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NDP leadership race enters critical stage as candidates prepare final push

Veteran B.C. MP Nathan Cullen, a candidate in the last NDP leadership contest, said he is also watching to see how the campaigns demonstrate their...

NDP MP introduces private member's bill to elevate Thames River status

Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) has introduced a private member's bill amending the federal Navigation Protection Act to include the Thames waterway. The Liberals promised during the...

'We have not seen the work,' says factory GM as Kongsberg Protech Systems announces closing

Kongsberg's Huron Street plant opened in 2011, announced by then-prime minister Stephen Harper and London Conservative MP Ed Holder, pledging to add a global business...

Reforms, cabinet shuffle will help Grits avoid slide

But others, such as Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie, are under-used. The Trudeau Liberals prefer not to course-correct on the...

Despite Liberal pledges, no funding is flowing to First Nations yet, says Grand Chief

Oneida First Nation is in the riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, represented in Parliament by Conservative Bev Shipley. “We can get into the funding, whether there is...

NDP's Mulcair sits steady as Liberals, Tories falter

As MPs head home for the holidays, New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair - for that is what he remains, caretaker status notwithstanding -- has a...

It's time to jail terrorists, says Tory leadership candidate Tony Clement

"This is not the time to dial back some of the provisions of Bill C-51," says Conservative leadership candidate Tony Clement. "It's not just about...

Start electoral reform by committee overhaul

On the Tory side, Jason Kenney, of course, had better things to do and was replaced by Blake Richards. The NDP's David Christopherson sat in...

Justin Trudeau may face tough questions at NATO summit

Conservative defence critic James Bezan said he supports Canada sending troops to Eastern Europe to help NATO against Russia. However, he was concerned about the...

Charter condemning all forms of Islamophobia launched in London, Canada

Deputy mayor Paul Hubert, London West Liberal MP Kate Young, London-Fanshawe NDP MP Irene Mathyssen and police Chief John Pare were among the leaders who...

London Fanshawe NDP MP Irene Mathyssen wants full birth control costs to be covered by the government

Now, London Fanshawe NDP MP Irene Mathyssen is calling on the federal government to give all women access to adequate birth control by covering the...

Electoral reform MPs eerily functional, for now

"Elect" is the wrong word, as there was only one candidate: veteran Quebec Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia. Of the five Liberal members, he's the only...

A Brexit would inflame Canada's hot housing market

"This is the beginning of change," said Gerry Ritz, the Conservative MP from Saskatchewan who, as Stephen Harper's agriculture minister, spent nearly a decade trying...

Canadians abroad should have right to vote in federal elections, London NDP MP Irene Mathyssen says

Canadian expats around the world should have the right to vote in federal elections, says London New Democrat Irene Mathyssen. The MP for London-Fanshawe has...

Tory leader touts environment, gay rights and Knights

Brown — who became leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, the official opposition at Queen's Park, about a year ago — was in London Wednesday for...

Strange days for Conservative party

... for other government program spending”), can also be read as a rebuke not only to former Liberal habits of dipping into the fund, but...

MP to plead Arva Flour Mill's case

He basically put it on a respirator and (the owner) can still run it,” Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Conservative MP Bev Shipley said Friday. He pledged his support...

UN declaration helps forge new relationship

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced this week the federal Liberal government would drop the former administration's opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the...

Push for electoral reform won't result in change

Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, and Dominic LeBlanc, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, make an announcement regarding electoral reform during...

Minister in denial about Via's woes: expert

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau can't fix what ails Via Rail until he stops shunting responsibility to others and admits Via has declined for decades,...

Business buzz: May 10

The co-chairs for the council are former Elgin-Middlesex-London Conservative MP Joe Preston and Jean Pierre Cantin of the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development...

Passengers face delays as profitable freight traffic increases on CN-owned tracks

“CN rejects the unsubstantiated allegation that CN is charging Via Rail excessive track access fees,” company spokesperson Mark Hallman wrote. Via's operations have ... If...

Saudi Arabia will welcome former London West Tory MP Ed Holder and his delegation in late April

Defeated former London MP and cabinet minister Ed Holder has a new job heading a group promoting trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia, just as...

Dean Del Mastro out on bail

Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro is pictured outside an Oshawa, Ont., courthouse to appeal his conviction over election overspending, on Jan. 5, 2016. THE...

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A local NDP politician is throwing her support behind city hall's proposal to turn a London-made military vehicle into an Afghanistan war monument. The support...

