May 13, 2016

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Northwest Indiana schools examine new federal guidance on transgender students

Calls and emails to Merrillville Community Schools, School Town of Munster, Lake Central School Corp., Portage Township Schools and Crown Point Community Schools were not...

States dig in against directive on transgender bathroom use

One by one, conservative political leaders thundered against it and President Barack Obama. "This is the most outrageous example yet of the Obama administration forcing...

Feu vert à la vente de RONA - Le Journal de Québec

Feu vert à la vente de RONALe Journal de QuébecLa députée du NPD, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, a pour sa part demandé au ministre de rendre...

Feu vert à la vente de RONA - Le Journal de Montréal

Feu vert à la vente de RONALe Journal de Montréal«Le ministre s'est contenté des belles paroles de Lowe's, mais, concrètement, rien ne protège les emplois...

Federal figures show Fletcher spent $229105 in losing campaign

OTTAWA -- Former Conservative MP Steven Fletcher spent more than twice as much as Liberal challenger Doug Eyolfson last fall as he tried to hang...

Rankin: Senate should change assisted death bill if Liberals don't fix it

OTTAWA — NDP justice critic Murray Rankin, while endorsing his party's view that the undemocratic Senate should be abolished, won't object to the upper chamber...

Students bring famous characters to life

David Bollish, social studies instructor at CHOICES, said that Herdt decided on the project but they wanted to team up so Bollish could focus on...

Canadians don't want major changes to Cancon rules, poll finds

(subscription) (subscription)That's despicable,” NDP MP Pierre Nantel said at a recent meeting of the Heritage committee of the House. As the debate grows over...

LNG proponents cautiously eye new government's approach

"I'm betting they're going to approve but we just don't know what the conditions will look like,” says Conservative M.P. Bob Zimmer, a speaker at...

Loretta Sanchez touts votes against Iraq War and Wall Street bailout in new TV ads

Harris' ads focus on her record as California's attorney general and feature Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth ... Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) introduced AB 1200...

Is Michael Chong going to announce he is running for leader of Conservative Party?

Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong has called a press conference for Monday morning where speculation is he will announce he will be running for the...

What's Next for 'Live,' Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan

Conservative thought, yes, because I would read the National Review, but it seemed they wanted to go to war with too many people and police...

Transgender rights legislation coming 'very shortly'

NDP MP Randall Garrison reintroduced the legislation as Bill C-204, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity...

QP Friday: 'Vanity advertising', electoral reform and Magnitsky

(subscription) (subscription)Scheer asked why — while Treasury Board President Scott Brison announced new rules against partisan government ads — the Liberals are defending a...

QP Friday: 'Vanity advertising', electoral reform and Magnitsky

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Health Critic Colin Carrie said “sadly, the Prime Minister's priority is not healthcare,” and that the $3 billion dollars for palliative care,...

Western farmers to Ottawa: Where's the grain motion?

(subscription) (subscription)With parliament set to rise June 9, NDP Transport Critic Linda Duncan says the fast-shrinking timeline is of concern. “Extended rights under the...

National security oversight committee coming by summer, says Ralph Goodale

The Liberals' promised national security oversight committee is in the works for a summer debut, said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. "We've come up with...

Introducing the Conservative Pundit Tracker: Where 25 Commentators Stand on Trump, Week by Week

(blog) (blog)Ever since Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee, we and others in the media have been paying close attention to which Republican...

Release of names in George Washington Bridge case delayed

"If John Doe did not join the conspiracy to block access to the George Washington Bridge as an act of political retribution, publishing a Government...

TPP vital for BC business growth, MP says

(press release) (press release)Businesses in Kamloops and B.C. as a whole are banking on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, MP Cathy McLeod told...

Is the 'Ferguson effect' real? Researcher has second thoughts

The same year that Ferguson saw massive protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, St Louis saw a 32.5% increase in homicides. “The criminal...

Trudeau's 'Need For Attention' Shouldn't Be Covered By Taxpayers: Tories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie as he arrives at a Liberal Party cabinet retreat in Kananaskis, Alta., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (Photo:...

NDP satellite saga in Federal Court as issue continues to bedevil party

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to reporters following a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. A Federal Court hearing...

NDP satellite office controversy lands in Federal Court

What that means is the resources were being used for parliamentary purposes.” Julian said the party would still like to see the attorney general refer...

The Gargoyle: Senators kick back, Green leader sprints

Longtime Liberal Sen. David Smith retires on Monday at 75, the Senate's mandatory retirement age. Not one to shy away from the media, with whom...

Opposition says Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is out of touch with ordinary struggles

And yet, some Liberals like MP Hedy Fry said “times have changed” and in Canada more and more people expect the prime minister's spouse to...

