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Conservatives question purchase of Trudeau cardboard cut-outs

The figures are found in answers to inquiries from Conservative MP Ben Lobb, who asked which departments and agencies bought the cutouts, how much each...

Wayne Marston thinking about seeking NDP nomination

During his nearly 10 years serving the people of Stoney Creek and Hamilton as MP, Marston served as the NDP's critic on human rights, was...

Final goodbye: Roll call of some of those who died in 2016

Dan Haggerty, 74. Rugged, bearded actor who starred in the film and TV series "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams." Jan. 15. Glenn Frey,...

Were you wearing a bra? The disturbing letter sent to MP Michelle ...

Michelle Rempel is again speaking out about the harassment and abuse Canada's female politicians endure.and more »...

Terrorism near-miss has Liberals looking to toughen peace bonds

Laurie Hawn, a former Conservative government member who is now a member of the Edmonton Police commission, told the Star consultations are important but they...

Tories, NDP use dismal jobs numbers to assail Trudeau Liberals' economic record

The Globe and MailNova Scotia Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, parliamentary secretary to the employment minister, said the jobs numbers are just a snapshot. He also...

Jurors deserve more support

Although juries fall under provincial jurisdiction, federal NDP justice critic Murray Rankin said this fall he is going to ask the Committee of the House...

Bosma juror describes difficult road back to everyday life

While juries fall under provincial jurisdiction, federal NDP justice critic Murray Rankin argues "that shouldn't stop the federal government from taking some leadership." In the...

Stelco sale: New York hedge fund drops bid to merger Stelco and Algoma

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek New Democrat MPP Paul Miller will draft the inquiry petition and present it to the federal government with the help of local...

"It's outrageous": CRA has double standard for tax cheats

"It's outrageous": CRA has double standard for tax cheats"It's outrageous," said NDP MP Murray Rankin. "All the CRA wants to do is go after big...

Liberals seek to calm nerves, fallout from U.K. decision to leave EU

Liberal MP Hedy Fry tweeted that the vote — along with calls in other European countries such as France, Italy and the Netherlands to hold...

Refusal to admit war veteran upsets member of Norwegian parliamentary committee

Irene Mathyssen, the federal NDP critic for veterans affairs, said in an interview that the Liberals campaigned with promises of creating a more flexible system,...

Parliament's official scotch has Canadian whisky distillers crying foul

... in the British House of Commons. During his term as Speaker, Milliken choose two whiskies — a Talisker and a Dalwhinnie. The most recent...

Appeal Court upholds former Tory staffer Sona's sentence in robocalls case

The calls were organized and paid for by Sona, who was the director of communications for the Tory candidate in Guelph. Liberal MP Frank Valeriote...

Conn Smythe favourite Kessel keys Game 4 win

"I love Phil's overall game, not just tonight, I've liked it through this whole playoffs," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "Phil's game right now, when...

Supporters urge Raitt to make a run for Conservative leadership

Bernier continues his campaign Tuesday with an expected outline of his policy on telecom deregulation. Other Conservative MPs considering a bid are Tony Clement, Andrew...

CTV says morning show replacement has 'contemporary twist'

TORONTO - CTV's long-running "Canada AM" will be replaced with a new show that offers a "contemporary twist" to morning TV, the network said Monday...

The Spectator's View: Collaboration in Parliament: Who knew?

So the government did the right thing and agreed to an NDP proposal to have the committee reflect electoral results. Opposition parties hold the balance...

Conservatives set to vote on dropping same sex marriage ban from policy

The vote, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will be the culmination of 2 ½ days of introspection and intense debate among Conservatives at a policy convention...

Liberal gas plant scandal trial scheduled for 2017

Police have alleged in court documents that David Livingston and Laura Miller hired her partner — a computer expert under contract to the Liberals —...

DRESCHEL: PM Justin Trudeau 'looked out of control'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre, is shown reaching toward Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in...

Justin Trudeau 'manhandled' MP in Commons uproar, opposition says

However, other Liberals like Rodger Cuzner later conceded the prime minister had shown poor judgment, adding it was "not a good day for anybody" in...

New Democrats set to name Tom Mulcair's replacement in fall 2017

OTTAWA — The federal NDP has opted for an extended leadership race to replace Tom Mulcair, as it looks to name a new leader between...

Government's assisted-death bill rejects both evidence and advice: NDP critic

Toronto StarMurray Rankin, a public law expert from Victoria, said he was deeply disappointed to find a majority of recommendations made by members of a...

'It turns me on when you're direct:' Female MP lifts lid on parliamentary sexism

Those allegations against Liberal MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti led to the pair being booted from caucus, and sparked a wider debate about gender...

BERTON: Personality politics and journalism

Chrystia Freeland, a member of the current federal cabinet, is a former Globe and Mail journalist. Michael Ignatieff, Rene ... Justin Trudeau had to prove...

