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Time for Rona Ambrose to focus on Tory policy

(subscription) (subscription)Rona Ambrose asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

James Moore's move loss for BC, Canada

(subscription)James Moore, industry minister and MP for Port Moody-Westwood-Coquitlam, recently announced he is stepping out of the political arena and will not run in...

ANAVETS delegates coming to Penticton from across country

(subscription) (subscription)Dignitaries expected to be in attendance include Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and federal veterans' ombudsman Guy Parent. Several...

As inequality grows, so does the will to fight it

iPolitics.ca (subscription) (subscription)I was emboldened last year when the late Jim Flaherty, finance minister at the time, spoke publicly about his discomfort with the Conservatives'...

Veterans affairs minister honours 3 Okanagan men

(subscription)Three Okanagan men are among 13 B.C. residents honoured this week for outstanding contributions to Canada's veterans. At a ceremony Thursday in Vancouver, Veterans...

Canada participates in 9-11 memorial, under cloud of new ISIL threat

New York Daily News (subscription)PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Canada's defence minister is taking part in a solemn remembrance ceremony today in the U.S..

BMO offers five-year, fixed mortgage rate of 2.99 per cent

SFGate - againThe Daily Courier (subscription)BMO raised concerns from Ottawa when it offered the 2.99 per cent rate in March 2013. The move sparked a...

Liberals want hearings on Islamic radicals who have returned to Canada

(subscription)With Parliament set to reconvene this month, the motion calls for testimony from Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, intelligence officials, the RCMP and other...

Thomas Lukaszuk, born behind Iron Curtain, came in from the cold to politics

(subscription)He was called a "complete and utter a-hole" in a leaked email from federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney. Lukaszuk has alleged he was once...

Ottawa announces $10.8M to continue Red Cross rapid emergency response

CTV News (subscription)International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the four-year funding announcement will allow the continuation of the Enhanced Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund, which helps...

Missing women roundtable possible: MacKay

(subscription)HALIFAX - The federal justice minister is leaving the door ajar to Ottawa's participation in a roundtable on murdered and missing aboriginal women that...

ArtWalk Lake Country's biggest event of the year

(subscription)“The Lake Country ArtWalk not only supports the local economy, but it also strengthens the community and promotes the work of local artists,” federal...

ArtWalk retains an all-Okanagan focus

KelownaNow (subscription)“The Lake Country ArtWalk not only supports the local economy, but it also strengthens the community and promotes the work of local artists,” federal...

Ombudsmen to look at hassles faced by wounded vets headed to civvy street

(subscription)A spokeswoman for Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino said the Conservative government supports the investigation. "Like the veterans ombudsman and National Defence ombudsman, our...

Raitt stands by railway safety self-regulation, despite Lac-Megantic report

CTV News (subscription)Transport Minister Lisa Raitt speaks to the media with Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney following the release of the Transportation Safety Board's...

Additional shipment of Canadian aid on its way to Ukraine, says Baird

(subscription)LONDON, Ont. - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says a third shipment of Canadian aid to Ukraine departs for Kyiv today aboard a CC-130J...

Timeline of Canada Revenue Agency's political-activity audits of charities

(subscription)12, 2014 — Then-Finance Minister Jim Flaherty responds to a question about why the CRA is auditing charities that oppose oil-pipeline projects by saying...

Inuit want review of approval for offshore Baffin seismic testing

(subscription)Natanine said his community turned to the courts after its concerns were ignored by the government. "They don't have concern regarding our concerns at...

Garbage dump fire smoulders on in Iqaluit, where there's no money to douse it

(subscription)A spokesman for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, a Nunavut MP, didn't immediately provide a comment. Shoddy municipal infrastructure is nothing new in Nunavut. Fourteen...

Calls grow louder for deep-sea port in Iqaluit as it becomes Arctic boom town

(subscription)"It's up to local governments to apply for funding," Vincent Rabault, spokesman for federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, said in an email. Joe Hess,...

Federal agriculture minister expects WTO ruling on meat labelling this summer

BlackburnNews.com (subscription)Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz announces funding toward the Regina Bypass Project in White City, Sask. on Monday, May 5, 2014. Ritz expects the next...

Lac-Megantic, dignitaries honour dead one year after rail disaster

(subscription)David Johnston and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard lay bouquets of flowers in front of the monument after attending the church service late Sunday morning.

Impact drawing on Canadian content as academy graduates get playing time

(subscription)Left back Karl Ouimette and midfielders Patrice Bernier, Issey Nakajima-Ferran and Maxim Tissot helped the Impact pick up a valuable point on the road...

Design unveiled for replacement for Montreal's aging Champlain bridge

(subscription)MONTREAL - The design for a new, modern replacement for Montreal's aging Champlain bridge is being described by its proponents as beautiful and very...

Letnick leads BC trade mission to China

(subscription)“Thanks to (federal Agriculture Minister Gerry) Ritz, the trade mission provided us with an important opportunity to meet directly with Chinese officials and reinforce...

New aquaculture regulations simplifies process: federal fisheries minister

(subscription) 0 comments. CALGARY - New federal aquaculture regulations announced Thursday would cut red tape and simplify the process for the industry, Fisheries Minister...

BC group says Valcourt isn't doing enough to address issues in Metis audits

(subscription)OTTAWA - Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is being accused of dragging his feet over allegations of poor financial management at the Metis National...

Hockey Canada introduces centennial jersey

(subscription)Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal, who represented Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover at the event, said the national hockey teams that won...

Christine Elliott, Flaherty's widow, to make bid to lead Ontario Tories: sources

(subscription)TORONTO - Sources say the widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty plans to take another shot at leading Ontario's Progressive Conservatives. Christine...

On Quebec's official holiday, Harper urges province to avoid isolating itself

(subscription)Conservative MP Denis Lebel said the result was significant. "It's clear that the last election has changed the situation," said Lebel, the federal infrastructure...

Federal court asked to order Toronto Port Authority to release 2008 audit

(subscription)Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt addresses a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, May 26, 2014. Canada's information watchdog is taking the Toronto Port Authority to...

Conservatives celebrate Nigel Wright as he leaves behind Ottawa and a tough ...

(subscription)Attendees included junior minister Maxime Bernier, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre and party lawyer Guy Giorno. Bernier described it as a "dinner among friends,"...

Gerry Ritz leads delegation to China with aim to boost agriculture exports

CTV News (subscription)OTTAWA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is hoping some face time with Chinese officials will help boost Canadian agriculture exports to that burgeoning...

Federal officials expected de facto sole-source coast guard chopper deal

(subscription)The Airbus factory, which has been in operation for roughly 30 years, is located in Defence Minister Rob Nicholson's riding. Recently, Fort Erie Mayor...

Canada's shipping industry dodges a 'massive tax grab' in the US

CTV News (subscription)Washington state Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives had proposed such a levy in similar bills. In a recent U.S. speech,...

With warmer weather, Canadian home starts heat up to seven-month high

Financial Post (subscription)... offerings below three per cent. In past years, the federal government had expressed concern at such low borrowing costs, even intervening in...

On job creation, it may be Canada's turn to be envious of the US for a change

(subscription)His successor, Joe Oliver, still says it but increasingly it's numbers from the more distant past that he trumpets. Bank of Montreal senior economist...

CMHC to stop insuring mortgages on million-dollar homes, condo construction

(subscription)It's a step further than rules introduced two years ago when then finance minister Jim Flaherty announced that CMHC would stop insuring mortgages on...