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Terence Corcoran: Ontario's Liberals feed another budget to the Big Green Central-Planning Monster

Enacted by the Liberals under premier Dalton McGuinty, the growth plan's objective was to force millions of Ontarians to live in low-rise and high-rise buildings...

For small business, both relief and apprehension follow the 2017 federal budget

This builds on terrific private members' bills from NDP MP (and leadership candidate) Guy Caron and Liberal MP Emmanuel Dubourg, both of whom have fought...

Rob Merrifield: Trump's biggest threat to Canada's economy isn't NAFTA—it's that he's about to out-compete Trudeau

It was in that year that the Conservative government lowered our corporate tax rate to 15 per cent (down from 28 per cent in 2006)...

Rob Merrifield: Trump's biggest threat to Canada's economy isn't NAFTA—it's that he's about to out-compete Trudeau

It was in that year that the Conservative government lowered our corporate tax rate to 15 per cent (down from 28 per cent in 2006)...

Joe Oliver: Trudeau's foolish fake carbon-credit fixation is a betrayal of struggling Canadians

Canadian PressJustin Trudeau's self-inflicted problem is that when he brought one of the world's largest delegations to the Paris climate conference last year (double the...

Peter Foster: The carbon tax debate is about the size of government

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel did a sound job in Wednesday's Post (“Serious questions about GHG policy”) of pointing to some of the flaws in Professor...

Joe Oliver: Regulations are sinking small and medium-sized enterprise growth

To help deal with this overarching issue, the Conservative government set up a Red Tape Reduction Commission and implemented a One-for-One Rule – every time...

Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada to 'press ahead' with CETA talks

OTTAWA — International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland will meet with Canada's key European counterparts in the coming days to discuss the “next steps” for pushing...

Kevin Libin: Enter Jason Kenney, Canada's fiercest carbon-tax killer

It's Stampede week in Calgary, which means it's the anniversary of that time when Stéphane Dion, leading the Liberals in the 2008 federal election campaign,...

Mark Carney faces toughest task yet as fears grow world is entering darkest phase since financial crisis

... were in open revolt against their leader; the head of the Liberal Democrats, the No. 3 party that helped the Conservatives form a coalition...

Chris Varcoe: Leaked forecast says climate plan could cost Alberta billions, but NDP say study invalid

That's what Alberta Treasury Board and Finance officials initially projected last November in an internal analysis conducted for the NDP government — data the province...

Terence Corcoran: Maxime Bernier joins the battle to end the CRTC's uselessness

Eduardo Lima/The Canadian PressConservative MP Maxime Bernier speaks at the 2016 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Conservative party leader candidate Maxime...

Maxime Bernier calls to phase out CRTC as telecom regulator, open sector to foreign investment

TORONTO – Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier called for the end of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as a telecom regulator, blasting it as...

William Watson: The cost of a 'free' Liberal membership is enduring endless party propaganda

I have to confess I'm not actually at the heart of the Liberal movement. I did consider voting for their candidate in my riding, Marc...

OECD warns of 'rapidly rising housing prices' in Canada as Scotia takes 'foot off the gas' on mortgage growth in ...

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty reduced the amortization length of government-insured mortgages to 25 years from 30 years, in 2012. More recently, Finance Minister Bill...

Five things you should know before you start your work day on May 17

The federal government began talking about joining the Asian International Investment Bank under the previous Conservative government, and although a promise to expand Canada's trade...

Panama Papers spur global tax tightening as second leak names more people, companies

That appeared to be the case for Stephen Harper's Conservative government when finance minister Jim Flaherty launched a so-called “snitch” program in 2013 that paid...

Ontario's energy minister not afraid to court controversy in cabinet's toughest job

Ford cancelled Toronto's light rail plan, and McGuinty and Ford shook hands on an all-underground transit plan. Chiarelli didn't approve, but in an election year,...

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...

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...

Joe Oliver: Liberals keep driving recklessly in reverse trying to damage their Conservative foes

Yet, last December, the minister of indigenous and northern affairs, Carolyn Bennett, announced that her department had stopped requiring compliance with the act. Furthermore, she...

Kevin Libin: How old Chief Big Bear could help save the people of Attawapiskat

The NDP's Niki Ashton ripped that idea, calling it an “assimilationist view” rooted in the perennially colonialist thinking of non-aboriginals. Other, less hopeless First ...

Joe Oliver: How the budget's bank 'bail-in' changes could cost Canadian depositors

Fortunately, not a single Canadian bank had to be bailed out because of conservative bank practices and prudent oversight by the Office of the Superintendent...

Liberals are inflating by billions of dollars the projected size of their deficits in coming years, PBO finds

But NDP finance critic Guy Caron said the Liberal government is deliberately inflating deficit projections so it can then beat the low fiscal expectations. “We're...

Up to 1.1 million disabled Canadians are eligible for free money from Ottawa

Brought in by the late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty, a strong advocate for the disabled, the RDSP is a lucrative program aimed at getting...

Joe Oliver: Supply management is milking the poor — and no party will stop it

So should the NDP, because it disadvantages poor people the most. Conservatives should take a stand against it for those reasons, but also because families...

