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Premiers tell Trudeau they ‘want to go to war’ with U.S. over Keystone XL: sources

Jan 22 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced anger from some of Canada’s premiers Thursday over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project — including heated calls for punishment that could fracture ties between the two allies. The First Ministers call, which lasted just over an hour, also touched on the coronavirus pandemic […]

Payette is the one resigning — but Justin Trudeau has to wear it

Jan 22 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Julie Payette might still want to debate the details of what exactly occurred inside Rideau Hall over the last three and a half years. But she apparently couldn’t escape an increasingly obvious conclusion — that for her to continue as governor general would risk inflicting serious damage on the office. “I am a strong believer […]

Federal government settles lawsuit with Canada’s former ambassador to Israel

Jan 22 2021 — — A lawsuit launched against the Trudeau government by the former ambassador to Israel has reached a settlement — but neither party is willing to divulge the details. The federal government is refusing even to disclose the date the settlement was reached. Vivian Bercovici was named ambassador to Israel by Stephen Harper before Prime Minister Justin […]

Alberta is owed and it’s time for the federal government to pay

Jan 22 2021 — John Ivison — Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize winning novel about Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sensitive boy growing up in a tough housing estate near Glasgow in the 1980s while tending to his alcoholic mother, is a gripping, relentlessly grim portrayal of a society in transition from industrial hub to … well, at the time no-one was quite sure […]

Julie Payette was never a good choice for governor general, and Justin Trudeau should have known it

Jan 21 2021 — Susan Delacourt — For the third time in her life, Julie Payette has been brought spectacularly down to earth. Payette’s descent from the post of governor-general, she will no doubt agree, was bumpier and longer-lasting than any experienced in the former astronaut’s two space missions. Her lengthy resignation statement did not exactly confirm the reports that led to […]

Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse

Jan 21 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are going to be even worse than previously thought. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander now overseeing the vaccine logistics for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said […]

Booted from caucus, Derek Sloan faces long odds if he pursues re-election

Jan 22 2021 — Eric Grenier — Booted from the Conservative caucus on Wednesday, Derek Sloan now sits as an Independent MP in the House of Commons. Without the backing of the Conservative Party of Canada, his chances of holding on to his seat in the next election don’t look good. Sloan, who finished fourth in last year’s Conservative leadership contest with […]

Political scientists say Kenney must rethink pugilistic approach on oil, environment

Jan 22 2021 — — Political analysts say Premier Jason Kenney must rethink his traditional “fight back” approach and start building bridges to reconcile environmental concerns with oil and gas development. “Attacks are not going to persuade anybody,” Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, said in an interview Thursday. “You don’t set up a war room whose […]

Premiers tell Trudeau they ‘want to go to war’ with U.S. over Keystone XL: sources

Jan 22 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced anger from some of Canada’s premiers Thursday over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project — including heated calls for punishment that could fracture ties between the two allies. The First Ministers call, which lasted just over an hour, also touched on the coronavirus pandemic […]

Conservative MP Derek Sloan defiant ahead of removal vote over campaign donation

Jan 19 2021 — — Conservative MPs will vote on whether to expel eastern Ontario MP Derek Sloan from the party caucus on Wednesday morning in response to Sloan accepting a donation from a notorious white nationalist during his bid to lead the party. More than two dozen of the 121 sitting Conservative MPs have signed a letter requesting a […]

Under pressure to disavow Trump-supporting members, Conservatives slam Liberals for ‘American-style’ attacks

Jan 17 2021 — — When Canadians hear about Trump-style politics coming to the country, many collectively shudder. But within a day of them recoiling in shock while watching thousands of pro-Donald Trump rioters storm the Capitol in Washington D.C., news outlets were reporting on a photo of the deputy leader of the Conservative party, Candice Bergen, wearing a camouflage […]

Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse

Jan 21 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are going to be even worse than previously thought. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander now overseeing the vaccine logistics for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said […]

Independent review of Rideau Hall harassment will challenge Governor-General Julie Payette’s tenure, sources say

Jan 21 2021 — Robert Fife — An independent review of workplace harassment allegations made by former and current staff at Rideau Hall has been completed, with confidential sources who have been briefed on the review saying it paints a very negative picture of the work environment in the Governor-General’s office since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tapped former astronaut Julie Payette for […]

