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Tory insiders say fear of a Pierre Poilievre victory has Doug Ford considering an early election call

Tory insiders say fear of a Pierre Poilievre victory has Doug Ford considering an early election…

Pre­mier Doug Ford is con­sid­er­ing an ear­ly elec­tion call before the sched­uled 2026 vote over con­cerns about cuts a future fed­er­al Con­ser­v­a­tive gov­ern­ment might impose, the Star has learned. Sources say Ford is wor­ried that if,…

Conservatives put forward motion to oust Greg Fergus as Speaker of the House

Conservatives put forward motion to oust Greg Fergus as Speaker of the House

Con­ser­v­a­tives are ask­ing the House of Com­mons to vote to remove Speak­er Greg…

‘Crappy’ polling numbers make some Liberal MPs uneasy about electoral prospects, but still consider next election ‘worth fighting’

‘Crappy’ polling numbers make some Liberal MPs uneasy about electoral prospects, but still consider…

Odds are stacked against the gov­ern­ing Lib­er­als, mak­ing some MPs ​“ner­vous” and…

“It’s Like a Cult”: Breaking Free from the Far Right

“It’s Like a Cult”: Breaking Free from the Far Right

EYOND HIS JOB as a free­lance process serv­er in Toron­to, thir­ty-five-year-old…

Canada getting ‘closer’ to key NATO defence spending target, minister says

Canada getting ‘closer’ to key NATO defence spending target, minister says

Defence Min­is­ter Bill Blair main­tains Cana­da remains com­mit­ted to reach­ing NATO‘s…

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Consumer confidence continue to track in marginally positive territory

Consumer confidence continue to track in marginally positive territory

Con­sumer con­fi­dence remains in mar­gin­al­ly pos­i­tive ter­ri­to­ry with views on the…

Conservatives lead down to 16 as Liberals make gains among younger Canadians

Conservatives lead down to 16 as Liberals make gains among younger Canadians

From May 16 to 21, 2024 Aba­cus Data con­duct­ed a nation­al sur­vey of 2,415 adults…



Opinion

Trudeau's blackface crisis: What Butts and Telford knew about the photos before news broke

Trudeau's blackface crisis: What Butts and Telford knew about the photos before news broke

Book excerpt: How the Lib­er­al cam­paign team helped Justin Trudeau sur­vive arguably…

Bad-faith criticism of Justin Trudeau overwhelms the public discourse

Bad-faith criticism of Justin Trudeau overwhelms the public discourse

Stephen Maher is hav­ing a book launch for his lat­est book, The Prince: The…

News

Moe says cabinet minister who took gun into legislature didn't initially remember

Moe says cabinet minister who took gun into legislature didn't initially remember

Saskatchewan Pre­mier Scott Moe is defend­ing a cab­i­net min­is­ter who said he…

'Decades-long fight': MPs unanimously pass 'anti-scab' legislation

'Decades-long fight': MPs unanimously pass 'anti-scab' legislation

A bill that would ban fed­er­al employ­ers from using replace­ment work­ers or ​“scabs”…

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Should moving fast and breaking things include moral rights? #ScarJo

Should moving fast and breaking things include moral rights? #ScarJo

This week, a scan­dal erupt­ed when seri­ous alle­ga­tions made by promi­nent…

Be wary of mocking hatred of paper coffee cup lids.

Be wary of mocking hatred of paper coffee cup lids.

As with stars about to go super­no­va and die an explo­sive death, sure signs por­tend…



Opinion (Continued)

Trump’s vulgarity fast becoming signature across so much of our politics

Trump’s vulgarity fast becoming signature across so much of our politics

How did gross inci­vil­i­ty take over so much of the pub­lic square in both Cana­da and…

If Donald Trump is elected president again, will the biggest loser be Justin Trudeau or Pierre Poilievre?

If Donald Trump is elected president again, will the biggest loser be Justin Trudeau or Pierre…

Susan Dela­court: Cana­di­an elec­tions are rarely fought on for­eign pol­i­cy. Even the…

Maybe it’s time for Canada’s politicians to move beyond the “ideology” insult

Maybe it’s time for Canada’s politicians to move beyond the “ideology” insult

There’s a new trendy insult in Ottawa these days.

