June 18, 2015

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Conrad Black on why he's lost his love for the Conservatives

Stephen Harper's Conservative party has lost one of its biggest historical supporters: Lord Conrad Black. Speaking to the Star at the Ideacity conference, Black described...

What America's toughest bank cop is worried about

Do you worry about states, and the feds, too, getting addicted to that sweet JP Morgan cash? BL: I don't really think about that. My...

2015 entry draft: Tories look to Quebec to restock a depleted bench

(subscription) (subscription)“We're able to attract star candidates and that's a good sign,” Maxime Bernier, a longtime Conservative MP from Quebec said this week. “It...

Furey: Mulcair's balance to stay on top

No wonder he's supplanting Trudeau as Canadians' preferred alternative to Harper. I argued multiple times in 2013 that the Liberals needed to take a more...

Senator Don Meredith was seen as role model with impressive resume

In almost five years in the Senate, Meredith has been on a fact-finding trip to the Maritimes, Norway and Scotland as part of his work...

Two-thirds of calls to Revenue Agency end with busy signal: documents

... or at least be put in the queue to speak to an official. The wait times are supposed to be two minutes, which the...

MPs spend thousands to fly family across Canada, figures show

NDP MP Alex Atamanenko, and Conservatives Nina Grewal and Alice Wong spent more than $5,000 on average per flight to fly dependents to and from...

Canada please tell Canadian Tamil MPs not to promote Eelam in Sri Lanka ...

Renowned author Steward Bell in November 2014 wrote to Canada's National Post on the topic of NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan issuing a statement commemorating Tamil...

Canadian military scaling back at some recruiting centres

But NDP defence critic Jack Harris said the changes don't make sense. “They come at a time when the forces need more recruits, not less,”...

Parliament, where decorum and diplomacy went to die

The 105-seat Senate is down 20 senators after three years of Harper refusing to fill vacancies in the chamber of sobering scandal, although Conservative senators...

Tories distance themselves from Don Meredith in wake of sex allegations

Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton said Mr. Meredith's presence in Parliament would “strengthen our hand in dealing with justice bills.” And Julian Fantino, who had recently...

Pope urges 'cultural revolution' to tackle climate change, needs of poor

Conservative critics have long argued that environmentalists – and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – have been alarmist in their warnings...

Stephen Harper promises funding for Toronto's SmartTrack transit plan

Oliver's political future has been questioned of late, with rumours he may not run for re-election — although he has given no official indication he...

Federal Election 2015: Tories Look To Quebec To Restock Depleted Bench

"We're able to attract star candidates and that's a good sign," Maxime Bernier, a longtime Conservative MP from Quebec said this week. "It shows that...

Canada please tell Canadian Tamil MPs not to promote Eelam in Sri Lanka ...

Renowned author Steward Bell in November 2014 wrote to Canada's National Post on the topic of NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan issuing a statement commemorating Tamil...

End-of-session, pre-election antics: MPs like school children itching for ...

(subscription) (subscription)Monday, with rock star and global philanthropist Bono looking on from the visitor's gallery, Tory MP Paul Calandra accused NDP MP David Christopherson...

End-of-session, pre-election antics: MPs like school children itching for ...

(subscription) (subscription)Monday, with rock star and global philanthropist Bono looking on from the visitor's gallery, Tory MP Paul Calandra accused NDP MP David Christopherson...

Letter: Dion made major contribution

Liberals for Fair Voting would like to acknowledge the role that the Liberal MP for St-Laurent–Cartierville, Stéphane Dion, has played in contributing to LPC's democratic...

Obamatrade 1, America 0

Obviously we knew fiscally liberal lawmakers Tom Rice and Joe Wilson were going to vote for Obamatrade (they typically do whatever U.S. Speaker John Boehner...

Tories looking to Quebec for new energy

"We're able to attract star candidates and that's a good sign," Maxime Bernier, a longtime Conservative MP from Quebec said this week. "It shows that...

New bill would allow voters to fire their member of Parliament

An independent member of Parliament wants you to be able to fire your MP. Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber tabled a private member's bill this week...

Stephen Harper's Senate appointments: Where are they now?

Shortly after the news broke Wednesday night, the Prime Minister's Office kicked Meredith out of the Conservative caucus. Meredith left the latest in a series...

In PEI, all politics is still local

One belongs to Conservative Fisheries Minister Gail Shea in Egmont. Although personally popular, the minister is running in the teeth of anti-Conservative sentiment in PEI...

Liberal MP compares pope's stand on climate change to historic 'faith leaders'

(subscription) (subscription)McKay's NDP counterpart spoke highly of Francis' climate change messaging, describing it as both “compelling” and “really compassionate.” “And it is undoubtedly a...

