December 9, 2015

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The case against Tahoe Resources

Toronto Liberal MP John McKay appeared on BNN recently to speak on the regulation of Canadian mining companies abroad. McKay authored Bill C-300, the Corporate...

Tasha Kheiriddin: Surely it's a coincidence the electoral reforms the Liberals ...

Referendum. In Canada, the word is enough to send chills down the backs of politicians and who was of voting age these last 35 years.

MP Bob Zimmer named deputy critic

A news release from the party says over 5.6 million Canadians voted for the Conservative Party on October 19th. “The Conservatives will form ... Cathy...

Seniors 'overlooked' during throne speech, says Warawa

The new federal government's brief speech from the throne should have mentioned seniors, Langley-Aldergrove Conservative MP Mark Warawa said. Warawa, the Official Opposition critic for...

Mauril Belanger, Veteran Liberal MP, Named Honorary House Speaker

OTTAWA — A motion to make Ottawa-area Liberal MP Mauril Belanger an honorary occupant of the Speaker's chair for a day has been greeted by...

John Ivison: Tom Mulcair says he will lead NDP into 2019 election, but does he ...

One former MP admitted he first entertained the idea he might lose when he saw Newfoundland and Labrador party stalwart Jack Harris go down to...

Kinder Morgan pipeline fate in limbo

Kennedy Stewart, the New Democrat MP for Burnaby South, said he thinks this is the Liberals' first step in approving the pipeline. “I know that's...

Trump lawsuit threat backfires

Alan Garten, general counsel of the Trump Organization, FedEx'ed bombastic cease-and-desist letters on company letterhead to the Club for Growth, the Right to Rise leadership...

Rona Ambrose demands Liberals hold referendum on electoral reform

During question period Wednesday, interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose warned Trudeau to be "very careful" in assuming his election victory gives him a mandate to...

Murray Rankin Passes NDP Anti-FATCA Torch | Maple Sandbox

Murray Ranking has passed the NDP Anti-FATCA torch to Pierre-Luc Dusseault, MP for Sherbrooke and now NDP Revenue Critic. I asked Murray Rankin to discuss...

Applause greets motion honouring Mauril Bélanger | Ottawa Citizen

Loud applause, and more than a few moist eyes, greeted a House of Commons motion Wednesday to honour Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger as Speaker for...

Climate group gives Canada 'fossil of the day' dishonour at Paris talks

Ed Fast, the Conservative environment critic who only a couple of months ago was working the global power corridors as Canada's international trade minister, said...

MP Bob Zimmer to carry on as Chair of BC/Yukon Conservative Caucus

Having been elected by acclamation, Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies's member of parliament Bob Zimmer will continue as chair of the BC/Yukon Conservative Caucus. Zimmer said...

Will Affirmative Action Live to Fight Another Day?

Huffington PostTwo years ago, Ed Blum brought Fisher to the Court, hoping for a ruling striking down race-conscious admissions programs and eliminating a practice that...

Gallery: 2015 in photos from around the world

Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans, but often have to wait for days in mud and rain...

QP Wednesday: Canada's electoral system, finance and fundraising

(subscription)Reminding parliamentarians that it's the holiday season, Conservative member of Parliament Blaine Calkins said four ministers are “using their positions to fundraise for the...

QP Wednesday: Canada's electoral system, finance and fundraising

(subscription)Reminding parliamentarians that it's the holiday season, Conservative member of Parliament Blaine Calkins said four ministers are “using their positions to fundraise for the...

Georgia ranks among unhealthiest states in the nation

Nathan Deal and conservative state lawmakers have rejected Medicaid expansion, saying the state can't afford to grow a program that is already too costly and...

Florida editorial roundup - News & Observer

Florida editorial roundupNews & ObserverSo that Florida could offer more sweets in exchange for the sweet promise of creating high-paying jobs in the Sunshine State,...

Liberals' middle class income tax cut passes House vote

CBC.caThe announcement followed the party's recent moves to back down from another campaign pledge: capping Ottawa's annual budgetary deficits at $10 billion in 2016-17 and...

Environment Minister moves to protect Quebec frogs threatened by development

Nature Quebec and the CQDE, an environmental law group, asked former Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq for the emergency protection order for the La Prairie population...

Lions' Ameer Abdullah, Isa Abdul-Quddus blast 'ignorant' Donald Trump

ALLEN PARK -- Donald Trump has said he'd like to block all Muslims from entering this country. He has said he would like to register...

Ranking top 100 college basketball players through the first month

Since 2011, we've been ranking the top 100 players in college basketball before the season. However, there has never really been any follow-through on what...

Mauril Bélanger to be honorary Speaker for House of Commons

Rising to respond, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he was "delighted" to answer his first question in his latest cabinet portfolio from "that distinguished...

