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‘Too close to call’: Forty-candidate Ontario byelection will pit Katie Telford against Jenni Byrne for best ground game, say pollsters

Dec 8 2022 — Abbas Rana

Insiders will be watching whether Pierre Poilievre’s team can take tools from landslide leadership win ‘to become similarly strong in a real campaign where it’s the general public, and a lot more voters,’ says Innovative Research’s Greg Lyle. The expected nail-biter 40-candidate Mississauga-Lakeshore byelection will test the organizational prowess of Katie Telford’s Liberal election machine […]

Dec 8 2022 —

The RCMP has suspended a procurement contract with a company that has links to China. The office of Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino confirmed to CBC News that the RCMP has suspended a contract with Sinclair Technologies for radio frequency (RF) equipment. Sinclair’s parent company, Norsat International, has been owned by Chinese telecommunications firm Hytera […]

Dec 8 2022 —

The Department of National Defence (DND) says it’s investigating contracts previously awarded to a firm that now has ties to the Chinese government, as concerns of foreign interference in Canada grow. Ontario-based Sinclair Technologies, which designs and manufactures communications equipment, was given contracts for DND work between 2009 and 2013. The 12 contracts, worth $252,296 […]

Dec 8 2022 —

Canada’s constitution is not a legitimate document, and has not safeguarded Alberta’s interests within federation, says one of the architects of that province’s newly passed Sovereignty Act. “I want the Constitution to be changed, or we’ll have another referendum,” said Barry Cooper, referring to independence referendums in Quebec in the 1980s and 1990s. Cooper is […]

Back-to-office order for public servants expected soon

Dec 8 2022 — Kathryn May

Treasury Board is expected to issue a mandate to require all federal public servants to go back to the office for a set number of days every week. Several senior bureaucrats in different departments who aren’t authorized to speak publicly expect Treasury Board to introduce a new order that would set the number of days […]

Trudeau says Ottawa to work constructively with Alberta after sovereignty act passes

Dec 8 2022 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is going to work as constructively as possible with Alberta after lawmakers passed Premier Danielle Smith’s controversial sovereignty act. The legislature passed the legislation overnight after stripping out a provision that would have granted the provincial cabinet extraordinary powers. Indigenous groups had called for the bill to […]

Dec 8 2022 — Christopher Nardi

“Partially agreed.” With two milquetoast words contained in the response to Auditor General Karen Hogan’s report on COVID-19 benefits published Tuesday, the Canada Revenue Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada sent a shock wave across the federal government. The organizations broke with the longstanding tradition of agreeing with all the auditor general’s recommendations, saying […]

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Dec 8 2022 —

The Alberta legislature has passed Premier Danielle Smith’s controversial sovereignty act but not before first stripping out the provision that granted Smith’s cabinet the power to bypass the legislature and rewrite laws as it saw fit. Smith’s United Conservative caucus used its majority Wednesday night to pass an amendment to affirm that the Alberta legislature […]

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Dec 7 2022 — Bryan Passifiume

Cracks are beginning to form in the Liberal caucus over the government’s contentious gun control bill, and the Conservatives were quick to jump on it during question period on Wednesday. Addressing the Liberals across the aisle, Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre wasted no time in bringing up comments made by Yukon Liberal MP Brendan Hanley, who […]

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Dec 8 2022 —

Fewer than a fifth of international arrivals to three of Canada’s busiest airports used the ArriveCAN app in the first month after it was made optional. The app was launched during the pandemic as a communication and screening tool to ensure travellers arriving in Canada complied with pandemic border measures. It later became a way […]

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Featured Ink

Smith could end up making rival Notley our most powerful premier

Dec 8 2022 — Chris Nelson

Would you like Joe Ceci in charge of your retirement money? OK, now I’ve your attention, the next order of business is apologizing to our former provincial treasurer under the previous NDP government. Ceci, the current MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, took enough stick from the likes of me when he was actually looking after Alberta’s books, […]

Fort Myers Beach rises again as the Canadian snowbird migration arrives

Dec 8 2022 — Don Martin

It started just 10 days ago when residents placed a few poinsettias at the foot of the washed-away pier where Hurricane Ian had destroyed the holiday-season palm. Within the week that symbolic act blossomed into nine levels of donated potted plants encircling a quickly replanted palm with dozens more surrounding the site. It’s now unofficially […]

Canada needs its own bold industrial strategy – the U.S. cannot keep carrying us

Dec 8 2022 — Robert Asselin

When he became a presidential candidate back in 2019, Joe Biden made it unambiguously clear that his administration would pursue an aggressive industrial strategy to ensure U.S. competitiveness vis-à-vis China in key advanced industries and technologies. The recent adoption by Congress of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the CHIPS and Science Act – which […]

Has Pierre Poilievre’s social media output made him the first influencer in Canadian politics?

Dec 6 2022 — Geoff Russ

Is Pierre Poilievre Canada’s first “influencer” politician? Influencers are online celebrities with large social media followings that promote anything from sneakers to lip gloss to hunting products, with the intent of convincing their audiences to buy them. The products that influencers promote are often niche and appeal to a specific audience. Poilievre does not promote […]

Dec 5 2022 — Don Braid

Alberta is engulfed in a heart-wrenching crisis of children’s health that even makes official cruelty unavoidable. Mortally ill children are being moved from the hospice where they were lovingly cared for in their dying, into the Alberta Children’s Hospital itself, along with their care teams. Respite care, which helps families whose kids have severe disabilities, […]

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Dec 5 2022 — Premier Caroline Cochrane

In 2019, the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs released a report titled A Path to Growth: Investing in the North. The committee developed the report to help Canada better understand what hinders socio-economic development across the Canadian Arctic, they also provided recommendations on how to better support infrastructure development in the North. The report states, […]

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Dec 5 2022 — Dan Malleck

By now, you may have heard about the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction’s (CSSA) recent report that recommends, in order to avoid a litany of harms, Canadians should limit their consumption of alcohol to two drinks or less per week. The report, which significantly reduces internationally recognized recommendations of a maximum of two […]

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Dec 7 2022 — Arthur Milnes

Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper, was in South Korean on this date in 2009. He made history on his visit in becoming the first-ever Canadian PM to address South Korea’s national assembly. In his address, Harper recalled Canada’s proud service in the cause of freedom during the Korean War. “Canada […]

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Dec 6 2022 — Arthur Milnes

Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, was in Washington on this date in 1971 for talks with President Richard Nixon at the White House. Besides bilateral issues and irritants, Trudeau and Nixon also discussed the President’s unprecedented upcoming trip to China. “The President then gave an account of the Peking trip, emphasizing the […]

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Dec 3 2022 — Althia Raj

Nobel Peace Prize-winning laureate Maria Ressa made the rounds of popular U.S. talk shows this week. The Filipino-American journalist, who helped expose ex-Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarianism and murderous anti-drug campaign, is a ferocious critic of Facebook for its role spreading anger and lies, and for radicalizing and dividing societies. “If you don’t have facts, […]

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