Immigration Minister needs innovative solutions – Regulated Career Colleges have the answer
Sinking to Pierre Poilievre’s level won’t make Liberals look any better

Sinking to Pierre Poilievre’s level won’t make Liberals look any better

It wasn’t nice. ​“Mr. Speak­er, the Con­ser­v­a­tive leader is wear­ing more make­up than…

Eco-activist Liberal ministers could ruin a $300M lifeline for a struggling First Nation

Eco-activist Liberal ministers could ruin a $300M lifeline for a struggling First Nation

The Ehat­te­saht First Nation’s chief makes clear that his peo­ple know bet­ter than…

MPs debate high cost of food; fallout over allegations made in Sask. legislature | Political Pulse

MPs debate high cost of food; fallout over allegations made in Sask. legislature | Political Pulse

The Com­pe­ti­tion Bureau has launched inves­ti­ga­tions into the par­ent com­pa­nies of…

Prepare for the Meanest Election in Canadian History

Prepare for the Meanest Election in Canadian History

IERRE POILIEVRE first came to my atten­tion in 2004, when we were both new to Ottawa and…

Trudeau needs to read the writing on the wall

Trudeau needs to read the writing on the wall

In Octo­ber of 2022, when I start­ed work­ing on my book about Justin Trudeau’s…

Eighteen years and $46-billion later, the CPP admits it could have earned more just by buying index funds

Eighteen years and $46-billion later, the CPP admits it could have earned more just by buying index…

The Cana­da Pen­sion Plan Fund had a bad year last year. You’d nev­er know it to…



A high-stakes fish fight is fracturing Trudeau’s cabinet

A high-stakes fish fight is fracturing Trudeau’s cabinet

Eco-activist min­is­ters are clash­ing with the fish­eries min­is­ter over…

Rishi Sunak’s lesson for Justin Trudeau

Rishi Sunak’s lesson for Justin Trudeau

For a text­book exam­ple of polit­i­cal debate unglued from real-world con­cerns,…

Poilievre refuses to be pinned down

Poilievre refuses to be pinned down

Cana­di­an Finance Min­is­ter Chys­tia Free­land­said this week that she will put…

The country is on fire. Pierre Poilievre doesn’t seem to care

The country is on fire. Pierre Poilievre doesn’t seem to care

For weeks now, for­est fires have been rag­ing in many parts of the coun­try. This isn’t…

Liberals like to portray Pierre Poilievre as scary, but a lot of Canadians simply aren’t frightened

Liberals like to portray Pierre Poilievre as scary, but a lot of Canadians simply aren’t frightened

Lib­er­als like to say that the large polling gap with the Con­ser­v­a­tives will be…

Piecemeal tax changes won’t do. To get out of Canada’s productivity rut, we need radical reform

Piecemeal tax changes won’t do. To get out of Canada’s productivity rut, we need radical reform

Once again the Trudeau gov­ern­ment has stepped on the hornet’s nest called tax reform,…

The Speaker is under attack again — maybe it's time for a more independent approach

The Speaker is under attack again — maybe it's time for a more independent approach

The Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty sent a note to sup­port­ers on Tues­day after­noon with…

The sudden, mysterious muteness of Pierre Poilievre

The sudden, mysterious muteness of Pierre Poilievre

If low­er­ing tax­es is the Con­ser­v­a­tives’ strength, it’s strange that the leader…

Naheed Nenshi wants to reshape the NDP’s role in Alberta

Naheed Nenshi wants to reshape the NDP’s role in Alberta

Naheed Nen­shi gets a lot of applause from Alber­ta NDP audi­ences these days.…

Never-changing playlist of political hits growing stale

Never-changing playlist of political hits growing stale

The Vic­to­ria Day long week­end has come and gone. An elec­tion is still well more than…



The one thing Pierre Poilievre can’t change

The one thing Pierre Poilievre can’t change

He just can’t help him­self. With a dou­ble-dig­it lead in the polls and the…

Danielle Smith’s revamping of Alberta health care system is a prescription for chaos

Danielle Smith’s revamping of Alberta health care system is a prescription for chaos

It’s now glar­ing­ly obvi­ous that Danielle Smith is will­ing to go to extra­or­di­nary…

With Trudeau spiralling, Mark Carney waits in the wings

With Trudeau spiralling, Mark Carney waits in the wings

When fed­er­al pub­lic ser­vice unions recent­ly threat­ened a sum­mer of…

Here’s what I learned from my conversation with Justin Trudeau: There’s only one way to fix Canada and everyone is going to hate it

Here’s what I learned from my conversation with Justin Trudeau: There’s only one way to fix Canada…

I was not a big believ­er in re-open­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, until Prime Min­is­ter…

