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Marijuana task-force member's move to legal weed company raises conflict-of-interest concerns

Souccar was recruited to Aleafia by Julian Fantino, a former Conservative cabinet minister and former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner and Toronto Police Service chief. Fantino...

Senators urged to give final approval to long-awaited national security review committee

Conservative MP Tony Clement, a cabinet minister under Harper who now serves as public safety critic, appeared before senators on Monday to say he no...

Conrad Black: If the Conservatives want to win, they need a leader ...

There are worse fates than returning to long-term Liberal government, but the Conservatives want to win and shouldn't do things almost certain to assure they ...and...

Peter MacKay: Atlantic Canada deserves better from this government

On Oct. 19, 2015, 39 per cent of Canadians who voted voted Liberal, electing Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to government. In a matter of...

Andrew Coyne: Savouring the summer of wonk

The early line on the Conservative leadership race — and it is very early, with the vote still nine months away — has been one...

Quitting federal politics, Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney will get ...

OTTAWA – As Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney count down the days before exiting federal politics, they can start adding up the several millions of...

Liberals looking to build wiggle room into mandatory minimums brought in by Conservatives

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is studying the idea of building some wiggle room into the controversial convention of mandatory minimum sentences to avoid unduly...

'Someone has to do this, right?' Among the cows and roughnecks on ...

MetroNews CanadaThis is Kenney's life. Drifting town to town handing out pamphlets and camo-patterned hats, steering around road-kill and introducing himself to strangers.Wildrose supporters like...

'It's a failure of leadership': Activist urges Canadian government to help vulnerable, displaced Yazidis

Conservative party leadership candidate Tony Clement held up his iPhone. On it was a picture of him with three children he met while visiting refugee...

Don Braid: Alberta NDP is meddling with Jason Kenney's leadership bid

There's no doubt about it — the NDP is messing with Jason Kenney's Progressive Conservative leadership bid. First, the government took the unusual step of...

John Ivison: Social conservatives determined to play big role in choosing next federal Tory leader

Kellie Leitch was given an amber light because while she says her experiences as a pediatric surgeon means she is pro-life, she voted against Woodworth's...

The cost of schmoozing: What Canadian MPs spent on wining, dining and Tim Hortons

Another Conservative MP, Peter Van Loan, paid about $3,400, including more than $2,000 just for barbecue rentals, at his annual pancake breakfast last year. It's...

Kady O'Malley: As local riding associations rake in cash, which ones have the most money on hand?

Maxime Bernier (Association du Parti conservateur de Beauce). Total contributions: $110,450. Number of contributors: 338. Kellie Leitch (Simcoe — Grey). Total contributions: $186,634. Number of...

John Ivison: Forget about the rest. MacKay, Raitt are best Conservative choices to unseat Trudeau

... he admits he hates to talk about himself — and he might best serve his party by providing some true-blue credentials to the bids...

John Ivison: Trudeau mulls plan to give budget watchdog teeth but it could come back to bite Liberals

Kevin Page, the former PBO chief, ran afoul of Jim Flaherty, the late Conservative finance minister, who accused him of being “unbelievable, unreliable and incredible”...

Deepak Obhrai fifth to join Conservative leadership race as MPs wait on Peter MacKay

OTTAWA — Deepak Obhrai, the dean of the Tory caucus, says he's jumping into the Conservative leadership race. Obhrai, a Calgary MP for nearly two...

Focus now on former MP Peter MacKay over possible Conservative leadership run

OTTAWA — With Tony Clement in and Jason Kenney out of the Conservative leadership race, all eyes now turn to potential front runner but undeclared...

The Conservative leadership race: Your guide to who's in, who's out, and who's still on the fence

Lisa Raitt. The popular Tory MP from Ontario and current finance critic musings about a bid have spurred an social media campaign called “Draft Lisa...

Jen Gerson: Jason Kenney may already be on cusp of uniting Alberta's right — against him

CALGARY — Federal Conservative MP Jason Kenney may indeed be on the cusp of uniting Alberta's right; if rumours prove true, provincial conservatives of all...

Canada's drunk-driving death rate worst among wealthy countries, US study finds

Conservative MP Steven Blaney, the former public safety minister, introduced a private member's bill earlier this year, Bill C-226, that includes a provision allowing for...

'It's not as fun because we're not in power': Scenes from Stephen Harper's final Stampede BBQ

The Globe and Mailsaid interim leader Rona Ambrose in her speech to the gathering, gesturing to a Stephen Harper that indeed does look more relaxed—at...

Ontario MPP threatens lawsuit if Jason Kenney doesn't apologize for 'defaming' comment

Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Michael Chan is demanding an apology from Conservative MP Jason Kenney for allegedly defaming him. A lawyer on behalf of Chan...

Canadian politicians weigh in on Brexit: 'A magnificent exercise in democracy'

While Trudeau adopted a cautious tone on Brexit, several high-profile Conservative MPs, including potential leadership contenders Jason Kenney and Tony Clement, took to Twitter to...

Kelly McParland: There's no real choice for Kenney; it's Alberta or irrelevance

To appeal to a broader range of voters, the next Tory leader needs to look and sound like Lisa Raitt, Kellie Leitch or possibly Peter...

Rona Ambrose: ISIL is committing genocide. Canada's government should acknowledge that

This past June 6 was the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied Normandy, France. Canadians will always remember the sacrifices made that day...

