May 5, 2016

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Zombie ideas on pension reform rise again

NorthumberlandView.ca (press release) (registration) (blog)When the late Conservative finance minister, Jim Flaherty, made the CPP expansion a political priority, Canada's financial services industry and its...

Trudeau invited 44 people to accompany him to Washington

The two documents were tabled Thursday in response to written questions by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins about the cost and size of the Washington delegation...

Task force to determine future of Canada Post home delivery

Even the Conservatives, who were responsible for the plan to end home mail delivery and install community mailboxes instead, are criticizing the Liberals for backing...

Fortney: Calgary offers shelter to Fort McMurray's people and their pets

Peter Crockatt's old dog Sebastian doesn't use his kennel anymore, either. “We donated to the Red Cross as well,” says Crockatt, whose wife Joan is...

PM offers to meet with Attawapiskat's chief in Ottawa

Earlier on Thursday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett also faced questions at a Commons committee about the budget and the government's spending on aboriginal programs.

Macquarie Group posts record $2.1b profit, says 2017 will be broadly in line

"This result should be reasonably well received, with positive dividend and earnings surprise," Credit Suisse analyst James Ellis told clients on Friday morning. He acknowledged,...

Cheryl Gallant accuses Rideau Institute of ties to Russia, Iran, North Korea

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant is accusing the foreign policy think tank Rideau Institute of having ties to Russia, Iran and North Korea because...

Justin Trudeau accused of 'childish behaviour' in House of Commons

"I rise reluctantly following question period today," Blake Richards explained, "because I think all Canadians would expect our prime minister to always conduct himself with...

Conservatives trying to turn Freeland LA trip into a $16 orange juice moment

(subscription) (subscription)As Ritz and Conservative MPs Blaine Calkins and Karen Vecchio continue to hammer away on the subject day after day in question period,...

Air Canada maintenance committee hearings to stay in Ottawa

Blaikie introduced his motion Wednesday but committee chairwoman Judy Sgro, a Liberal MP from Toronto, took the committee in camera to discuss it. In camera...

O Canada: Colleagues rally to get Mauril Bélanger's national anthem bill passed

Liberal MP Mauril Belanger used a text-to-speech device while acting as the honorary Speaker of the House on March 9. He will be using the...

CRA executives decline to answer KPMG questions before finance MPs

An earlier NDP motion, which had called for the committee to "compel" KPMG to produce documents and names of clients, did not pass. NDP MP...

U.K. Voters Choose London Mayor, Give Verdict on Corbyn's Labour

Labour losses on Thursday would likely “sap momentum and, at the margin, reduce Labour's effectiveness as a pro-EU force,” providing an “unwelcome problem” for Cameron...

Canada Revenue Agency promises 'blitz' on Isle of Man tax accounts

Liberal MP Wayne Easter, chair of the finance committee, said he has had “as many calls on (tax avoidance) issues as I have on any...

Startup Revelstoke launches on Startup Canada Day in Ottawa

The team includes founders Scott Duke, John Simms, Aaron Orlando, Tracey Buckley, Derek Marcinyshyn, Nathan Bertram and Roberta Ciolli as well as a team of...

Trudeau Apologizes To Tory MP For Comments On Delayed Electoral Reform Committee

... Trudeau responded by apologizing to veteran Tory MP Scott Reid. Reid, the Conservative critic for democratic institutions, rose in question period to criticize remarks...

The Thursday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

Judy Foote made the comment as she announced a four member panel that will look at the future of the Crown corporation. There was an...

Liberal curse continues

Political neophyte Ginny Hasselfield won the Liberal leadership in 1996 by only 21 votes against then-Liberal MLA Kevin Lamoureux (whose daughter Cindy Lamoureux will be...

Liberals end access to information fees, more reforms coming

Brison said that the changes, which go into effect immediately, are a first step on the Liberals' path toward overhauling the access to information system.

NDP fundraising plunge stirs leadership talk under Mulcair

(subscription) (subscription)High-profile northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay, Ont.), also bilingual, is another likely aspiring candidate from caucus, along with Quebec MP Alexandre...

QP Thursday: Bombardier, quantum lies and did the PM stick his tongue out at an MP?

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Deputy Leader Denis Lebel continued that point, saying that following the large Delta Airlines order of C-Series planes, why not allow the...

QP Thursday: Bombardier, quantum lies and did the PM stick his tongue out at an MP?

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Deputy Leader Denis Lebel continued that point, saying that following the large Delta Airlines order of C-Series planes, why not allow the...

'Good Wife' made case for fine writing, strong roles for women

As Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) stands a few feet away from her husband, Peter (Chris Noth), when he faces the press and public, she looks...

TPP trade consultations draw wide-ranging…

(subscription)So far, says Conservative committee member and former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, the presentations from various organizations have been as expected. “The usual suspects...

