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Rona Ambrose to support trans rights bill

That is a change from the last time legislation on transgender rights came to the House of Commons, when Ambrose and the majority of her...

Vote Green, says Ontario NDP riding president

www.muskokaregion.com/Treasury Board President Tony Clement fields questions in the foyer outside the House of Commons in Ottawa, Monday, May 11, 2015. The president of the...

Robocalls shouldn't affect Guelph 2015 federal election campaign, Peter ...

GUELPH — Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the shadow of the 2011 robocalls scandal shouldn't impact the local race in the upcoming federal election. "It's...

Conservative cabinet minister optimistic about Guelph riding in 2015

"I'm optimistic that Canadians will support more jobs and more tax cuts for families," said Minister of Public Works and Government Services Diane Finley when...

Public Works Minister Diane Finley to speak at Guelph business luncheon next ...

"The Guelph Chamber sees Minister Finley's visit as a fantastic opportunity to gauge our city's economic realities and aspirations against the federal government's newly-minted fiscal...

Another view: Mending bridges

CTV NewsThe difference between relatively new Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole and his predecessor Julian Fantino is like day and night. O'Toole — a veteran...

Environmental risk from some products

Colin Carrie, the parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, said the findings of the study will be used to decide on a federal-provincial plan...

Canadian planes may be key eyes in the sky

In Ottawa, International Development Minister Christian Paradis fell flat in his attempt to deflect Opposition criticism that not enough was being done to help civilians...

A rare moment of candour in the House

Finally a senior minister in Stephen Harper's cabinet has acknowledged that something more insidious than a random string of crimes is behind the disappearance of...

Canada finally ratifies investment deal with China despite misgivings

Employment Minister Jason Kenney, for example, expressed misgivings about forging closer ties with China as recently as this spring. The government had failed to ratify...

Clement: Hiring cheap foreign workers shouldn't be a business model

KITCHENER — Canadian businesses should rarely, if ever, be allowed to use the Temporary Foreign Worker program to hire unskilled workers, Treasury Board President Tony...

Ex-PMs push new aboriginal dawn

When asked for comment on the new organization, the office of Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt issued a statement that made no mention of it.

Science Inc.

He also made a point of pushing the "new mandate" for the National Research Council (NRC), an agency Harper has been tinkering with since 2008,...

Home Opinion Columns Bloc Québécois' free fall opens up Quebec race in...

The ruling Conservatives are running a summer road show starring Quebec lieutenant Denis Lebel these days and the prime minister is scheduled to deliver what...

The high cost of trade sanctions

"Canadian pork producers have access to numerous other lucrative markets" Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has asserted, but calling in favours with other countries where Canadian...

Feds provide funding to improve animal welfare standards in Guelph ...

Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux made the announcement on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The investment is being made through the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's...

Canada pulling consular staff out of Libya

The Hindu OTTAWA The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff. In a statement,...

Canada pulling cocnsular staff out of Libya

OTTAWA The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff. In a statement, Foreign...

Ottawa sitting on $730 million stockpile of uncashed taxes, other benefits

Marcel Poulin, spokesperson for Public Works Minister Diane Finley, said the minister has instructed officials to "examine options to help Canadians receive the payments the...

Rebels let train with dead from Malaysian jet leave Ukrainian town after ...

Irish Independent In London, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Canada's intention to slap sanctions against more people and entities, including government agencies, over Russia's continuing...

A pension fix

Former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty started to warm toward the idea but changed his mind before stepping down in March. That reversal likely came...

Spite isn't justice

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said that Khadr was guilty of "heinous crimes," though he was a minor under his father's abusive control. This is...

Rob Ford's invitation-only news conference sparks controversy

CP24 Toronto's Breaking News Councillor Doug Ford could not be reached for comment on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ford spent part of his last weekend before his return...

Panel wants more women on company boards

"It takes leadership — a nudge and a push — for timelines and reporting," Kellie Leitch, the minister of labour and status of women, said...

Hectoring from Ottawa won't fix Ontario's fiscal woes

The late Jim Flaherty began to tighten the rules. In his 2013 budget speech he said: "Tax fairness is important to ordinary hard-working Canadians. They...

Flaherty's widow Elliott first in to replace Hudak as Conservative leader

TORONTO — Christine Elliott, widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, has called a news conference for Wednesday amid reports she'll be taking another...

Ottawa creates health-care advisory panel aimed at renewing, sustaining system

iPolitics.ca (subscription) TORONTO — The federal government launched an advisory panel on health-care innovation Tuesday aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of Canada's health system.

Harper couldn't say no to pipeline project

Joe Oliver, often cranky, always partisan, set the tone as the former natural resources minister, but he had company in the former environment minister, Peter...

Prominent winners and losers in Ontario election

Christine Elliott, deputy leader, widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, re-elected in Whitby-Oshawa. New Democratic Party. James Gordon, folksinger who co-founded Hillside Music Festival,...

Liberals Wynne majority in Ontario election

The Globe and Mail Conservatives in Ottawa and at Queen's Park have quietly been jockeying for his job for months and federal ministers Tony Clement, Kellie...

Home News Canada UN asks Ottawa to open its doors to Syrian...

The UN's High Commissioner for Refugees met with federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Wednesday as part of a tour that includes Europe and the...

Baird's rhetoric a little much for this Canadian

That same week Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird made a speech in Washington ridiculing Iran and announcing Canada will no longer seek the middle...

Truth about slain aboriginal women still untold

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt brushed off their entreaties, insisting his department was taking action to combat crime in aboriginal communities. He was following a...

Aboriginal students caught between clashing visions

John Richards is a smart economist with a social conscience who believes there is a crisis in aboriginal education in Canada. Bernard Valcourt is Prime...

Paying cash for blood products a flawed policy

Despite being urged by several medical organizations to deny regulatory approval of Canadian Plasma Resources and halt the sale of blood, federal Health Minister Rona...

Valeriote on experiencing Vimy

It was a great privilege to lay a wreath with Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino. Early one morning on the outskirts of Ypres I...

Saskatchewan asks federal committee to toughen law to clear grain backlog

CTV News The province made requests before the legislation was introduced and Stewart met with federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz after the law was proposed. Stewart...

Canada not immune to impact of global warming: report

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the government has been "committed to protecting the environment while keeping the Canadian economy strong since 2006. "Our government has...

Federal funding to boost female entrepreneurs in Guelph

GUELPH— Innovation Guelph will receive $149,000 from the federal government over the next two years to help improve services that assist women entrepreneurs. The funding...

Tories defend immigration changes as Chinese nationals complain in Beijing

Toronto Star In a statement, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander defended the government's overhaul. "We will not waste taxpayers' dollars on programs that do not...