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20 of your Tax-Free Savings Account questions answered: Mayers

When Jim Flaherty launched the Tax Free Savings Account in the 2008 budget he called it the most important personal finance vehicle since the RRSP.

Rejected ideas new again for Conservatives: Hébert

... of allowing Canadians to make supplementary voluntary contributions to the Canada Pension Plan in order to enhance their retirement benefits came up in 2010,...

How Air Canada turned its pension around

“But corporations have the resources to withstand the ups and downs,” she said, noting then-Finance Minister Jim Flaherty pushed for the pension extension in 2013.

John Baird steps down as MP, stays mum on future

John Baird is set to step down as MP of Ottawa West-Nepean on Monday. “After 20 great years representing my community I will be stepping...

LIVE: Soldier shot at National War Memorial

A Canadian soldier was killed and a security guard wounded. An assailant has also died. War Memorial shooting leaves soldier dead. Steph Willems/Metroland. MP Jason...

New firearms act draws praise and fire from groups, supporters

MUSKOKA — The proposed Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act will assist gun owners in cutting through red tape while at the same time provide safe...

Why Canada may be heading into a food security crisis

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was out of the country and unavailable for comment. A spokesperson for Agriculture Canada was unable to obtain answers on policy...

Harper learning to separate Islam from terrorism: Siddiqui

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt: There's “a myth that ISIL is desperately trying to keep alive, that its opponents are enemies of Islam. This is false.

PQ, federal Conservatives on same page on media independence: Hébert

As articulated by no less than Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, the Conservative rationale for this extraordinary measure is that alleged media “censorship” is otherwise curtailing...

Toronto Star's View: After Lac-Mégantic, rail safety should trump profit

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has now taken at least some steps to beef up safety. Railways must have better emergency plans. Trains carrying hazardous goods...

Commons votes for Iraq combat mission

Treasury Board President Tony Clement said last week that the cost of the mission would be prepared for the supplementary estimates, which detail changes in...

Eye-opening research stopped in its tracks: Goar

The work was painstaking. The result was startling and worrisome. It took Tony Clement five minutes — if that — to destroy Hulchanski's mapping device.

Toronto Star's View: A welcome call to boost women's health

International Development Minister Christian Paradis pledged an additional $30 million to the global effort to curb the spread of Ebola in Africa. This more than...

Jean Chrétien leads celebrity tributes to Hazel McCallion at retirement gala

Federal Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, an old "fishing buddy" of McCallion's, called her "an inspiring example of a life well-lived." Ward 2 Councillor Pat...

Stephen Harper's absence at UN indigenous peoples meeting 'speaks volumes'

CBC.ca Minister of state for foreign affairs (consular services) Lynne Yelich addressed a special session of the UN general assembly on population and development. But Harper...

Toronto Star's View: Health Canada needs to show backbone with drug companies

Faced with attacks in the House of Commons on its inaction and secrecy this week, Health Minister Rona Ambrose promised the government would post more...

Canada's military mission in Iraq 'not without risks:' Harper

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, chaired a meeting of nations Friday morning that included Defence Minister Rob...

Harper visit has campaign feel

“After Jim Flaherty's last budget, Justin Trudeau was asked a serious question: How is it with all of your spending promises you would balance the...

Vaughan MP Fantino's pot flyer riles top Liberal

The flyer that landed in Vaughan mailboxes Wednesday claims Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has gone to pot — and said he wants young people to...

Health Canada is proposing welcome nutrition label changes helping...

Health Minister Rona Ambrose has announced proposed changes to nutrition labeling on packaged foods that will make it easier for people to see exactly how...

Toronto Star's View: Finance Minister Joe Oliver should stop blaming Ontario

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is compiling a perfect record when it comes to dealing with Ontario and its government. In his three and a half...

Burlington lab opens to defend against Asian carp invasion

The fish could have "devastating potential for the Great Lakes," Haldimand-Norfolk MP and Public Works Minister Diane Finley said Monday. She said the new $400,000...

Ticats change lineup for Edmonton game

The Ticats have also replaced last week's starting field corner, James Rogers, with defensive back Michael Coe while Terrence Moore, who has played in eight...

Health Canada to release side-effect data after Toronto Star probe

“I am committed to improve access to timely, useful and relevant health and safety information, including off-label use, so that Canadians can make informed choices,”...

Home Opinion Editorial Toronto Star's View: Widen the old boys' club on...

Women's Minister Kellie Leitch, an accomplished pediatrician with an MBA, has given them a sharp prod last week. Last week, she set a target of...

Toronto Star's View: Politics and trade drive Ottawa's foreign aid agenda

Toronto Star Of course that's not how Development Minister Christian Paradis chose to market his announcement on Friday that Ottawa is expanding our list of priority...