House affairs committee elects Larry Bagnell chair as MPs set to work

Conservative Blake Richards was elected the first vice-chair, while New Democrat David Christopherson will serve as the second vice-chair. The procedure and House affairs committee...

POLITICO California Playbook, presented by Chevron: JULIAN CASTRO in Bay Area ...

By Brian Katulis and Danielle Pletka ... How's he playing in conservative California -- and in communities affected by the shooting. ... “Scanner traffic indicates...

Around Town: Trudeau tops a who's who of VIPs at US Embassy holiday party

US Ambassador Bruce Heyman, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vicki Heyman at a holiday reception hosted by the Heymans on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, for...

UPDATE: Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson's Syrian refugee petition contained ...

31,” the Conservative MP said in a news release. “Many felt that goal was too ambitious and didn't take into account the need to properly...

"It's a Chinook, Leo": DiCaprio's shocking climate experience during 'The ...

"It's a Chinook, Leo": DiCaprio's shocking climate experience during 'The ...DiCaprio This photo provided by courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox shows, Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh...

Congressional realignment favors Democrats, but not by much

It's more than safe to assume that most activists in the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and others who were involved in the redistricting...

Judges refuse to allow challenge to the election of Lib Dem MP who was accused ...

Today's ruling follows a Election Court hearing last month after four of former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael's constituents launched a bid to oust him from...

Guergis' lawsuit against law firm one step closer to trial

Former Conservative cabinet minister and MP Helena Guergis' lawsuit against Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a step closer to trial after a judge dismissed...

Statement from Scott Reid and Blake Richards responding to ...

Today, Conservative democratic institutions critics Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) and Blake Richards (Banff-Airdrie) released the following statement responding to comments made in Question Period on December ...

With Harper Gone, Buzz in Paris that 'Canada is Back'

In a negotiations process premised on consent among 196 nations, Miller got used to seeing the Conservative government of prime minister Stephen Harper obstruct progress.

Gun control in Canada

Garry Breitkreuz, now retired, is a former Member of Parliament for the federal Conservative Party. During his time in office he was often a voice...

Statement from Scott Reid and Blake Richards responding to ...

Today, Conservative democratic institutions critics Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) and Blake Richards (Banff-Airdrie) released the following statement responding to comments made in Question Period on December ...

Kelly McParland: Dominic LeBlanc should take his own advice and voluntarily ...

House Leader Dominic LeBlanc, specifying that he was writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, wrote to 33 people appointed by the previous Conservative government,...

Conservatives gobsmacked over minister's answer on electoral ...

Watch the exchange, above, from Tuesday's Question Period involving Conservative Blake Richards (Banff–Airdrie) and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef (Peterborough–Kawartha). That exchange produced ...

HST on agenda, as Justin Trudeau meets with Dwight Ball

... since Ball's Liberals won the Newfoundland and Labrador election Nov. 30. Several Newfoundland and Labrador members of Parliament — Judy Foote, Ken MacDonald, Gudie...

$12M In Funding Still Being Withheld From First Nations

As the fall election saw the Liberals replace the Conservatives in power, the FNFTA took a beating in court. Onion Lake won a stay of...

Lord Feldman denies being given dossier on Tory bullying in 2010

Allegations over the dossier come after former party co-chairman Grant Shapps was forced to resign as development minister when it emerged that he had given...

Amendments made to proposed Bill 6

Red Deer Express (registration) (blog)Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen for the Red Deer Mountain View riding said, “My riding has thousands of farmers and they have...

Senate meddles at their peril

The Conservatives, now under interim leadership, are still smarting from their decisive defeat at the hands of the Liberals who they treated with disdain and...

Tony Blair: Labour has become a 'tragedy' under Corbyn

The stakes are high for both parties, says Dr Robert Ford, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. "Ukip, weakened by infighting and...

Expectations run high for new government at science policy conference

University Affairs (press release) (blog)The Liberals pledged to reinstate the office of the chief science advisor during the recent election campaign, and that promise was...

Editorial: Liberal plan to eliminate first past the post is flawed

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Quebec City, October 19, 2015. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters). In sharp contrast to an electoral campaign that...

Jeremy Corbyn undermined as Labour backbenchers praise Angela Eagle PMQ's ...

After being asked by Anne Main, a Conservative MP, if Osborne would legislate to tighten the laws on flammable children's costumes, he promised to look...

Bay Street lawyer hired as veterans minister's chief of staff

... office as chief of staff, the minister's office confirmed. She is a former partner with Fasken Martineau in Toronto and ran in the 2011...

The Daily 202: A Republican schism on taxes — Scrap the code? Or be practical?

Grover Norquist, the conservative crusader who runs Americans for Tax Reform, says he's happy that so many more presidential candidates have detailed plans for how...

Indigenous Woman in Law Breaks New Ground

While serving as a councilor for the We Wai Kai Nation, where she is a member, she was elected regional chief of the B.C. Assembly...