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Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 —

Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]

Oct 22 2017 — Nahlah Ayed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is appointing Bob Rae a special envoy to Myanmar, two months into a growing crisis that has left 600,000 Rohingya Muslim people displaced. The move comes in response to growing public pressure to act in the face of what Canada and the United Nations have labeled ethnic cleansing of a long […]

Oct 22 2017 — Alison Crawford

Canada’s Public Safety Minister has told his American counter part to keep a “wary eye” on the travel visas it issues to the United States. In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused. “We have asked them […]

Oct 22 2017 — Joseph Brean

Canada is selling its last inshore coastal surveyor ship, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Matthew, in an auction that closes on Friday with a minimum bid of $1 million. If it sells, a lot of history will go with it. Its loss also “decimates” a crucial maritime capability, to map the sea floor off Canada’s […]

Jagmeet Singh on Bill 62, what’s next for him and cage fighting with Trudeau

Oct 22 2017 —

Hot on the heels of his resignation from the Ontario legislature, the newly-minted federal New Democratic Party leader isn’t dropping any hints about whether he will run for a seat in the 2019 federal election. Jagmeet Singh officially quit as MPP for the Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding Friday just weeks after taking the helm of the NDP. […]

Poll shows great potential for Manitoba Grits

Oct 22 2017 —

A new poll offers the Manitoba Liberals a glimmer of hope that they’ll find more support in the next election. A Probe Research poll published Saturday found the party’s support recently rose to 24% among decided or leaning voters, up from 20% in June. The survey also found Progressive Conservative support declined to 36% from […]

Oct 21 2017 —

A group of anti-Trudeau protesters and anti-racism counter-demonstrators clashed in Toronto on Saturday. According to organizers, the anti-Trudeau protest was planned as a means of expressing displeasure with the Liberal government’s tax policies, spending and controversial multi-million dollar settlement with former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr. Held at Nathan Phillips Square, the protest was met […]

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Oct 22 2017 —

The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health.

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Oct 21 2017 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s appointment as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization “unacceptable,” joining a chorus of widespread condemnation. The United States and a host of other countries, health and human rights leaders have criticized the appointment of Mugabe who has been long been accused […]

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Oct 21 2017 —

The opposition is showing no sign of letting up on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, despite his latest efforts to end the ethics controversy swirling around his personal finances. In an interview with The House, Morneau again insisted he divulged all of his assets to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson and diligently […]

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Featured Ink

Are Mélanie Joly and Bill Morneau being Punk’d?

Oct 22 2017 — Vicky Mochama

If I was being generous, I’d say between the foibles of these two ministers on tax changes and cultural policy, the party looks incompetent. But it’s rather good at branding the prime minister. Ever since they had her sit on a stage with the head of the Chicken Farmers of Canada to announce a frankly […]

Airline industry a permanent hostage to national interests

Oct 22 2017 — Robin V. Sears

As a green young Tokyo trade diplomat, I was peripherally involved in the efforts by Bombardier to sell its executive jets to the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The Canadian bid won on performance, specs, price and operational testing. Greenies like me were ready to celebrate. More seasoned veterans of this murky world said, “Not so fast […]

Morneau’s credibility meltdown spectacular

Oct 22 2017 — Jim Meek

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has seen the enemy and it is he — or “him” if you like the language of the street. It turns out Morneau was the guy using a tax loophole; he was the multi-millionaire with a secret villa in France; he was the cabinet minister who waited till his neck was […]

Quebec’s Bill 62 declares war on sunglasses

Oct 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert

Somewhere in the Quebec government’s legal department, a team of lawyers is bracing to argue in court in what may be the not-too-distant future that the wearing of dark sunglasses puts the safety of the province’s public transit system at risk. Ditto presumably in the case of local libraries and city parks. For a province […]

Bill Morneau’s actions reveal a critical lack of judgment

Oct 20 2017 —

The deeper Bill Morneau digs himself into the hole he is now in, the more one understands how he got there. Either the minister is genuinely unaware of the basic requirements of public office, or he imagines his audience to be. Either way, it does not fill one with confidence. To hear the minister tell […]

Oct 20 2017 — Globe and Mail

Remember when the federal government was run by a Machiavellian prime minister and his closest acolytes, who together pulled the levers of power from inside his office at the expense of Parliament? Who mercilessly enforced discipline on his cabinet, and used strict image and message control to present the leader as a man working hard […]

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Oct 20 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Firsts for women happen less often in Canada’s capital these days — and that’s probably good news. Julie Payette is the new Governor General, but she’s the fourth woman to occupy that post in this country’s 150-year history. Women have served at the top of the Supreme Court of Canada and even, briefly, in the […]

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Oct 20 2017 — Colby Cosh

A colleague told me the other day that I should write a column about Finance Minister Bill Morneau — basically, because no columnist should pass up a chance to face wash some politician for ineptitude or deviousness. This struck me as a strong argument. But my response was that I would never dream of treating […]

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Oct 19 2017 — Tim Harper

“I don’t think I’ve been down here before,” Bill Morneau said as he strode to the podium Thursday afternoon, He was talking about a subterranean news conference room on Parliament Hill, but he might as well have been talking about his political fortunes. Morneau had been everywhere this week — Stouffville, Erinsville, and Markham, Ont., […]

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Entertainment Plus

Astros advance to the World Series with 4-0 finale against Yankees

Oct 22 2017 —

The Astros punched their ticket to the World Series on Saturday, shutting out the Yankees 4-0 to take their first Game 7 victory at home. Charlie Morton was nearly untouchable on the mound, holding the Yankees to two hits, a walk and five strikeouts en route to his first career postseason win.

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