Home News Business Jason Kenney vows to push ahead with overhaul of...

Employment Minister Jason Kenney is pushing ahead with a dramatic overhaul to the temporary foreign worker program, undeterred by complaints from business groups that the...

Halton MP Raitt being wooed to run for Ontario PC leader

A movement to woo federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt for Ontario Progressive Conservative leader launched Tuesday, joining similar drafts on Twitter for Foreign Affairs Minister...

Jason Kenney sends small businesses addicted to temporary foreign workers to ...

Vancouver Sun Under his radical overhaul of a badly flawed temporary foreign worker program, the Kenney plan envisions small business on a recruiting binge, going to...

Public Safety will release less-censored version of documents

The Star had requested any records in Public Safety's possession on Bill C-13, the Conservatives' so-called cyberbullying bill, in the months before Justice Minister Peter...

Vanessa's Law moves closer to approval thanks to Oakville MP Terence Young

Canada's Minister of Health Rona Ambrose also weighed in on Vanessa's Law, stating it would allow the federal government to take drug safety to a...

No shame in correcting a damaging mistake: Goar

The list includes Pierre Poilievre, Peter Van Loan, Julian Fantino, Chris Alexander Joe Oliver, Diane Finley and Peter MacKay. They are truculent, unbending and proud...

Harper Conservatives turn golden opportunities into lead: Hébert

The party has yet to come up with a popular figure to fill the vacuum created by the loss of Jim Flaherty and it will...

Clement coy on PC leadership

PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA - If Tony Clement is planning a career change, he isn't letting on at the present time. The Parry Sound-Muskoka MP has been...

Kathleen Wynne's Liberals win majority government

Conservatives in Ottawa and at Queen's Park have quietly been jockeying for Hudak's job for months and federal ministers Tony Clement, Kellie Leitch, Lisa Raitt,...

Rocco Galati plans legal challenge to Citizenship Act changes

Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander's office said Monday that the minister looked forward to the bill passing and he is standing by his remarks...

Home News Here's why flying to the Philippines just got...

eTurboNews Gateway Centre for New Canadians on Wolfedale Rd., transport minister Lisa Raitt announced Friday an expanded Canada-Philippines Air Transport Agreement that allows more direct flights...

An inept Julian Fantino given a chance to act: Tim Harper

Toronto Star Thirdly, the report was accompanied by calls to action by members of Fantino's team, with Edmonton Conservative MP Laurie Hawn, himself a veteran, saying...

Home News Canada Energy Wars: The Harper government and the push to...

The Harper government has changed its tune since the days when then-natural resources minister Joe Oliver was disparaging opponents of pipelines. Trying to ready the...

Ministry confirms it doesn't audit overseas garment factories

Public Works Minister Diane Finley has repeatedly refused interview requests. The ministry similarly does not disclose the factories where its garments are produced because that...

Parks Canada infrastructure worse than thought, report finds

The Star requested an interview with Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, as well as Parks Canada staff, on Friday. Both the minister's office and the agency...

Canada's globally admired statisticians undercut: Goar

The auditor general solved that riddle last week: it couldn't. Canada's prisons are dangerously overcrowded. “There is no link between the rate of violence and...

Doorstep campaigns: Where naked ambition meets voters laid bare

Tony Clement has been knocking on doors for decades, from his provincial political days in the 1990s, to his current job as federal Treasury Board...

Supreme Court ruling on Mohamed Harkat boosts the surveillance state: Walkom

Treasury Board President Tony Clement's implausible explanation is that the government just wants to know how its programs are going over with the public. And...

Stephen Harper changes version of events around phone call by Beverley ...

Justice Minister Peter MacKay told the Star last week that the government sought the outside legal opinions after McLachlin flagged the legal issue to him...

Lagging exports a drag on Ontario economy

Financial Post As well, Federal Trade Minister Ed Fast is scheduled to announce Wednesday the details of a program to put 25 trade commissioners inside business...

Ontario election campaign foreshadows federal vote: Tim Harper

Labour Minister Kellie Leitch also cut her political teeth in the Queen's Park trenches and was close to Flaherty and his wife, Ontario MPP Christine...

TFW battle becomes a war of the written word

In an April 2012 letter to Transport Minister Denis Lebel, Leitch told of an Air Canada pilot in her riding who "expressed concern regarding the...

Tory MPs raised concerns about TFW program

But it was two different letters obtained by The Canadian Press — one from Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, now labour minister, and Alberta colleague Blake...

Ottawa pushed to boost benefits for wounded soldiers

Those tensions spilled out in public in a showdown between Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino and a group of veterans who had come to Ottawa...