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Premier Ford refuses to apologize for comments about immigrants

Oct 19 2021 —

Ontario Premier Doug Ford would not apologize Tuesday for comments about immigrants that some called “callous” and “xenophobic,” raising concerns that he was feeding negative stereotypes about newcomers. While talking about a shortage of workers in the province a day earlier, Ford said people who want to come and work their “tail off” like every […]

Oct 19 2021 — Mike Lapointe

In the wake of preliminary results suggesting that the province of Alberta’s referendum on equalization payments has passed, the authors of the Free Alberta Strategy say that it is time for Ottawa to stop “attacking” the province and come to the negotiating table to craft a better deal that respects its sovereignty. “We’ve been subjected […]

Oct 19 2021 —

Premier Scott Moe admitted Tuesday that Saskatchewan should have responded faster to the deadly fourth wave of COVID-19 that continues to sweep through the province. “Should have the province moved a week, possibly 10 days earlier?” Moe said to host Leisha Grebinski on CBC’s Saskatoon Morning. “You know, with the hindsight that we have now, […]

Early results suggest Alberta votes in favour of removing equalization from Canada’s constitution

Oct 19 2021 —

Voters in Calgary, Alberta’s largest city, appear to have cast their votes in favour of removing equalization from Canada’s constitution, according to unofficial results in the province’s referendum on equalization payments. While a final, official tabulation for the whole province won’t be available from Elections Alberta for another week, unofficial results in the referendum were […]

RCMP says it’s collaborating with Haitian police following Canadian’s kidnapping

Oct 19 2021 —

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says it’s working with police both in Haiti and the U.S. in the abduction of a group of 17 missionaries, including a Canadian, as the Caribbean country once again struggles with a spike in gang-related violence. On Sunday, Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said a group of its missionaries, 12 adults […]

Oct 18 2021 — Steven Chase

Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he remains proud to have negotiated a controversial $15-billion armoured vehicles deal with Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to attend an international investment conference in Riyadh as a guest of the desert kingdom. Mr. Harper, who runs a consulting business, is visiting Saudi Arabia and other countries in the […]

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Oct 19 2021 —

Quebec Premier François Legault’s government will set out its priorities for the rest of its mandate with an inaugural speech later today. Legault announced Oct. 7 he was proroguing the province’s legislature, cutting short the previous session. Legault has said in recent weeks that it’s time to begin planning for the post-COVID-19 pandemic period, repeating […]

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The strange truth is that Alberta wants to be more like Quebec

Oct 19 2021 — Jen Gerson

No doubt a few “Have-Not” provinces will be eyeing the informal results of Alberta’s equalization referendum darkly. The final tally is not expected until next week. It does appear as if the “yes” side will carry the day, although not by as wide a margin as one might have expected given just how unpopular the […]

Does Canada really need more MPs?

Oct 18 2021 — Susan Delacourt

“Are there really Canadians out there who want to see more MPs added to the House of Commons?” This is not an original question, nor even a recent one. Almost exactly 10 years ago, a Liberal backbencher named Justin Trudeau posed it during a Commons debate about adding 30 new seats to the chamber. A […]

Can the Progressives Deliver a Plan or Even a Future?

Oct 18 2021 — Glen Pearson

The headline isn’t just some political or partisan question thrown out there as part of the everyday dialogue.  Across the world, democratic, progressive movements have their troubles.  Canada, a seeming bastion of security in an unsettled world, especially having just concluded an election, nevertheless contains enough disconcerting divisions to reckon the future as something uncertain. […]

Canadian Chamber Lays Out Policy Priorities for Business in Letter to Minister Freeland

Oct 18 2021 — Perrin Beatty

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has sent the following letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland. Dear Minister Freeland: Congratulations on your re-election as the Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale and your reappointment as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. I greatly appreciate your efforts on behalf […]

Tories must move on from O’Toole

Oct 18 2021 — Michael Harris

And so it begins. The reality check for the Conservative Party of Canada. Instead of rising, the CPC is now a political phoenix sinking into the ashes of Election 2021. The most recent Angus Reid Institute numbers show that only 54 per cent of Conservative voters want Erin O’Toole to lead the party into the […]

New program allowing queer men to donate plasma is a first step toward ending the blood ban

Oct 18 2021 — Dale Smith

Last week, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) announced that they have received authorization from Health Canada to expand their plasma donation eligibility program, implementing a new behaviour-based screening questionnaire in select cities that will no longer explicitly exclude gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) and some trans people. The new question asks […]

Oct 18 2021 — Max Fawcett

In a province that routinely holds Senate elections and has plebiscites on whether there should be fluoride in the drinking water, finding the dumbest thing on the ballot in an Alberta municipal election can be a challenge. But that’s much easier this year, given the Kenney government has decided to ask Albertans whether they want […]

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Oct 18 2021 — Lisa Van Dusen

One of the most vivid descriptions of the personal afflictions of war that I’ve ever heard came from a Montreal cab driver recalling what it was like to grow up in the remote hills of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley during the civil war of the 1980s. “I was just hitting puberty when the explosions started,” the […]

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Oct 16 2021 — Susan Delacourt

They came to the campaign trail, they saw Justin Trudeau — and they were conquered. It’s a fascinating footnote to all those ugly protests that dogged Trudeau throughout the election. In all but a couple of the ridings where the angriest demonstrations took place, voters sent Trudeau’s Liberals to Parliament. Liberals won in London North […]

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Oct 17 2021 — Eric Blais

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), the party founded by Quebec Premier François Legault, will celebrate its tenth anniversary next month. The Caquistes have much to celebrate. They’ll also be running for re-election in a year. While that’s an eternity in politics, the odds are clearly in the CAQ’s favour as the main opposition parties, the […]

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