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Bernier begins campaign for Conservative leadership in Regina

Small government, lower taxes and a balanced budget are three things Maxime Bernier wants to bring to the Conservative Party as leader. Bernier, a Quebec...

Johnstone: Wheat board battle may not be over

1, 2012 — touted as “Marketing Freedom Day” by then-agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and the Conservative government — was a dark day indeed. For pro-board...

CWBA says single desk removal has cost farmers billions

Former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz ushered in 'marketing freedom' for western farmers on Aug. 1, 2012, with the removal of the single-desk Canadian Wheat Board.

Mandryk: Tory MPs try to rebrand party after defeat

... these MPs, it was 10 years of being on a short leash when it came to any public comment — the exception being a...

Johnstone: Honeymoon over for Liberal economic ministers

What the PBO doesn't mention is that Morneau will have roughly $40 billion per year less to work with than former finance minister Jim Flaherty...

Johnstone: Trudeau right about small business tax

REGINA -- It's always a pleasure to get an email message from my old friend Gerry Ritz, the Conservative candidate for Battlefords- Lloydminster, and this...

2015 Saskatchewan Federal Election Riding Profiles

Incumbent Gerry Ritz has dominated all comers in five elections since 1998, most recently taking 67 per cent of the vote in 2011. As Minister...

Cayo: Wall is right: Equalization a mess

In 2007, former finance minister Jim Flaherty topped up the equalization pot with an extra $1.5 billion. Most of it found its way to Quebec,...

Mandryk: Waugh win troubles the Tories

Both the latter and former help explain why Saskatoon sportscaster Kevin Waugh was able to upset Lynne Yelich, Conservative Blackstrap MP and minister of state...

Mandryk: Stalled Chevy good news for Harper

And after the departures of John Baird and Peter MacKay, an ugly challenge to a sitting cabinet minister would have been most helpful to opposition...

Bernier defends tax cuts, balanced budget law

... job creation, not because of anything the federal government has done, but largely because of what small business owners will do with the savings...

Good reviews for Ottawa's capital gains change

What they were talking about was the increase to the lifetime capital-gain exemption for the owners of farms and fishing businesses announced in Tuesday's federal...

Good reviews for Ottawa's capital gains change

What they were talking about was the increase to the lifetime capital-gain exemption for the owners of farms and fishing businesses announced in Tuesday's federal...

First Nations to get prescription drug abuse funds | Video

Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Tuesday that the government will invest $13.5 million over five years to bolster prescription drug abuse prevention and intervention programs...

Temporary Foreign Worker program changes will hit Sask. hard: Report

Employment Minister Jason Kenney, left, and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander are seen in a reflection at a news conference in Ottawa on Friday, June 20,...

Jason Kenney faces greatest challenge at DND

James Moore, Public Works Minister Diane Finley and then-defence minister Rob Nicholson - appealed to the PM in writing, arguing for the purchase. The quid...

Express Entry touted as 'sea change'

... overly bureaucratic immigration system is ill-equipped to meet the needs of today's job market, especially in high-growth, low-unemployment areas of the country, like Saskatchewan,...

Military may get its $3.1B budget cut back

The move came after a letter to the prime minister in which Nicholson, Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Industry Minister James Moore argued, contrary...

Poor record

It's quite comical to see federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz try to belittle anyone who has a contrary opinion. Case in point is his Oct.

PM intervened in missile deal, source says

The decision was taken early this week after a written request this month by three ministers - Industry Minister James Moore, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson...

PBO says federal EI numbers don't add up

Later that month, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced the government was ordering about 5,000 DOT-111 tanker cars to be removed from Canadian railways within 30...

Tory news clip grab an unwise move

... to duck copyright claims when using news clippings and TV footage without permission or payment in attack ads, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said: "Major...

Cayo: Tax breaks would benefit favoured few

The income-splitting provision is worse, as was underlined when the late Jim Flaherty spoke out against it while he was still Harper's finance minister. Attractive...

Farmers prosper

Regarding the Sept. 30 letter from Stewart Wells, a quick look at the facts show just how separated from reality he and his dwindling supporters...

