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The Conservative leadership race: who is in, out and still undecided

Steven Blaney. The Quebec MP continues to consult colleagues about whether he should mount a bid. Kevin O'Leary. The popular TV personality and businessman first...

MP and former Liberal fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo, at a glance

Toronto StarIn October 2015, Tootoo ousted former Conservative minister Leona Aglukkaq in the federal riding of Nunavut. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Tootoo the fisheries...

Conservatives call on government to press pause, consult the public on CPP reform

FILE - Conservative MP Lisa Raitt rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa in this May 30, 2016, file photo. The...

Of children, posties and Jason Kenney: three ways politics mattered this week

OTTAWA - As the relentless Ottawa sun roasted overzealous civil servants trying to shut down a little girls' lemonade stand on National Capital Commission property...

Rona Ambrose seeks new path for Conservative party

C-FAX 1070Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says her party failed to reach youth through social media in the last election. Ambrose, her party's interim leader, was...

Ambrose says Trudeau should have pressed Obama on energy industry, Keystone

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose and Quebec lieutenant Denis Lebel leave the podium after a news conference in Montreal on Monday, March 14, 2016. THE...

Editorial: Heroism is more than a single act

Defence Minister Jason Kenney Monday announced that an Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) will be named after Margaret Brooke, a Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister decorated...

TRC to release final report on Canada's residential school legacy

Commission Chairman Justice Murray Sinclair, right, hands a copy of the commission's report on Canada's residential school system to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, centre,...

NDP's Gord Johns defeats longtime Tory MP John Duncan in Courtenay-Alberni

Globalnews.caAfter more than 20 years as the Conservative stronghold of John Duncan, the newly configured riding of Courtenay-Alberni boasts a newcomer in charge. NDP candidate...

NDP's Gord Johns defeats longtime Tory MP John Duncan

Globalnews.caAfter more than 20 years as the Conservative stronghold of John Duncan, the newly configured riding of Courtenay-Alberni boasts a newcomer in charge. NDP candidate...

For John Duncan, eighth campaign comes in new riding

Win or lose in Monday's election, John Duncan has something to celebrate. After eight months of intense chemotherapy and radiation for metastatic breast cancer, the...

View Royal mayor wants ban on seeking office in multiple jurisdictions

In his draft documents, he names Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, government leader Peter Van Loan and Victoria Beacon Hill returning officer Margot Briggs. Shebib said...

Raitt says airport security has "non-discriminatory" tools to maintain safety

The Globe and MailRaitt says airport security has "non-discriminatory" tools to maintain safetyCanadian transport minister Lisa Raitt says the agency charged with screening travellers at...

Mulcair urges Harper to seek papal apology for abuse at residential schools

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt's office said Sunday that the minister has written to the Vatican — as well as to provinces, territories and the...

Resolution for Fahmy case expected 'sooner rather than later': Baird

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird talks during a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday,...

Elizabeth May apologizes for rambling speech that included f-bomb

Macleans.caFederal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt (left) prompts Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to stop her speech and leave the stage at the Annual Parliamentary National...

Bill to make Nov. 11 'legal' holiday stalled in Parliament, unlikely to survive

At first, the Conservatives opposed the private member's bill, with former veterans minister Julian Fantino speaking against it. But government MPs approached Harris and suggested...

Small firms urged to think big

Speaking at a Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce lunch Friday, Ed Fast said Canadian companies' traditional risk-averse nature and focus on the markets they fully...

Feds claim best environmental budget ever while neglecting climate change

OTTAWA - No previous federal budget has ever done more for the environment than the one delivered this week by the Conservative government, according to...

Thousands in fees levied for anti-terror bill constitutionality memos

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney and Justice Minsiter Peter MacKay appear at the Commons public safety committee hearing witnesses on Bill C-51,...

Vote expected late Monday on military mission against ISIL in Iraq, Syria

Tory MP Cathy McLeod referred to ISIL as a "genocidal death cult" — a line also popular with Defence Minister Jason Kenney — while her...

Anti-terrorism bill really about suppressing aboriginals, critics tell MPs

Justice Minister Peter MacKay categorically rejected Palmater's view. "Doing nothing is making terrorism win, and so it's incumbent upon any government to protect its population...

Blaney mum on allegation of Canadian spy link to ISIL schoolgirl recruits

Kansas City StarOTTAWA - Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney is refusing to comment on reports that a spy enlisted by Canada is suspected of helping...

Tseshaht First Nation fight herring fishery off Barkley Sound

We didn't even get a response,” he said, referring to federal fisheries minister Gail Shea. “We can't afford to take the government to court, so...