Liberals lift Harper government's controversial ban on opposition MPs' visits to military bases

Then-defence minister Rob Nicholson blamed the ban on the military, saying the Conservative government was following a directive drawn up by senior commanders. The Conservatives...

Ambrose disses 'bad man' Harper, Trudeau jokes about Obama and Mulcair drops the mic at press dinner

GATINEAU, Que. — Federal party leaders put down their swords to celebrate those who wield the pens and microphones Saturday night. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,...

John Ivison: Tory leadership candidate Maxime Bernier no longer a political 'lightweight'

OTTAWA — If there is a statute of limitations on boneheaded decisions, Maxime Bernier may just have moved beyond it. In 2008, Bernier was a...

'Government does not have a place in your bedroom': Conservatives vote to accept same-sex marriages

VANCOUVER – Conservative delegates voted overwhelmingly Saturday at their national convention to effectively accept same-sex marriage, a move Tory MPs and leadership candidates said modernizes...

Group of Conservatives trying to amend constitution to allow Rona Ambrose to run for leadership

VANCOUVER – She insists she's not interested in the top job, but that's not stopping Tory MPs and Conservative members from trying to amend the...

Old divisions set to re-emerge at key Conservative national convention this week

Former Conservative ministers Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier and Chong have already registered, while former ministers Jason Kenney, Peter MacKay, Tony Clement and Lisa Raitt are...

Christie Blatchford: Using his 'restricted' police-issue gun to shoot Sammy Yatim could add year to officer's sentence

The bill itself was called the Tackling Violent Crime Act; the preamble talks about “violence involving firearms continues to threaten the safety of Canadians” and...

Ashley Csanady: No, Justin Trudeau is not Jian Ghomeshi and to suggest as much is insulting to survivors

Justin Trudeau is not Jian Ghomeshi. To make that comparison, however tangentially, as Conservative MP Lisa Raitt appeared to Thursday morning, of the prime minister's...

Chaos in the House: Trudeau accused of 'manhandling' MP as tempers flare

But a motion from Conservative MP Peter Van Loan had MPs debating, afterward, whether to refer the matter of a “physical molestation” to the procedure...

Michael Den Tandt: The Trudeaus are riding the same populist wave as Trump — and it has a dark side

Though income inequality in Canada has waned marginally since 2006 — thanks in part to egalitarian tax policies championed by the late Conservative finance minister...

Conservatives oppose private member's bill to make national anthem gender-neutral

... original gender-neutral wording of the national anthem. However, that plan was abandoned two days later following angry backlash from Conservative party members. “The public...

Joe Oliver: We, the people, should decide how to elect our members of Parliament

Do you know why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to change the way we elect members of Parliament without first asking for permission from...

Rona Ambrose would be Tory leadership favourite if allowed to run, poll of party supporters finds

Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch and Lisa Raitt received, respectively, three, two and one per cent support in the poll, which is considered accurate to within...

'Not ruling it out': Jason Kenney weighing Conservative leadership bid but 'not close' to a decision yet

OTTAWA — Longtime Conservative MP Jason Kenney — thought to be a front-runner for the Tory leadership, if he wants the job — says he's...

Peter MacKay: Respect the rule of law

Canada's Supreme Court has again struck down criminal laws enacted by a democratically elected and accountable parliament, which were genuinely intended to reform our criminal...

How the Supreme Court is dismantling one of the key parts of Stephen Harper's legacy

“I truly believed that we were doing the right thing, making people accountable for the crimes that they commit and standing up for victims,” says...

Conservative, Liberal MPs trade blame in Commons for failed military equipment purchases

McKay said no money is being cut from the defence budget. Instead of fixing procurement and financial problems, he said the Conservatives were “climbing in...

Kady O'Malley: Remember that $500-per-head Liberal fundraiser? Jody Wilson-Raybould wishes you didn't

In fact, the Conservatives have attempted to pre-empt precisely that strategy with a direct, if oblique, reference to the fracas that resulted from a 2014...

Liberals reopen debate 11 years after Martin government opted not to join US ballistic missile defence

Briefing notes obtained by the Citizen show defence officials have also quietly set the stage by warning successive defence ministers, including Rob Nicholson, Jason Kenney...

Conservatives demand justice minister return money from 'sordid' $500-a-plate fundraiser

In January 2014, Ralph Goodale, then deputy Liberal leader and now minister of public safety, accused Conservative heritage minister Shelley Glover of crossing the line...

John Ivison: Brad Wall sought for federal leadership bid to prevent Conservative split

The mission, should Wall choose to accept it, is to defeat the telegenic scion of a political dynasty that many true-blue Conservatives consider an abomination...

Kady O'Malley: Potential Tory leadership candidates should consider their fundraising track record before deciding ...

And while Conservative MPs Kellie Leitch and Jason Kenney weren't in attendance, they're both considered potential leadership hopefuls. (Also, as O'Leary has no history with...

Chris Selley: A new strategy for the new Tories

On Monday, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, David McKeown, released a report advocating three safe injection sites be opened in pre-existing medical clinics. In response,...

'There are four Canadian kids being held captive in a war zone and no one seems to be doing anything about it'

Then-minister of state for foreign affairs, Lynne Yelich, would only say that the government didn't know where the children were. Alison decided to see what...

Candidates' $5M spending cap in Conservative leadership race draws mixed response

A number of current and former MPs have expressed interest in running for the leadership or have refused to rule themselves out, including Clement, MacKay,...