Environment minister lashes back at federal watchdog

CBC.ca Canada's environment minister hit back at a federal watchdog Wednesday, charging that the new environment commissioner omitted key facts in a report that criticized the...

On Iraq, Trudeau should feel the need to lead

Of course you have the half-dozen usual suspects in the Harper cabinet who can speak persuasively without notes, and without stepping in it; John Baird,...

Time to reform governance of the Mounties

Canada.com In the House on Wednesday, Robert Sopuck, the Conservative MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, lobbed a softball question to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq about the winter...

Metis Nation funding crisis 'can still be averted,' says MN-S president Doucette

In a letter to Doucette, which was posted Wednesday on the federal department's website, federal Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt said the...

Federal government halts MNS funds

The federal government is halting funding to the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan as of next month. In a letter to MNS President Robert Doucette, federal...

Earth to Tories: Just answer the question

Monday in Question Period, even as Foreign Minister John Baird thoroughly answered a series of questions about the Iraq engagement - as if to say,...

Valcourt pushes for speedier process

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said the government is increasing efforts to settle land claims with aboriginal groups to ease opposition to resource projects such...

Infrastructure work

The Harper government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. It has launched the largest federal infrastructure plan in Canada's history. Over the next...

Valcourt pushes for speedier process

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said the government is increasing efforts to settle land claims with aboriginal groups to ease opposition to resource projects such...

JOHNSTONE: PM still denying climate change

In his stead, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq promised to match U.S. vehicle emissions standards and curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) coolants, parroting commitments that...

NDP forces motion to call for inquiry

So too did Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, a Nunavut MP. "I am an aboriginal woman; I stand in this House and listen, day in and...

Few attend emergency debate on Iraq

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Canada is upholding a moral duty in helping those displaced and threatened by ISIL. "Our goal is to deter and...

Woman loses bid to stay in Canada

Lynne Yelich, Conservative MP for Blackstrap, said in an email she can't comment on specific cases. "Canada has one of the most fair and generous...

Hub's real nature

From these words came the notion of Regina becoming the Global Transportation Hub, an idea that moved forward on hype and exaggerated claims and, of...

Bernier says 'real free trade' a priority

They were asking for that," Bernier said. "They wanted to have the same thing here for every business in each province. I was happy to...

Bernier says 'real free trade' a priority

They were asking for that," Bernier said. "They wanted to have the same thing here for every business in each province. I was happy to...

Deregulated rail safety system the 'way to go,' transport minister says

The Harper government's faith in a deregulated railway safety system remains unshaken and won't be abandoned in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, Transport Minister...

Politically charged issue dominates medical conference

Marijuana isn't an approved drug, Health Canada has not endorsed its use and it has not been proven safe or effective, Rona Ambrose said Monday...

New Dance Horizons gets support from federal gov't

New Dance Horizons Artistic and managing director Robin Poitras (left) responds after the honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (right) was at New Dance Horizons in Regina...

New Dance Horizons gets support from federal gov't

New Dance Horizons Artistic and managing director Robin Poitras (left) responds after the honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (right) was at New Dance Horizons in Regina...

New Dance Horizons jumps for joy over funding

Federal minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay announced $164,000 in funding to New Dance Horizons for the next two seasons. The organization will receive $82,000 for the...

Feds mum on free trade deal leak

"Canada does not comment on leaks of purported negotiating texts," Shannon Gutoskie, press secretary to International Trade Minister Ed Fast, said. Opposition parties and activist...

Tories slam 'sanctuary city' proposals

Vancouver is one of several cities in Canada, the U.S. and Britain seeking to become a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants. Federal Immigration Minister Chris...

JOHNSTONE: Rail 'regs' missing a few pieces

Yesterday in Saskatoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz unveiled the regulations for Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. The new “regs” are supposed...

Final tab for Cohen Commission tops $37 million

... and process documents, review policy papers, prepare departmental witnesses for testimony, and communicate internally between federal Fisheries Department staff in B.C. and Ottawa, according...

Century-old Indian Head nursery rundown 'mess'

This despite Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz's promise in May 2013 the research group would stay at the ADC and would pay rent to the new...