Hilary Masters, Novelist and Son of American Poet, Dies at 87

Mr. Masters attended Davidson College in North Carolina, served in the Navy as a correspondent and received his bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1952.

Senators snowed under by anti-C-51 email

(subscription) (subscription)He compares his C-51 feedback to the response he got to the Kyoto bill and C-279, NDP MP Randall Garrison's transgender bill of...

'Positive step' yet to set foot in Surrey

“The people of my community want to be able to enjoy life without fear of gang-related violence in their neighbourhoods, and they know that only...

Residents, local officials call for regulation changes after fishermen's deaths

Liberal fisheries critic Sam Slade pushed the governing Progressive Conservatives to demand rule changes from Ottawa. "Harvesters in our province are not working in calm...

Latest American move on COOL trade dispute could drag process out for years ...

(subscription) (subscription)An American request for arbitration at the World Trade Organization over Canada's retaliatory tariff threat in an ongoing dispute over U.S. meat labelling...

Evidence for Democracy Launches the "Science Pledge" Campaign

Evidence for Democracy Launches the "Science Pledge" Campaign (blog)The official launch took place June 16 at a press conference at Parliament Hill, where three MPs...

Canada's left-leaning NDP seeks to allay fiscal fears as support surges

The NDP, viewed as the furthest left among major political parties, is suddenly the center of attention as its tops the polls, opening the possibility...

Prime minister condemns top general's comments on sexual harassment

“You dumbed down the problem of sexual harassment in the military,'' said Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant. “You're dumbing down the position of chief of defence...

The House votes for (some vague notion of) freedom!

As I wrote and reviewed last year when Justin Trudeau stated that Liberal MPs would be expected to vote against any initiative that would reduce...

Retiring MPs offer some regrets in farewells to Parliament

The clock in the House of Commons closes in on 7:30 p.m., normally a time when MPs are exhausting their incessant drone of partisanship, accusations...

Grassroots effort sends Chase to the general election

In the 16th Senatorial District, which runs through Enon, Roselyn Dance (1,075) almost doubled the votes that her opponent, Joseph Preston, received (564). Joe Morrissey...

MP Leon Benoit calling it a career

“(When) we arrived in Ottawa being a brand new political party, we had the other old line parties and the elitist media trying to laugh...

An upcoming election and a thank-you

Edmonton-Sherwood Park MP Tim Uppal (our current MP) will run in Edmonton-Millwoods, leaving that constituency vacant (with Garnett Genuis running for the Conservatives). Vegreville-Wainwright MP...

Candidate Stops In Wellington

Perth-Wellington's Conservative candidate for Perth-Wellington made his first stop in Wellington County since being nominated. John Nater ... And this will also be the first...

All candidates mostly agree on major issues

Federal candidates from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties held their first all-candidates meeting on June 15, in the absence of Conservative MP John Weston...

Airport refuellers given hard choice: accept pay cut or lose jobs

The workers are mechanics, refuellers and operators who work at Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal and Pearson in Toronto. NDP MPs Alexandre Boulerice and Hoang...

No new Mounties here yet, despite feds' pledge

Jasbir Sandhu, NDP MP for Surrey-North (left), called the pledge an empty campaign promise in the House on June 4. “Immediate action is needed, but...

Supreme Court says states can block Confederate flag license plates

"The idea of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance apparently does not apply under law to those of us whose heritage is unpopular in some quarters," said...

A look at the new and returning shows hitting TV this summer

Jonny Harris (Const. Crabtree on “Murdoch Mysteries”) hits the road for “Still Standing.” The half-hour series finds the Newfoundland and Labrador native travelling to 13...

Senate government leader 'deeply concerned by the serious nature of the ...

When we see the amount of people that are under scrutiny ... there must be something better that can be done to make sure you...

2015 wide receiver fantasy preview

Brandon Marshall has the same type of workhorse credentials (460 targets the past three seasons, ranked fourth among wide receivers) but he is now in...

Atamanenko bids farewell to Ottawa

Retiring Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko has delivered his parting address in the House of Commons, thanking his support staff and co-workers and praising those...

Report: Hillary tapped future campaign network for Benghazi spin

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury secretary, will be demoted from his place on the $10 bill. Why Hamilton? ... [Carly Fiorina attends the...

In an interview, Justin Trudeau defends voting for Bill C-51 - Maclean's

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has come under fire for having his MPs vote for government anti-terrorism legislation, and he talks about it in an interview.

Henderson acclaimed as NDP candidate in Winnipeg South Centre

The NDP currently hold two seats in the province -- Churchill with Niki Ashton and Winnipeg Centre with Pat Martin. There is a different dynamic...

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Ramadan

(blog) (blog)“On the first day of Ramadan, Muslims in Canada and around the world will begin their month-long journey of fasting, prayer, and spiritual...