National Newswatch
May 25 2022 —

The Conservatives are joining a growing number of calls for Canada Soccer to cancel a controversial exhibition game against Iran set for next month in Vancouver. The families of those who died aboard Flight PS752 when the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the plane in 2020 — killing all 176 passengers and crew […]

Legault fires back at Ottawa after comments on Bill 96 and Bill 21

May 25 2022 —

Canada’s justice minister criticized Quebec’s newly adopted language law on Wednesday, while also providing details on how and when the federal government could get involved in the legal challenge of the province’s controversial religious symbols law. His statements appear to have angered Quebec’s premier. “It makes no sense,” said François Legault, who added that the […]

May 25 2022 — Laura Ryckewaert

Support resources on the Hill, particularly interpretation services, have been stretched thin amid continued hybrid virtual proceedings and the addition of late-night sittings, leading to a wave of committee meeting cancellations last week. Conservative House Leader John Brassard says he sees “one simple solution” to the problem: putting an end to hybrid proceedings. “The pressure […]

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May 24 2022 — Amanda Connolly

Conservative ethics critic James Bezan is asking the federal ethics commissioner to probe what he calls a $17,000 “sweetheart” deal given out by International Trade Minister Mary Ng’s office one month into the first COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020. In the letter sent to Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion on Tuesday, Bezan asked for an investigation […]

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Kenney caught in quagmire of his own making

May 25 2022 — Tim Powers

Prior to the pandemic, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was arguably the most powerful and influential conservative leader in Canada. Andrew Scheer, when he was federal opposition leader, had Kenney campaign for him in Ontario, while at the same time staying away from Ontario Premier Doug Ford. When Erin O’Toole was seeking to replace Scheer, he […]

338Canada: Doug Ford and Ontario’s race for second

May 25 2022 — Philippe J. Fournier

Doug Ford is heading toward a second majority at Queen’s Park — not that anyone is paying attention. In the unlikely scenario all the polls released in Ontario ahead of its June 2 election turn out to be wrong, or if tens of thousands of voters do indeed vote strategically to deny the premier his […]

Get Everyone Online

May 25 2022 — Mark Goldberg

Often, it can be a challenge to define a problem without specifying a solution. In many cases, we find it easier to think in terms of familiar solutions. Unfortunately, at a minimum, doing so limits the degrees of freedom for developing more creative solutions; or indeed, it could result in not solving the root problem, […]

Supply management fails the centrist test

May 24 2022 — David Clement

Why would a centrist conservative support the elimination of supply management? Well, first off, the push for a more centrist conservative party, and movement more generally, is not advocating for more of the status quo. The centrist position is, simply put, a focus on policy, avoiding the chaos politics we see on both the fringes […]

Understanding Doug Ford’s political durability

May 24 2022 — Mark Winfield and Peter Hillson

As the June 2 Ontario provincial election approaches, political observers are presented with a confusing landscape. With more than two-thirds of Ontario voters indicating a strong or moderate desire for a change in government and widespread dissatisfaction with its management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ford government would seem to be at serious risk of […]

Liberals’ PMPRB scale-back not a “win” for Big Pharma or patients

May 24 2022 — Nigel Rawson and John Adams

Times Colonist columnist Lawrie McFarlane and CBC’s reporter Kelly Crowe wrongly claim that the federal Liberals sold out Canadians to Big Pharma when Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced the government’s decision to cancel most of its revisions for the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB). McFarlane and Crowe, together with anyone else who believes the government conceded to the industry, […]

May 23 2022 — Paul Wells

“Will get back to you soon,” Pierre Poilievre’s press secretary wrote to me on May 12 when I asked for an interview with the Conservative leadership candidate. He hasn’t. That’s perfectly fair. Whether to grant an interview is always a tactical decision. Candidates are busy people. Nobody’s at any reporter’s beck and call. But neither […]

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May 23 2022 — Michael Coren

Political conservatism has come a long way, but, in the spirit of the word and the ideology, that doesn’t signify progress. In fact, the decline and decay of the organized conservative movement in the democratic world is one of the most worrying phenomena of contemporary politics. Worrying because, unlike the extremes of right and left, […]

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Entertainment Plus

Alanis Morissette to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

May 25 2022 —

Alanis Morissette is getting a place in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Organizers have named the Ottawa-raised “Jagged Little Pill” singer-songwriter as the newest inductee, saying she will appear at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Sept. 24. Fellow Juno Award winners Charlotte Cardin, Jessie Reyez and Serena Ryder will perform at the evening of inductee […]

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