Tories scramble to address complaints of veterans ahead of federal vote

O'Toole, who replaced Julian Fantino at the helm of the embattled department in early January, has been busy putting out political fires. They've ranged from...

Tories tackle broken military procurement system with incremental change

Diane Finley, right, Minister of Public Works, and Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, prepare to deliver a keynote address in Ottawa Wednesday, February 5,...

Tories tackle broken military procurement system with incremental change

Diane Finley, right, Minister of Public Works, and Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, prepare to deliver a keynote address in Ottawa Wednesday, February 5,...

Some facts about the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidates

Elliott, the widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, came third in a previous run at the PC leadership in 2009, when Hudak was elected.

Kenney: Foreign workers overhaul a success as applications plummet

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says there's been a significant decrease in applications for temporary foreign workers since the government announced an overhaul of...

Finance Minister Joe Oliver to announce EI premium cut Thursday: Globe report

Toronto Sun The report says Finance Minister Joe Oliver will announce the lower EI premiums Thursday morning at a hardwood flooring company in Toronto. The government...

Prison suicide report harshly critical of Corrections Canada procedures

Jason Tamming, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, said the government has acknowledged Sapers' report. "Our Conservative government believes that convicted criminals belong...

Canadian border services ignoring minister, union about guard suspension

CTV News Both Public Security Minister Steven Blaney and the head of the border guards union say they haven't received a response to letters they've sent...

Dermod Travis: Conflict commissioner goes easy on Pimm

That review had been prompted by revelations that then-finance minister Jim Flaherty had written the CRTC in 2012 on behalf of a radio-licence applicant, a...

Stanton homers again against Mets, but it's not enough to give Marlins a win

Christian Yelich had three of the Marlins' 11 hits. Miami beat the Mets 9-6 on Monday when they were helped by six New York errors.

Slumping David Wright drives in 3 runs, powers Mets to 8-6 win over Marlins

"You have nine guys trying to put good at-bats and score runs," Yelich said. "Offence can be streaky at times. Hopefully we can keep this...

Whistler loses visitors as jobs go unfilled

The resort is losing clients from around the world, and restaurants in Whistler Village are struggling to find staff to handle the coming seasonal rush,...

Conservatives embark on late-summer campaign to woo Quebec voters

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander as well as Lynne Yelich, junior minister responsible for consular affairs, accompanied Lebel at the Mount Royal event. A...

Former Manitoba chief says federal audit of his expenses is not fair

Aboriginal Affairs did not make anyone available for an interview, but minister Bernard Valcourt's office emailed a statement confirming an audit of the organization is...

Alaska requests greater involvement in oversight of large BC gold mine

Ted Laking, a spokesman for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, said the government is reviewing a study report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and that...

Lower Cowichan River closed to recreational use

“The Cowichan River is a valuable provincial resource which serves at the index river of the U.S.-Canada salmon treaty,” she told federal Fisheries Minister Gail...

Court backs pot-cookie baker in city

Vancouver Sun Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose was not available for an interview. Her department said it is reviewing the decision and considering its options. The...

BC court backs medical marijuana in cookies, oils and teas

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose was not available for an interview. Her department said it is reviewing the decision and considering its options. The difficulty...

Ottawa earmarks $5 million for Iraq aid, half going to "trusted partners."

Ottawa earmarks $5 million for Iraq aid, half going to "trusted partners."International Development Minister Christian Paradis says $5 million will go toward new assistance projects...

Data posted online show Island chiefs get no big bonuses

They have until November to do this for the previous fiscal year, or could face a loss in funding or a court order, says Aboriginal...

BC residents owed $92.3 million in uncashed government cheques

Marcel Poulin, press secretary for Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, said Finley “has instructed her officials to examine options to help...

BC residents owed $92.3 million in uncashed government cheques

Marcel Poulin, press secretary for Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, said Finley “has instructed her officials to examine options to help...

Comment: A right to possess guns in Canada? Baloney

OTTAWA — “To possess a firearm is a right, and it's a right that comes with responsibilities.” — Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney at a...

Ottawa sitting on $730 million stockpile of uncashed taxes, other benefits

Marcel Poulin, spokesman for Public Works Minister Diane Finley, said the minister has instructed officials to "examine options to help Canadians receive the payments the...

Nanaimo airport gets new flights, equipment

NANAIMO — Nanaimo Airport is getting a new fire truck and snow clearing equipment thanks to a $1-million federal grant. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced...

Duncan wins Tory nod in new Courtenay-Alberni riding

Detailed figures have not been released, but Duncan's campaign team say he was a very clear victor — with especially strong support voiced in the...