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Kobe Bryant and daughter among those killed in chopper crash

Jan 26 2020 — — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died near Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, a person familiar […]

Canada prime minister to welcome Venezuela opposition leader

Jan 26 2020 — — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó will visit Canada on Monday as part of an international tour aimed at bolstering support for his challenge to socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he and senior Cabinet ministers would meet with Guaidó, whose trip defied a travel ban imposed by Venezuela’s […]

Andrew Scheer says he’ll run again as MP for Regina

Jan 26 2020 — — Andrew Scheer is signalling he’ll be seeking another term as MP in 2023 after stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party. “I love my riding. I love the people of Saskatchewan. I love fighting for the interests of people of my riding and all the communities that it entails,” he said Saturday. He said […]

Personal spending a party matter, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says

Jan 25 2020 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says how he used party funds to pay personal expenses is an internal matter and he won’t provide any details. Revelations that Scheer was using Conservative donors’ money to pay private school tuition for his children emerged as he announced his decision to resign as leader in December. Taking questions from […]

Scope of right-wing extremism vexed security officials, documents show

Jan 26 2020 — — Canadian security officials have been grappling not only with how to address the growing threat of right-wing extremism, but also the best means of defining the phenomenon and explaining it to the public, newly released documents show. In a briefing for deputy ministers responsible for national security, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP […]

As MacKay jumps in, Chong considering run for Conservative leader if there’s a ‘clear’ path to victory

Jan 25 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Michael Chong will only run for the party’s leadership if there’s a “clear path to victory,” a source close to the Conservative MP tells the Star. Chong, who placed fifth in the party’s 2017 leadership contest, is “still deliberating” on whether he’ll run a second time. “Last time he ran for leader, he proposed to […]

Peter MacKay officially launches bid for Conservative leadership

Jan 25 2020 — — Former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay formally launched his bid to replace Andrew Scheer on Saturday in his home province of Nova Scotia, where he first began his political career more than 20 years ago. MacKay made the announcement in his former riding of Central Nova at the province’s Museum of Industry. “Over four years […]

Canada’s first ‘presumptive positive’ case of coronavirus found in Ontario

Jan 25 2020 — — Ontario’s chief medical officer has confirmed Canada’s first ‘presumptive positive’ case of coronavirus. In a news conference Saturday, officials said the patient, a man in his 50s, fell ill after travelling to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the outbreak. The patient is in stable condition in a negative pressure room at Toronto’s […]

Conservative leadership committee will weigh candidates’ personal views against party principles: Raitt

Jan 25 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The co-chair of the Conservative Party’s leadership organizing committee says the party will consider candidates’ comments – on social issues or otherwise – to assess whether they align with party principles. Former deputy leader Lisa Raitt said there is a section requiring a declaration of personal views in the rules published by the Leadership Election […]

Peter MacKay is piling up the caucus endorsements — but will they matter?

Jan 25 2020 — Eric Grenier — Peter MacKay’s bid for the Conservative Party leadership officially begins today and he’s already starting with a big lead — at least among members of the Conservative caucus. Endorsements from MPs probably didn’t play a decisive role in the party’s 2017 leadership race, but they could have made a difference in what turned out to […]