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Bergen distances herself from Rebel Media

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives' Manitoba lieutenant has come out against the Rebel, saying the populist network's racist views don't fit in a modern party.

Manitoba senators score court win

OTTAWA — Manitoba senators have clinched a legal victory in their dramatic standoff with the federal Liberals, after a scathing court ruling Friday slammed Ottawa's...

Arms dealers can't dictate their use

Saudi arms sales were a problem for the governing Liberals as soon as they took power in October 2015. Stéphane Dion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's...

Riding association wants Steven Fletcher back in PC party

The Assiniboia Conservative riding association has urged the Tory caucus to take back MLA Steven Fletcher — fearing the loss of the riding in the...

Three Manitoba MPs collecting provincial pensions

Maguire, who sat as an MLA from September 1999 to October 2013, is estimated to have an MLA pension of $23,000. Mihychuk, an MLA from...

Ottawa terminates controversial crackdown on border lake's boaters

A security crackdown that required boaters to report to Canada Customs every time they crossed an imaginary boundary on border-straddling lakes has been removed, thanks...

Letters and comments, April 18

Francis Scarpaleggia, a Liberal MP, was chair of the committee. Normally, chairpersons back their committee's decisions, but he and all other Liberals on the committee...

MLA Fletcher backs Bernier for leadership

OTTAWA — Manitoba Tory MLA Steven Fletcher will become the first, and possibly only, provincial politician to endorse a federal Conservative leadership candidate when he...

Former Dragon dodges local Tory leadership debate

... a former immigration minister under Harper and Erin O'Toole, an Ontario MP who's attracted substantial support from Manitoba Conservatives. The event was moderated by...

Asbestos ban should have taken place long ago, ex-MP Pat Martin says

But it's not enough for Pat Martin, who devoted much of his 18-year career as the NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre crusading against the deadly...

Manitoba MP questions bill to protect transgender people

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The power of the personal apology

Politicians are often terrified to admit they messed up. In May, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to be the House of Commons disciplinarian to...

Pallister hires PC campaign manager as climate change advisor

Conservative political heavyweight David McLaughlin has been hired on by the Pallister government as their senior advisor for climate change — and is being compensated...

Yemeni rebels' Winnipeg-made rifles legally sold to Saudi Arabia, federal government says

Conservative defence critic James Bezan said incidents such as the loss of the Winnipeg-made guns are, unfortunately, the "spoils of war." He said while there...

Omnitrax breaks silence on shutdown of grain terminal and rail ...

In has been nearly three weeks since Omnitrax Canada decided to close its Churchill grain terminal a... - Local - .and more »...

What a difference a year makes

There were giddy emails and phone calls from NDP staffers as Elections Canada released the second-quarter fundraising results for 2015 — two days before the...

Indigenous Affairs Minister reveals mandate of long-awaited MMIW inquiry

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett unveiled the details of the national inquiry Wednesday morning surrounded by totem poles and long houses in a ceremony in...

Parliament family-friendly? Hardly

The so-called orange wave brought with it the youngest MP elected in Canada — 19-year-old NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault, and there were several youthful faces...

NDP, Liberals long way from becoming contenders

As well, many New Democrats believe Ashton's daughter, federal NDP MP Niki Ashton, will make a jump to provincial politics. Outside some of these usual...

Glass cliff isn't inevitable

When Tory Leader David Cameron announced he would step down as prime minister the morning after the country voted to leave the European Union, MP...

Fletcher says legislature not fit for wheelchair

Fletcher, a former federal cabinet minister and now a Progressive Conservative backbench MLA in Brian Pallister's new government, said it was his hope and expectation...

Letters and comments, June 24

On June 20, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan published a statement calling for the government to resume airstrikes against the Islamic State. ... The Conservative party...

Frog Follies organizer urges MP Falk to attend Pride Parade

Organizers behind the St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies are calling out MP Ted Falk for using their event as a reason to skip Steinbach's inaugural Pride...

MPs dump bigger tax break for charitable donations

OTTAWA — Manitoba MP Ted Falk's parliamentary luck ran out Wednesday when his bill to increase tax credits for charitable donations was turfed. Falk was...

Politics 204 for June 2

More cash for cities: Canada's mayors plan to push the new federal Liberal government to ensure quick access to new programs offering billions of dollars...

