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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...

Federal Tories predict tough fight ahead for Kenney in Alberta UCP leadership race

Mr. Jean recently announced that Hamish Marshall will act as campaign manager, after successfully steering the campaign for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Conservative MP...

Alberta Tory MPs lining up behind Kenney in provincial leadership race

(subscription) (subscription)Blaine Calkins (Red Deer-Lacombe, Alta.) said he would ... Mr. Calkins is the chair of the federal Conservative Party's Alberta caucus, but said...

Granting agency focuses on 'internal systems' after Canada 2020 sponsorship

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins asked why federal tax dollars were going to an organization whose president, Tom Pitfield, has been friends with Trudeau since childhood...

Blaine Calkins MP Report

(registration)This is in stark contrast to the previous Conservative government which supported the agriculture sector by passing the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act,...

Calkins laments federal budget 'shell game'

A second straight deficit budget for the federal government is just one of the items the MP representing Ponoka has an issue with. Blaine Calkins,...

Trudeau's Liberals say no donation rules broken in China corruption case

Blaine Calkins, Conservative MP and ethics critic, said the allegations fit in with the so-called “cash for access” questions the Liberals have recently faced in...

As the House of Commons shuts down for Christmas, MPs turn to ...

Watch not one, not two, but three MPs adapt the iconic 'The Night Before Christmas' to Canadian politics. And another do the Festivus 'Airing of...

Trudeau government spent $416K to renovate new office building

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government spent more than $416,000 to renovate a two-year-old office building in downtown Ottawa, including paying more than $5,000 for 56...

Wildrose, addressing Kenney right-unite rumours, says it already has a leader

After the Progressive Conservatives made it clear Tuesday they are looking for a leader but aren't keen to merge, the Wildrose caucus announced Wednesday it's...

MPs call for Access to Information overhaul

(subscription) (subscription)The complete hypocrisy of Blaine Calkins and all Conservatives demanding transparency on cabinet documents is truly astounding. They spent nine years supporting the...

Canada might make its national anthem gender neutral

During debate on the proposal, Conservative MP Blaine Calkins pushed back, claiming support for the measure wasn't reflective of constituent concerns, but rather was the...

Members of Parliament call for sweeping changes to Access to Information Act

The committee, chaired by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins, advocates pushing ahead with many additional changes in the first wave of reform, including steps to: —...

Tories Blast Liberals For Spending Too Much Office Renovations And Trips

OTTAWA — The new Liberal government is blowing too much money on pricey office renovations, including hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the minister...

Stages set for return

The conservative think-tank states that provincial government spending on health care is projected to increase significantly over the next two decades, which it claims will...

Conservatives blast Liberals for office renovation expenses

OTTAWA – The new Liberal government is blowing too much money on pricey office renovations, including hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the minister...

Conservative opposition slams Liberals as spendthrifts with tax dollars

OTTAWA – The new Liberal government is blowing too much money on pricey office renovations, including hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the minister...

Liberal expenses under fire in Commons

OTTAWA — The new Liberal government is blowing too much money on pricey office renovations, including hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the minister...

Liberal expenses under fire in Commons - www.kingstonregion.com/

Liberal expenses under fire in Commonswww.kingstonregion.com/OTTAWA — The new Liberal government is blowing too much money on pricey office renovations, including hundreds of thousands of...

Conservatives set to vote on dropping same sex marriage ban from policy

The vote, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will be the culmination of 2 ½ days of introspection and intense debate among Conservatives at a policy convention...

Two years after legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, 'we ...

Two years after Pennsylvania overturned its same-sex marriage ban, becoming the 19th state at the time to allow everyone to marry, 63 couples have applied...

Animal cruelty bill runs into Commons buzz saw, government indifference: Walkom

Alberta Conservative Blaine Calkins mused that the bill might allow animal rights advocates to bring charges against those who don't properly groom their pets. Former...

Trudeau defends bringing mother, in-laws on Washington visit, says Obama invited them

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins of Alberta added that it was “too bad there was nobody there to lobby for Keystone XL.” The Liberal government has...

QP Monday: The Fort McMurray response, the Washington manifest and 'O Canada'

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative MP Blaine Calkins said it's “too bad there was no one there to lobby for Keystone XL,” adding that taxpayers work hard...

QP Monday: The Fort McMurray response, the Washington manifest and 'O Canada'

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative MP Blaine Calkins said it's “too bad there was no one there to lobby for Keystone XL,” adding that taxpayers work hard...

Justin Trudeau's Washington Trip Included 44 People, Cost More Than $25000

The two documents were tabled Thursday in response to written questions by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins about the cost and size of the Washington delegation...

And mom came too — