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Why isn't Lisa Raitt the next Tory leader?

The speech was popular; the #CPCldr hashtag crowd was uniformly impressed by the turn onstage of the MP from Milton, Ont. Indeed, after the final...

How Kellie Leitch accidentally revealed Canadian values - Maclean's

Her attempt at Trumpian populism repulsed most voters outside her party. But were Conservatives paying attention?Chris Selley: 'Canada's Donald Trump' was never on offer in...

Rona Ambrose will not vote on her replacement

“He's really given me my space to do my thing but that was his (advice): 'Never forget, Rona, never forget, that the most important thing...

Why the opposition is responsible for all the talk of Trudeau's torso

By Canadian standards, he has star power. Plus, there's only so much Tony Clement that any nation can be expected to endure. “We have a...

For the record: What Elizabeth May said on Saturday in Ottawa ...

Green Party members were up against a raucous wedding party Saturday night. The hooting and hollering during Elizabeth May's keynote address at the Green ...and more »...

Can Jason Kenney be Mr. Right in Alberta?

Jason Kenney couldn't help kicking off a Calgary radio interview with a quibble about phrasing. “Great to be here. Just one correction,” he said after...

Rona Ambrose: 'Canadians will continue to support the U.K.'

“Regardless of the outcome of yesterday's referendum, Canadians will continue to support the United Kingdom as a steadfast ally, trading partner and friend. “There is...

Q&A: On 'selfless' Gurkha guards, after 14 were killed in Kabul

Canada's former Ambassador to Afghanistan Chris Alexander says his heart goes out to the families of 14 Nepali Gurkha guards killed in a terrorist attack...

For the record: Justin Trudeau and Rona Ambrose on Robert Hall

“It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21,...

What Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says about feminism and politics

... the couple's PDAs—heads touching, loving gazes, hands on hearts—have telegraphed happiness and an 180-degree shift from the chillier optics of the Harper marriage, which...

The Conservative Party begins the task of reinventing itself

“The past is no place to linger,” Stephen Harper told party faithful in a farewell address at last weekend's Conservative convention. The former prime minister...

Rona Ambrose: 'So Justin – who's the feminist now!?'

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose holds an aboriginal talking stick as she addresses the audience at the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, Friday,...

Rona Ambrose contrasts Laureen Harper with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

OTTAWA — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is praising the quiet style of her friend Laureen Harper, saying she preferred to stay in the background.

Elbowgate's traumatized victims need your support

Conservative MP Peter Van Loan called it an “extraordinary example of physical intimidation.” In retrospect, we now understand that many of us were showing the...

Maclean's on the Hill: Maxime Bernier wants to be Tory leader

The Conservatives have their first official candidates for the leadership race to replace Stephen Harper. The first to file her papers was Ontario MP Kellie...

Behind Kellie Leitch's 'sort-of' campaign for Conservative leader

The Conservative leadership race got off to an oddly tentative start this week, when Ontario MP and former cabinet minister Kellie Leitch threw her hat...

Trudeau shrugs off law firm's fundraiser featuring attorney general

“This kind of event clearly crosses the line,” Ralph Goodale, the party's deputy leader at the time, said in January 2014 when it was revealed...

Three ways budgets have changed in 20 years

One comparison that's hard to ignore: When former finance minister Jim Flaherty faced a global financial disaster and was forced to accommodate the wishes of...

Rona Ambrose says Trudeau should have pressed Obama on Keystone

MONTREAL — Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is hoping Canada will receive some concrete benefits from the new relationship between Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama.

Lisa Raitt takes the Maclean's 60-second challenge

We asked Trudeau's parliamentary colleagues from every party to take the same challenge. Conservative MP Lisa Raitt played along, and guess what? On the question...

Kent Hehr: The Energizer Bunny who's back in the game

If there's any portolio that needs that touch, it's the one marked in the Stephen Harper era by budget underspending, closed offices, a stone wall...

Paul Wells: Everything I know about leadership

One Saturday morning in 2002 I ran a column in the National Post endorsing Jim Flaherty as the successor to Mike Harris at the top...

Chrystia Freeland unveils Harper's future in Davos

It's good that Christian Paradis was able to make some yards on this project before he saw the writing on the Conservative Party of Canada's...

How Rona Ambrose is setting the tone for the Tory leadership race

If the Conservatives wanted to pick an interim leader to act as a foil to Justin Trudeau, Rona Ambrose was a solid choice. Dynamic, bilingual...

Opening the door to Ebola-hit countries

Former immigration minister Jason Kenney froze all applications for temporary and permanent residence from people who had recently travelled to Ebola-affected countries, which the World...

Rona Ambrose: How she plans to build bridges in 2016

As the interim Conservative leader, Alberta MP Rona Ambrose will be the main voice of the official Opposition until Tories pick Stephen Harper's successor, likely...

Listen: Rona Ambrose commits to core Tory values

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is applauded by her caucus while speaking during a debate on the Speech from the Throne in the House of...

Environment Minister moves to protect Quebec frogs threatened by development

Nature Quebec and the CQDE, an environmental law group, asked former Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq for the emergency protection order for the La Prairie population...

Can Trudeau make a deal with the premiers to fight climate change?

... with the provinces to achieve that target. To discuss Trudeau's chances, Maclean's spoke with David McLaughlin, former president of the National Roundtable on the...

A real test of the Conservative party's new tone

“Tone” has become the early theme of the post-Harper Conservative party and that Scheer, the former Speaker, succeeds Peter Van Loan, the rather gleeful partisan,...

Justin Trudeau, NATO, and the problem with backseat ministering

Jason Kenney, the former defence minister, was quick to assert that Hollande's statement “has implications for Canada under the NATO Treaty's Article 5.” Article 5...

Trudeau's cabinet: Built to drive

Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (front row, fifth from left) poses with his cabinet after their swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on...

Rona Ambrose, Mike Lake to run for Conservative interim leadership

OTTAWA – Alberta Conservative MPs Rona Ambrose and Mike Lake are running for the interim leadership of the Conservative party — a wide-open contest that's...

Conservative caucus unrest mounts

The Globe and MailThe member who most closely fits that description is Jason Kenney. Kenney will have competition. Simcoe–Grey MP Kellie Leitch, not one of...

A few last words from Joe Oliver

Joe Oliver likely wouldn't choose to enter Canadian history books for being only the third sitting finance minister to lose a federal election race, but,...

Chris Alexander's very bad day: A golden boy falls, but for how long?

Inside the Annandale Golf and Curling Club in Ajax, Ont., Monday night, the lighting was dismal and the air was cold; the curling ice is...

Key Conservative cabinet ministers lose seats

Among them, former Conservative cabinet minister Lynne Yelich, who was the lone Conservative cabinet minister to lose her nomination in her Saskatchewan riding this past...

Go blue team: Jason Kenney says Conservatives can mirror Jays' win

But Jason Kenney took the parallel one step further Wednesday, drawing a link between the Jays' capturing their American League Division Series and the political...

Mother of missing Canadian kids pleads for more help from Ottawa

Alison Azer, age 47, met with Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Lynne Yelich on Tuesday to ask for more help in locating her four children, whose...

Election Issues 2015: A Maclean's primer on health care

Then-finance minister Jim Flaherty presented his counterparts with annual funding increases, pegged to economic growth and at a lower rate than the annual increases offered...

Inside the battle for Ottawa's public-service vote

Curiously, he was there rather than Conservative candidate Tony Clement, the incumbent from Ontario cottage country, who, as Treasury Board president, would be the lead...

Jason Kenney on the niqab, the oath and #PeopleLikeNenshi

Jason Kenney: Well, I think you framed that question in the – in the kind – which – in a way that reflects the fuzzy-minded...

Stephen Harper: The Chatelaine Interview

With Minister [Kellie] Leitch at the Status of Women, we've been fairly aggressive in trying to push both government appointments in the public sector and...

Conservatives made deal to quiet dissent on C-51, gun group says

“In short, we were lied to by the Conservatives about that deal,” Clare wrote, naming Mark Johnson, the director of parliamentary affairs in Public Safety...

Jason Kenney on refugee intake: 'People are picking numbers out of a hat'

CALGARY — Conservative Jason Kenney insists the federal government will soon release details on how it plans to accelerate the intake of 20,000 Iraqi and...

Election 2015: The day that was

Maxime Bernier, veteran Cabinet minister and one of only five Conservative MPs from Quebec, on Monday released—of all things—a radio jingle for his re-election bid.

The end of the MacKay days in Nova Scotia

MacKay is winding down a venerable family enterprise—stewardship of Central Nova. For most of the last 44 years, the riding has been in the family...

Where's Joe Oliver? Why in Turkey, of course.

At the repurposed storefront on Yonge Street where Oliver's campaign is headquartered, requests for the candidate are greeted with rictus smiles and the phone number...

In battleground Ajax, two boy-wonder gladiators face off

Despite everything, Chris Alexander still looks the part of the political golden boy. At the official launch of his re-election bid last Saturday afternoon, Alexander...

Missing on the campaign trail: Talk of health care

The answer goes back to the Lunch of 2011. In December of that year, the finance minister, Jim Flaherty, hosted his provincial and territorial counterparts...