William Watson: Reviving Stéphane Dion's carbon-tax grab

Postmedia News filesStéphane Dion's 2008 carbon tax proposal crashed electorally precisely because the Liberal caucus salivated publicly over the imminent proceeds, prospectively divvying them up...

Five things you should know before you start your workday on March 31

Good morning. The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan owns 39 per cent of the Brussels Airport and hasn't been deterred from further infrastructure investments following the...

Joe Oliver: Trudeau's undo-everything approach is no way to serve Canadians

In their single-minded determination to overturn almost every Conservative initiative, perhaps the Liberals envisage Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Han Solo battling the Galactic Empire...

Joe Oliver: While Canada's PM posed for selfies, John Kerry slapped us in the face

When he was prime minister, Stephen Harper hosted Obama in Ottawa for the president's first foreign trip, and during almost a decade of Conservative government...

Peter Foster: Seeking a cure for Koch Derangement Syndrome

Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty ImagesNancy Lasner, a resident of Washington, D.C., carries a sign with protestors from Occupy D.C. marching past the Washington Convention Center during...

Burnbrae Farms egg heiress brushes off 'perception' of conflict as new chief of staff to agriculture minister

... as the Liberal candidate in Leeds-Grenville, Ont., where her family runs Burnbrae Farms, the country's largest egg producer-processor. McFall, a lawyer, lost to the...

William Watson: The Yellow Pages rule

Speaking of borrowing, Novak himself probably got the Yellow Pages Rule from the late, lamented Jim Flaherty, of whom it apparently was a favourite. An...

$4.3 billion TPP compensation for Canada's dairy industry is not a done deal ...

Globalnews.caOn Wednesday, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland made her first direct post-election comments regarding TPP — and, specifically, the Tory-brokered deal to provide a $4.3-billion,...

New cabinet minister Chrystia Freeland sees free trade as key to middle-class ...

New trade minister Chrystia Freeland brings some deep views to her new job that might transcend the usual partisanship that comes with taking on one...

Canada's railways optimistic that new transport minister Marc Garneau can thaw ...

Canada's railways welcomed Marc Garneau as Canada's new transport minister Wednesday, expressing optimism that the former astronaut would help thaw a relationship that became positively...

Small business to the Trudeau government: Here's what we can agree on

Liberal MP Emmanuel Dubourg's Bill C-691 proposed changing the Income Tax Act to ease the tax burden on business owners seeking to pass their business...

Lawrence Solomon: Stéphane Dion's lesson for Justin Trudeau

Maybe so, but Trudeau has an equally important lesson to learn from another Liberal leader, Stéphane Dion – not on how to win big but...

Why Canadian dairy farmers are worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

... from across Quebec showed up for a rally in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, a riding with a high concentration of the province's dairy farmers and the headquarters...

Is Canada in a recession? Finance Minister Joe Oliver doesn't think so ...

Tyler Anderson/National PostMinister of Finance Joe Oliver delivers the keynote speech at the Canada-China Finance Summit in Toronto, Wednesday July 8, 2015. Last week bank...

Bank of Canada's gloomy outlook weakens Stephen Harper's election trump card

Harper — who is running second in a close three-way race — blames Canada's woes on the fragile world economy. His Conservative government cites its...

Joe Oliver clings to campaign mantra of $1.4-billion surplus as economy sputters

Tyler Anderson/National PostFinance Minister Joe Oliver reiterated a forecast from April's budget that Canada will post a $1.4-billion surplus in the current fiscal year, which...

How #BoycottTims grew out of its Enbridge fumble: In controversy, Canadian ...

He tweeted at some powerful people he knew wouldn't be happy about Tim Hortons' decision, including cabinet ministers Jason Kenney and Michelle Rempel, and coined...

Ezra Levant: Meet Alberta's new colonial chiefs

He worked on Olivia Chow's unsuccessful campaign for Toronto mayor. Now he's the chief of staff to Alberta's Finance Minister. Was there no-one in Alberta...

Foreign buyers target SNC-Lavalin Group Inc with takeover ambitions: 'People ...

They are said to be encouraged by the Conservative government's plans to unveil a new procurement-integrity framework outlined in the April 21 federal budget. “It...

Cenovus Energy Inc. warns of 'negative' fallout if NDP changes royalty structure

“You have to expect that companies are going say, 'the current royalty regime under which we've planned all our investments is the one we'd like...

Terence Corcoran: Finance Minister Joe Oliver has it right

That did not sit well with Ralph Goodale, a former Liberal finance minister, who belittled the Harper fiscal record and called Oliver's comments “remarkably bitter.”...

Ottawa's new climate change mantra involves cross-border greenhouse gas ...

All eyes were on Quebec City's provincial premiers' meeting on climate change Tuesday, but it was the federal natural resources minister, Greg Rickford, who delivered...

5 things you should know as you start your workday

That is to say: It is a rare bastion of secularism and progress in a kingdom renowned for religious fundamentalism and cultural conservatism. By doing...

Conservatives to introduce balanced budget legislation, Joe Oliver says

Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver said he plans to introduce legislation requiring balanced budgets in normal times. The legislation, announced by Oliver in a speech...