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Super PACs In Canada? Liberals Wrestle With Politically-Active Charities After Court Ruling

Aug 18 2018 — Althia Raj

In an effort to prevent Canadian charities from becoming U.S.-style super PACs, HuffPost Canada has learned, the federal government may strip the status of some registered charities while it lifts all limits on the amount of non-partisan political activity institutions can engage in. Two officials, who would only speak on condition of anonymity, told HuffPost […]

Aug 19 2018 — Kyle Bakx

A few decades ago there was hype around hydrogen because of how one day it may replace gasoline and diesel as the fuel most use to fill up their tanks. The use of hydrogen is still in its infancy, but it’s growing in Canada. The potential is significant for how the most abundant element in […]

Aug 19 2018 —

Premier Doug Ford slammed Toronto Mayor John Tory in an open letter Saturday afternoon saying once again that Tory has refused to bring the issue of guns and gangs before city council. In his latest letter to Tory, Ford reiterated the provincial government’s investment of $25 million in funding, which will help in providing tools […]

Montreal may have less influence after October provincial election

Aug 19 2018 —

When Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault recently dismissed the Montreal mayor’s popular plan for a new subway line, he didn’t feel it necessary to even pay lip service to the idea. Valerie Plante’s “pink line” helped her win the 2017 municipal election as Montrealers dreamed of a shiny new transit project with stations to […]

Aug 17 2018 — John Paul Tasker

Conservative Sen. Linda Frum says she isn’t satisfied with Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s apology for giving an award to an alleged anti-Semite — saying Khalid’s professed ignorance of the man’s association with anti-Jewish causes is disingenuous given she’s called him her “rock” and “brother” in the past. Khalid has been chided in the past for […]

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Aug 17 2018 —

Maxime Bernier may be causing headaches for his fellow Conservative MPs, but his latest musings on “extreme multiculturalism” have been a boon for the federal Liberal party. The Liberals say a fundraising campaign based on Bernier’s controversial comments has raised 77 per cent more money than any of their previous issue-based efforts. Party spokesperson Braeden […]

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Aug 17 2018 —

A U.S. national security review has given a green light to the Canadian government’s planned purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project, moving the transaction one step closer to completion. In July, CBC News reported that the deal was contingent in part on getting clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United […]

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Aug 17 2018 —

Justin Trudeau will huddle with his cabinet ministers this week to craft the political narrative they will take to Canadians ahead of next year’s federal election. But the reality is that heading into an election year, the Liberals face political risks beyond their control — the uptick in asylum seekers coming across the border, a […]

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Featured Ink

Canada’s Conservatives are having a mini-meltdown

Aug 18 2018 — David Moscrop

Tracking the recent antics of members of the Conservative Party of Canada, you’d be forgiven for thinking that someone had spiked the water in their caucus. And not with the sort of substance that changes who you are but the sort that amplifies who you are — the sort that makes you more of yourself. […]

Can the drifting Liberals find a future in their past?

Aug 17 2018 — Susan Delacourt

When politicians start talking a lot about their old promises, it’s safe to bet that they’re in the midst of making new ones. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hauling out some of his greatest hits lately, or at least what he views as signature achievements of a government that just passed its 1,000-days-in-office milestone.

Philippe Couillard picks a bad time to break a promise

Aug 17 2018 — Chantal Hébert

The provincial riding of Marquette, in Montreal’s West Island, is one of the safest Liberal seats in Quebec. It has been a party fortress since its creation in 1980. Its current MNA, François Ouimet, first ran in 1994. Since then, in bad times as in good, his re-election has been little more than a formality. […]

So what if Justin Trudeau cries at work? That makes him human

Aug 17 2018 — Emma Teitel

We’ve come a long way, the Canadian people. Women can vote, gays can get married, Ontarians can buy beer at select supermarkets and marijuana will soon be legal and, God willing, available at a store near you. However, some of us are still eons behind schedule in one significant area. We cannot abide a man […]

How One City’s Rally Becomes Our Own

Aug 17 2018 — Glen Pearson

Along with many other Londoners shocked by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia a year ago, our family joined the rally in our city’s central park to speak out against the racist and neo-Nazi behaviour that had so troubled that American city.  But we came away feeling that it wasn’t enough. And, so, this past week, […]

Who’s playing identity politics? Everyone

Aug 17 2018 — Margaret Wente

Maxime Bernier’s controversial tweets are stirring up a storm. Just a few days before the Conservative Party policy convention begins next week, he wants everyone to pay attention to him. He’s trying to remind people that they should have made him leader of the party, instead of that nebbish, Andrew Scheer. In Mr. Bernier’s view, […]

Aug 16 2018 — Andrew MacDougall

How poor has Justin Trudeau’s delivery been on Indigenous files? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t from a position of strength that the Liberals this week floated the creation of a new holiday to commemorate the shocking history of Canada’s residential schools. By giving their tentative backing to an opposition bill. Anonymously. With the date […]

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Aug 15 2018 — Neil Macdonald

Here’s a proposed Canadian reply to the escalating Saudi temper tantrum. Call in the kingdom’s ambassador and tell him: Sorry, Mr. Ambassador, but Canadian universities will never again accept Saudi medical residents. The government could explain that cancelling orders for relatively piddling amounts of wheat and maple syrup is the kingdom’s perfect right, subject of […]

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Aug 14 2018 — Susan Delacourt

Maxime Bernier probably wasn’t trying to make life easier for Justin Trudeau when he put his fellow Conservatives on the hot seat by speaking out against the prime minister’s alleged “radical multiculturalism.” And NDP leader Jagmeet Singh likely wasn’t thinking too much about boosting Liberal fortunes when he decided to shoot back at some insults […]

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Aug 15 2018 — John Milloy

Is the West falling apart? Although news of the West’s demise may be premature, the increasingly erratic policies of US President Donald Trump are placing enormous pressure on the military and nonmilitary ties that bind us. And it’s not just the United States. Britain’s exit from the European Union, no matter how amicable the eventual […]

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Entertainment Plus

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Aug 16 2018 —

Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think” and her signature song, “Respect,” died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.

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