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Andrew Scheer’s Ties to Rebel Media Are Now Impossible to Deny

Oct 21 2017 — Justin Ling — There are few pairs of words that have become as toxic as quickly as “the Rebel” has in Canada in recent months. Maybe “Weinstein Company” or “tiki torch.” But Ezra Levant’s online opinion site has attracted particular acrimony thanks to a litany of colossally unwise moves, even by Levant’s own admission: one of his most […]

Poll shows great potential for Manitoba Grits

Oct 22 2017 — — A new poll offers the Manitoba Liberals a glimmer of hope that they’ll find more support in the next election. A Probe Research poll published Saturday found the party’s support recently rose to 24% among decided or leaning voters, up from 20% in June. The survey also found Progressive Conservative support declined to 36% from […]

Living and loving the Cold War: The wild ride of a Canadian diplomat and spy

Oct 22 2017 — Terry Milewski — They don’t make careers like this anymore. Dodging the secret police in Cold War Berlin. Cranking up the music to deafen the KGB bugs in Moscow. Spying for the CIA in Havana. Rallying Afghan warlords to thrash the Russians. Wrangling former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s meditation session with Indira Gandhi. Faking documents to spirit a […]

Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 — — Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]

Jagmeet Singh on Bill 62, what’s next for him and cage fighting with Trudeau

Oct 22 2017 — — Hot on the heels of his resignation from the Ontario legislature, the newly-minted federal New Democratic Party leader isn’t dropping any hints about whether he will run for a seat in the 2019 federal election. Jagmeet Singh officially quit as MPP for the Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding Friday just weeks after taking the helm of the NDP. […]

Anti-Trudeau, anti-racism demonstrators clash in Toronto; four arrested

Oct 21 2017 — — A group of anti-Trudeau protesters and anti-racism counter-demonstrators clashed in Toronto on Saturday. According to organizers, the anti-Trudeau protest was planned as a means of expressing displeasure with the Liberal government’s tax policies, spending and controversial multi-million dollar settlement with former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr. Held at Nathan Phillips Square, the protest was met […]

Morneau’s credibility meltdown spectacular

Oct 22 2017 — Jim Meek — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has seen the enemy and it is he — or “him” if you like the language of the street. It turns out Morneau was the guy using a tax loophole; he was the multi-millionaire with a secret villa in France; he was the cabinet minister who waited till his neck was […]

A Finance Minister under siege: what’s next for Bill Morneau?

Oct 21 2017 — — The opposition is showing no sign of letting up on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, despite his latest efforts to end the ethics controversy swirling around his personal finances. In an interview with The House, Morneau again insisted he divulged all of his assets to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson and diligently […]

Liberals are knifing Liberals in public. Ah, nostalgia.

Oct 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau has never been very fond of the “old” Liberal party — “old” generally being defined as people who were Liberals before Trudeau became leader. Is he paying a price now for that bias against the party’s history? Trudeau, who spent his childhood at 24 Sussex Dr., is probably one of the few people […]

Andrew Scheer’s Ties to Rebel Media Are Now Impossible to Deny

Oct 21 2017 — Justin Ling — There are few pairs of words that have become as toxic as quickly as “the Rebel” has in Canada in recent months. Maybe “Weinstein Company” or “tiki torch.” But Ezra Levant’s online opinion site has attracted particular acrimony thanks to a litany of colossally unwise moves, even by Levant’s own admission: one of his most […]

Conservatives name former Rebel Media director as 2019 campaign chair

Oct 17 2017 — Catherine Cullen — Hamish Marshall is by all accounts bright and experienced. He has helped Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party win before. But the man the federal Conservatives have hired to run their next election campaign comes with baggage that Scheer himself now wants to avoid — a connection to media outlet The Rebel. If most Canadians […]

After chaotic election night, Naheed Nenshi emerges as winner

Oct 17 2017 — James Wood — After a tumultuous municipal campaign and a chaotic election day on Monday, Naheed Nenshi was returned for a third term as Calgary’s mayor. While the city website was replete with glitches and agonizingly slow in posting results due to unknown technical difficulties, Nenshi’s main challenger, Bill Smith, conceded just before midnight. Speaking to jubilant campaign […]

At Different Pressers, Trudeau Fields Questions For His Finance Minister, While Scheer Ends Things Abruptly

Oct 16 2017 — Ryan Maloney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer each had unusual exchanges with reporters Monday as they tried to keep separate press conferences on message. In Stouffville, Ont., Trudeau thwarted a reporter’s attempt to directly press Finance Minister Bill Morneau and, minutes later, told another journalist aiming to speak with Morneau that he had […]

Ottawa to cut small business tax rate to 9%

Oct 16 2017 — — Justin Trudeau will belatedly honour his campaign promise to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent as his government scrambles to undo the damage from weeks of controversy over proposed tax reforms for private corporations. The prime minister is to announce the reduction Monday, along with some changes to the tax reform […]

‘Charismatic’ and ‘Modern’ or ‘Arrogant’ and ‘Flaky’? Canadians weigh in on the Trudeau Brand

