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Coach Mike Babcock says the Toronto Maple Leafs need to play “way better” than in their season opener when they ...

Deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt claims the cancelled Energy East pipeline is a “direct result” of Liberal policies. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the scrapped...

Former B.C. MP latest to solicit support for possible Tory leadership run

While in Parliament, Saxton served as parliamentary secretary to both the president of the Treasury Board and former finance ministers Jim Flaherty and Joe Oliver.

The Tory leadership race: who is in, out and still testing the waters

Steven Blaney. The Quebec MP was one of just five the Tories managed to elect in the province in the 2011 election and he helped...

Nova Scotia may soon get share of offshore clam quota

Last July, then federal fisheries minister Gail Shea announced that the Conservative government planned to increase the quota from 38,756 tonnes to 52,655 tonnes on...

Rona Ambrose to attend Armstrong fundraiser in Truro

Interim Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose is heading to Truro this weekend. Ambrose, the leader of the official Opposition, will be at the local Sobeys...

HARPER: Deficit support appears to have age divide

A Commons intervention by Conservative Jason Kenney and his national petition to save us from structural deficits (complete with donation button) look suspiciously like an...

CRTC ruling: Consumers lose again?

Certainly, all eyes will now be on Industry Minister Christian Paradis, who has vowed to ensure the CRTC ruling "meets our objectives of encouraging competition...

Cape Breton-raised Lisa Raitt among group of five potential Tory leadership candidates at conference

But five potential hopefuls took the stage nonetheless over the last two days at the annual Manning conference to speak on a panel called "If...

N.S.-raised Lisa Raitt among group of five potential Tory leadership candidates

But five potential hopefuls took the stage nonetheless over the last two days at the annual Manning conference to speak on a panel called "If...

Potential Tory leaderships candidates test the waters at weekend conference

But five potential hopefuls took the stage nonetheless over the last two days at the annual Manning conference to speak on a panel called "If...

HEBERT: Morneau dealt a fiscally weak hand

And Jim Flaherty had to deal with a global economic crisis. But each of them had at least one ace to play. Martin's tenure at...

HEBERT: Team Trudeau puts process before pace

By the time Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered it, Harper had already introduced a major piece of legislation, dealing with government accountability. He had sought...

LEGER: First Trump, now O'Leary; will Cherry blossom next?

Former ministers Maxime Bernier and Kellie Leitch are already doing that, with Lisa Raitt, Tony Clement and Jason Kenney also testing the waters. Peter MacKay...

Ottawa stands firm on surf clam fishery review

Before the fall federal election that saw the Liberals come to power, then-fisheries minister Gail Shea put out a request to industry for proposals to...

HÉBERT: Red Tories initial favourites in race to replace Harper

Under prominent right-of-centre champions such as Jason Kenney — Harper's go-to minister — or Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, the party would risk being pushed back...

HÉBERT: Harper remained an enigma till the bitter end

The near-toppling of Harper's second government just weeks after the 2008 election almost brought his tenure to an abrupt end; the premature death of Jim...

LETHBRIDGE: Harper blew his big chance to win Canada's heart

His high-profile lieutenants started leaving: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty retired and later died and Foreign Affairs Minister Jim Baird and Justice Minister Peter MacKay both...

Do MPs operate in an evidence vaccuum?

Recent Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty managed a law practice, and current minister Joe Oliver holds a BA, a law degree and an MBA. However,...

LEGER: Challenges, opportunities for all parties in Atlantic region

Tory Bernard Valcourt, a rare Mulroney-era survivor, will be tough to beat in Madawaska-Restigouche. Popular New Democrat MP Yvon Godin retired and Acadie-Bathurst now looks...

Peter MacKay and Nazanin Afshin-Jam announce birth of baby girl Valentia

Peter MacKay is a father again. The retiring justice minister and former Conservative Member of Parliament for Central Nova and his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam announced...

McKENNA: Mulcair's centrist push a risky venture

On fiscal policy, Mulcair is starting to resemble the budget-balancing, spending cuts obsession of former Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. And he's also seemingly torn...

ON TARGET: Tories rack up challenges to logic

While the cynical among us have long since known that politicians are masters of deflection and distortion, over the past week the Harper Conservatives have...

Mulcair repeats party's daycare, balanced budget pledges

“Does Stephen Harper deserve another four years? Does Steven Blaney deserve another four years after having failed to secure any valid contract, given everything that...

DUNNE: Selecting MacKay as NATO head would reward Canada's heavy lifting

Of the many Canadians who could run the alliance, Nova Scotia's Peter MacKay has the most experience. As foreign affairs minister (2006-2007) and defence minister...

