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Justice officials testing waters for sentencing reform promised by Liberals

(subscription) (subscription)Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale hold a press conference in Ottawa on Friday,...

The Rebel's fast running out of friends. Better late than never, I suppose.

(subscription) (subscription)In fact, Rebel Media was seen by many as an player to be cultivated during the Conservative leadership race. At that same Toronto...

Right whale deaths: Feds order ships to slow down in Gulf of St. Lawrence

(subscription) (subscription)Then-Liberal defence critic Dominic LeBlanc (centre) and LCol (Retired) Karen McCrimmon (right) listen to then-Liberal industry, science and technology critic Marc Garneau as...

Summer fundraising pitches offer sneak preview of party message tracks

(subscription) (subscription)In fact, a quick scan of the Conservatives' fundraising pitches over the last two months suggests they may be avoiding directly linking Scheer...

It's going to take more than new anchors to fix the drifting CBC

(subscription) (subscription)CBC president Hubert Lacroix hit the nail on the head, though his eyes were probably tightly closed at the time: Public broadcasters, he...

Trudeau's Brazeau gaffe was revealing. So is the reaction to his international status

(subscription) (subscription)He'd originally approached two other Conservative parliamentarians, Peter MacKay, then defence minister, and Rob Anders, a perennial backbencher who nonetheless managed to find...

Angus nets caucus endorsement citing his improved French

(subscription) (subscription)Quebec NDP MP Christine Moore is backing Charlie Angus's NDP leadership bid — and says she's impressed with how his French language skills...

Trudeau's Scaramucci moment — and what it says about him now

(subscription)Trudeau also said he had a long-held wish to go three rounds in a proper boxing match and he'd been casting around, looking for...

Back in the fold: Dimitri Soudas joining Patrick Brown's campaign team

(subscription) (subscription)Soudas soon found himself at the centre of controversy after it was reported that he interfered in the Conservative nomination race for the...

Ottawa-Vanier's new MP says Conservatives exploiting 'emotion' over Khadr deal

(subscription) (subscription)Newly elected Liberal MP for Ottawa-Vanier Mona Fortier says it's unfortunate Conservative MPs have been talking to U.S. media about the government's out-of-court...

Rona Ambrose — and what might have been

(subscription)Ambrose had been introduced to Conservative politics, and to Harper, by the much-admired James Rajotte, another up-and-coming young MP from Edmonton (who left politics...

O'Leary's only two MP endorsements not ready to throw support to Bernier

(subscription)Now that Kevin O'Leary has dropped out of the Conservative leadership race to endorse Maxime Bernier, the two Tory MPs who endorsed him are...

Conservatives and the cult of complacency

(subscription) (subscription)As a contender, he is very much a dark horse, though he is by far the smartest person in the room — just...

Ex-union leader Sid Ryan not entering NDP race, endorses Niki Ashton

(subscription) (subscription)Ex-union leader Sid Ryan is not entering the NDP leadership race and will instead endorse Niki Ashton for party leader. In a statement...

O'Toole snags last Quebec MP endorsement

(subscription) (subscription)Quebec MP Bernard Généreux is remaining neutral because he's the head of the Quebec Conservative caucus. MP Denis Lebel also must remain neutral...

How Twitter reshaped Hill lobbying

(subscription) (subscription)When Conservative MP Mike Lake wanted to ask for funding for the Canadian Autism Partnership, he didn't settle for delivering a statement in...

Conservative party won't launch independent inquiry into vote-rigging

(subscription) (subscription)The Conservative party's chief returning officer will not launch an inquiry into which candidate is responsible for fraudulently buying party memberships, despite ...and more »...

Ontario PCs adopt one-member, one-vote policy process

iPolitics.ca (subscription) - iPoliticsiPolitics.ca (subscription)For the first time in party history, all members of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives will have an opportunity to vote for...

Martin calls for Toews to be removed from bench

(subscription) (subscription)Former NDP MP Pat Martin says that Justice Vic Toews should recuse himself from acting as a judge until the Canadian Judicial Council...

Politicos on the move: Greg Rickford joins mining firm

(subscription) (subscription)Former Conservative Natural Resources minister Greg Rickford has been appointed to the board of directors at the Northern Ontario mining company Noront Resources,...

Investigator in Guergis case admits withholding information from MPs

(subscription) (subscription)In a fresh statement of claim filed on November 16, 2016, she targets only Hamilton, his firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and...

Peter MacKay speaking at event with CPC candidate Rick Peterson

(subscription) (subscription)Outsider Conservative leadership candidate Rick Peterson has had a tough time getting noticed in a crowded field of candidates — but he may...

When it comes to parliamentary reform, everyone's a hypocrite

(subscription)Any attempt at meaningful Senate reform is going to be obstructed by institutional resistance and constitutional limitations; still, appointing independent senators was probably the...

Anti-abortion group got $56K federal grant from Liberal MP

(subscription) (subscription)Khalid, who unseated Conservative incumbent Bob Dechert in 2015, won with 50 per cent of the vote in her Greater Toronto Area riding...

Alexandre Boulerice endorses Peter Julian in NDP race

(subscription) (subscription)NDP leadership candidate Peter Julian holds a press conference to receive endorsement from NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 12,...