The Liberals’ response to the arrest warrants against Israel is mired in typical fudge

The Liberals’ response to the arrest warrants against Israel is mired in typical fudge

The world doesn’t allow for moral rel­a­tivism. Israel is a fel­low democ­ra­cy…

Goodbye Dr. Google: Will AI Make Healthcare Smart?
Canada needs to brace itself for a Trump dictatorship

Canada needs to brace itself for a Trump dictatorship

Don’t cosy up to your neigh­bour if he is a dic­ta­tor. Japan and Europe learned…

Do not weep for the Butcher of Tehran

Do not weep for the Butcher of Tehran

The announce­ment of Ebrahim Raisi’s death was as pro­tract­ed as the list of peo­ple he…

The UCP has ensured Alberta’s new ethics commissioner will never be seen as independent

The UCP has ensured Alberta’s new ethics commissioner will never be seen as independent

It’s clear that Alber­ta Pre­mier Danielle Smith feels the wind is at her back. This is…

The Liberals lob their last-minute weapon 17 months from an election

The Liberals lob their last-minute weapon 17 months from an election

It seems a lit­tle ear­ly for the kitchen sink. But Justin Trudeau and his…

The day Indigenous Peoples took a major step forward in healing

The day Indigenous Peoples took a major step forward in healing

It’s been a long time since First Nations, Inu­it, and Métis came togeth­er. Before…

What happens when a thin-skinned political lifer becomes prime minister? We may be about to find out

What happens when a thin-skinned political lifer becomes prime minister? We may be about to find out

“You must be kid­ding.” That was one of the many emails I received in response to…

Democrats are running out of time as Donald Trump’s troubles are only making him stronger

Democrats are running out of time as Donald Trump’s troubles are only making him stronger

If there has even been such a thing as the world’s great­est cir­cus, this is…

News (Continued)

Sex education group 'incensed' by N.B. premier's targeting of school presentation

Sex education group 'incensed' by N.B. premier's targeting of school presentation

The head of a non-prof­it group work­ing to pro­mote repro­duc­tive health says she…

ASIRT recommended charging Lethbridge officers who spied on MLA, but Crown won't prosecute: letter

ASIRT recommended charging Lethbridge officers who spied on MLA, but Crown won't prosecute: letter

Alber­ta’s police watch­dog rec­om­mend­ed lay­ing charges against three Leth­bridge…

Former PC cabinet minister Kevin Klein buying Winnipeg Sun from Postmedia

Former PC cabinet minister Kevin Klein buying Winnipeg Sun from Postmedia

A for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­v­a­tive cab­i­net min­is­ter and MLA is buy­ing…

Miller increases cap on applications for Palestinians to join relatives in Canada

Miller increases cap on applications for Palestinians to join relatives in Canada

Immi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Marc Miller is increas­ing the num­ber of appli­ca­tions that…



Canada’s two nuclear powers battle to build nuclear power

Canada’s two nuclear powers battle to build nuclear power

OTTAWA — With Canada’s biggest-ever nuclear con­struc­tion pro­gram in the works, the…

Government by Gmail: Doug Ford’s chief of staff used private email for ‘political discussions’

Government by Gmail: Doug Ford’s chief of staff used private email for ‘political discussions’

The Chief of Staff to Ontario Pre­mier Doug Ford rou­tine­ly relied on a per­son­al…

Ontario privacy commissioner probing deleted Greenbelt emails

Ontario privacy commissioner probing deleted Greenbelt emails

Ontar­i­o’s pri­va­cy com­mis­sion­er says she will pub­lish a spe­cial report about…

Inside the Canadian oilsands lobby’s request to fast-track a major project

Inside the Canadian oilsands lobby’s request to fast-track a major project

A lob­by group rep­re­sent­ing Canada’s biggest oil and gas pro­duc­ers has asked the…

Hong Kong police make threatening phone call to prodemocracy supporter living in Canada

Hong Kong police make threatening phone call to prodemocracy supporter living in Canada

Hong Kong nation­al-secu­ri­ty police recent­ly threat­ened a man from the city, who…

Third-party political advertising is at a crossroads. Do the current rules protect voters' rights?

Third-party political advertising is at a crossroads. Do the current rules protect voters' rights?

