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Canadians consumed about $6 billion worth of cannabis in 2015: StatsCan

Dec 18 2017 — Kyle Duggan — Canadians consumed nearly 700 tonnes of cannabis in 2015, with a total value ranging somewhere between $5 billion and $6.2 billion, according to rough estimates compiled by Statistics Canada. The estimates were drafted to add cannabis data to the nation’s statistical system ahead of the federal government legalizing recreational consumption of marijuana. The agency suggests […]

Cities want a third of cannabis excise tax revenues

Dec 6 2017 — Kyle Duggan — Canada’s cities say they want in on the federal government’s proposed excise tax on cannabis sales in Canada because they’ll have to bear the brunt of enforcement on the “front lines.” The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is asking that a full third of the proceeds of the Liberal government’s proposed excise tax go to municipalities, […]

Tories ahead in third quarter fundraising, Liberals closing gap

Oct 31 2017 — Kyle Duggan — The big blue Conservative machine is still leading the pack in party fundraising, but the Liberals appear to be narrowing the gap. Third quarter fundraising figures released through Elections Canada show the opposition Conservatives brought in $3.6 million in donations, with the governing Liberals lagging behind them at $3.1 million. The Conservatives are down slightly […]

Singh has a 62 per cent chance of winning NDP leadership: Mainstreet

Sep 29 2017 — Kyle Duggan — Mainstreet Research says the odds of winning the NDP leadership race are in Jagmeet Singh’s favour right now – but no matter who wins, it will take a few rounds of voting before the new leader is named. Mainstreet ran a series of simulations based on iPolitics/Mainstreet polling, which was sponsored by Friends of Canadian […]

Sparks fly as O’Leary and Wynne spar in open letters

Jan 23 2017 — Kyle Duggan — Conservative leadership contestant Kevin O’Leary is hitting back at Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for political barbs she shot his way over the weekend when she said comments he made about Ontario’s auto sector and new carbon tax were flatly wrong. Wynne published an open letter that criticized O’Leary over claims he reportedly made that Ontario […]

Trudeau vacationing in Bahamas, PMO says

Jan 2 2017 — Kyle Duggan — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is vacationing in the Bahamas, his second Caribbean winter holiday in a row. The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed to reporters Monday that Trudeau has flown to Bahamas’ capital city Nassau for his vacation – after previously not providing a location to reporters. “Here is what I can confirm,” PMO spokesperson Andrée-Lyne […]

Trudeau: 18 is a “reasonable compromise” for minimum age on pot

Dec 15 2016 — Kyle Duggan — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave something of an endorsement to the marijuana legalization task force’s recommendation to set a minimum age of 18 for recreational marijuana use. Asked about the report’s recommendation by reporters at a news conference Thursday, Trudeau replied that 18 or 19 would be a “reasonable compromise” for a minimum age for […]

Lankin swipes at Tory senators for taking shots at new Senate appointees

Nov 3 2016 — Kyle Duggan — If you think the new independent Senators are “small l” liberal elites appointed just to pass Liberal bills, don’t tell that to Sen. Frances Lankin. At an iPolitics/Policy Magazine panel event, Lankin took a shot at Conservative senators “attempting to discredit” the new Senate selection process by calling the new independents, essentially, “Liberals in sheep’s […]

Liberals have slight fundraising lead on Conservatives

Oct 31 2016 — Kyle Duggan — The Liberals and Conservatives are virtually neck-and-neck in the title for top fundraising champ. The Liberals brought in $3.2 million in the third quarter, edging the Conservatives only slightly — they brought in $3.1 million — according to fresh documents parties submitted to Elections Canada for the third quarter, which runs from July to September. […]

New senators building case for rule changes: Pratte

Oct 31 2016 — Kyle Duggan — Independent Senator André Pratte says the Red Chamber needs to quickly change its rules to accommodate the growing number of senators not aligned with any political party. Another batch of new Senate appointments was released Monday through the Liberal government’s new advisory process. More are on the way as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moves to […]

Angus still won’t say if he’s considering a leadership bid

Oct 28 2016 — Kyle Duggan — As Charlie Angus holds the government’s feet to the fire over First Nations child welfare services, he’s avoiding talking about whether he’s interested in an NDP leadership bid — although rumour has it he’s considering one. Asked if he’s planning a run, Angus plays coy and sticks to dad jokes, saying he’s talking it over […]

Shoppers Drug Mart formally applies to distribute medical marijuana

Oct 25 2016 — Kyle Duggan — iPolitics has learned that Shoppers Drug Mart has officially applied to get into the medical marijuana business. The drug chain has applied for producer status so it can distribute medical marijuana under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Company spokesperson Tammy Smitham said in an email statement that Shoppers has applied to […]

Bernier: End the health transfer

Oct 17 2016 — Kyle Duggan — As provinces clamour for more money, Maxime Bernier says nix the health transfer. As provincial health ministers were meeting in Toronto to talk about the contentious issue of federal health funding, Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier unveiled a solution of his own: Ditch the federal health transfer altogether and end the federal-provincial squabbling. “This week’s […]

Liberals turn to Leitch and Trost in fundraising email

Sep 26 2016 — Kyle Duggan — In an attempt to revive a key election 2015 narrative, the Liberals have turned to the values debate coming out of the Conservative leadership race for their fundraising fodder. While Kellie Leitch is fundraising off of the Ottawa “glitterati” for making fun of her photo shoot with a Canadian flag and chewing up her Canadian […]