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Singh says NDP won’t trigger election over Johnston, interference. Why?

Jun 4 2023 —

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is defending his party’s decision not to make its motion calling for David Johnston to step down as special rapporteur binding and says an election does not “make sense” if the goal is protecting Canada’s democracy. Singh told The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson in an interview that aired Sunday that he […]

Jun 4 2023 —

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that despite special rapporteur David Johnston’s personal credibility, the appearance of bias in favour of the Liberal government is undermining the very work that he’s trying to accomplish. “I believe he’s a person that is very credible and has worked for the country in a way that is really honourable,” […]

Jun 4 2023 —

Canada’s chief electoral officer is planning talks this fall with federal parties to discuss riding nomination races — which may have been targeted for manipulation on at least one occasion by Beijing. In his first report on foreign interference, former governor general David Johnston found “well-grounded suspicion” that the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of […]

Nova Scotians’ personal information stolen in global security breach: province

Jun 4 2023 —

A global security breach has resulted in the theft of an undisclosed number of Nova Scotians’ personal information. The provincial government confirmed the theft of information in a Sunday press conference but provided few details about what was stolen and how many people are affected. “Nova Scotians will have questions, and we do, too. Our […]

Jun 3 2023 —

Longtime B.C. politician Dave Hayer knew his campaign people. And his people included Chinese Canadians. They volunteered for him. They voted for him. And then in his 2021 campaign to become a federal Conservative MP, they vanished. The former MLA was running to represent the riding of Fleetwood-Port Kells, drawing on the same base of […]

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Jun 3 2023 —

Conservative Party of Canada Leader Pierre Poilievre had harsh words for Maxime Bernier’s over the latter’s appearance at a recent Brandon School Division board of trustees meeting. In Manitoba on Friday to help CPC candidates campaign in two federal byelections, the Leader of the Opposition referred to Bernier’s actions as a “stunt.” “Maxime Bernier is […]

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Jun 3 2023 — Mackenzie Gray

A Chinese warship came within 150 yards of hitting American destroyer USS Chung-Hoon, during a rare joint Canada-U.S. mission sailing through the Taiwan Strait, the latest aggressive military move from Beijing in the South China Sea. Global News has been travelling on the HMCS Montreal, the Canadian frigate participating in the mission, since May 25th […]

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Jun 2 2023 — Ashley Burke

David Johnston, Canada’s special rapporteur on foreign interference, has hired a firm specializing in crisis communications to support him — and taxpayers are footing the bill, CBC News has learned. Valérie Gervais, a spokesperson for Johnston, confirmed that the former governor general, appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to investigate foreign interference in Canadian politics, […]

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Today in Canada’s Political History: Liberals, Tories, Greens and New Democrats unite in the Commons to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Jun 4 2023 — Arthur Milnes

MPs from all sides of the House put partisanship aside on this date in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. The Harper government’s Minister of Citizenship, Jason Kennedy, spoke on behalf of his colleagues. “Her Majesty’s life has been the history of Canada,” he said. “She has known personally […]

Canada in an Increasingly Independent World

Jun 2 2023 — Glen Pearson

They are called “non-aligned countries,” and their number is growing.  Primarily, their presence is found in the developing world and they are skittish at the thought of joining global alliances that could ultimately place them at an economic disadvantage. The Cold War is not so distant that we forget it as a time when poorer […]

Is anybody ready to act on policing problems in Canada?

Jun 2 2023 — Michael Kempa

Two reports dropped within six weeks of each other revealed deep systemic failures in Canadian policing that go back half a century. The report of the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC) provides the framework for bringing Canada’s long-ailing policing system back from its collapse under the weight of the 2022 occupation of Ottawa. It should […]

Jun 1 2023 — Linda McQuaig

There’s sure a lot of sound and fury going on, but is the Chinese-meddling-in-our-elections scandal really worth all the airtime it’s devouring? Going out on a limb, I’d argue that we have plenty of channels for spotlighting any wrongdoing (including public hearings, already announced) and for punishing any wrongdoers, including expelling foreign diplomats (already done). […]

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May 31 2023 — Bruce Anderson

It might be time to stop hoping and praying that America won’t elect Donald Trump again. Hopes and prayers might not matter much. While most Canadians don’t like him (he might get about 15% of the vote here in Canada) but he’d get at least three times that support if he wins the Republican nomination, […]

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May 31 2023 — Andrew Caddell

I was in Toronto last week at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference, which ran May 25-28. The meeting attracted thousands of municipal leaders from everywhere. As a councillor from a small Quebec village, it was gratifying to meet colleagues from across the country, most from much larger cities and towns, but some from […]

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Jun 1 2023 — Arthur Milnes

History was made on this date in 1943 when Agnes McClosky was appointed Canada’s Vice-Consul in New York City. This made her the very first Canadian woman posted to a foreign country on the nation’s behalf. Before her New York posting, McClosky was perhaps the most feared person in the Department of External Affairs. She […]

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May 31 2023 — Susan Delacourt

The latest Alberta election has rendered the map of that province into a highly polarized territory, riven between Danielle Smith’s re-elected, but weaker United Conservatives and the strongest opposition ever with Rachel Notley’s New Democrats. The obvious conclusion is that the centre has disappeared in Alberta and the next four years will be a tug […]

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