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The next leader of the Conservatives is ... one of these 14

Meet the contenders, disrupters, long shots and answers to trivia questions as the race's final nomination cutoff...and more »...

Lisa Raitt and Bruce Wood's uncertain journey

Milton MP Lisa Raitt and Bruce Wood, CEO of the Hamilton Port Authority, often talked about getting married, but kept putting it off, writes Spectator...

The Spectator's View: Going in reverse on drunk driving deaths

A private member's bill from Conservative MP Steven Blaney calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for impaired driving causing death. So far...

Going in reverse on drunk driving deaths

Hamilton SpectatorIn this file photo, an OPP Ride Program on the 401. A U.S. study shows Canada ranks highest in alcohol-related driving deaths, despite extensive...

Liberals might have to bluff a little while playing shaky fiscal hand: H├ębert

Montreal GazetteAnd Jim Flaherty had to deal with a global economic crisis. But each of them had at least one ace to play. Martin's tenure...

Petition opposing Ontario nuclear waste plan sent to federal government

A Canadian environmental assessment released last May concluded the OPG plan was the best way to deal with the waste, and found little risk to...

Dion condemns North Korean announcement that it tested hydrogen bomb

Conservative foreign affairs critic Tony Clement called on the government to take a strong stand with its allies, while not losing sight of the severe...

Final residential schools report due Tuesday

Commission Chairman Justice Murray Sinclair, right, hands a copy of the commission's report on Canada's residential school system to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, centre,...

Nearly half of murdered native women did not know killers, Star analysis shows

In April, then aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt told First Nations chiefs that, in 70 per cent of the cases of murdered and missing aboriginal...

Raitt, Kenney, Mulroney? Names fly as Conservatives plan leadership race

Ontario MP and former cabinet minister Lisa Raitt isn't ruling out a run, but said there's analytical work to be done before anyone heads down...

Finley in tight race with Liberal contender

Public Works Minister Diane Finley is far from a dead dog. But Ferguson says about 1,000 members of Local 8782 are seething about the way...

Harper's proposed ban on niqab in civil service ricochets through campaign

Asked last spring whether the Conservatives would consider implementing measures similar to those in Quebec, Treasury Board President Tony Clement said the federal opposition to...

Julian Fantino accused of assault with a condiment

A lawyer for former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino said the Conservative candidate will "vigorously" defend himself against an assault complaint dating back to 1973.

Verbatim: Q&A with Minister Rob Nicholson

The Globe and MailTORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper kept a lower profile on Wednesday in advance of Thursday's leaders' debate, but Foreign Affairs Minister...

Dozens of Ontario cops busted for drunk driving in last five years

"Let me be clear that drinking and driving, by either uniform officers or civilian employees, cannot be tolerated," wrote former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino in...

Reviving the census debate

In explaining the Conservative government's decision to kill the mandatory long form in 2010, Tony Clement, the federal industry minister at the time, told a...

The Spectator's View: Quebec's doctor-assisted suicide model worth exploring

After the ruling, then-Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the government was not likely to use the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution to circumvent the ruling,...

Tory candidate Chris Alexander 'suspends' campaign after refugee roasting in ...

Conservative candidate Chris Alexander has "suspended" his re-election campaign after a contentious CBC interview Wednesday. The interview occurred before news broke that the family of...

Stephen Harper pumps up party faithful in Hamilton

He was joined by Sweet, and local Conservative candidates Vincent Samuel, Dean Allison, Al Miles, Mike Wallace, and Diane Finley. Sweet's office is in the...

Harper in Hamilton Thursday afternoon

He was joined by Sweet, and local Conservative candidates Vincent Samuel, Dean Allison, Al Miles, Mike Wallace, and Diane Finley. The room – which became...

Conservative Diane Finley (incumbent) Haldimand Norfolk

In July 2013, Finley was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services. Previously, she was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Development in...

NDP promises to boost budget officer powers

His assessment of the OAS was called "unbelievable, unreliable, incredible'' by then-finance minister Jim Flaherty. Page even sued the Conservative government in 2012 over its...

Burlington's Bantleman acquitted of sex charges in Indonesia

Lynne Yelich, Canada's minister of state for foreign and consular affairs, has said the government has been following the case closely and has long called...

Tolls, spiral ramps and taller structure ideas examined

Minister Diane Finley got a frosty response from councillors in Hamilton and Burlington when she suggested a municipal bridge takeover last year. Talks with prospective...

