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Advisory council could strip Julie Payette of her Order of Canada

Jul 29 2021 — Ashley Burke

As governor general, Julie Payette presented one of the country’s most prestigious civilian honours to hundreds of accomplished Canadians. Now, an advisory council is thinking about taking her own Order of Canada away. CBC News has learned the 11-member Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, chaired by Chief Justice Richard Wagner — who took […]

Jul 29 2021 —

Green Party Leader Annamie will have a tough time winning Toronto Centre in the next election, due to the party’s highly publicized internal feud which is damaging the party chances and the leader’s credibility, say political watchers. Frank Graves, president of Ekos Research, said the controversy within the Green Party is “not signalling anything which […]

Jul 29 2021 — Amanda Connolly

As speculation mounts about a possible fall election, the federal government is laying out a proposal for a new digital safety commission that will have the power to regulate hateful content online. The proposal specifically targets major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pornhub under a new legal category that deems them “online communications […]

Jul 29 2021 —

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government’s goal is to have Afghans who assisted Canada and now face dangers on planes out of the war-torn country as quickly as possible. Freeland responded today to criticism after the Immigration Department released an application form for eligible Afghans to fill out within just 72 hours, […]

Jul 29 2021 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the appointment of five new members of the Senate. Michèle Audette, Amina Gerba and Clément Gignac will represent Quebec in the Red Chamber. David Arnot will represent Saskatchewan and Karen Sorensen will represent Alberta. The Governor General appoints senators on the advice of the prime minister. All five senators […]

Kenney outraged over Trudeau’s Senate appointment as Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen appointed as independent

Jul 29 2021 —

Premier Jason Kenney said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “showed contempt for democracy in Alberta” by appointing a “hand-picked representative of Alberta” to the Senate in advance of provincial elections. On Thursday, Karen Sorensen resigned as mayor of Banff to represent Alberta in Ottawa after being chosen by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon. Sorensen was first elected […]

Favourable vs. Capable: Party leaders earn more warmth from Canadians than trust when it comes to the job of PM

Jul 29 2021 —

Liberals, New Democrats twice as likely as CPC voters to say they’ll vote by mail if able. The interruption of summer reverie, brought to Canadians by political volunteers acting on behalf of their leaders, is already underway. Robo-texts from party chatbots asking who they’ll support. Phone calls from real people asking households whether they’ll take […]

Jul 29 2021 —

The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The documents include a host of other revelations. They appear to contradict the Catholic Church’s public claims about money paid to […]

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Jul 28 2021 — Stephanie Levitz

Peter MacKay hired “emergency close protection” after threats were made against his wife during his failed bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative party last year. Financial returns released Wednesday show MacKay spent upwards of $5 million on his leadership bid — including $124,000 for security guards — and still owes $800,000. His return […]

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Jul 28 2021 —

Afghan interpreters and others who assisted the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan have been told they have only three days to apply for a new government program to resettle in Canada. The federal government announced last week a temporary new program to help interpreters and their families flee what Ottawa describes as a rapidly deteriorating situation […]

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Featured Ink

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lays Cornerstone for the University of Saskatchewan

Jul 29 2021 — Arthur Milnes

It is a milestone anniversary today for all citizens of Saskatchewan, regardless of party. On this date in 1910 the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier himself, on a Western tour, laid the cornerstone for what is now one of Canada’s most respected and admired universities, the University of Saskatchewan. I’ll let Sir Wilfrid himself tell the […]

Trudeau shops for votes in Atlantic Canada

Jul 28 2021 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Rideau Hall watch — Our intel suggests an election call sooner rather than later. We’re told the PM will be taking a couple of weeks of vacation, which rules out the first weekend in August. But keep an eye on the second and third Sundays of the month. What do you know? Share it here: […]

There’s more of a case for requiring the governor-general be bilingual than a Supreme Court justice

Jul 28 2021 — Andrew Coyne

There was something ersatz about the controversy over the new governor-general’s lack of bilingualism – or rather, since Mary Simon is fluent in both English and Inuktitut, her lack of proficiency in French. Francophone commentators who had never previously disclosed a belief that there should even be a representative of the Queen in Canada were […]

The demise of the ‘star candidate’ in Canadian politics

Jul 28 2021 — Andrew Perez

As Canada’s political parties gear up for a probable late-summer election, there is one key ingredient notably missing from each major party’s electoral lineup: the “star candidate.” After months of intense media speculation that a former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, Mark Carney, would run for the Liberals, Carney […]

Voters say they’re over COVID. That could hurt Justin Trudeau

Jul 27 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Back to the Future! As the nation lurches ever closer to a widely expected election call, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be quickly receding in our collective rearview mirror. Traffic clogs our highways like bad cholesterol. Dogs howl with anxiety as their owners mysteriously disappear. A million sourdough starters have been left to die. Pre-pandemic […]

Politicians won’t even discuss mandatory vaccinations, for all the wrong reasons

Jul 27 2021 — Chris Selley

The debate in Canada over mandatory vaccinations for health-care and education workers, and over requiring “vaccine passports” for currently restricted activities like sporting events, concerts and cinemas, has by and large been remarkably civilized. That’s a healthy sign: Pro or anti, most of us seem to understand that forcing people to choose between their job […]

Jason Kenney tries to channel the power of the pickup truck

Jul 27 2021 — Max Fawcett

Jason Kenney may have appointed a new minister of culture earlier this month, but culture wars are clearly still the purview of the premier. His latest skirmish involves a broadside against the “Toronto” Globe and Mail for a column it published criticizing Canada’s love affair with the pickup truck. “I’m happy to say that ~40% […]

Shifting to a low-carbon economy will profoundly change the everyday lives of Canadians. Do the Liberals understand that?

Jul 26 2021 — Heather Scoffield

When the federal Liberals rolled out with fanfare last week their plan to deal with the human cost of cutting greenhouse gases, their timing was dubious. It’s been two years, after all, since the Liberals committed to legislating a “just transition” for people working in fossil fuels who lose their jobs as Canada moves toward […]

Jul 28 2021 — Arthur Milnes

It was on this date in 1930 that Tory R.B. Bennett bested William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Liberals and earned a majority mandate from Canadians. He served five years as Prime Minister as the Great Depression ravaged Canada. Historians later revealed that Bennett, a wealthy man, often sent money to ordinary Canadians, suffering during that Dust […]

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Jul 26 2021 — Michèle Biss and Sahar Raza

As the Canadian government works to recover from the pandemic, one basic human right remains alarmingly inaccessible to more and more people across the country: housing. COVID-19 has exposed the harsh inequities in housing, health, and income across Canada, with stay-at-home orders and social distancing protocols near-impossible to follow for the growing number of people […]

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Jul 23 2021 — Lisa Van Dusen

One factor that must be keeping Justin Trudeau up — on the nights when Erin O’Toole isn’t helping him sleep — is the appeal of the NDP leader. When last we left our federal election-speculation Google alert menu, the original round of soothsaying and odds-making that provided such a dreamy, early-summer beach-blanket bingo diversion from […]

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Jul 23 2021 — Max Fawcett

For years now, the oil and gas industry has touted natural gas as a so-called “bridge” to a low-carbon future. Not surprisingly, it was one they intended to help build and use to transition their businesses away from fossil fuels at a leisurely pace. But if a flurry of recent announcements is any indication, that […]

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Entertainment Plus

Ron Popeil, inventor and king of TV pitchmen, dies at 86

Jul 29 2021 —

Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said. Popeil died “suddenly and peacefully” Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement. […]


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