Oct 19 2017 — — Justin Trudeau’s public persona – the selfie-taking, magazine-cover-gracing, colourful-sock-wearing, global celebrity Prime Minister – has been an integral part of his Liberal Party’s first two years in government. As much as any policy, Brand Trudeau is what comes to mind when thinking about Canada’s government these days. So, what do Canadians think of their PM’s […]

Morneau’s firm doing work for the feds

Oct 20 2017 — Candice Malcolm — New details uncovered by the Toronto Sun show that Morneau Shepell — the firm founded by the father of Finance Minister Bill Morneau — has a contract with the Bank of Canada worth over $8 million. A spokesman for the Bank of Canada confirmed this relationship in an email exchange with the Sun. “The Bank […]

Liberals walk out of committee meeting, protesting Conservatives’ pick for chair

Sep 26 2017 — Rachel Aiello — A meeting of the House Status of Women Committee ended abruptly Tuesday morning when all the Liberal members walked out in protest of the Conservatives’ nomination for chair, citing her anti-abortion and anti-trans voting record as unsupportable. Seconds into the meeting, the Conservatives on the committee nominated MP Rachael Harder to be chair, and immediately […]

Prince Charming and his taxes: Justin Trudeau’s flying unicorn hits a storm

Oct 12 2017 — — To Oppose the government of Justin Trudeau has been no fun. Canada’s prime minister has shrugged off controversies that would have hurt a less charismatic politician. Few Canadians seemed to mind when he accepted a helicopter ride from the Aga Khan to holiday on his private island in the Bahamas; most yawned when the government […]

Liberals are knifing Liberals in public. Ah, nostalgia.

Oct 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau has never been very fond of the “old” Liberal party — “old” generally being defined as people who were Liberals before Trudeau became leader. Is he paying a price now for that bias against the party’s history? Trudeau, who spent his childhood at 24 Sussex Dr., is probably one of the few people […]

Andrew Scheer’s Ties to Rebel Media Are Now Impossible to Deny

Oct 21 2017 — Justin Ling — There are few pairs of words that have become as toxic as quickly as “the Rebel” has in Canada in recent months. Maybe “Weinstein Company” or “tiki torch.” But Ezra Levant’s online opinion site has attracted particular acrimony thanks to a litany of colossally unwise moves, even by Levant’s own admission: one of his most […]

Brad Wall pits West against Ottawa as Energy East project killed

Oct 5 2017 — Catharine Tunney — TransCanada is closing the book on its proposed Energy East pipeline, but the political fallout is just beginning to ramp up with Conservatives trying to hammer the Liberals down on their “disastrous” energy policies and Saskatchewan’s premier going so far as to question the West’s role in the federation. On Thursday, the company announced it […]

Conservatives name former Rebel Media director as 2019 campaign chair

Oct 17 2017 — Catherine Cullen — Hamish Marshall is by all accounts bright and experienced. He has helped Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party win before. But the man the federal Conservatives have hired to run their next election campaign comes with baggage that Scheer himself now wants to avoid — a connection to media outlet The Rebel. If most Canadians […]

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 […]

Tory MP Eve Adams switches to Liberals, brings backing from Harper loyalist

Feb 9 2015 — Joan Bryden — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals scored a two-fer Monday. Well-connected Toronto-area Conservative MP Eve Adams crossed the floor to sit with the Liberals. And insiders said her surprise defection has the support of her fiance, former top Conservative operative Dimitri Soudas — long considered one of Stephen Harper’s fiercest loyalists and an architect of the Tories’ re-election […]

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 […]

Caroline Mulroney Lapham could be Tories’ heir apparent

Dec 13 2015 — Christina Blizzard — She’s beautiful, fluently bilingual and well-educated. And she’s Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare. Caroline Mulroney Lapham, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is the best choice to be the new leader of the federal Conservative party, many Tory insiders believe. Like Trudeau, she has an impeccable political pedigree and is glamorous. She’s also very […]

Ford sorry for crudeness as wife looks on

Nov 14 2013 — — In the space a few hours Thursday, Rob Ford spouted an obscenity on live TV, was scolded by Canada’s oldest football team for wearing their jersey while making the remarks, and begged the media to give his family privacy — his seldom-seen-in-public wife by his side. The latest actions by Toronto’s beleaguered mayor set off […]

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 […]

Andrew Coyne v The National Post

Oct 17 2015 — Jesse Brown — Postmedia newspapers have been running variations of the same Harper endorsement all day. But as the Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons publicly confirmed, pumping the Conservatives was management’s call. Regardless of what Postmedia’s reporters, columnists, editors (or readers) think, endorsements are a publisher’s decision, and Posties know Paul Godfrey was always going to force a Harper […]

Only 1 suspect in deadly Quebec mosque shooting, police say

Jan 29 2017 — — Police arrested 2 men after killings inside Quebec City mosque, but now say 1 is considered witness. Quebec provincial police now say only one of the two men arrested Sunday night following the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque is a suspect in the attack. Quebec provincial police now say only one of the […]