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Goodale cautions Scheer: Reversing legal pot would trigger backlash

Oct 21 2018 — — If the Conservatives win the 2019 federal election and try to undo cannabis legalization, the party will face “very substantial backlash,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale warns. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has not committed to keeping cannabis legal if his party forms government next year. Scheer accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday of taking […]

Singh urges Ottawa to cancel $15B Saudi arms deal

Oct 21 2018 — — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Ottawa to cancel a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. “We’ve got a regime which has got a serious record of horrible human rights violations against its own people,” Singh told CTV News from Kapuskasing, Ont. on Saturday. “And now,” he added, “its implication and involvement in the […]

Scheer won’t commit to keeping cannabis legal if Tories form government

Oct 18 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer isn’t promising to keep cannabis legal if his party wins the 2019 election. Instead, he said they’ll scrutinize the rollout of legal pot and go from there. “The Conservative Party will do our due diligence, examine the consequences of this decision, and we’ll examine the reality on the ground,” he told […]

Feds to announce plan to pardon Canadians convicted of simple possession of pot

Oct 16 2018 — — The federal government will announce on Wednesday morning that it intends to proceed with granting pardons to Canadians who have past simple possession charges. Sources have confirmed to CTV News that the government intends to issue pardons, and not record expungements or amnesty, for cases of possession of 30 grams or less, as that will […]

MPs set to begin deliberating hundreds of amendments to key elections bill

Oct 15 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Amendments to further legislate foreign spending and political advertising leading up to, and during Canadian election campaigns could be made to the government’s key piece of election reform legislation this week, as MPs on the Procedure and House Affairs Committee are beginning what’s set to be a marathon series of meetings on the bill. Monday […]

Michael Buble not quitting music career, management team says

Oct 14 2018 — — Michael Buble’s management team says the crooner is not calling it quits despite a media report claiming otherwise. A profile piece in The Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine says the Canadian singer was going to “retire” after dealing with his son’s “life-changing” battle with cancer two years ago. In his supposed “last interview,” he explained how […]

Maxime Bernier registers People’s Party with Elections Canada

Oct 10 2018 — Rachel Aiello — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier paid a visit to Elections Canada’s headquarters Wednesday morning, to submit his application to register a new political party. After handing over a dossier of paperwork to an Elections Canada official, Bernier said this is “a big day for us. It’s another step towards the formation and the […]

Almost half of decided Manitoba voters support PC party: survey

Oct 10 2018 — — If the provincial election was taking place today, Manitoba’s governing party would come out on top according to a new poll. “The governing party is doing very well, the public is giving them a long leash and they have lots of time for them. And the opposition parties are really struggling to get their feet, […]

Premiers pile on, reject federal ‘intransigence’ over carbon tax plan

Oct 4 2018 — Rachel Aiello — he number of premiers and potential premiers who are saying “no” to the “made-in-Ottawa” carbon tax are piling up at the federal government’s door. On Thursday, New Brunswick PC Leader Brian Gallant — who could become premier pending Liberal Brian Gallant’s testing of the confidence of the legislature — doubled down on his commitment to […]