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Federal Liberals hold onto Toronto Centre, York Centre in byelections

Oct 26 2020 — — The federal Liberals have held onto the Ontario ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centre in Monday’s byelections, according to final results from Elections Canada. In Toronto Centre, Liberal Party candidate Marci Ien, a journalist, won with 42 per cent of the vote, against 32.7 per cent for Annamie Paul, Green Party candidate and leader. […]

The Democrats Are in More Danger Than They Know

Oct 26 2020 — Glen Pearson — One week today could see the smugfest of all smugfests.  If the polls are correct, America could be on the verge of a Democratic landslide.  Whatever Donald Trump has going in his favour, his bombast, and above all his lack of attention to a Covid-19 pandemic that continues to ascend ever higher at the worst […]

This Controversial Canadian Senator Donated to Trump’s Re-Election Effort, Violating Campaign Finance Laws

Oct 27 2020 — Justin Ling — A controversial Canadian senator donated to Donald Trump’s re-election effort, violating U.S. campaign finance law in the process, amid an election where accusations of foreign influence and cash are flying back and forth. In early May, Senator Lynn Beyak made a $300 contribution to the Republican National Committee, per a publicly available Federal Electoral Commission […]

Canada quietly prepares for the possible challenges of a Biden presidency

Oct 28 2020 — Chris Hall — Joe Biden dropped in on Ottawa back in December 2016 — just a month before becoming the former U.S. vice president — to salute a Canadian-American relationship that would soon be tested by Donald Trump. “The partnership between Canada and the United States is among the most robust, most complex and most important in the […]

Top public servant offers to explain redactions to WE Charity documents

Oct 27 2020 — — The country’s top public servant is offering to testify about controversial redactions to some 5,000 pages of documents the government released on the WE Charity affair. Ian Shugart, clerk of the Privy Council, made the offer Tuesday in a letter to the House of Commons finance committee. The committee has been stalled for several weeks […]

One hopeful Tory candidate wants the Ottawa-Beijing relationship on the ballot

Oct 28 2020 — Neil Moss — A former foreign affairs correspondent seeking the Conservative nomination in an Ottawa-area Liberal-held riding wants the government’s handling of the Canada-China relationship to be an election issue. Traditionally, foreign policy issues have played a marginal role in Canadian elections. “They say foreign policy never is a big deal in Canadian elections since the Second World […]

O’Toole says Liberals can play politics, Tories will focus on issues

Oct 22 2020 — — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said his party doesn’t have confidence in the Liberal government, but that doesn’t mean every issue needs to turn into a confidence vote. Yet his party is using its second chance this week to set Parliament’s agenda to propose a motion calling for a sweeping probe by the House of Commons […]

Federal Liberals hold onto Toronto Centre, York Centre in byelections

Oct 26 2020 — — The federal Liberals have held onto the Ontario ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centre in Monday’s byelections, according to final results from Elections Canada. In Toronto Centre, Liberal Party candidate Marci Ien, a journalist, won with 42 per cent of the vote, against 32.7 per cent for Annamie Paul, Green Party candidate and leader. […]

Alberta MP apologizes for using middle finger during question period

Oct 23 2020 — — An MP from central Alberta is apologizing for using his middle finger during question period on Friday. Blaine Calkins, the Conservative MP for Red Deer-Lacombe, was participating in QP remotely. He was talking about the effect of Liberal policies on things like oil extraction in the province and said the federal government hasn’t done anything […]

Canadians are divided on whether MPs should vote for Conservative committee today and force an election

Oct 21 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — As Canadians may be asked to vote in a snap election resulting from an impasse between the government and opposition parties, we decided to get a quick reading directly from Canadians. Between 5 pm and 9:30 pm ET last night, we surveyed 1,000 Canadian adults about the upcoming confidence vote, with the following preamble: Tomorrow, […]

Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film

Oct 21 2020 — The reputation of Rudy Giuliani could be set for a further blow with the release of highly embarrassing footage in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat. In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals […]

‘It’s going to be a long time’: tens of thousands of federal public servants still working from home, eight months into pandemic and no end in sight

Oct 26 2020 — — As tens of thousands of federal public servants across the country continue to work remotely, the government is keeping a close eye on the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the country as department-by-department plans are made for employees to return to their physical worksites. But as public health authorities continue to signal that physical distancing […]

The Democrats Are in More Danger Than They Know

Oct 26 2020 — Glen Pearson — One week today could see the smugfest of all smugfests.  If the polls are correct, America could be on the verge of a Democratic landslide.  Whatever Donald Trump has going in his favour, his bombast, and above all his lack of attention to a Covid-19 pandemic that continues to ascend ever higher at the worst […]

The Attempted Murder of the Kielburgers

Oct 13 2020 — Mark Bourrie — First, a little re-intro. I am a former journalist, now practicing law and writing researched non-fiction books. I hold a PhD in History, as well as a law degree and a Master’s degree in journalism. I’m a four-time National magazine Award nominee, winning once for a feature on a wrongly-accused man.

Questioning Kamala Harris’s race. Promoting a 9/11 conspiracy. Toronto byelections rocked by Liberal and Conservative candidates’ resurfaced tweets

Oct 16 2020 — Alex Ballingall — In duelling expressions of outrage, Liberals and Conservatives exchanged demands for opposing candidates to drop out of federal byelections in Toronto as advance polls opened on Friday. The Liberals took the first shot, when Quebec MP Greg Fergus — who is also the chair of the Parliamentary Black Caucus in Ottawa — condemned how the […]

Why Parliament could be on the brink of a snap election — again

Oct 17 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Are the Liberals playing a game of chicken with the opposition? “This is pure partisan politics,” Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez said on Friday, referring to a Conservative motion that would have the House of Commons establish an “anti-corruption committee.” It shouldn’t surprise Rodriguez — an MP with more than a decade of experience in […]

O’Toole says Liberals can play politics, Tories will focus on issues

Oct 22 2020 — — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said his party doesn’t have confidence in the Liberal government, but that doesn’t mean every issue needs to turn into a confidence vote. Yet his party is using its second chance this week to set Parliament’s agenda to propose a motion calling for a sweeping probe by the House of Commons […]

Liberals, WE Charity release details on fees with potential confidence vote looming

Oct 19 2020 — — The minority Liberal government suggested Monday the Opposition Conservatives are pushing the country to the brink of an election with their potential demand for an “anticorruption” committee to probe COVID-19 spending. Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez said in a letter to his opposition counterparts that the Tories’ effort to strike the committee is “blatantly partisan,” […]

Federal Liberals hold onto Toronto Centre, York Centre in byelections

Oct 26 2020 — — The federal Liberals have held onto the Ontario ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centre in Monday’s byelections, according to final results from Elections Canada. In Toronto Centre, Liberal Party candidate Marci Ien, a journalist, won with 42 per cent of the vote, against 32.7 per cent for Annamie Paul, Green Party candidate and leader. […]

Trudeau’s press secretary hit with charge from ethics commissioner

Oct 20 2020 — — One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s press secretaries has been charged by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. In a public notice issued on Tuesday, the commissioner’s officer said Alex Wellstead had received a penalty of $250 for “failing to disclose a material charge related to assets within 30 days after the charge.”

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

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 […]