The Supreme Court of Cana­da heard argu­ments last week in a case con­cern­ing…

This senator wants Canadian banks to fight climate change

This senator wants Canadian banks to fight climate change

Rosa Galvez has tak­en on a Her­culean task: force Cana­di­an finan­cial…

Canada mulls Chinese EV tariff following U.S. move but is not committing to it

Canada mulls Chinese EV tariff following U.S. move but is not committing to it

Cana­da is look­ing at the mas­sive new U.S. import tar­iffs on Chi­nese-made elec­tric…



Experts seeing 'more and more' hate content created by artificial intelligence

Experts seeing 'more and more' hate content created by artificial intelligence

The clip is of a real his­tor­i­cal event — a speech giv­en by Nazi dic­ta­tor…

Trudeau will mark 80th anniversary of D-day at Juno Beach ceremony in France

Trudeau will mark 80th anniversary of D-day at Juno Beach ceremony in France

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau will trav­el to France next month for the 80th…

Blaine Higgs 'furious' over sexual education presentation

Blaine Higgs 'furious' over sexual education presentation

New Brunswick Pre­mier Blaine Hig­gs has shared his anger on social media over…

What's behind a historic, unusual U.S. military cash transfer to Canadian mines

What's behind a historic, unusual U.S. military cash transfer to Canadian mines

The Unit­ed States was grow­ing des­per­ate, months before its entry into the Sec­ond…

The time Pierre Poilievre got a dressing-down from Stephen Harper

The time Pierre Poilievre got a dressing-down from Stephen Harper

Pierre Poilievre’s sec­ond term was marred by what remains one of the biggest mis­takes…

No sign Canada has a plan to reach NATO defence spending target: U.S. NATO ambassador

No sign Canada has a plan to reach NATO defence spending target: U.S. NATO ambassador

The U.S. ambas­sador to NATO says despite the Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment claim­ing to ​“take…

Reality check: Pierre Poilievre says Justin Trudeau legalized hard drugs in British Columbia. Is that true?

Reality check: Pierre Poilievre says Justin Trudeau legalized hard drugs in British Columbia. Is…

You’ve prob­a­bly heard him say it: Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre claims…

NDP MP raps Conservative over ‘fake news’ video

NDP MP raps Conservative over ‘fake news’ video

NDP MP Matthew Green says Con­ser­v­a­tive MP Bran­den Leslie should apol­o­gize for…

Quebec premier says he's open to limiting social media use as CAQ debates age limits

Quebec premier says he's open to limiting social media use as CAQ debates age limits

Que­bec Pre­mier Fran­cois Legault says he’s open to ​“tak­ing major steps” to curb…

Albertans think Danielle Smith is bad on affordability. Here's why she isn't paying for it

Albertans think Danielle Smith is bad on affordability. Here's why she isn't paying for it

The three most impor­tant issues to Alber­tans are health care, the cost of liv­ing and…

A new report on poverty challenges both Liberals and Conservatives

A new report on poverty challenges both Liberals and Conservatives

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre under­stand­ably seized on a new report…

Different times trigger different concerns for Alberta voters

Different times trigger different concerns for Alberta voters

Jason Ken­ney swept to vic­to­ry in 2019 with a tight­ly focused mes­sage on what…

With podcasts and influencers, the Liberals fight to win back lost ground with younger voters

With podcasts and influencers, the Liberals fight to win back lost ground with younger voters

Trail­ing in the polls among the younger vot­ers who could decide the next gen­er­al…

Good Talk - What's Tom Mulcair Up To?

Good Talk - What's Tom Mulcair Up To?

The for­mer nation­al leader of the NDP has been say­ing some nice things about Mark…

Justin Trudeau says Benjamin Netanyahu is blocking two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians

Justin Trudeau says Benjamin Netanyahu is blocking two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has accused Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu…

Trudeau responds to American senators calling on Canada to increase defence spending

Trudeau responds to American senators calling on Canada to increase defence spending

Stop­ping short of offer­ing the assur­ance U.S. sen­a­tors are seek­ing, Prime…

Survey finds producers see climate change having major effects on them

Gov­ern­ments must do more to help farm­ers cope with cli­mate change

No election deal as leaders of BC United and Conservatives trade scathing comments

    No election deal as leaders of BC United and Conservatives trade scathing comments

    Vic­to­ria — A pro­posed deal to avoid vote split­ting between British Columbi­a’s two…

    Canada expects 'everyone' to abide by ICJ's latest Israel ruling, Trudeau says

      Canada expects 'everyone' to abide by ICJ's latest Israel ruling, Trudeau says

      Ottawa — The Inter­na­tion­al Court of Jus­tice’s lat­est rul­ing is in line with…

      Independent Toronto MP Kevin Vuong asks Poilievre to let him join Conservative caucus

      Independent Toronto MP Kevin Vuong asks Poilievre to let him join Conservative caucus

      Ottawa — Inde­pen­dent Toron­to MP Kevin Vuong says he is ask­ing Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader…

      US Poli

      Libertarians nominate Chase Oliver for president, spurning both Trump and Kennedy

      Libertarians nominate Chase Oliver for president, spurning both Trump and Kennedy

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The Lib­er­tar­i­an Par­ty on Sun­day nom­i­nat­ed par­ty activist…

      If Donald Trump is elected president again, will the biggest loser be Justin Trudeau or Pierre Poilievre?