Conservative Party of Canada Confirms Conservative MP Derek Sloan Accepted Donation From Neo-Nazi

Jan 18 2021 — — The Conservative Party of Canada says party leader Erin O’Toole is “outraged” after discovering one of his MPs accepted money from a notorious neo-Nazi. The Conservative leader was reacting to a request for comment from PressProgress inquiring about Elections Canada records that show neo-Nazi Paul Fromm donated $131 to the Conservative Party of Canada in […]

Manitoba Conservative MP Candice Bergen silent on photo showing her wearing MAGA hat

Jan 7 2021 — — An undated photo circulating on social media Thursday shows Candice Bergen, the Manitoba MP for Portage-Lisgar and deputy Conservative leader, wearing a MAGA hat. The photo shows Bergen wearing a camouflage baseball cap with outgoing President Donald Trump’s slogan Make America Great Again on it. To many, the MAGA hat has become a symbol of […]

Two Liberal MPs resign from government roles after traveling abroad amid coronavirus

Jan 3 2021 — — Two Liberal MPs have resigned from their government and House of Commons roles after admitting to recently traveling overseas despite strict travel restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus. Pierrefonds—Dollard MP Sameer Zuberi stepped down from multiple committee roles while Kamal Khera, who represents Brampton West, resigned as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of […]

Trudeau to shuffle ministers as Navdeep Bains leaves cabinet

Jan 11 2021 — — Champagne to replace Bains as Garneau moves to Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning a cabinet shuffle involving a handful of ministers, CBC News has learned. Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and industry, has decided not to run in the next election and is leaving cabinet, precipitating the move, said sources with […]

Ontario finance minister to return to Canada after backlash over St. Barts holiday

Dec 29 2020 — — Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips says he is making arrangements to return to Canada “immediately” after being criticized for taking a “personal trip” despite pleas to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Phillips’ comments came just over one hour after Premier Doug Ford said he was “extremely disappointed in Minister Phillips and his decision to […]

Top Tory adviser under fire for tweeting U.S. election misinformation

Jan 13 2021 — — A top adviser to the Ontario and federal Conservative parties is under fire for tweeting misinformation about the aftermath of the U.S. election. Nick Kouvalis, a veteran conservative operative and principal at Campaign Research Inc. and Campaign Support Ltd., tweeted and subsequently retracted a false claim last week that anti-fascists and Black Lives Matter activists […]

New poll shows UCP collapse as NDP & Wildrose surge

Jan 8 2021 — — A new poll commissioned exclusively by the Western Standard shows Jason Kenney’s UCP would face decimation if an election was held today with the NDP’s Rachel Notley returned as premier, and a strong possibility of the new Wildrose Independence Party breaking into the legislature. The Mainstreet Research poll was conducted January 6-7 and shows 41 […]

So many questions about an inexplicable decision

Dec 31 2020 — Steve Paikin — When, a few years ago, Rod Phillips announced his intention to run for a seat at Queen’s Park, conservatives everywhere were pretty pleased. Phillips was exactly the kind of candidate the Progressive Conservative party had hoped to attract. At that time in his early 50s, he had the perfect blend of experience in both the […]

The faces of the future in Canadian politics

Dec 24 2020 — Don Martin — Let’s call them the Super Six, a half dozen names who, based on solid, stable and surprising performances this year, will likely become or remain powerhouses of the realm in the years ahead. In a year spent fighting an invisible enemy with plenty of sudden change in political fortunes, they all seem well-positioned to be […]

RCMP officer among 17 confirmed dead in Nova Scotia killing spree

Apr 19 2020 — — RCMP say 17 people are dead, including one of their officers, after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a rampage across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Senator Patrick Brazeau in critical but stable condition in Gatineau hospital

Jan 19 2016 — — Senator Patrick Brazeau is recovering in hospital following surgery after he was found seriously injured in his home last night, according to officials at a hospital in Gatineau, Que. Police and paramedics were called to Brazeau’s home in Mayo, Que., northeast of Ottawa, just after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, sources told CBC News. He […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]