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Defence minister insists $1B spending reduction is not a budget cut

Sep 29 2023 —

The country’s top soldier and outside experts say that finding almost $1 billion in savings in the Department of National Defence budget will affect the Armed Forces’ capabilities, although the defence minister insisted Friday the budget is not being cut. Deputy minister Bill Matthews told MPs on the House of Commons defence committee that the […]

Sep 29 2023 —

America’s top diplomat is again urging India and Canada to work together on bringing Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killers to justice — and hopefully forestall a deepening of a serious geopolitical rift between two important allies. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he delivered that message Thursday during his meeting in Washington, D.C., with Subrahmanyam […]

Sep 29 2023 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have a tremendous problem at hand: the Conservatives’ war chest is overflowing with cash, their popularity is soaring, and Canadians appear exhausted with his government that will be approaching a full decade in power by the next scheduled election. With Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre launching daily attacks at the Trudeau […]

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The repair job at Immigration – The department’s top bureaucrat answers a critical report, with rare candour

Sep 29 2023 — Paul Wells

Seven months ago Neil Yeates, a retired former deputy minister of immigration, submitted a report on the organization of the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to the current deputy minister, Christiane Fox. Yeates’s 28-page report was blunt, plainspoken, critical but constructive. It said “the current organizational model at IRCC is broken.” At a […]

Mark Carney jumpstarts Trudeau death watch

Sep 29 2023 — Tasha Kheiriddin

It’s been another grim week for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Nazi-gate continued to dominate the headlines and another poll came out showing the Liberals 12 points behind the Conservatives. As Trudeau flails, speculation mounts about his potential departure, and about possible alternatives. One name on a lot of people’s lips this week was that of […]

The 1 Million March shows how one minority can unite all haters

Sep 29 2023 — Dale Smith

The so-called 1 Million March 4 Children was, in part, a sequel to the Freedom Convoy occupation, with many of the same players organizing the marches that happened across the country—but they were also something new. More than just a conglomerate of far-right agitators, conspiracy theorists, grifters and grievance tourists, these marches also featured a […]

Being Speaker isn’t easy — and it just got a lot harder

Sep 28 2023 — Aaron Wherry

The address to a joint session of the House of Commons and Senate last week by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was among the most solemn and poignant moments in the history of Parliament. Everything since then has been anything but. When the House convened on Wednesday afternoon for question period, the proceedings began with Deputy […]

Mark Carney and how we all win

Sep 28 2023 — Max Fawcett

Over the last 83 million years, the Earth’s magnetic poles have reversed 183 different times. Political history is measured in much shorter time frames, but it too has seen its share of these sorts of dramatic inversions. Take the U.S. Democratic Party’s evolution in the wake of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which turned its […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Jean Chrétien and Joe Clark pay tribute to the late Pierre Trudeau in the Commons

Sep 29 2023 — Arthur Milnes

There was a sombre atmosphere in the House as MPs gathered on this date in 2000 to pay tribute to Pierre Trudeau. The 15th PM had passed into history the day before. The late PM’s long-time colleague and friend, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien spoke first as House business got underway. Former PM Joe Clark offered his […]

Sep 28 2023 — Arthur Milnes

New Brunswick Liberal MP Milton Gregg served with great distinction in the cabinets of Prime Ministers Mackenzie King and Louis St.-Laurent between 1947 t0 1957. But long before he entered public life, Gregg served in the First World War. On September 28, 1918 his bravery was recognized with the Victoria Cross, the highest award for […]

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Sep 27 2023 — Erica Ifill

Did the prime minister just gaslight the entire country by claiming the Second World War history we all learned, and were tested on in school, is Russian propaganda? We need a ctrl-alt-delete restart on this colonial project we call Canada. Speaker Anthony Rota has apologized and subsequently resigned for inviting Yaroslav Hunka, who fought with […]

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Sep 26 2023 — Andrew Potter

Up until the fiasco of Parliament giving a standing ovation to a 98-year-old Ukrainian-Canadian named Yaroslav Hunka, who, it turned out, had fought with the Waffen SS against the Soviets in the Second World War, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s North American tour had gone reasonably well.

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