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Milnes: Canada 150 time capsule a reminder of the people behind our politics

Jim Flaherty, you know, the hard-bitten, heartless champion of Mike Harris's Common Sense Revolution? He told me about how inspired he was as a young...

Elliott and Shane: Pop-up overdose prevention sites are morally – and legally – legitimate

In 2008, Canada's then-minister of health, Tony Clement, declared that “Insite is an abomination” and indicated he would refuse to renew an exemption for its...

Editorial: Jason Kenney should give up his seat as MP

Perhaps the entitled behaviour of these Conservative politicians wouldn't seem so bad if they hadn't cast themselves as guardians of the public purse. In Jason...

Editorial: A diverse RCMP for a diverse country

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson advised Steven Blaney, public safety minister at the time, that the problems had taken up a great deal of time and...

@Kady — Rags to riches on local party fundraising

Finally, on the Conservative leadership front, Kellie Leitch's Simcoe — Grey riding association leads the pack with $186,634 in contributions from 431 donors. Riding finances...

Reid: For Trudeau, this is more than just a honeymoon

Or they note the absence of an alternative with the NDP committing Leadercide and the Conservatives struggling between least-worst options such as Kellie Leitch and...

Peter MacKay has the potential to be a liability to the F-35 cause

Former Conservative defence minister Peter MacKay is rallying behind the F-35 and Lockheed Martin in a new opinion column that appeared in the Toronto Sun.

The Gargoyle: A season of socials and sinkholes

At Stornoway that evening were hopefuls Dr. Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong and potential contenders Tony Clement and Andrew Scheer. No sign of Lisa...

Denley: At least Baird and Manley are speaking out on LeBreton Flats. The NCC offers little

Former political heavyweights John Baird and John Manley are right when they say the National Capital Commission's preferred proposal for LeBreton Flats creates “a real...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 8 – Senate set to rewrite proposed new rules on assisted dying

Meanwhile, when the Commons opens for business later this afternoon, MPs will begin one final round of debate on the proposed budget implementation bill and...

Former MPs call on NCC to revisit LeBreton bid process

In a joint opinion piece published in the Citizen on Monday, former Conservative MP John Baird, above, and former Liberal MP John Manley are asking...

French appeal court orders Diab back to jail pending trial

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger ordered Diab extradited in June 2011, a decision subsequently confirmed by then-justice minister Rob Nicholson and upheld by the...

PS pay change will go ahead only if the government is 99 per cent sure it's ready: official

Brison was testifying about his department's Main Estimates when he was asked by Conservative MP Steven Blaney, former minister of Public Safety and Veterans Affairs,...

@Kady – Want to crack down on ministerial fundraising? Open up the party donor databases.

Several Harper-era ministers, notably Lisa Raitt and Shelly Glover, also got caught up in controversies related to fundraising events linked to lobbyists. Not surprisingly, opposition...

Conservatives take U-turn, step back from 'business-first' NRC

In May 2013, the former Conservative minister in charge of the NRC, Gary Goodyear, “refocused” the institution as a support to industry. “The refocused NRC...

Skiing stars spring into action at annual Whistler Cup

Canadian Cowboys Erik Guay, Jan Hudec, Manny Osborne-Paradis and Michael Janyk all got their international starts at Whistler Cup. So, too, did former Speed Queens...

MacDougall: Tories need to learn from Trudeau's success in choosing new leader

The usual suspects — Peter MacKay, Jason Kenney, and Lisa Raitt, experienced ministers all — feel a bit like FM radio, and not Spotify. And...

Dying while in office: Numerous MPs have died while still in the public spotlight

Flowers and a card of sympathy are placed in honour of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on a desk in the House of Commons on...

Adam: Conservatives and climate change just don't mix. But why not?

Even as Harper's government was claiming action on climate change, some of his top ministers and members of Parliament, such as former agriculture minister Gerry...

@Kady's Watchlist for Feb. 26 – If Kevin O'Leary ran, here's how he'd (maybe) do it

Potential Conservative leadership candidates Kevin O'Leary and Michael Chong will take the stage at the Manning Centre Conference later this afternoon as part of a...

Sutcliffe: In politics, they always name something after you

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces that the federal building at 90 Elgin St. will be named the James Michael Flaherty Building in honour of the...

@Kady – No more anonymous anti-Tory election signs, environmentalists!

... the off-the-books signage, Conservative MP Kellie Leitch was re-elected in Simcoe – Grey with 46.6 percent of the vote, while rookie Conservative Alex Nuttall...

Baird says securing Farm land for Civic was for "greater good"

Baird says securing Farm land for Civic was for "greater good"Former Conservative cabinet minister John Baird, who helped secure Central Experimental Farm land for a...

Liberals ready to re-engage with Iran – cautiously

But Dion's comments speak to a fundamental lack of trust that was bluntly expressed by Canadian diplomats in a briefing note for then-foreign affairs minister...

