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‘A guilty conscience?’ MPP Randy Hillier mocks minister Ahmed Hussen’s experience with racism

Jun 3 2020 — Don Braid — Of all the Canadian responses to the “I Can’t Breathe” movement, one of the most offensive comes from Randy Hillier, a Progressive Conservative legislative member in Ontario. Ahmed Hussen, the federal Liberal minister of families, children, and social development, had said on CTV: “I have been followed in stores. Instinctively my back gets up when […]

Sloan accuses Liberals of ‘effectively putting into law child abuse’ with conversion therapy bill

Jun 3 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Conservative leadership candidate and MP Derek Sloan is accusing the Liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “effectively putting into law child abuse” in relation to their policies on gender identity and conversion therapy. In a videoconference webinar he held with supporters on Tuesday night, Sloan took questions from participants on a range of issues, […]

Ontario appoints Jane Philpott to lead pandemic data effort

Jun 4 2020 — Laura Stone — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has appointed former federal cabinet minister Jane Philpott to lead its pandemic data effort, in a bid to better integrate the province’s fragmented health care system in the face of the COVID-19 fight. Dr. Philpott, a family physician and former health minister in Justin Trudeau’s government, will serve as the province’s […]

Seniors’ one-time COVID-19 payment due to arrive week of July 6

Jun 4 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the one-time payment of up to $500 for seniors to offset additional costs from COVID-19 will be delivered the week of July 6. Seniors have been anxiously awaiting the payment, after the federal government promised on May 12 to spend $2.5 billion sending these payments. Those who qualify for the […]

Trudeau government to spend more than $88M on COVID-19 ads

Jun 4 2020 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is planning to spend more than $88 million to get its message out on everything from health advice to government programs related to COVID-19, CBC News has learned. That’s on top of money that government departments have already budgeted for communicating with Canadians on other issues.

‘A guilty conscience?’ MPP Randy Hillier mocks minister Ahmed Hussen’s experience with racism

Jun 3 2020 — Don Braid — Of all the Canadian responses to the “I Can’t Breathe” movement, one of the most offensive comes from Randy Hillier, a Progressive Conservative legislative member in Ontario. Ahmed Hussen, the federal Liberal minister of families, children, and social development, had said on CTV: “I have been followed in stores. Instinctively my back gets up when […]

Doctor linked to Campbellton COVID-19 cases suspended, 2 patients in ICU

May 29 2020 — — The doctor linked to five other cases of COVID-19 in northern New Brunswick and who may have exposed at least 150 other people to the coronavirus has been suspended, the president and CEO of the Vitalité Health Network has confirmed. The doctor, who is in his 50s, caught the virus when he recently travelled to […]

A fall federal election is ‘a real possibility,’ and a ‘sweet spot’ for Liberals to win a majority, say pollsters

Jun 1 2020 — Abbas Rana — While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are currently enjoying a strong wave of national popularity, a fall election is a “real possibility” from a purely strategic point of view, and an ideal time to convert a minority government into a majority, say leading pollsters. “The number suggests that there’s going to be a window, at […]

The China-Canada ‘relationship’ is not worth saving

May 29 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Even before Wednesday’s British Columbia Supreme Court ruling in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, the government of China was warning of the effect an adverse decision for Ms. Meng would have on relations with Canada. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry demanded her immediate release, to avoid “continuous harm to China-Canada relations.” […]

Donald Trump just wants to watch the world burn

Jun 2 2020 — Andrew Coyne — It is hard to assess how much Donald Trump is the cause of his country’s disintegration, and how much the consequence. Suffice it to say that the times brought forth the man: the perfect embodiment of all the fears and resentments – of foreigners, of minorities, of liberal elites – of the Republican base.

James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution

Jun 3 2020 — — James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump’s Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump’s performance as president. But he has now broken his silence, writing an extraordinary broadside in which he denounces the president for dividing the nation, and accuses […]

Insiders Say Harper’s Fingerprints Are All over Leadership Race

May 16 2020 — Michael Harris — He’s backing O’Toole, sandbagging MacKay, say sources. The hapless remnants of the Harper Party never learn. Trailing the Liberals by 10 points in this week’s political tracking report from pollster Nik Nanos, the Conservative Party of Canada is once again bungling its way through its latest search for a winner at the box office.

‘A guilty conscience?’ MPP Randy Hillier mocks minister Ahmed Hussen’s experience with racism

Jun 3 2020 — Don Braid — Of all the Canadian responses to the “I Can’t Breathe” movement, one of the most offensive comes from Randy Hillier, a Progressive Conservative legislative member in Ontario. Ahmed Hussen, the federal Liberal minister of families, children, and social development, had said on CTV: “I have been followed in stores. Instinctively my back gets up when […]

Here’s a thought: what if Justin Trudeau never runs again?

May 11 2020 — Michael Harris — Before Justin Trudeau became PM, when Gerald Butts was still riding shotgun for the hottest political penny stock in Canada, when the Liberals had only 33 seats in the House of Commons, and it looked like it would take dynamite to dislodge Stephen Harper from power, I had a private talk with Canada’s future leader. […]

Stephen Harper’s power dissolves

May 27 2020 — Sandy Garossino — It was a depressingly small performance, even for a Twitter thumbnail. Last weekend, social media exhumed clips from a 2018 Stephen Harper interview with Dennis Prager, in which he bemoaned the absence of a Fox News network in Canada and blamed his 2015 defeat on leftist media outlets that coordinated their election coverage to censor […]

Health Minister Hajdu stops Dr. Theresa Tam from answering question about Canada’s emergency stockpile

May 23 2020 — Marieke Walsh — Health Minister Patty Hajdu intervened Friday to stop Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam from answering a question at a House of Commons committee about whether Dr. Tam had warned Ottawa that the national emergency stockpile, which included protective equipment, was underfunded. The unusual move to shut down Dr. Tam prompted the Conservatives to accuse […]

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 […]