Abbotsford business man wants political party name stripped from Maxime Bernier. The Federal Court of Canada will hear a case on Friday that could see rights to the “People’s Party of Canada” name taken away from former Conservative cabinet minister Maxime Bernier. The Quebec MP is the registered owner of the party but Satinder Dhillon […]
Canada’s budget watchdog says revenues from the federal carbon price will be more than $2.6 billion this year and exceed $6 billion a year within five years. The new analysis by the parliamentary budget office, which includes both the high-profile fuel tax applied in four provinces and a separate pricing system for big industrial emitters, […]
The oil and gas industry has worn out its welcome in Canadian marine conservation areas. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson today is announcing a total ban on oil and gas work, as well as mining, waste-dumping and bottom-trawling, in all of Canada’s marine protected areas. Wilkinson is at an international nature summit in Montreal where Canada […]
The United States is crediting tighter rules in the new North American free-trade deal for its decision to move Canada off a list of countries that it says are the worst violators of intellectual-property rights. Not that Canada is completely in the clear, however: the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is keeping Canada on […]Read More
The Toronto police homicide squad has a working theory in the Barry and Honey Sherman murder case and detectives have “an idea of what happened,” one of the lead investigators told a court Wednesday. It’s the first public indication in the 16 months since the billionaire Apotex founder and his wife were strangled that the […]Read More
Would the Philippines declare war on Canada over a pile of garbage, or is it just a ’symbolic pissing contest’?
The president of the Philippines was threatening to declare war on Canada this week if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t take care of a big pile of garbage. Following years of calls from environmental groups, anger from local politicians and a Filipino court order, dozens of shipping containers full of Vancouver trash are still sitting […]Read More
The ISIS mechanic: Man now living in B.C. fixed trucks for terror group. Is he complicit in war crimes?
Flying its black flags, the Islamic State group advanced across Syria and Iraq in convoys of pickups and SUVs, some mounted with heavy guns and reinforced with metal plates. Vehicles were central to the ISIS campaign, but like any trucks, they broke down, and mechanics were needed to keep them on the road.Read More
CEO of U.S. firm selling cannabis technology attended $1,600 Liberal Party fundraiser with Justin Trudeau
The chief executive officer of a U.S. company that sells cannabis technology attended a Liberal fundraiser featuring Justin Trudeau earlier this month in Toronto and later said in a news release that the Prime Minister encouraged him to make Canada a testing ground for using artificial intelligence to tailor medical marijuana products.Read More
Former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is slamming the federal government she was once a part of for making only “incremental” progress on the Indigenous justice file and their promise to “decolonialize” Canadian laws and policies. “My fear and disappointment is that despite sounding the alarm, providing the advice, pushing and challenging, sharing perspectives of […]Read More
Had it been contested on the same basis as the election that accompanied it, Tuesday’s referendum on electoral reform in Prince Edward Island would have passed handily, winning a solid majority of the province’s 27 ridings. As it was, however, the proposition failed for having the support of only 48.8 per cent of the vote […]
Six months out from an election is usually when an incumbent party at the helm of a first-term majority government is setting the table for its re-election. There is action on all fronts: one or two people-pleasing bills left to pass in the House of Commons and Senate; a raft of policies to finalize for […]
The anger was to be expected; the hurt, less so. A new study of public opinion in Alberta by communications firm Navigator, based on eight post-election focus groups, suggests Albertans want premier-designate Jason Kenney to get very aggressive very quickly when it comes to taking on the federal government, environmentalists, intransigent provinces and anyone else […]
P.E.I. voters have spoken, and it’s more bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Premier-designate Dennis King, elected party leader a scant two months ago, won 12 seats in the Island’s 27-seat legislature, putting him in place to form a minority government. After four terms in office, the incumbent Liberals were reduced to six seats […]
Over-dramatizing is an occupational hazard in my line of work, and you’re right, I’m not immune. A lot of the coverage about Jason Kenney’s election, and the situation it puts Justin Trudeau in, might suggest it’s some kind of unprecedented thing. No, it is amply precedented. Precedented in many ways. At the most general level, […]
While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accusing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of being a closet supporter of white supremacists, the Conservatives are countering with an election ad accusing Trudeau of lying to Canadians. And it’s still six months away from the Oct. 21 election, suggesting it’s going to be a long and brutal campaign. The […]
On Thursday, the fiscal detectives at the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) will publish their assessment of a promise the Trudeau government will be repeating, almost as a matter of self-defence, in this year’s election: that the new carbon tax driving up gasoline and home heating costs will be entirely returned to taxpayers through tax cuts.
