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Stephen Harper's mixed legacy

Last week, the day before Stephen Harper addressed the Conservative party convention in Vancouver, news broke that the former prime minister will soon step down...

Prison farms may re-open

Kingston's two prison farms, shuttered by the federal Conservatives in 2010, may be reopening under the new Liberal government. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale rose...

Gerretsen fields questions from constituents

... be restored by the Liberal government. He said he has been in contact with a citizen group working to have the farms return and...

Q&A with Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen

Kingston and the Islands Member of Parliament Mark Gerretsen, left, is congratulated by Andre Gagnon, deputy clerk of the House of Commons (Acting) after being...

Reid returns for sixth term

Scott Reid returns to Ottawa later this year, albeit on a different side of the House. The longtime Conservative MP was re-elected in the redesigned...

It's no accident, she's back

Vegas Girl, a.k.a. The Accidental MP, a.k.a. Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the 31-year-old non-fictional NDP member of Parliament from Berthier-Maskinonge, hammered her Bloc Quebecois and Liberal...

Council run helps fuel new MP's success

Erskine-Smith earned a politics and law degree from Queen's between 2003 and 2010 and on Oct. 19 won his Toronto riding, taking 49.4 per cent...

Prison farms have advocate in new MP

Dowling said a committee of local farmers met with former Liberal Kingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu to come up with a business plan...

Hsu looks back as he moves forward

Former MP Ted Hsu may not yet have decided what he is doing now he is back in private life but he knew exactly what...

Pointers for riding's new rep

They can be expected to order past Hansards from the Parliamentary Library and study the debut speeches of Peter Milliken, Ted Hsu, Flora MacDonald, Ben...

Reid relies on experience

PERTH -- When the writ was dropped during the first weekend in August, Conservative incumbent Scott Reid was camping with his family near Eganville. His...

Roadside campaigning 'gives connection'

The Liberal candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston said the 78-day campaign was an opportunity to get better known in his adopted home. "It gave me an opportunity...

Gerretsen 'will never give up' in election

Last summer, Gerretsen was planning to run for re-election as mayor when the current Liberal MP, Ted Hsu, suddenly announced he would step down as...

'I'll go to the mat for this constituency'

Brooke spoke about a variety of issues with the Whig-Standard this week from his campaign office in the Gardiners Town Centre. If he does win...

Decision reserved in influence peddling trial of former Harper aide

Bruce Carson, a former senior aide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, arrives for the start of his influence peddling trial at the courthouse in...

Protesters gather in support of veterans

On the weekend, the Conservative government announced a plan to try to help struggling veterans. On Saturday, Veteran's Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole a pledge to...

'No regrets' for outgoing MP Hsu

Though Kingston and the Island MP Ted Hsu is not running for re-election, his office and desk remain filled with papers and research. (Steph ...

Harper, Tories eye riding

During the bicentennial year of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopping in Kingston for a brief campaign stop in the long...

Local candidates ready for 42nd election

Gerretsen, who earned the Liberal nomination in January after incumbent Ted Hsu announced he would not run again, said his experience at Kingston's City Hall...

Kingston remains a safe place

"We don't' see the situation (in Canada) rising to the level of what is happening in Europe, where European Jews are afraid to walk around...

Funding to be used for water, sewer upgrades

"This is the way things should be, the various levels of government working together," said Daryl Kramp, Conservative MP for Prince Edward-Hastings. Peterborough MPP Jeff...

Israel hit with unfair criticism

Irwin Cotler remembers the Durban Conference well. The Liberal MP and former justice minister describes the "notorious" conference as "racist". Some of the participants used...

City to host communications hub

Conservative Leeds and Grenville MP Gord Brown announced on Tuesday at Kingston Police Headquarters that the City of Kingston will lead a pilot project to...

Rise of the new anti-Semitism

22, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly held a special session on anti-Semitism. And Canadian federal politician and legal scholar Irwin Cotler addressed the special...

Anti-Semitism a Canadian problem

Tim Uppal, minister of state for multiculturalism, understands racism all too well. "I understand when someone goes through a racist incident," said the Canadian-born Sikh.

Bloc's Duceppe returns to new political arena

Gilles Duceppe was an MP in Ottawa for more than 20 years before losing his own seat to Hélène Laverdière of the NDP. Four years...

CSIS wanted info-sharing tweaks, government delivered overhaul instead

NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison said Wednesday the party opposed the bill because it was clear the powers were unprecedented, excessive and lacked oversight.

Oil-leaking wreck off coast of Newfoundland cost Ottawa $1.7M

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Documents released to a Liberal MP say Ottawa has spent $1.7 million over the last two years trying to plug oil...

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown blasts Liberals over Green Energy Act

As new renewable wind and solar energy projects spring up in Kingston, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says the Green Energy Act is only...

PM must abolish ineffective, wasteful Senate

Nine of them, including Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, who quit the Conservative caucus last week, and Colin Kenny, a Liberal, are reportedly being investigated by the RCMP.

Anniversary of John A's death inspires dignitaries to reflect

The ceremony was attended by more than 100 people and special guests, including Kingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu, the Honourable Peter Milliken, Deputy...

Alberta NDP cabinet sworn in

Several major NDP politicians were in attendance, including former Saskatchewan NDP Premier Roy Romanow, NDP MP Linda Duncan and former Alberta NDP MLAs Ray Martin,...

Harper government should quit stalling and kill the tampon tax: MP

"There was a vote and it had all-party support but now we have to make them commit to making the change," London Fanshawe NDP MP...

Messages of condolence delivered to Peshawar school

Among the items Atta-ur-Rehman presented was a book of condolences signed by more than 100 people, including members of the community, city councillors, Kingston Mayor...

Dion introduces bill so passengers can sue airlines for failing to take drink ...

Being able to order a 7-Up in French on an airplane is a fundamental Canadian right, and any Canadian should be able to sue if...

A few dollars to trickle into pockets

Ted Hsu, MP for Kingston and the Islands, said most of the changes will only affect richer Canadians and families, pointing out the government's income-splitting...

Anti-terror bill targets aboriginals: First Nations lawyer, MP

NDP MPs Niki Ashton and Romeo Saganash both raised Palmater's concerns in question period later on Tuesday. In response, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister...

Sister of slain soldier testifies in favour of anti-terror bill

Earlier in the day, NDP MP Charmaine Borg presented a petition with more than 100,000 signatures against bill, while Liberal MP Wayne Easter, a former...

Throw lifeline to the persecuted

For example, when word of the plan leaked out, Liberal MP Marc Garneau took the government to task in question period in the House of...

NDP demand dated proof of Wynne's Thibeault appointment

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne introduces Glenn Thibeault as the Sudbury Liberal byelection candidate on Wednesday January 7, 2015 in Sudbury. Thibeault won the election Feb.