Ottawa asks court to force First Nations to open books

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has said the legislation makes financial information more accessible to band members and leads to “more effective, transparent and accountable...

HÉBERT: Harper-Wynne contest is winner-take-all

That's an option his previous finance minister, the late Jim Flaherty, had rejected as unworkable. The Conservative decision to revisit it could play to the...

Tories' Raitt says she's prepared for possible 11-week campaign

SYDNEY — It will be business as usual for Whitney Pier native Lisa Raitt, regardless of whether an election is called Sunday. “The election is...

Clearwater rolls out $65m clam trawler

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced July 17 that the quota for Arctic surf clams will increase by almost 40 per cent in 2016. “We have...

Food tampering a despicable act, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz | The ...

The GuardianCHARLOTTETOWN — Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says food and farm tampering is a despicable and deplorable act and anyone found responsible will feel...

Cape Breton road repairs to get $2.4-million boost | The Chronicle Herald

Thursday's announcement was made by federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, a Whitney Pier native, on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental...

Embassies given aid duties, but no staff

A Canadian government official, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified, said Development Minister Christian Paradis lobbied for the new position to...

Preserving salmon a job for community

Earlier this year, Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea formed an advisory committee on Atlantic salmon. At meetings across the region, proposals were presented on how...

Arctic patrol vessels 'really have started' construction, says Irving president

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. says the long wait is over. “The ships really have started,” Kevin McCoy, the company's president, said at a news conference Thursday.

Diane Finley to make shipbuilding announcement in Dartmouth

Federal minister Diane Finley will be in Dartmouth this morning for an announcement about the federal shipbuilding program. Finley, the minister of Public Works and...

Peter MacKay in line for six-figure pension

Depending on who you ask, Peter MacKay will be in for a pension of between $117,000 and $128,832 a year when he turns 55. The...

LEGER: MacKay's departure hurts Nova Scotia Conservatives

Lesser cabinet lights Shelly Glover and Christian Paradis aren't running in 2015. So I bet Harper is being urged by some advisers to do a...

HEBERT: Tories' 180 on public pensions

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

Diane Finley touts pre-election military purchases

OTTAWA — Public Works Minister Diane Finley is touting a handful of imminent military purchases in the months leading up to the expected fall federal...

Peter MacKay: Sexually explicit taunts must be confronted

OTTAWA — Criminal charges would be one way to deter people from shouting obscenities at reporters during live broadcasts, but exposing their actions is also...

Harquail: 'A higher purpose'

Harquail — whose nephew was the late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty — founded Women's World Finance in 1989, the first Canadian affiliate of Women's...

Peter MacKay talks budget with Halifax chamber

Peter MacKay, Nova Scotia's representative in the federal cabinet, says the city skyline is changing with the help of federal programs, policies and investments. “It's...

SCHNEIDEREIT: Will making nice with veterans be a case of too little, too late?

Of course, it could be simply a coincidence that, with an October vote looming, Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided in January to replace toxic former...

Duffy diary: Peter MacKay claims set up in chopper-fishing flap

(registration) (registration)Peter MacKay believed he was set up by a former senior Conservative staffer who leaked an embarrassing story about MacKay taking a search...

Jamie Oliver expands food crusade to G20

(registration) (registration)... food strategy to deal with what he saw as nutritional inequities. In response, then health minister Leona Aglukkaq called De Schutter “ill-informed”...

Lobster marketing fee necessary, federal minister says

(registration) (registration)Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea thinks it is imperative to have a marketing levy for Canadian lobster, but she won't wade into the...

Cape Breton's Whitney Pier neighbourhood recognized as Canadian heritage site

(registration)On Tuesday, Justice Minister Peter MacKay marked the official designation in a news release sent on behalf of Leona Aglukkaq, minister responsible for Parks...

PM's security gets overhaul

Toronto Star (registration)I think that is part of who we are as a nation,” Transport Minister Lisa Raitt told reporters Thursday. The effects of Wednesday's...

Stephen Harper was rushed into broom closet during Ottawa shooting

(registration) (registration)Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, who was locked down for almost nine hours Wednesday, said on Thursday that complaints about the discomfort paled in...

New Glasgow native Lisa MacLeod running for leader of Ontario Tories

(registration) (registration)Four other candidates have already entered the leadership race, including Christine Elliott, the widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty and arguably the...

MPs unsure about combat in Iraq

Much of the debate Monday focused on the many atrocities committed by ISIS. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson called ISIS “a threat to everyone in the...