Rebuild and offload federal canal lift bridge: study

Minister Diane Finley got a frosty response from politicians in both Hamilton and Burlington last year when she wrote a letter suggesting the idea of...

Liberal MP apologizes for slur in ad

Hamilton SpectatorThe paper's explanation did not appease Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt. A spokesperson for the minister, Andrea Richer, said Murray's ad is "unacceptable and...

Massive outage: Federal websites knocked offline

OTTAWA—The Canadian government's servers were hit with a cyberattack Wednesday afternoon, Treasury Board President Tony Clement has confirmed. The source of the attack is not...

How John Baird's resignation caused a Royal scramble

But those planning the grand reopening of Canada House — Canada's high commission office in London — were tossed a curve ball with the sudden...

U2 lead singer Bono on hand in Ottawa for meetings with leaders

International Development Minister Christian Paradis said the government was "very happy to welcome a good philanthropist like Bono here" as he touted the government's aid...

Things have gotten a lot tougher for Harper

National PostWith the exception of industry minister James Moore, none of the other major architects of Harper's three election victories will be around next fall...

Can Six Nations tobacco industry license itself?

Area MP Diane Finley deferred comment on the draft self-regulation framework to the Department of Justice, which sponsored Bill C-10. The department maintains it cannot...

Oct. 19 byelections called for three ridings

International Development Minister Christian Paradis and Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Minister Shelly Glover recently announced they won't be seeking re-election. Del Mastro's political career...

Former SISO chair suspended from federal security panel

A spokesperson for federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Hussein Hamdani has been suspended from his advisory position pending an investigation into allegations of...

Mohawk lab praised as hot spot of 3D revolution

The college's Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, opened in January, was praised Thursday by federal cabinet minister Gary Goodyear as a key to reviving the country's...

Government improves benefits

I recently hosted House Leader Peter Van Loan at Flamborough's Harry Howell Arena to highlight this program. Officials from the Heart and Stroke Foundation and...

Canadian waste angers Filipinos; Canada says it's 'private commercial matter'

MetroNews Canada... recyclable materials — and are mostly household wastes," she said from Manila. International Trade Minister Ed Fast was in Manila on Friday, meeting...

Harry Howell Arena joins defibrillator club

AM900 CHMLJohn Marechal, 56, and Drago Tomic, 76, were on hand Thursday for a ceremony with Government House leader Peter Van Loan, MP David Sweet...

Canada's John Baird appears at epicentre of Iran nuke debate

WASHINGTON Canada's former foreign affairs minister has used a prominent stage to express skepticism about Iran even as nuclear talks with that country reach a...

Four PC leadership candidates in Hamilton Oct. 1

Only Elliott — the wife of the late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty and a former leadership candidate — and McNaughton have formally announced their...

PM Harper in Grimsby, Mount Hope Thursday

He will be joined by Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison. In the evening, he will speak at a "members...

Ottawa announces $10.8M to continue Red Cross rapid emergency response

CTV News International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the four-year funding announcement will allow the continuation of the Enhanced Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund, which helps the...

Are you on the no-fly list? Who knows?

In her May 2013 letter to then-transport minister Denis Lebel, filed with the court, Legault said she was not satisfied the exemption had been properly...

Harper's skewed view of science

In 2012, while newly installed NRC director John MacDougall was busy slashing jobs and centralizing his command, Gary Goodyear was making the government's intentions clear.

Christine Elliott an early favourite to lead Tories

Tory MPP Christine Elliott has taken the lead in the race to replace Tim Hudak as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, a Forum Research...

Canada wrong to pick sides in Mideast

The other day I found a flyer from my federal MP Rob Nicholson. In the last part of the flyer Nicholson asked what most concerned...

Feds divulge details of privacy breaches

Toronto Star A spokeswoman for Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, whose department has been in hot water for privacy breaches in the past, would only say...

Ottawa wants premiers to drop internal trade barriers

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. Federal Industry Minister James Moore says he's pushing for agreement among all premiers by the end of the year to break down...

Canada and EU free-trade deal clears major hurdle with deal on final text

Trade Minister Ed Fast said he looks forward to a Canada-EU Summit in Ottawa next month, where the deal will be the centrepiece. The agreement...

Ottawa hails new rail shipping regulations, says farmers to benefit

... amount of grain moved by rail before the winter season and allow the government to reassess the situation later in the fall, with the...

Internal memo warns of potential for Bitcoin-related crime

Financial Express The internal memo, prepared for former finance minister Jim Flaherty, says while the degree of criminal activity involving Bitcoin is unclear, some have raised...