A pizza delivery to the Vancouver home of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou turned into an unexpected lunch on Wednesday for members of the media camped outside. When six pizza were delivered to Meng’s house the delivery driver was instructed to take four of them to reporters and photographers who were stationed on the sidewalk. Meng […]
The federal intergovernmental affairs minister has launched an attack on the Tory premier of his home province, after dramatic project cuts that left millions of federal dollars on the table. Dominic LeBlanc said the cuts announced Tuesday in the New Brunswick government’s capital budget were done in a “unilateral and belligerent” way. “I think that […]
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the RCMP to investigate an allegation that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s office asked the provincial police force to buy him a specialized “camper-type vehicle.” The alleged request is detailed in a Dec. 11 letter sent by Brad Blair, interim commissioner of Ontario Provincial Police, to ombudsman Paul Dubé.
A leaked audio recording appears to show that a candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s newly-formed United Conservative Party was pushed into running in 2017 as part of a “kamikaze mission” for the eventual contest winner, Jason Kenney. The UCP was formed in July 2017 as a merger between the province’s Progress Conservatives and the […]Read More
Former television news anchor Tamara Taggart says she’s seeking the federal Liberal party’s nomination in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway. Taggart, 50, co-anchored the CTV News at Six with Mike Killeen for seven years until April. She says she joined the race because she wanted to do something different and challenging, adding that her top […]Read More
The House of Commons ethics committee demanded Tuesday that right-wing group Ontario Proud hand over information about its out-of-province funding and reveal details about the telemarketing firm it used to blast out millions of texts and phone calls during the last provincial campaign. The official requests from the committee came after a combative appearance by […]Read More
The prime minister is responding to U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese officials over a pair of stories around the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Vancouver and the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in China. The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has left Canada stuck in the middle of a dispute between China […]Read More
Donald Trump’s declaration that he might intervene in charges against a top Chinese corporate executive who was detained in Vancouver is raising new questions about Canada’s role in the growing tensions between two superpowers. The U.S. president told Reuters in an interview that he could step into the case against Huawei chief financial officer Meng […]Read More
Ford’s government has blasted interim OPP Commissioner Brad Blair for complaining to the Ontario ombudsman about the controversial hiring of Ron Taverner to helm the force. Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones said the Tories are sticking with Taverner, a Toronto superintendent and Ford pal.Read More
The end of the last full parliamentary year before a general election finds the NDP in dire straits, the Conservatives in dubious company and the Liberals in worse shape than many of them would like to believe. It will make for an eventful campaign year.
Massive home renovations can test even the best of relationships. So it could be a bit of a democratic-relationship experiment to see who and what gets tested when a very long renovation gets under way soon in the home that belongs to all Canadians — Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.
MPs were told that parliamentarians and the public will finally be consulted on the Centre Block rehabilitation. The details of the process are still hazy. There are lot of 11th-hour trips up the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill this month, a lot of group photos being taken in the halls and one-last-meals among colleagues in […]
I doubt Andrew Scheer is old enough to have much first-hand memory of George H.W. Bush, whose death produced a surprising outpouring of U.S. national emotion. Scheer was born in 1979. By my calculation that takes him half-way through his second year on the planet when Ronald Reagan, with Bush as his running mate, clobbered […]
The Liberals should not set a target date for a balanced budget, but they should take action in the 2019 budget to eliminate “unannounced” spending, included in the 2018 Budget and 2018 Update, in order to reduce the deficit in future years. In the weeks leading up to the Fall Update, the Conservative opposition has […]
After lying dormant for nearly 40 years, talk of Alberta separatism is again boiling to the surface. On Tuesday, Premier Rachel Notley said she’s well aware of the increasing chatter about giving up on Canada. And she dealt with the question exactly as the first PC premier, Peter Lougheed, did back in the 1980s. “I […]
Could the federal government really cancel the multibillion-dollar contract to supply Saudi Arabia with armoured vehicles? After all, it is the eve of an election year, and southwestern Ontario — where the light armoured vehicles are made, in London — will be a key electoral battleground. The Liberals hold two of five seats in the […]
Canadian women should be outraged. This week, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health released its latest guidelines for screening for breast cancer for women at average risk. They advise against mammography for women aged 40-49, against women doing breast self-examination, and against doctors doing breast exams. They recommend women age 50-74 have mammograms every […]
Most of us would have taken the money and run. But not Omar Khadr. He’s back and asking for more. Last summer, when word got out that the government quietly gave the convicted killer $10.5 million, was the last time we had the Khadr debate. Now that Khadr is headed to an Edmonton courthouse on […]
It took several days for news of the Dec. 1 arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver to leak out. Judging by the reaction out of China, that was probably just as well. The arrest, vice foreign minister Le Yucheng fumed, was “in disregard of the law, unreasonable, merciless and very evil.” […]
Looking back now, Doug Ford’s campaign promise to conduct an independent audit of Ontario’s finances — essentially duplicating the work of the already independent provincial auditor general — was a harbinger of how this government would go about finding its “efficiencies.” The new PC government would hire former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to lead its […]Read More
From the NAFTA front lines to Rideau Hall and the campaign trails of Ontario and Quebec, women were very much on the political centre stage in 2018. Here is a look at some hits but also some striking misses.Read More
Tomorrow, Canada will sign the United Nations Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, and so it should. For Canada, at least, this is a no-brainer. At least, it seemed to be, until Andrew Sheer shot up a flare in Question Period last week. Now everyone has a view. Sheer claims that the Trudeau government […]Read More
We hear enough from politicians these days so it’s with trepidation I step aside for a few paragraphs to provide a platform for our prime minister to regale us with his worldview. You see, while hardly Churchillian in tone or content, his expressed view is vital in gaining true insight. Therefore it needs reading and […]Read More
Bears might be prowling the stock indexes, but shares in hate are enjoying a bull market like we haven’t seen in generations. Western democracies, once justly proud of their openness and tolerance, are seeing the intolerant minority growing bolder and more violent. In Canada, federal statistics captured almost 2,100 hate crimes reported to police in […]Read More
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation Ontario Premier Doug Ford is “moving the goalposts … (a) step backwards” on the province’s industrial greenhouse gas emission targets is laughable, given the Liberals’ sorry history on this issue. To say nothing of hypocritical. First, a brief explanation of why this controversy about “goalposts” erupted at Friday’s first ministers’ […]Read More
Among the craziness that has slowly taken over democratic politics in this century is the conviction that in campaigning, policy-making, and in governing itself, it is always and necessarily a zero-sum game. “I won because you lost, sucker!”Read More
Next week in Marrakesh, Morocco, Canada will sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said our government was actively involved in drafting. Canada will then be politically and possibly legally committed to migration principles that could erode our sovereignty, weaken our borders and cost billions. Yet […]Read More
As Michelle Obama embarks on her global book tour, connecting with audiences in promotion of her first book Becoming, she is proving herself to be a powerful political force for the causes she chooses to support. While she has been clear that she has no intention to run for public office herself, she has turned […]Read More
Last week, the newly elected Quebec Premier Francois Legault and his party the Coalition Avenir Quebec introduced legislation to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 in Quebec to consume and purchase all cannabis products. The bill will also ban the consumption of all cannabis products in all public spaces including parks and playgrounds. […]Read More
With 2018 in the rearview mirror, Netflix Canada begins to plot its course for 2019 with the release of new titles landing on the streaming service in January.