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Recent history shows there are no guarantees in O'Leary's kingmaker gambit: Hébert

There is not a Canadian political junkie who does not remember the high drama that attended Stéphane Dion's upset Liberal leadership victory in 2006. Over...

Toronto council votes to push for federal ban on shark fin imports ...

Shark finning” in Canadian waters has been illegal since 1994, but the sale and importation of shark fins is not.and more »...

Conservative leadership candidates target clear front-runner Bernier in debate

What's necessary to beat Trudeau was a point of contention during the event, with candidates also pivoting to attack Kellie Leitch and her proposals on...

Unpredictable Senate causing trouble for Trudeau's agenda, documents show

In an interview with the Hill Times this week, Prince Edward Island MP Wayne Easter said Liberal backbenchers are “frustrated” by the government's difficulties in...

Betrayal and beginnings — welcome to party leadership races: Collenette

Stephane Dion, second from left, celebrates his victory as new leader of the federal Liberal Party with former leaders Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, and John...

Trudeau's support for US action against Syria is astonishing

The situation is made worse by the Conservative and NDP caucuses jumping on board — an opposition showing no alternative critical capacity to argue for...

Patrick Brown is the man with no plans: Hepburn

Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, who has held the party leadership job for two years, speaks during question period at Queen's Park in February. "While...

The unbearable lightness of being Patrick Brown: Cohn

“Patrick Brown, if he wants to bring carbon taxation into Ontario, even though he's a Conservative, I'll campaign against him. I'll work very hard to...

O'Leary ditches debate, appears on MSNBC from Miami

A mere 2,000 kms north of downtown Miami the other Conservative leadership hopefuls attended a debate moderated by former finance minister Joe Oliver. Laskin said...

Councillor backed by Tory defends abrupt departures from two boards

Before then, Carmichael Greb's political experience mostly involved helping out with her father's election campaigns. Her dad is John Carmichael, a one-term Conservative backbencher in...

Julian Fantino endorses Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary

Former police chief and Tory MP Julian Fantino reappeared in Canadian politics Monday by endorsing Conservative leadership hopeful Kevin O'Leary. The tough-talking police chief turned...

Amid leadership race, NDP finds itself at a crossroads — again

Mulcair came out forcefully against a proposed niqab ban, and Chow said as a result the party's support took a hit in Quebec, where many...

Tory Leader Patrick Brown feeling the squeeze as he tries to unify party ranks

By trying to disavow social conservatives — whose utterances have a habit of bubbling to the surface — PC Leader Patrick Brown has ticked off...

Despite her success, Rachel Notley has many NDP critics

Another Notley ally, NDP MP Linda Duncan, is also caught between a rock and a hard place. Her constituency and Notley's overlap in downtown Edmonton;...

Ottawa's new cap on refugee applications upsets sponsors | Toronto ...

Private sponsors fear new 1000-application limit for 2017 will prevent many refugees from escaping danger of war-torn Syria.and more »...

What Mulcair's ouster has in common with Brexit and Trump: Paul Wells

She wrote that 2015 was a “three-peat” for Toronto-area New Democrats who'd already watched the provincial party under Andrea Horwath and the NDP's favoured Toronto...

Ottawa ends '4-in-4-out' rule for migrant workers | Toronto Star

Liberal government eliminates notorious rule that kicked out migrant workers after four years, ending what critics dubbed the 'revolving door' for indentured ...and more »...

Rona Ambrose asks for investigation into Liberal fundraisers

OTTAWA—Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is asking the federal lobbying and ethics watchdogs to take another look at so-called cash-for-access fundraisers featuring Prime Minister Justin...

Tory long shots should note fate of Trudeau's rivals: Delacourt

Joyce Murray, a Liberal MP from Vancouver, was in the news this week, speaking out against Trudeau's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline. “Incredibly disappointing,”...

Byelection date set for Alberta following death of Conservative MP

OTTAWA—A date for a federal byelection in Alberta has been set following the death of Conservative MP Jim Hillyer. The vote in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner...

Jack Layton would have trouble recognizing current incarnation of ...

Even an optimist such as Jack Layton would be hard-pressed to find a silver lining to the funk that has seized the NDP in the...

Liberal MP Bardish Chagger promoted to House leader

Chagger replaces House leader Dominic LeBlanc who, since the resignation of fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo, had been holding down both posts — House leader and...

Ontario Tories hold steady lead in latest poll

While the New Democrats are up from last month's poll, Bozinoff suggested the provincial party may still be suffering from the federal NDP's problems in...

Immigration detention reforms fall short on oversight, critics say

Conservative public security critic Erin O'Toole said there was no money in the federal budget earmarked for the immigration detention reforms and he felt the...

