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Retirement, Jason Kenney and the news: 3 ways politics touched us this week

THE KENNEY FACTOR: The grinding sound of the Conservative rumour mill turned into a deafening roar this week as speculation about longtime MP Jason Kenney's...

Supporters urge Tory MP Lisa Raitt to make a run for Conservative leadership

Steven Blaney recently told Quebec television network TVA he is also contemplating a run, as are former Tory MP Peter MacKay and TV personality and...

Maclean's on the Hill: The Budget, new Senators & Mulcair's future

The first budget from the Trudeau government will be unveiled in just days. The Liberals are going to post a large deficit, and it could...

How do you get a key to Toronto? Depends on who the mayor is

Keys have been given out to well-known Torontonians and residents of the city including former deputy mayor Case Ootes, former police chief Julian Fantino, Mike...

Six stories in the news today, Sept. 16

Denis Lebel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Quebec lieutenant, holds a news conference where he is expected to respond to the Federal Court of Appeal ruling...

Seafarers Union expands court fight over temporary foreign workers program

The new cases, filed late Tuesday, single out Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. The union says it has written to...

Tories drop two candidates as campaign hits unofficial milestone

CBC.caThe revelation came just before Prime Minister Stephen Harper said re-elected Conservatives would improve a federal disability grant program, one championed by Jim Flaherty, the...

Outgoing minister Peter MacKay to support Conservatives 'where I'm requested'

CALGARY – Regrets? He's had a few, but outgoing Justice Minister Peter MacKay says he's ready to leave the day-to-day politicking behind and focus on...

Asbestos revisions on Health Canada website not significant, government says

Asbestos was also a central industry for International Development Minister Christian Paradis's riding which includes the town of Thetford Mines. Paradis, who is not running...

Tories set to ram new veterans benefits through Parliament with budget bill

Since replacing Julian Fantino in January, O'Toole has had the monumental task of rebuilding bridges with the politically important veterans community, which has grown increasingly...

Riding the omnibus: Feds introduce budget bill that needs quick passage into law

Peter Van Loan, the Conservative House leader, defended the latest omnibus legislation Thursday as a reflection of the government's fiscal blueprint. “There were all things...

Mike Duffy's journal offers a glimpse at the life of the ultimate Ottawa insider

Peter MacKay apparently confided in Duffy after reports surfaced that the former defence minister had one of the only three search-and-rescue helicopters in Newfoundland and...

Michael Wilson, former finance minister, ambassador, to lead mental health body

Ottawa CitizenHealth Minister Rona Ambrose says Wilson has a strong personal commitment to mental health issues which will serve the commission well. Wilson, 77, was...

Ottawa earmarks $750K for grassroots projects for girls

Ottawa has announced $750,000 in funding for projects to encourage girls and young women, as well as a council made up of young women who...

Health Canada warns about bedbug products after 2 Alberta children die

Health Minister Rona Ambrose expressed her condolences to the family, which was attending the funeral of son Zia, 2, on Friday. His eight-month-old sister died...

Federal government says national livestock database will improve food safety

CALGARY – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says a national database for tracing livestock will help improve food safety and bolster trade. The federal government announced...

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OTTAWA – Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is refusing to say whether Canada will bow out of its planned combat role in Iraq after six months...

Kenney: Provinces clamouring for TFWs should invest more in vocational schools

OTTAWA – Jason Kenney is taking aim at provinces and territories complaining about Ottawa's crackdown on temporary foreign workers, asking why they aren't spending more...

Cost of satellite ministerial staff soars by 70 per cent during austerity years

Several cabinet ministers, including Employment Minister Jason Kenney, Industry Minister James Moore and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, have regional offices in addition to their headquarters...

Conservatives embark on late-summer campaign to woo Quebec voters

Tory MP Denis Lebel arrives in his marked van to address supporters Monday, August 25, 2014 in Montreal. A pre-electoral push by the federal Conservatives...

Raitt stands by railway safety self-regulation, despite Lac-Megantic report

Sun News Network Transport Minister Lisa Raitt speaks to the media with Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney following the release of the Transportation Safety Board's...

Protesters interrupt John Baird's speech in London, Ont.

LONDON, Ont. – Protesters who oppose Canada's position in the Israel-Palestinian conflict interrupted a speech Friday by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in London, Ont.

Experts, not politicians, to decide who gets donated Ebola vaccine: Canada

TORONTO – The Canadian government says experts, not politicians, will decide how donated Canadian Ebola vaccine will be used. Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says...

Internal Finance memo warns of potential for Bitcoin-related crime

Financial Express This April 3, 2013 file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. The lack of regulation and high level of anonymity of Bitcoins may...

Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm; 116 people on board, including 5 Canadians

Tweets from the account of Lynne Yelich, Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said consular officials are ready to provide assistance. The MD-83 aircraft,...

Home»News»National»Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'; 5 Canadians on ...

Tweets from the account of Lynne Yelich, Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the government is aware of the reports of Canadians on...

Some facts about the federal government's proposed national securities watchdog

Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver, front centre, looks on along with New Brunswick Justice Minister Troy Lifford, front left, as British Columbia Finance Minister Mike...

Home»News»International»Canada provides $20M to UNICEF to end forced ...

Baird said that Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch and Justice Minister Peter MacKay will have more to say about what Canada can do to...

Wounded vets see 20 per cent income drop, less satisfied with life: surveys

A spokesman for Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino pointed out the survey results show that ex-soldiers after three years as clients of the department receive...

Ontario PCs elect MPP Jim Wilson as interim leader

Last week, PC MPP Christine Elliott — the widow of ex-federal finance minister Jim Flaherty — announced that she would be seeking the party leadership,...

Metis National Council's office lease questioned in auditor's draft report

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt's office repeated its earlier statement about the council, urging it to continue “taking the necessary steps to strengthen its financial...

Tory byelection attack on Trudeau features riding's former Liberal MP

Among those who've put in appearances are Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, former minister Stockwell Day and Employment Minister Jason Kenney, the Tory's wooer-in-chief of ethnic...

Finance Minister Joe Oliver names Jeremy Rudin new OSFI superintendent

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Joe Oliver has named Jeremy Rudin as the new Superintendent of Financial Institutions, effective June 29. Rudin, currently an assistant deputy...

Gerry Ritz leads delegation to China with aim to boost agriculture exports

Toronto Star OTTAWA – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is hoping some face time with Chinese officials will help boost Canadian agriculture exports to that burgeoning market.

We won't go back to 'Square 1′ on First Nations education bill: Valcourt

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt prepares to take part in a Commons Aboriginal Affairs committee in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill, Thursday May 29, 2014. THE...

Home»News»National»Tories spending $4M more on veterans ads to counter ...

Associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa Friday December 2, 2011.

Home»News»National»From stigma to success: Treatment triumph changes BC ...

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Rona Ambrose said there's been “strong federal leadership on the file.” Over the coming year, Ottawa will invest $86.7 million...

CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. fired after patronage investigation: feds

Rob Moore, the minister of state for Enterprise Cape Breton Corp., says he has taken steps to terminate John Lynn's employment following the report by...

CANNES WATCH: Robert Pattinson rates film romp with Julianne Moore

Actor Rob Pattinson during a press conference for Maps to the Stars at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 19, 2014.

Decision to extradite terror suspect upheld by Ontario Court of Appeal

In June 2011, Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger committed Diab for extradition to face French authorities despite acknowledging the case against him was weak.

Harper introduces legislation dubbed Quanto's Law to protect police dogs

Vancouver Sun Laureen Harper, back left to right, Minister of Health Rona Ambrose, Sgt. Bart Lawczynski and Prime Minister Stephen Harper watch a police dog demonstration...

NDP member urges Finley to let police investigate alleged political interference

Finley, who took over the portfolio last summer from predecessor Rona Ambrose, has suggested it would be a waste of resources to involve the police.

Cool, wet spring delays spring seeding across most of Prairies

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said there's no concern that farmers will over-extend themselves. “The average loan is still less than $100,000, which is interest...

Battle over temporary foreign workers morphs into all-party letter war

CTV News In a 2009 letter obtained by The Canadian Press, Merrifield tells Diane Finley, then human resources minister, about a Boston Pizza franchise owner in...

Liberals to highlight abuses in the Temporary Foreign Workers program

Treasury Board President Tony Clement could facing a grilling as he appears at the Commons estimates committee to discuss the government's open data practices. —...

Edmonton man facing terrorism, murder charges in court fighting extradition

But Whitling said sometime after the lower court ruling, five charges of aiding murder were “introduced at the last minute, through the back door,” and...

Tories on the hot seat over youth temporary foreign workers program

National Post ... workers and are consequently driving down wages and cutting Canadians out of jobs. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander deflected criticism of the program, saying...

Jim Flaherty's Whitby-Oshawa seat declared vacant

Canada's chief electoral officer has officially been notified that the seat of former finance minister Jim Flaherty is now vacant. Flaherty died suddenly on April...

Finance Minister Joe Oliver touts Tory financial record in Vancouver

VANCOUVER – Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver has delivered a campaign-style stump speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade, touting his government's financial record. The...

Public consultation held Wednesday on future of Downsview Park

Augimeri said the leaked memo is from Public Works Deputy Minister Michelle d'Auray to the Public Works minister at the time, Rona Ambrose, and discusses...