Leaders pay tribute to Alberta Conservative MP Jim Hillyer after his death

OTTAWA — A day that normally would have seen parliamentarians pulling out their sharpest partisan darts was instead replaced Wednesday by a rare coming-together of...

Dreschel: Hamilton Mountain is not an NDP fiefdom

... the 22 candidates was Geraldine McMullen, first vice-president of the Hamilton and District Labour council, a community outreach co-ordinator for the Ontario NDP caucus,...

DRESCHEL: Hamilton Mountain is not a NDP fiefdom

Their undisguised attempts at power-broking surfaced early in the campaign to replace former Coun. Scott Duvall, who was elected New Democrat MP for Hamilton Mountain...

Byelection a chance to recharge council

Mind you, that assumes voters won't respond negatively to such partisan blessings. Or that the NDP and labour vote won't fatally split between Qureshi and...

Meet NDP MP Christine Moore's 'partner in crime' on Parliament Hill

NDP MP Christine Moore holds her daughter Daphnee just outside the House of Commonson Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday. Moore's daughter Daphnee is such...

David macnaughton, Ontario co-chair of Liberal campaign, new ambassador to US

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced the appointment of David MacNaughton, the former co-chair of the Liberal election campaign in Ontario, as the new Canadian...

Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil dies at 73

One of his friends in school was Pierre Labelle, who would later go on to join Angelil as one of the popular singing Baronnets. A...

Dreschel: NDP split in Ward 7 byelection

Problem is, among the other candidates competing for the job is Geraldine McMullen, first vice president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council, a community...

Ward 7 byelection race getting crowded

Duvall ran successfully in the federal election to become the NDP representative for Hamilton Mountain after Chris Charlton stepped down. Other registered candidates include Damin...

NDP angst goes public as MPP Cheri DiNovo calls for Tom Mulcair's head: Walkom

Can Tom Mulcair hang on as leader of the federal New Democrats? I'm no longer sure he can. In Toronto at least, the mood among...

Postmedia empire falters while CEO Paul Godfrey earns millions

Of the self-inflicted variety, Postmedia was pilloried last month in the run-up to the federal election after its Toronto executives ordered 16 of its major...

McColeman named deputy finance critic

BRANTFORD — Brantford-Brant MP Phil McColeman has been named the Conservative Opposition's deputy finance critic in the House of Commons. "I am excited about the...

Canada will implement UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Carolyn ...

Bennett said she was pleased to see Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose lend her support to the inquiry, and noted that NDP MPs Niki Ashton...

MP Sweet named caucus chair

Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet has been elected as the Conservative Party's national caucus chair. A new requirement under the Reform Act, each major party in...

Mulcair to ask defeated MPs to reflect on NDP election loss and report back in ...

Malcolm Allen also could not hold on to Niagara Centre. He lost to Liberal and former Port Colborne mayor Vance Badawey. Badawey obtained 35.7 per...

Candice Bergen adds name to Conservative interim leadership race

OTTAWA Manitoba Conservative Candice Bergen is joining the race for interim leadership of the Conservative party. Bergen, who served in two junior cabinet posts, was...

DRESCHEL: NDP in Hamilton hear Liberal footsteps

Scott Duvall picked up the NDP reins from Chris Charlton, who stepped aside for personal reasons after holding the riding since 2006. Duvall topped political...

The Spectator's View: Trudeau can't trip on his ambitious agenda

And so we offer them to defeated NDP incumbent Wayne Marston, who lost to Bob Bratina, and Burlington Conservative Mike Wallace, defeated by rookie Liberal...

Hamilton dreaming big after huge Liberal win

Bratina, who wrested Hamilton East-Stoney Creek away from NDP veteran Wayne Marston Monday night, said "every mayor in the country" will be prepping a wish...

NDP stunned after dreams of governing shattered by Trudeau campaign train

MONTREAL — With a dramatically smaller caucus of just 44 MPs, Tom Mulcair is set to stay on as NDP leader while his party struggles...

Raitt, Kenney, Mulroney? Names fly as Conservatives plan leadership race

The Conservative constitution lacks specifics on the rules for a leadership contest. Ontario MP and former cabinet minister Lisa Raitt isn't ruling out a run,...

Bloc Quebecois improves seat count from 2011

MONTREAL — The Bloc Quebecois improved its seat count on Monday but fell just short of official party status, while the future of its leader...

Trudeau turfs Harper Conservatives from office

Conservative Diane Finley was elected in Haldimand- Norfolk. Conservative Dean Allison was elected in Niagara West. The race remained tight in Flamborough – Glanbrook, with...

British Columbia splits along party lines

In Vancouver South, Liberal Harjit Sajjan toppled Conservative MP Wai Young, whose comment that Jesus would support Bill C-51 made headlines earlier this year. Ridings...