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Trudeau Liberals limit scrutiny with fewer sitting days in the House

Oct 18 2021 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government’s move to limit House of Commons sitting days this year and delay the return of Parliament until late November is part of an effort to avoid scrutiny, opposition MPs say, amid a needed debate over pandemic economic supports. The Prime Minister’s Office has said that the House won’t resume sitting until Nov. […]

Tories must move on from O’Toole

Oct 18 2021 — Michael Harris — And so it begins. The reality check for the Conservative Party of Canada. Instead of rising, the CPC is now a political phoenix sinking into the ashes of Election 2021. The most recent Angus Reid Institute numbers show that only 54 per cent of Conservative voters want Erin O’Toole to lead the party into the […]

Jason Kenney’s referendum to nowhere

Oct 18 2021 — Max Fawcett — In a province that routinely holds Senate elections and has plebiscites on whether there should be fluoride in the drinking water, finding the dumbest thing on the ballot in an Alberta municipal election can be a challenge. But that’s much easier this year, given the Kenney government has decided to ask Albertans whether they want […]

Can the Progressives Deliver a Plan or Even a Future?

Oct 18 2021 — Glen Pearson — The headline isn’t just some political or partisan question thrown out there as part of the everyday dialogue.  Across the world, democratic, progressive movements have their troubles.  Canada, a seeming bastion of security in an unsettled world, especially having just concluded an election, nevertheless contains enough disconcerting divisions to reckon the future as something uncertain. […]

Largest bloc in Senate to consider expelling a member from its ranks

Oct 12 2021 — Steven Chase — The Canadian Senate’s biggest bloc is calling Manitoba Senator Marilou McPhedran before a closed-door hearing next Monday to decide whether to kick her out of the Independent Senators Group. This is the first expulsion hearing for the Independent Senators, the largest Parliamentary group in Canada’s Red Chamber, since it was recognized by the Senate in […]

Premiers facing COVID-19 outbreak take hit in approval ratings

Oct 13 2021 — Eric Grenier — The pandemic isn’t over yet, and that is especially the case for a few provincial premiers. The latest approval ratings data from the Angus Reid Institute show most premiers with sliding approval ratings, but among those that have dropped the most are those fighting a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

New electoral boundaries strip Quebec of a seat, gives Alberta 3 more

Oct 15 2021 — — Elections Canada says Quebec will lose one seat in the next redistribution of federal ridings in Canada. Overall, the number of seats in the House of Commons will increase by four to 342 seats to reflect Canada’s growing population. Alberta will gain three seats, Ontario one and British Columbia one, while the number of MPs […]

Elizabeth May won’t be Green interim leader, says Annamie Paul hurting party

Oct 3 2021 — — Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May says Annamie Paul is hurting the Green Party by remaining in control of its communications. Paul announced on Sept. 27 she would resign as leader, saying it had been the “worst period in my life.” Paul, the first Black and Jewish woman to lead a major federal party, said she […]

Trudeau spends 1st Truth and Reconciliation Day in Tofino on vacation, contradicting itinerary

Sep 30 2021 — Mercedes Stephenson and Rachel Gilmore — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day on vacation in Tofino, B.C., with his family, despite his official itinerary placing him in private meetings in Ottawa. The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed the vacation in a statement sent to Global News. “Yes the PM is spending time in Tofino with […]

Liberals return to Alberta, and 5 other surprises in the election results

Sep 21 2021 — — It might not be surprising that an election that seemed to attract little public enthusiasm resulted in a Parliament that looks a lot like the previous one. As results rolled in Monday night, it became clear that the Liberals would continue to have the most seats in the House of Commons, that they would not […]

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 […]

Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]