Political predictions are generally lucky or wrong. Anyone handicapping the 2015 Canadian election six months out might have given short odds on the Conservatives, who were eight points clear of the Liberals and 12 ahead of the NDP at the end of April. But those poll numbers masked deep unhappiness with the Harper government and […]
Bureaucrats, ministers of Indian affairs and even premiers and prime ministers have promised year after year to address the multiple, overlapping crises in the Cree Nation of Kashechewan, crises that are firmly rooted in past government decisions. But once again the people of Kashechewan find themselves in danger. They are being evacuated and split up […]
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s threatened defamation suit against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer over the SNC-Lavalin affair is just the latest in a rapidly growing list of Canadian political mud-slinging matches that have taken a litigious turn. Scheer had already employed some overheated rhetoric at earlier stages of the controversy, accusing Trudeau of exerting “frankly illegal […]
The Government of Ontario announced recently a $30-billion transit expansion plan for the GTA. This historic investment, the province correctly notes, could have a massive positive impact on families, commuters, and jobs, injecting a breath of fresh air in Toronto’s aging infrastructure. And while the economic impact of this project will be felt by all […]Read More
Responding to recent calls from Canadian air carriers, airports and even a leading Canadian labour union to postpone the July 1 launch of his passenger rights regulations, transport minister Marc Garneau told the CBC “We’ve been working on this for over two years. I am anxious to get them out.” If the minister’s impatience is […]Read More
It frequently gets agitating listening to someone say that times were so much simpler in the old days. It’s a kind of naïve way of both dismissing the past and providing excuses for the inactions of the present. The world has always been on the verge of some calamity or another, but the fragile years […]Read More
Justin Trudeau has been given a golden opportunity and we’re about to see if he has the killer instinct necessary to seize it. Alberta just turfed out the NDP and elected Jason Kenney. While I can think of a dozen reasons why that was a terrible plan, the fact that it should almost certainly spell […]Read More
Elizabeth May’s marriage on Monday may be the start of an extended political honeymoon for her Green Party — starting in Prince Edward Island on Tuesday and quite possibly in Canada at large later this year. All signs currently point to this being a very good week for May and the Greens, part of a […]Read More
It was bold and controversial at the time, and remains so today. Critics were quick to pounce when the federal Liberals presented their big and expensive tax-and-transfer package of the 2015 election campaign as an experimental remedy to income inequality and the populism it often spawns, They said the tax elements of the package — […]Read More
The Strategy Session panel discusses the ‘mudslinging’ campaign strategies that may dominate the upcoming federal election campaign.Read More
The presidency of Donald Trump has been one long and largely successful exercise in defining expectations down, or rather in defining them into the ground. Trump is not just deficient with respect to virtually every quality one could reasonably expect of a president or a man: he is its opposite. Do you expect a president […]Read More
Back in February 2014, before he became prime minister, Justin Trudeau told a Liberal policy convention in Montreal that: “People in Ottawa talk about the ‘Conservative base’ as if it is some angry mob to be feared. They’re wrong. As all of you know, the 5.8 million Canadians who voted Conservative (in the 2011 election) […]Read More
One of the more headline grabbing quotes out of the Mueller report is what U.S. President Donald Trump apparently said two years ago when he learned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel in the first place. “This is the end of my presidency,” Trump said. “I’m f—ed.” There has been a […]Read More
After teasing fans with a series of cryptic images throughout the week, Bruce Springsteen announced a brand new studio album on Thursday morning — his first in more than five years.