National Newswatch
Nov 14 2018 —

Failed Conservative leadership contender and reality TV star Kevin O’Leary is suing the federal elections commissioner and Elections Canada over fundraising rules that limit how much of his own money he can spend to clear up outstanding campaign debts — rules O’Leary says infringe upon his Charter rights. O’Leary racked up nearly $2 million in […]

Ford should focus on Ontario, not on replacing Scheer, LeBlanc says

Nov 14 2018 —

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the Ford government should be unveiling its plan to combat climate change in Ontario, rather than resorting to gimmicks to criticize the federal plan. The provincial government is reportedly planning to use Thursday’s economic update — the first since Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives swept to power in June — […]

Jason Kenney says Carpay membership decision lies with UCP board, not with him

Nov 14 2018 —

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney says he doesn’t have the authority to expel members such as John Carpay, the Calgary lawyer who compared the Pride flag to a Nazi swastika, from the party. “It’s our board that deals with expulsions,” Kenney said Wednesday, after a noon-hour speech to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. “I […]

Nov 14 2018 —

Five federal government workers in one department have been fired or reprimanded following complaints about their conduct made under whistleblower legislation. The misbehaviour occurred within Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) during the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to the department’s website. Under law, the department is required to make certain details of the wrongdoing public. […]

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Nov 14 2018 — Jorge Barrera

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s key promises on Indigenous rights — delivered on Valentine’s Day — won’t come to pass before the next federal election, CBC News has learned. The federal Liberal government won’t be tabling legislation to create its promised Federal Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework this fall as previously planned. […]

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Nov 14 2018 —

President Donald Trump’s new trade deal with Canada and Mexico needs changes to secure support from Democrats, according to a senior House Democrat in line to play a leading role on trade policy in the new Congress. There needs “to be not only changes in the legislation but more enforcement” if the Trump administration wants […]

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Maxime Bernier is still an answer in search of a problem

Nov 14 2018 — Chantal Hébert

As he travels west in search of support for his breakaway conservative party, Maxime Bernier has taken to introducing himself as “the Albertan from Quebec.” Albertans will have to decide from themselves whether a leader who reflects their values would, among other things, have Canada turn its back on the global fight against climate change […]

Mad Max is proving he’s a political force

Nov 14 2018 — Tom Walkom

Pity Andrew Scheer. The federal Conservative leader still lags Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the polls. He is having trouble in Quebec. And now Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada threatens to be a serious contender for the right-wing vote. Bernier, 55, is not always treated seriously. Nicknamed Mad Max, the Quebec MP […]

Journalism is a pillar of democracy

Nov 14 2018 — Dawna Friesen

I’m going to take advantage of you — my captive audience — if you’ll indulge me for a few minutes, to talk about journalism. You are all really smart, accomplished, successful business people. You know that journalism is a business, too. And it’s a business that is seriously under threat. The business model of the […]

Why the Senate needs external oversight over expenses

Nov 14 2018 — Peter Harder

Few Canadians with an interest in the recent evolution of the Senate could credibly deny that the upper chamber is becoming a better place. Thanks to a new arm’s-length and independent appointment process, the Senate is slowly rebuilding its reputation. But it’s also true that the upper chamber continues to have a credibility deficit with […]

Traces of War

Nov 13 2018 — Glen Pearson

There was something deeply disturbing developing on a street in Paris this past Sunday, as world leaders came together to respect the fallen of World War One.  They decided to walk together in solidarity down the Champs-Elysee as the church bells rang out at 11 a.m. to mark the moment the war ended in 1918.  […]

Maxime Bernier goes to a dark place

Nov 12 2018 — John Ibbitson

Maxime Bernier wants to win the Canadian Trump vote. In a speech on Saturday at a conference hosted by the right-wing Rebel Media in Calgary, the leader of the new People’s Party of Canada questioned the science of climate change, pilloried the United Nations and insisted immigrants to Canada must embrace “Western civilization values.”

Nov 12 2018 — Stephen Maher

The MP was privy to Canada’s national security secrets, and his scandal has exposed a failure by all parties to take risks seriously. A couple of weeks ago, when I was out with friends at a Thai restaurant in Ottawa, two of the women at the table started sharing stories about Tony Clement’s very online […]

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Nov 12 2018 — Don Braid

“Vile” is a mild word for John Carpay’s linking of the swastika and the hammer and sickle with the rainbow flag of Gay Pride. His comments at a Rebel gathering on Saturday were disgusting, demeaning and dangerous. Referring to totalitarianism, he said: “We gotta think about the common characteristics. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the […]

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