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown calls on province to install new scanners in jails

OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas speaks with Patrick Brown, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, outside of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre following...

Local praise, federal criticism

The part-time, unpaid appointment has been condemned by the Centre of Israel and Jewish Affairs and Conservative MP Tony Clement, who claim Lynk has a...

London MP says city hall must continue lobbying Ottawa, Queen's Park if $880-million light rail plan is to become ...

While the new federal budget earmarks $1.5 billion for transit across Ontario, veteran London MP Irene Mathyssen believes that will provide nowhere near enough to...

Springbank Dam plan moves ahead amid major public input

“I am confident in saying it would be unprecedented for either the federal or provincial governments to come asking for those funds,” London-Fanshawe NDP MP...

While we focus on the nuclear newcomers like North Korea, the real nuclear powers are making no progress in ...

We should also support the further building of a worldwide network called Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (led by co-president Paul Dewar, a former...

Federal Liberals seek to break Conservative grip on rural Ontario

Allan Thompson, who finished second to Conservative MP Ben Lobb in Huron-Bruce despite the Liberal's resounding victory nationwide, will lead a “Project Rural” task force...

Ontario, yours to recover

... turn exacerbates the debt problem. And so it goes in a vicious cycle that leads to credit downgrades, loss of investor confidence, job losses...

Illustration by Paul Lachine/Special to Postmedia Network

You'll be forgiven if you don't know who Patrick Brown is. Nearly half of those polled by Forum Research last month didn't know either. Brown...

City ready to back research with $10M

Mississauga Liberal MP Navdeep Singh-Bains, the new minister of innovation, science and economic development, takes over in charge of FedDev Ontario, which had been handled...

Home in a new House

Defeated: Conservative Susan Truppe, who held the riding for one term, German Gutierrez (NDP), Carol Dyck (Green). Eye-openers: “I wasn't expecting to have so many...

Karen Vecchio

Am980 London NewsHours after her election-night victory, the former aide to 11-year Conservative MP Joe Preston, who retired with the election-call, was already scoping out...

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One-term Conservative MP Susan Truppe lost to Liberal Peter Fragiskatos in London North Centre. “I think, for starters, people were just really unhappy with (Stephen)...

Two-term Tory Ben Lobb holds off Liberal challenger Allan Thompson

BlackburnNews.comGODERICH - Huron-Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb was re-elected for a third term in the House of Commons, holding off Liberal challenger Allan Thompson. The...

Grits up, Tories top small biz poll

London-Fanshawe NDP candidate Irene Mathyssen knocks on doors on Folkstone Court in London Friday. A flyer, shown at left, sent out by her opponent, Liberal...

Khalil Ramal. (File photo)

Ramal's campaign manager said Irene Mathyssen, the riding's three-term NDP MP seeking re-election, has been “wishy-washy” about the fate of the contract if the NDP...

Ed Holder. (File photo)

The scientist — Londoner Gordon McBean, head of the world's biggest non-governmental science organization — is slamming London West Conservative Ed Holder's stint as federal...

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Trudeau's campaign made its first (and maybe only) London stop this week, and it was in the well-heeled riding where university teacher Peter Fragiskatos is...

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THE GOVERNMENT'S POSITION: "None of the program cuts will be compromised. We are maximizing service and...we have to be prudent with the money we have."...

People and companies in the local business community

London West candidates Matthew Rowlinson, left, (NDP), Kate Young (Liberal) and Dimitri Lascaris (Green) sit down to hamburgers created in honour of their party leaders...

Group defends books as auditor flags $15K 0

Susan Truppe, the Conservative MP for London North Centre before the election was called, said at the time the program “will reduce gender-based violence, making...

AFRICAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

When the program funding was announced by London North Centre MP Susan Truppe in late 2013, she called it a way “to offset the effects...

The London Free Press

Noteworthy: Longtime Liberal bastion, former seat of Joe Fontana and Glen Pearson, picked off by the Harper Conservatives in 2011, five years after they won...

Harper snubbing London, critics charge

Ed Holder, the Conservative candidate in London West, couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment. London is already home to several research centres. The newest one...

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Last week my husband and I were sitting on our front porch when London-Fanshawe NDP candidate Irene Mathyssen approached us as she and two others...

Which Harper will show up?

He dutifully strode into one of the partitioned ballrooms at the Lamplighter Inn around 10 a.m., following an effusive introduction from science minister and London...