      If Donald Trump is elected president again, will the biggest loser be Justin Trudeau or Pierre…

      Susan Dela­court: Cana­di­an elec­tions are rarely fought on for­eign pol­i­cy. Even the…

      Trump, accustomed to friendly crowds, confronts repeated booing during Libertarian convention speech

      Trump, accustomed to friendly crowds, confronts repeated booing during Libertarian convention speech

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Don­ald Trump was booed repeat­ed­ly while address­ing the…

      The Race Next Door - #1

      The Race Next Door - #1

      Every two weeks until the Novem­ber Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion in the US, I’ll post…

      Moms for Liberty to spend over $3 million targeting presidential swing state voters

        Moms for Liberty to spend over $3 million targeting presidential swing state voters

        NEW YORK (AP) — The con­ser­v­a­tive parental rights group Moms for Lib­er­ty plans to…

        International

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        Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

        Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

        Both sides of the Gaza war object­ed strong­ly when the pros­e­cu­tor of the…

        Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

        Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

        It began last month with the arrest of a Russ­ian deputy defense min­is­ter. Then…

        U.K.’s Rishi Sunak calls snap general election for summer

          U.K.’s Rishi Sunak calls snap general election for summer

          British Prime Min­is­ter Rishi Sunak on Wednes­day called a snap gen­er­al elec­tion…

          Republican National Committee's headquarters evacuated after vials of blood are addressed to Trump

            Republican National Committee's headquarters evacuated after vials of blood are addressed to Trump

            WASHINGTON (AP) — The Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee’s Wash­ing­ton head­quar­ters…

            Judge in Trump classified documents case to hear more arguments on dismissing charges

              Judge in Trump classified documents case to hear more arguments on dismissing charges

              FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Pros­e­cu­tors and defense lawyers in the clas­si­fied…

              Think Tank

              Beheading Canada’s history: The desecration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s image in the Canadian national memory

              Beheading Canada’s history: The desecration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s image in the Canadian…

              Canada’s first prime min­is­ter, Sir John A. Mac­don­ald, used to be regard­ed as one of…

              Canada in Extremis

                Canada in Extremis

                Rebal­anc­ing t he Cana­di­an Armed Forces and Rebuild­ing the Cana­di­an Navy.

                Roadblocks ahead: Internal barriers to trade in Canada’s truck transportation sector

                Roadblocks ahead: Internal barriers to trade in Canada’s truck transportation sector

                Canada’s truck trans­porta­tion sec­tor faces sig­nif­i­cant eco­nom­ic and legal…


                Substacks

                A collection of SubStack publishing within Canadian public affairs.

                Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

                Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

                Both sides of the Gaza war object­ed strong­ly when the pros­e­cu­tor of the…

                What do Palestinians and Israeli hostage families share? A common enemy

                What do Palestinians and Israeli hostage families share? A common enemy

                Good morn­ing — here is your Sat­ur­day newslet­ter. I have record­ed an arti­cle…

                A tribute to Canada's first information commissioner

                A tribute to Canada's first information commissioner

                Inger Hansen (1929−2013), Canada’s first infor­ma­tion com­mis­sion­er, knew some­thing…

                Podcasts

                The Prince

                  The Prince

                  We go On Back­ground with Stephen Maher, award win­ning writer who has cov­ered…

                  Culture Collapse

                    Culture Collapse

                    Hot Docs, Van­cou­ver Folk Music Fes­ti­val, Just for Laughs, just the lat­est cul­tur­al…

                    Politicians search for a fountain of youth votes

                      Politicians search for a fountain of youth votes

                      They’re work­ing late, because they want your atten­tion. The Lib­er­als and…

                      Foreign interference, and what we should do about it, with Lynette Ong

                        Foreign interference, and what we should do about it, with Lynette Ong

                        Host Peter Maz­ereeuw inter­views Lynette Ong, an expert on pow­er and…