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Federal prosecutors take over Tory nomination case being probed by police

Jan 17 2018 — Robert Benzie

Federal prosecutors have been assigned to the case of a Progressive Conservative candidate election currently under criminal investigation amid allegations of forgery and fraud. Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has asked the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to handle the matter that has been investigated by Hamilton Police since last June. That’s to avoid […]

Jan 17 2018 —

The Bank of Canada raised its key lending rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.25 per cent Wednesday, the third time it has moved its benchmark rate from once-record lows last summer. The bank’s rate has an impact on rates that Canadians get from retail banks for things like mortgages, savings accounts and GICs. […]

Wynne to shuffle several senior cabinet posts, The Canadian Press has learned

Jan 16 2018 —

Premier Kathleen Wynne is shuffling several senior portfolios in her cabinet, less than five months before the Ontario election, The Canadian Press has learned. Deputy Premier and Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews, Treasury Board President Liz Sandals and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid have all said they’re not running in the June election, and Wynne […]

Did Scheer undermine his position on free speech?

Jan 17 2018 —

Andrew Scheer was a fierce defender of free speech during his leadership campaign. Is removing Senator Lynn Beyak from caucus consistent with his position on free speech for everyone, or does it go against one of the central pillars of his leadership?

Child-care benefits need to be updated, says Canada-U.S. council on women in business

Jan 17 2018 —

Child-care benefits and other family policies need to be updated to help support women entrepreneurs grow their business, recommends the first report from the Canada-U.S. council on women in business. In its report to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, the independent council recommends both governments look at ways to lower the […]

Jan 17 2018 — Emily Haws

Members of Parliament are growing increasingly frustrated with what some see as a lack of government support to their constituency offices to help residents affected by the error-ridden Phoenix pay system, and the opposition Conservatives say Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough has yet to follow through on a commitment to boost resources.

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Jan 16 2018 — David Pugliese

Details of a 2015 cabinet meeting the RCMP suspect Vice Admiral Mark Norman leaked to a company were already known by a number of well-connected individuals in Ottawa, says a retired defence industry lobbyist. Norman was suspended from his job as second-in-command of the Canadian military more than a year ago after the RCMP alleged […]

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Jan 17 2018 —

A budding cross-border data exchange with the United States is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators. The federal government has flagged more than 1,000 possible cases of people overstaying their visas or committing other immigration infractions based on information provided by the United States, newly obtained memos show. Under a 2011 continental security […]

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Featured Ink

The Trudeau government badly needs a reboot

Jan 16 2018 — Susan Delacourt

This time last year, the new U.S. President Donald Trump forced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press the reset button on his government. Isn’t it time for the Trudeau government to give itself another shakeup? How about a new Speech from the Throne? Maybe it isn’t all that surprising that Liberals are taking their sweet […]

Trump’s presidency is the death rattle of a racist world view

Jan 16 2018 — Stephen Maher

The morning after Donald Trump said that the United States was getting too many immigrants from “shithole” countries, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of African Affairs sent out a tweet to soothe hurt feelings: “The United States will continue to robustly, enthusiastically and forcefully engage in #Africa, promoting this vital relationship, and to listen […]

Jean Chrétien, the good kind of populist

Jan 17 2018 — Bob Plamondon

Populism is getting a rough ride these days. Around the world, angry voices — sometimes intolerant and conspiratorial — are occupying political space and power. The underlying ideology, if there is one, rests on a bed of grievance and mistrust. Donald Trump comes to mind. But he is not alone. The least of the problems […]

Omar Khadr’s rights more important than Canadian charities’ rights

Jan 17 2018 — Licia Corbella

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have his chance to prove that he treats Canadian churches and social agencies with the same respect he showed convicted terrorist Omar Khadr when those faith groups’ applications for Canada Summer Jobs grants are processed in the next few weeks. The federal government has effectively prevented faith-based social agencies and […]

On North Korea, it’s basically bad-cop, bad-cop

Jan 16 2018 — Paul Wells

Chrystia Freeland has become Canada’s — and on some days the world’s – minister of long shots. When she’s not preparing for a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine that’s hard to imagine, she’s preparing for a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea that’s hard to imagine. It is hard to blame her: Better is always possible, as […]

Jan 16 2018 — Brian Innes

Last year was a real roller-coaster ride for international trade talks. While there were some highs, unfortunately we’ve pulled into the station without competitive access to world markets, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Canada’s exporters are green in the gills as a result, especially those in the agri-food sector. Canada is falling behind our competitors […]

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Jan 15 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn

Patrick Brown is toasting the new year with big news; his Progressive Conservatives have signed up a record 200,000 members. The Tories are also boasting about a banner year for fundraising, taking in $2.35 million in 2017, more than the Liberals and New Democrats combined. Money and memberships are the oxygen of politics, fuelling the […]

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Jan 16 2018 — Brian Bird

It is troubling when the state coerces citizens to think as it does on controversial moral issues. This tactic is expected in undemocratic states. It is concerning to witness it in a liberal democracy like Canada. The Trudeau government is using this tactic in a peculiar context: the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program helps […]

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Jan 15 2018 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

By now the Finance Minister should be close to putting the “finishing touches” on his 2018 budget. He recently presented his updated economic and fiscal outlook to the Cabinet in London, Ontario  and he has finalized his own budget consultations and received the budget recommendations of the House Finance Committee.  Putting “finishing touches” on a […]

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Jan 15 2018 — Dan Leger

After brewing away quietly for months, the NAFTA file is fermenting into a serious problem, if not yet a foaming crisis, for the Trudeau Liberals. Last week, the Canadian dollar swooned along with the country’s stock indexes as reports emerged suggesting continuing trouble in the three-state trade talks. It was hard to know what was […]

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Jan 15 2018 — Chris Nelson

The Rainmaker died seven years ago, but if ever his words were needed in Alberta and the rest of Western Canada, it’s today. That would be Keith Davey, believed by many to be the Godfather of the modern Liberal Party of Canada, and affectionately called The Rainmaker by those he helped grab or hang onto […]

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