven’t been reading the business pages, you might not know that Canadian ingenuity has developed a stunning new business model: producing expensive oil and giving it away cheap. The gap between Canadian and U.S. oil is nudging US$50 a barrel. Alberta gets around US$26 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate is in the […]

It is time to polish our humanitarian brand in Canada

Oct 15 2018 — Jaime Watt

In an age of social media and intense global competition, “brand” has become more important than ever. While it was once the exclusive domain of consumer-focused companies, now individuals, organizations and nations alike have become acutely aware of the image they project and the benefits that come with successfully building brand equity.

Many discrepancies in plans for toll-free Champlain Bridge

Oct 15 2018 — Percy Downe

During the last federal election, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced that, if elected, he would not proceed with the plan to charge tolls on Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge — a $4.2-billion project, now nearing completion. On May 29, 2018, the Auditor General of Canada reported that the decision to eliminate tolls on the federally owned […]

NDP starts small, but dreams big, on legal marijuana

Oct 14 2018 — Michael Smyth

British Columbia is poised for a flowering of small-scale marijuana cultivation. Call it craft cannabis. B.C. is already famous for producing some of the world’s finest cannabis. But when marijuana is finally legalized later this week, the proud home of B.C. Bud won’t exactly be charging out of the starting gates. After many months of […]

Whatever concessions Liberals made in NAFTA, there’s plenty more they can’t blame on Trump

Oct 12 2018 — Andrew Coyne

When the revamped, Trumpified NAFTA was first announced, the general reaction here was relief. Disaster had been averted. The agreement had been saved. Maclean’s magazine featured Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on its cover by the headine, “You’re Welcome, Canada.” This was probably overstated. The worst-case scenario for the talks was never that Donald Trump […]

Justin Trudeau’s biggest threat is Liberal hubris

Oct 12 2018 — Andrew MacDougall

With a short year to go until Canadians pick their next crop of MPs, Justin Trudeau no doubt sat at his table this past weekend feeling thankful. Donald Trump is in the rear-view mirror. Jagmeet Singh is hemorrhaging MPs. Maxime Bernier’s vanity project is targeting the most rabid bits of Andrew Scheer’s base. Even Stephen […]

Michaelle Jean has lost the aura of someone worth defending

Oct 11 2018 — Don Martin

She was a breath of fresh air into a stale job. Incredibly bright and charismatic with an instant connection to average Canadians, Michaelle Jean checked every box on a list to shake up the staid image of a Canadian Governor General. Her vice-regal performance, despite a few hiccups, lived up to the hype – particularly […]

Welcome movement on progressive trade agenda in USMCA

Oct 12 2018 — Angella MacEwen

The Trudeau government entered NAFTA negotiations last August with an ambitious progressive trade agenda. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland used her testimony to the House of Commons International Trade Committee to explain that this meant strengthening labour and environmental rights, reworking dispute settlement, and adding new chapters on gender and Indigenous rights. A coalition of […]

Oct 11 2018 — Glen Pearson

We have so many causes in our world, so many voices, so many injustices and so many opportunities.  But in the end, it all might come to nothing, for the one great challenge overriding all others continues to remain an outlier. The world has known of the coming climate apocalypse for decades and warnings have […]

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Oct 11 2018 — Andrew Coyne

That presumably settles that. Throughout his time as prime minister, theories abounded as to what philosophy of government, if any, could explain Stephen Harper’s apparently rudderless course. A few die-hards on the left persisted in describing his government as ideological or hard-right, even as it was borrowing billions, adding new regional development agencies and nationalizing […]

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Oct 10 2018 — Susan Delacourt

In his new book, Stephen Harper warns that standing up for the environment makes for bad politics, especially in a populist age when parties are looking for the votes of “ordinary” people. “Political parties, including mine, have won elections just by opposing a carbon tax,” the former prime minister writes in the newly released “Right […]

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Oct 11 2018 — Jared Wesley and Conner Peta

Whether out of indifference or relief, most citizens appear to have taken the draft United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in stride. Media outlets and public opinion firms have demonstrated little interest in polling Canadians on the issue. Early criticism, it seems, has been confined to lawyers, lobbyists, political scientists, union leaders and other naysayers concerned with […]

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