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Conrad Black says full pardon from Trump is ‘very gratifying’

May 15 2019 — Graham Slaughter — U.S. President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to former media mogul Conrad Black, with the White House calling him “entirely deserving” of the gesture. Black, who once described Trump as an “old friend” and recently published a glowing biography of the president, served nearly 42 months in a Florida prison after he was […]

Singh says it would be ‘obstruction’ to not allow Wilson-Raybould to testify again

Mar 17 2019 — Graham Slaughter — If Jody Wilson-Raybould wants to testify a second time before the House of Commons Justice Committee but isn’t given the chance, that amounts to “an obstruction, absolutely,” says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, Singh called the contradictory testimony from Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Trudeau’s former principal secretary, “incredulous” and […]

1 in 4 Canadians say SNC-Lavalin affair will influence their vote: Nanos

Mar 4 2019 — Graham Slaughter — One in four Canadians say the SNC-Lavalin scandal will influence their vote in the next federal election – and the political fallout appears to be growing, according to a new Nanos survey. Before Jody Wilson-Raybould’s scathing public testimony on Wednesday alleging high-level government pressure and “veiled threats” in the case, 17 per cent of Canadians […]

Duceppe urges Bloc Quebecois leader to resign

Feb 28 2018 — Graham Slaughter — Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe says it’s time for the party’s embattled leader to listen to her caucus and step down. Martine Ouellet refused to resign Wednesday after seven of Bloc’s 10 MPs abandoned the party, citing Ouellet’s leadership style. The seven MPs will sit as Independents in the House of Commons. In an […]

The most important political races to watch in 2018

Dec 29 2017 — Graham Slaughter — At first glance, 2018 might not seem like a major election year in North America. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces his first electoral challenge in 2019, and Americans will decide whether or not to give U.S. President Donald Trump a second term in 2020. But 2018 is filled with several major political races that will […]

Plan to deal with returning ISIS fighters sparks fiery exchange between Scheer, PM

Nov 28 2017 — Graham Slaughter — In an explosive shouting match in the House of Commons Tuesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused the Liberal government of going easy on suspected ISIS terrorists returning to Canada, while the prime minister blamed the Conservatives for “trying to scare Canadians.” The Conservatives have repeatedly hammered the government’s plan to rehabilitate ISIS fighters who return […]

Jagmeet Singh shuts down heckler with ‘love and courage’

Sep 9 2017 — Graham Slaughter — NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh was interrupted during a meet-and-greet Wednesday by a visibly angry woman who clapped in his face and accused him of supporting “sharia law.” Rather than fighting fire with fire, Singh, who is Sikh, responded by letting the heckler shout before telling her that the crowd at the Brampton, Ont. event […]

Trudeau: ‘Everything necessary’ being done to ensure safety on Canada Day

Jun 28 2017 — Graham Slaughter — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says national intelligence agencies and local police forces are doing “everything necessary” to keep Canadians safe when they celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in Ottawa and across the country Saturday. “I want to make sure that people are at ease,” Trudeau said at a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday. “Every year […]

Chretien backs pot bill, says undoing NAFTA may be tough for Trump

Apr 20 2017 — Graham Slaughter — Former prime minister Jean Chretien says he’s never smoked marijuana, but that didn’t stop him from trying to decriminalize the drug when he was in office. Chretien’s Liberal government tried in 2003 to pass a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis, but the legislation was killed when Parliament was prorogued.

Freeland: China could help coax North Korea into ‘civilized world’

Apr 15 2017 — Graham Slaughter — As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, Canada’s foreign affairs minister is looking to China to help “bring North Korea back into the civilized world.” Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland spoke to CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon, where she condemned recent North Korean missile tests and outlined Canada’s strategy for […]

Leitch rebuffs Trudeau’s shot by calling prime minister ‘fringe’

Feb 10 2017 — Graham Slaughter — Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch has shot back at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after he warned that “fringe voices” like Leitch could gain traction under a new voting system. Leitch also added some confusion as to why her controversial former campaign manager Nick Kouvalis resigned, saying he quit over “health reasons” rather than Kouvalis’ explanation […]