Trudeau's enjoying a weird truce on trade with the Conservatives

(subscription) (subscription)And of course, it's hard to forget that scene in Israel in 2014 when Conservative MP Mark Adler pleaded with Harper's staff to...

Trudeau needs a more aggressive Syria strategy, says Kent

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative foreign affairs critic Peter Kent is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “pussyfooting” on Syria after U.S. President Donald Trump asked allies...

Andrew Saxton: Media is 'biased' against Conservatives

iPolitics.ca (subscription) - iPoliticsiPolitics.ca (subscription)Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Saxton sits down with iPolitics journalist Janice Dickson for an interview in Ottawa on Monday, April 3,...

The week in the CPC race: Oliver endorses Bernier, Bernier takes on Scheer

(subscription) (subscription)Former finance minister Joe Oliver threw his weight behind Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier this week. “Good policy and good politics is a...

Tory MP to revive Cotler's organ trafficking bill

(subscription) (subscription)... a press conference at the National Press Theatre that he will reintroduce C-561, which was brought before the last Parliament by former...

PC riding association president threatens legal action if Sunday ...

(subscription) (subscription)The president of an Ontario Progressive Conservative riding association has threatened to take legal action against the party if a nomination meeting scheduled ...and...

The Conservative leadership race is a slow-motion train wreck

(subscription)The same dudes who gave us the In-and-Out Scandal, Bruce Carson, Dean del Mastro, the Duffy/Wright Affair — and very likely the telephone lists...

Expel cheaters from the Conservative leadership race: Raitt

(subscription) (subscription)... leadership race Lisa Raitt is urging the Conservative party to expel any and all candidates found to be breaking the rules." And...

Four Quebec NDP MPs endorse Peter Julian leadership

(subscription) (subscription)At a microbrewery in Sherbrooke Sunday evening, Julian — who represents the B.C. riding of New Westminster-Burnaby — announced that Sherbrooke MP Pierre-Luc...

Ruth Ellen Brosseau not running for NDP leadership

iPolitics.ca (subscription) - iPoliticsiPolitics.ca (subscription)NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau talks with media during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood ...and...

Four Quebec MPs endorse Scheer for Tory leadership

iPolitics.ca (subscription) - iPoliticsiPolitics.ca (subscription)Conservative Quebec MPs Alain Rayes, Pierre Paul-Hus and Luc Berthold throw their support behind Andrew Scheer in the party's leadership race.

Set to lose, ex-MP Dechert withdraws from Ontario PC nomination race

(subscription) (subscription)Ex-Conservative MP Bob Dechert wasn't going to win the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination for Mississauga Erin-Mills even if he'd stayed in the race,...

Year-in-review: From gordian knots to climate change, the Top 5 Canadian political stories of 2016

(subscription)If he carries on like this, the NDP may struggle to woo Liberal-NDP switchers. That may be why Megan Leslie, Nathan Cullen and Alexandre...

Trudeau more troubled by 'Princess Leia's' death than Berlin terror victims: Blaney

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative leadership candidate Steven Blaney took a shot at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday for responding faster to the death of actress Carrie...

A critic without a seat: Opposition parties forced to get creative on East Coast

(subscription) (subscription)As a contrast, in massive losses in Quebec for the NDP, Ruth Ellen Brosseau, who was the Ontario bartender/manager who won a seat...

Dentists, psychologists blast feds over possible health benefits tax

(subscription)In the lead up to the House rising for the winter break, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre asked in question period whether the government is...

Trudeau spokeswoman's husband launches public affairs ad firm

(subscription)The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has imposed a number of screens on Liberal public office holders; Purchase has been told that won't...

O'Toole unveils vets platform, breaks from Harper policy on pension lawsuit

(subscription) (subscription)A former veterans minister in the Stephen Harper government, O'Toole negotiated a ceasefire with veterans suing the then-Conservative government over Ottawa's decision to...

Conservative leadership contender fundraising off Brown's split with so-cons

(subscription) (subscription)Just a few days before Lemeiux hit send on his own fundraising email, Conservative MP Guy Lauzon sent an email to supporters asking...

Bill Morneau's coming drywall headache

(subscription) (subscription)Randy Hoback, the Conservative MP for Prince Albert, labelled it a “surprise tax” and added that he'd been hearing “from western Canadian contractors,...

O'Leary's military comments 'disturbing,' O'Toole says

iPolitics.ca (subscription) - iPoliticsiPolitics.ca (subscription)Conservative leadership hopeful and veteran Erin O'Toole has condemned comments made by “reality TV star and American resident” Kevin O'Leary about ...Kevin...

Pipeline decisions more popular than Castro comments, cash-for-access events

(subscription)Justin Trudeau's pipeline decisions do not seem to have hurt him with the public, but comments on Fidel Castro's legacy and the Liberal's controversial...

Liberals cap off parliamentary sitting with holiday party

(subscription) (subscription)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kisses his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau after they addressed supporters at the Liberal caucus holiday party in Ottawa, Wednesday,...

Dan Albas joins Bernier's campaign

Castanet.net (subscription)Conservative MP Dan Albas will serve as Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier's campaign co-chair for British Columbia. Albas, who represents Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, will join...

Tory MP Scott Reid endorses Andrew Scheer

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative MP Scott Reid is the latest Tory heavyweight to throw his support behind leadership candidate Andrew Scheer. Reid, who represents Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston and...