Ottawa, Manitoba Métis Federation work towards compensation package

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett signed for Ottawa, Manitoba Métis Federation president David Chartrand for the Manitoba Métis and the witness was Manitoba's new Conservative...

Winnipeg radiologist may run to lead federal Conservatives

Lindsay was active in the riding association of former MP Steven Fletcher, and is a longtime member of, and donor to, the Conservative Party but...

Niki Ashton, what kinda feminist are you?

Ashton, the NDP MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, became the rather public voice of aggrieved female politicians last week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's meltdown in...

Faith groups' support for fire victims overlooked

After the last election, I asked Liberal MP John McKay, an evangelical Christian, about his hopes for how the new government might view its relations...

Manitoba MP's reaction to Commons scuffle sparks social-media backlash

Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Conservative MP Bob Sopuck said Trudeau is an entitled rich kid who is not used to being told no. James Bezan, the Conservative...

Politics 204 for Thursday, May 19

... communities — they have waited for far too long." — Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, on an audit of INAC's response after thousands of...

Liberals silence debate on Air Canada bill

The Liberals performed a similar manoeuvre last month to cut off debate at second reading. Winnipeg North MP and deputy House leader Kevin Lamoureux said...

Manitoba MP saves the day for Liberal airline vote

OTTAWA - Liberal Manitoba MP Doug Eyolfson saved his party from embarrassment on Monday afternoon by voting in favour of a bill he disagrees with...

Federal figures show Fletcher spent $229105 in losing campaign

OTTAWA -- Former Conservative MP Steven Fletcher spent more than twice as much as Liberal challenger Doug Eyolfson last fall as he tried to hang...

Dire forecast, new things and looking ahead to Saturday: Politics 204 for May 13

EI changes: Winnipeg Liberal MP Terry Duguid has been tasked with helping to cut down wait times for Canadians trying to access employment insurance. Duguid...

EI wait times to be studied

OTTAWA — Winnipeg Liberal MP Terry Duguid has been tasked with helping to cut down wait times for Canadians trying to access employment insurance. Duguid...

Getting the job done and the Trump effect: Politics 204 for May 10

Get with it: Conservative MP Larry Maguire used some strange logic to fight against a wording change for Canada's national anthem. Perhaps he needs a...

Free Press Head Start for Tuesday, May 10

Mourning devoted teacher: Students and staff of John Taylor Collegiate are grieving the loss of Darcee Gosselin, a teacher who died while on a field...

Maguire on slippery slope to oblivion

Let's see if we can penetrate the logic of Conservative MP Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris), who on Friday opposed a private member's bill to make O...

MP tries again to make anthem include Canada's daughters

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair did not support the idea then, but a year later, NDP deputy leader Libby Davies introduced a private members' bill that...

Bezan reintroduces sentencing law

Manitoba Conservative MP James Bezan is trying once again to change the law so convicted rapists and murderers can be kept behind bars for up...

Reckless pace for death law

OTTAWA — There is no doubt assisted suicide is one of the most emotional and personal debates most MPs in the current Parliament will face.

Air Canada maintenance committee hearings to stay in Ottawa

Blaikie introduced his motion Wednesday but committee chairwoman Judy Sgro, a Liberal MP from Toronto, took the committee in camera to discuss it. In camera...

Recounts, the Pallister budget question: Politics 204 for May 5

Quebec NDP MP Christine Moore appears to be the only New Democrat to vote against it although the NDP disagreed with the motion to end...

Sunny ways, blue skies, black marker

At the federal level, Canada's Access to Information Act is almost 33 years old, and with the Liberal election win, the new prime minister promised...

MP calls for review of planned takeover

Earlier this week, Conservative innovation critic Diane Finley issued a statement arguing the government should only approve deals that improve competition in the wireless industry.

Let public speak on Air Canada maintenance changes, urges NDP

NDP Quebec Lieutenant Alexandre Boulerice will introduce a motion on Monday afternoon at the House of Commons Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities requesting the...

MPs stand out for dissent

Earlier this month, Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson became the first MP to vote against a bill by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government. Eyolfson voted...

Federal interim Conservative leader Ambrose compares notes with Pallister

OTTAWA -- The federal Conservatives should be able to win back seats in Winnipeg after watching their provincial counterparts sweep across the city in last...

MP Ashton mulls another bid for federal NDP leadership

OTTAWA — Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton is giving some thought to making a second bid for the leadership of her federal party. The federal...