Legal aid lawyers locked in legal battle with province over unionization

... disappointed with the way that Legal Aid Ontario has conducted itself as a government agency by denying its employees the right to associate freely...

MP Anita Vandenbeld takes tips from the Tim Hortons caucus: Delacourt

Oddly enough, Vandenbeld said she tended to hear more about Baird when she was abroad in her pre-elected life, travelling to countries where people would...

Opposition parties want tighter conflict-of-interest rules in Ontario

But opposition parties said the Bill 201 election financing reforms proposed by the government do not ban such cash-for-access fundraisers, although Wynne said last week...

Entrapment decision a pyrrhic victory if Bill C-51 not amended ...

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody embrace outside of the law courts in Vancouver after a Supreme Court judge ordered the release, saying the pair was ...and...

Indigenous reconciliation proposals need to be enormous

NDP MP Romeo Saganash, however, argued in May, “You adopt legislatively, and you implement through programs and policies. That's the distinction the Truth and Reconciliation...

Federal ministers are hell-bent on consulting you: Paul Wells ...

If you run into a Liberal MP this summer, you will probably not escape without being asked for your input on something or other. Innovation...

Conservatives, Liberals fundraise millions while NDP sees donations drop

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose speaks to attendees at the annual Calgary Conservative barbecue on July 9. Financial reports filed with Elections Canada show the...

Mohamed Harkat girds himself for another fight to stay

Organizations such as the Canadian and B.C. civil liberties associations have added their voices to those asking Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to exempt...

When lack of faith lost John Tory an election

During the 2004 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race to select a successor to Eves, John Tory, Frank Klees and Jim Flaherty were the major contenders.

Port of Churchill shut down after being refused bailout, premier suggests

The NDP caucus, in a written statement, said it agreed to financial help for Omnitrax last year “to ensure the port stayed open while transitioning...

Dreaded Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014 paid for ALS research breakthrough

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau dumps a bucket of ice water onto Liberal MP Sean Casey for the ALS ice bucket challenge August 19, 2014. (DAN...

Newest Councillor Michael Ford 'a little milder than Rob and Doug'

Councillor Jim Karygiannis, a former Liberal MP elected to council in 2014, predicted some at city hall will be “a bit leery” at first. “He's...

Feds to ban railcars used in Lac -Mégantic disaster from transporting oil

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau confirmed older DOT-111 rail tanker cars — the same ones involved in the Lac Megantic disaster in 2013, will not...

Free trade foes unfairly criticized

Good for columnist Linda McQuaig for pointing out the Machiavellian ways that defenders of free trade deals have discredited reasonable opposition to them. Opponents like...

Liberals accused of delaying release of Nipigon bridge report

An undetermined mechanical failure of the Nipigon River Bridge caused the bridge's steel decking to pop up 60 centimetres last January. The incident forced the...

NDP's Tracey Ramsey went from factory floor to floor of the House: Delacourt

Ramsey was front and centre back in May when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stormed across the floor of Parliament and accidentally elbowed NDP colleague Ruth...

MPs clash over how Canada can help Yazidis

The UN report spurred the committee to hold the extraordinary summer meetings, so the absence of specific recommendations is disappointing, said Conservative MP Michelle Rempel...

Indigenous children on reserves miss out on child benefit

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was at Enoch Cree Nation reserve near Edmonton Wednesday to help spread the word. “Improving the quality of ... BY...

Eight CF-18 fighter jets in Hawaii as part of huge training exercise in Pacific

Conservative defence critic James Bezan said the CF-18s' involvement at RIMPAC is evidence the Liberals have made up talk the military is dealing with a...

NDP calls on Ottawa to let Iraq War resisters stay

About 15 conscientious objectors to the Iraq War are known to be in Canada today, but others may be in hiding. NDP immigration critic Jenny...

Political giant slayer finds House a humbling place

Mendicino, a well-respected Toronto lawyer, was in a tough fight against Eve Adams — a former Conservative MP who had defected to Justin Trudeau's team,...

Cash shift might revive Sheppard subway extension

According to a spokesman for Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, the province made the decision in order to meet the new federal Liberal...

Christine Elliott shifts from politics to patients

Elliott, an MPP since 2006 when she won the riding previously held by her husband, the late Jim Flaherty, stepped down from her seat last...

Forum Research poll projects Trudeau would sweep House of Commons seats if vote held today.

Part of the Liberal support can be attributed to the fact that the Conservative Party is without a permanent leader and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair...

Liberals appoint ex-auditor general to review RCMP handling of harassment lawsuits

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has appointed a former auditor general to review the RCMP's response to lawsuits from four members of the force alleging...

Trudeau will face pointed questions on Canada's NATO role at Poland summit

NDP Defence critic Randall Garrison also welcomed Canada's new role in Eastern Europe, saying it's important that Canada continue to be an active member in...