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Alberta Justice spokespeople deliver duelling statements on prosecutor email review

Jan 27 2023 —

An Alberta government email review of whether Premier Danielle Smith’s office interfered with Crown prosecutors has taken a confusing turn, with duelling statements from two spokespeople on what was investigated. Ethan Lecavalier-Kidney, a spokesman for Justice Minister Tyler Shandro, has issued a statement that appears to call into question earlier comments made by Alberta Justice […]

Jan 27 2023

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on his Liberal caucus to meet the moment as Canadians deal with the high cost of living, a struggling health care system and the effects of climate change. In a 12-minute speech to MPs, Trudeau laid out the minority government’s priorities for the upcoming sitting of the House of Commons, […]

Jan 27 2023 — John Paul Tasker

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre accused the Liberal government of plunging the country into “chaos” after eight years in office, blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a spike in crime, inflation woes and trouble at the country’s airports. “What’s happening in our country? Seriously. Look around you,” Poilievre said in a Friday speech to the Conservative […]

Central bank’s ‘definitive’ language on pausing future rate hikes an ‘appropriate’ choice, say economists

Jan 27 2023 — Ian Campbell

Many observers were pleased with the Bank of Canada’s “definitive” language that its latest interest rate hike will likely be the last for some time—barring unexpected circumstances—but there was less consensus among economists on how different segments of Canadians will experience the bank’s monetary tightening. “It’s pretty definitive that if things unfold the way they […]

Greenbelt is Ontario’s jurisdiction, Ford says after federal minister raises concerns

Jan 27 2023 —

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he’s disappointed the federal environment minister indicated he’d consider intervening in the province’s Greenbelt development plans. The province announced in November that it is removing about 7,400 acres from 15 different areas in the protected Greenbelt lands, while adding more parcels elsewhere, in order to build 50,000 homes. Media outlet […]

Jan 27 2023 —

A new survey suggests the vast majority of Canadians have concerns about the state of the health-care system, particularly in Atlantic provinces where hospitals have struggled to maintain emergency services for months. Leger and The Association for Canadian Studies surveyed 1,554 Canadian adults over a two-day period in January. Doctors, nurses and patient advocacy groups […]

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Featured Ink

New health deal could help heal fractured nation

Jan 26 2023 — John Ivison

Canada is not broken, the prime minister insists, and to prove it, he has invited the premiers to Ottawa next month to finalize a new health-care deal. It’s a risky move. Parliament Hill is used to rabble rousers in February, after the occupation by the Freedom Convoy last year. The premiers may not bring their […]

Stepping on Rakes

Jan 26 2023 — Rick Peterson

One of Canada’s leading portfolio managers told me something a week ago that keeps popping into my mind. “One of the most important things a pension fund manager knows,” he said “is not to do anything that puts you on the front page of the newspapers.” That makes sense. The only time you really see […]

Charles Sousa enters parliament as a different kind of Trudeau Liberal

Jan 26 2023 — Geoff Russ

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet met for a three-day retreat in Hamilton to plan for the government’s legislative and policy agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session. One voice who wasn’t around the Cabinet table but may be in the near future is Charles Sousa. The former Ontario finance minister will officially […]

Why private health care will save lives

Jan 25 2023 — Jaime Watt

A fearlessly pragmatic intervention or a desecration of our national fabric and everything we hold dear? A slippery slope certain to trigger a mass exodus of public health care workers or an innovative plan to boost collaboration and ease the burden across a strained-to-the-breaking point sector? Or, finally, rerouting water away from the dam (to […]

Jan 25 2023 — Christopher Holcroft

I cherish medicare. As a teenager, I suffered a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction while on vacation in another province. My parents rushed me to the nearest hospital emergency room where I was rapidly treated and kept overnight for observation before resuming my holiday. Three years ago, my mother underwent complex cancer surgery that required significant rehabilitation. […]

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Jan 25 2023 — Colin Horgan

Canada’s former defence minister has always struggled with the facts about our next fighter jet. “The facts truly speak for themselves,” Canada’s former defence minister Peter MacKay triumphantly wrote last Monday in the Toronto Sun. He was talking about the F-35 fighter jet. Its procurement is among Canada’s lengthiest, and ended officially earlier this month […]

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Jan 24 2023 — Andrew Coyne

As a former deputy minister of Finance – he was Paul Martin’s right-hand man in the deficit-busting 1990s – David Dodge would know a thing or three about misrepresenting the country’s finances. In those days the game was “hide the surplus”: Federal budgets serially understated the strength of the government’s fiscal position to fend off […]

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Jan 25 2023 — Lisa Van Dusen

At a time when human rights are under attack across the globe — when the executions of Iranian protesters, the revocation of reproductive rights for American women, Russia’s daily brutality against Ukrainians, the accumulating atrocities of Myanmar’s military and a whole range of Orwellian violations of privacy and human integrity make up just the first […]

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Jan 25 2023 — Tim Powers

A couple of weeks ago, Canadian politics—particularly those in the conservative fold—lost a one-of-a-kind character. Asad Wali died far too young at age 53 at his home in Toronto after a lengthy fight with multiple sclerosis. The broad Canadian public would not have known Wali, but if they did, they would have loved him as […]

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Entertainment Plus

Serena Williams, Kristen Bell, North West join cast of ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’

Jan 25 2023 —

Tennis champion Serena Williams and “Frozen” star Kristen Bell are among the names joining the Paw Patrol movie sequel. Toronto-headquartered Spin Master Entertainment announced the additions to the cast, which also include North West joining her mom Kim Kardashian, who was in the first movie. Distributor Elevation Pictures says “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” will […]

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