Former NDP MP joins Green Party as eastern ag…

(subscription)Former NDP MP Jean Rousseau, who lost his seat to Liberal Cabinet Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, has jumped ship and joined the fold of the...

2016 Cinetopia International Film Festival lineup announced

Tyrus: The Tyrus Wong Story, a documentary that takes the viewer into the world of a 105 years-young Chinese immigrant to the USA who not...

How Rob Reiner Survived 20 Years of Bad Movie Making

"Being Charlie" is, as David Ehrlich says in his review, the best movie Rob Reiner has made in 20 years. Unfortunately, that's not saying much.

Nobody Wants Some

We've yawned through the lead guy's tentative courtship of the supposedly “special girl” he really, really likes. We've even watched a far superior version of...

Critic's Notebook: 'The Good Wife' Leaves Behind an Imperfect, Admirable Legacy

The Good Wife was smart enough to have our heroes periodically get outmaneuvered so that we would respect the acumen of baby-toting Patti Nyholm (Martha...

Will Trump get Merrick Garland confirmed?

In other words, if they're lucky, the campaign will jibe with the anti-establishment sentiment witnessed among both liberals and conservatives in the presidential primary—ironically, on...

Recounts, the Pallister budget question: Politics 204 for May 5

Quebec NDP MP Christine Moore appears to be the only New Democrat to vote against it although the NDP disagreed with the motion to end...

Access to information fees waived

These are the first of many changes to the application of the almost 33-year old law promised by the new Liberal government that was elected...

Wellesley Religion Listings

John Finney, director of music. Cynthia Gordan, church administrator. We are an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome people...

Russell Moore: Saying America Is a Christian Nation Is Contrary to the Gospel

Jonathan Fromm, New York member of Communion and Liberation, carries a cross on the Brooklyn Bridge during the 19th annual "Way of the Cross Over...

Reid spoiling for a fight with Trump

And while Romney lost, Reid's attacks on the Kochs had less electoral effect in 2014, though they did increase the billionaire conservative brothers' name recognition.

Lisa Raitt Accuses Jody Wilson-Raybould Of 'Spewing Lies' In The House Of Commons

Assistant deputy Speaker Anthony Rota agreed it was "inappropriate language" to accuse a member of lying. Raitt, who is rumoured to be mulling a run...

Trudeau hugs interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose

There was an emotional moment of solidarity in the House of Commons on Thursday. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, who is from Alberta, struggled to...

@Kady: Liberals, time allocation should be the exception, not the rule

One thing that is clear, however, is that by relying on his party's majority clout to speed up the clock on this particular bill, Government...

In defence of orientalism, the case against Twenty20, and why Ken should watch Son of Saul

Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams has just won re-election in Brecon & Radnorshire with a margin of victory that Vladimir Putin would consider excessive. 04:26:...

Judy Foote 'not ruling out anything' in Canada Post review

The platform said a Liberal government would "undertake a new review of Canada Post to make sure that it provides high-quality service at a reasonable...

Murray Dobbin: Here's hoping the Liberals really will rethink free trade, low corporate taxes

... flexibility and balanced budgets. So, not only was government removed as manager of the economy, it also radically reduced its own spending capacity through...

Braid: Notley sails into year two on a sea of trouble

“I don't mind a bet or two, but Notley is playing all 52 cards at once, including the joker,” says one longtime conservative of a...

RCAF commander gently informs MP Cheryl Gallant that Canada doesn't have stealth fighters

Conservative defence critic James Bezan has just issued a news release noting that he and fellow Conservative MPs, including Cheryl Gallant, have just wrapped up...

Anti-Trumps have the 'why' but lack the 'how'

But at least for now, conservative opposition to Trump can be excused on the grounds that Trump is so far behind that their support for...

Hollywood Conservatives to the Never-Trumpers: Time to Rally Around the Donald

He's the first candidate since Ronald Reagan to have roots here," says writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, one of the founders of Friends of Abe, a private...

Scottish Parliament Elections 2016: SNP wins historic third term

Although the vast majority of constituencies were won by the Nationalists, the Conservatives pushed Labour into third place and even drastically cut the majority of...

Norman Lear Calls on Hollywood Democrats to Unite Behind Hillary Clinton

There are no more conservative values than hewing religiously to delivering on our Founding Fathers' promise of equal opportunity and equal justice under the law,"...

The Note: And Then There Was One

--WHAT TRUMP'S PATH TO 1,237 LOOKS LIKE: While the Republican field has now been cleared for Donald Trump, the road ahead is still messy for...

Fifty Years Ago, the Government Said Black Lives Matter

They were joined by the populist Oklahoma Democratic senator Fred Harris. As Senator Harris recalled, when Johnson called to congratulate him on the appointment, the...

U.S. Rep. Pittenger takes tour of Robeson

Robeson County has been part of the 8th District, represented by Richard Hudson, a Republican from Concord, and the 7th District, represented by David Rouzer,...