The Big Shortfall: It's all about the economy as Parliament returns

“I'm sure they're making some kind of political calculation now to determine how far is too far when it comes to deficits,” said Conservative finance...

What to do this weekend and beyond

There will be body slams, flying head scissors, nasty bear hugs and probably a mask or two at the live pro wrestling event featuring the...

@Kady's Watchlist for Jan. 18 — Have you been wondering where Tom Mulcair is?

Outside the precinct, Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose teams up with finance critic Lisa Raitt for a “pre-budget roundtable meeting” in Toronto, where she's also slated...

Tories consider kicking off leadership race next month

Former Conservative cabinet ministers Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay are still considered the leading contenders should they enter the race, but there are growing doubts...

@Kady – E-Petition Watch: Do we need a federal parliamentary ombudsman?

... Railway's planned construction of a “major Intermodal Terminal Facility on existing agricultural land in Milton,” which has pulled in 110 signatures so far, and...

Adam: Trump shocks, but Canada has its own anti-Muslim sentiment

Jason Kenney and Tony Clement publicly defended the niqab policy and Kellie Leitch was the one who announced the barbaric cultural practices tip line. The...

@Kady liveblog: Mike Duffy trial Day 57

There is *also* a photo of Duffy and Harper, as well as Gary Goodyear, before the Cambridge event, which was initially sent to *him* by...

Rona Ambrose seeks to 'support those who want to run' for Tory leadership

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says she definitely won't seek her party's permanent leadership, but has spoken to all the “obvious candidates,” encouraged them to...

@Kady replay: Mike Duffy trial, Day 56

And in fact, a week after his meeting with Hooper, Duffy writes to the late Jim Flaherty, Paradis and “Bernie Valcourt” about the IRB, and...

Ex-JTF2 soldier becomes medical marijuana advocate for veterans

Former Conservative Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino dismissed marijuana as a serious health risk, pointing out it is not an approved drug in Canada. Fantino's...

Memorial to Canada's mission in Afghanistan behind schedule

Plans for the memorial were first announced in May 2014 by Julian Fantino, then minister of veterans affairs. They were re-announced a year later by...

The Gargoyle – Want to hear former foreign minister John Baird speak? It will ...

Former Conservative cabinet minister John Baird has hung out his shingle on the paid speaking circuit, charging at least $20,000 per event through a speaker's...

Email to Hillary Clinton reveals some public servants' loathing of Harper Tories

Clinton replied that she was happy to call her counterpart John Baird, if necessary. The presidential contender's emails are now being released in instalments, after...

The Gargoyle – Baird featured at $500-per-head Hudak fundraiser

While former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak fell from favour with some Ontario Tories unhappy with the disastrous 2014 election campaign, former provincial and federal...

@Kady's Watchlist for Nov. 10 — Guess who's going to WE Day?

... keeping tabs, this appears to the first time that a Canadian prime minister has taken part in the WE Day festivities, although Governor General...

The Gargoyle – Senate hires PM's former spokesperson

She returned to govenrment as chief of staff to Bernard Valcourt, then the minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). She later...

DND staff working on a going away gift for Jason Kenney

DND spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier told Defence Watch that the book is a thank you for Kenney's support to DND and the CF. “The album,...

Denley: If Tories are smart, they'll elect a woman as their next leader

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

Voters punt Chris Alexander, Julian Fantino, Peter Stoffer and Jack Harris

Associate Minister of Defence Julian Fantino lost in the riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge. Fantino became well known for his sometimes abrasive interactions with veterans. Chris Alexander...

Heartfield: For the public service, the election issue is respect

As president of the Treasury Board, Tony Clement has said that “absenteeism is unacceptably high” and that “the biggest factor is unionization and the psychological...

Where they went: Week Nine

Tom Mulcair, leader of the NDP, spent two days in Iqaluit in Canada's most remote riding, Nunavut, where Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq is seeking re-election.

Galipeau had dispute with CRA, called community group Liberals "infected" in ...

Galipeau had dispute with CRA, called community group Liberals "infected" in ...To a question about how the candidate would fundraise for the campaign: “I am...

Fixed Wing Search and Rescue project faces another delay

The quest to buy the new aircraft was delayed in part because of a Conservative government freeze on hiring new staff, according to a report...

Canada and the F-35 – the ups and downs of a controversial fighter jet purchase

2011 – In November Conservative MP Julian Fantino outlines the government's F-35 plan. “We will purchase the F-35,” Fantino said. “We're on record. We're part...

Liberals lead in closely watched Atlantic races; Tories hanging on in MacKay's ...

Peter MacKay announced in May that he was quitting politics, leaving his riding of Central Nova open to a three-way battle among Tory candidate Fred...

The Gargoyle: Hull-Aylmer Tory candidate considers dropping out over gaffe

It turns out, Boulrice said in Le Droit Saturday that he obtained the number in a conversation with Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin “several months ago” in...