Southern conservatives blast Obama transgender order

Conservatives around the South blasted the Obama administration Friday for its decision directing public schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and...

The politics behind the shrimp

So it was last week that Gerry Byrne, who is the province's Minister of Advanced Education, gave me a call to talk about northern shrimp.

Dire forecast, new things and looking ahead to Saturday: Politics 204 for May 13

EI changes: Winnipeg Liberal MP Terry Duguid has been tasked with helping to cut down wait times for Canadians trying to access employment insurance. Duguid...

NDP-sponsored petition opposes foreign ownership

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart has sponsored Raymond Wong's petition calling on the federal government to collect reliable data on offshore investment in Canada's real estate...

Justin Trudeau And The Great Pot Hypocrisy

Toronto StarBack in January 2012 I interviewed a moustache-sporting, longhaired Justin Trudeau at the Liberal Party of Canada's convention in Ottawa. Back in my hotel...

Rathgeber: Resist reforms that strengthen parties rather than individual MPs

If I were to make a list of all of the problems contributing to a breaking democracy in Canada, the majority governments that are manufactured...

MP tables legislation on peace, home children and GMO issue

Motions M-50 and M-51 were introduced in previous parliaments by Cannings' predecessor Alex Atamanenko. “I am happy to introduce both of ... that have been...

NDP satellite office saga in Federal Court as controversy continues

Former Toronto MP Dan Harris was originally on the hook for more than $140,000, but late last year was effectively exonerated by the Commons' chief...

What Canada's 21st and 23rd prime ministers have in common: Delacourt

Former prime minister Paul Martin, centre, shares a laugh with Commons Speaker Geoff Regan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a ceremony to unveil Martin's...

Canada's "No-Fly List" Highlights A Need For Political Courage

Canada's "No-Fly List" Highlights A Need For Political CourageBut, after the Liberals were elected, the political discourse changed and a lot of hope has been...

Transurban: the making of a monster

"They drove a hard bargain and refused to sign the contract," recalls the former Victorian Liberal premier. "I told the top ... Kennett says the...

One of the Most Racially Divided States in the Country Just Passed a New Voter-ID Bill

Lieberman's 85-year-old mother, Joy, is one of the people who could be impacted by the voter-ID law. Though ... “Missouri Republicans became really good at...

'Conflict of interest screen' for McFall

A “conflict of interest screen” on former local Liberal candidate Mary Jean McFall makes it difficult for her to carry out her duties as chief...

NDP Satellite Offices Saga Continues In Federal Court

National PostThe NDP insists there was no wrongdoing and has denied using parliamentary funds for non-parliamentary purposes. NDP House leader Peter Julian says the party...

NDP Satellite Offices Saga Continues In Federal Court

OTTAWA — A Federal Court hearing is taking place today in Montreal on the NDP satellite office controversy, which has bedevilled the party since long...

Justin Trudeau Teacher: PM Makes Time For Supporters Too Young To Vote

When he and Broghan attended a Liberal fundraising event in Montreal back in 2014, Robins jokingly tweeted that his then seven-year-old son would love to...

Secret Commons Board in stalemate with Bloc Québécois over House funding

(subscription) (subscription)Quebec NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont-La Petite Prairie, Que.), whose party lost nine of the 10 electoral districts the Bloc Québécois won in...

Obama Administration Orders Schools to Let Transgender Students Use Bathrooms of Their Choice

While the Obama administration and LGBT activists cast the lawsuit as a civil rights issue, North Carolina and conservative voices have questioned the White House's...

Conservative rails against Trudeau's 'government of death' as anti-abortion rally draws smallest crowd in years

"We seem to focus more on how to be extinguishing life than extending life," said Bev Shipley, a Conservative MP from southwestern Ontario. Alberta Sen.

Trump insists on TV that his tax rate is 'none of your business'

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pushed back on Friday against renewed calls for him to release his tax returns before the election, saying the...

Council merger fallout widens for Baird and Turnbull as administrators questioned

The Baird government's council amalgamation agenda threatens to disrupt Malcolm Turnbull's re-election campaign in key marginal seats in NSW as more councils face the axe...

NDP satellite saga in Federal Court

Ex-Montreal MP Isabelle Morin had been ordered to repay $169,117 in salary paid to an employee, but her bill was slashed to below $30,000 because...

Federal election 2016: red herrings that could become major party crashers

Barnaby Joyce is in the fight of his political life against Tony Windsor in the seat of New England. Liberals and Nationals are at war...

NDP satellite saga in Federal Court

Former Toronto MP Dan Harris was originally on the hook for more than $140,000, but late last year was effectively exonerated by the Commons' chief...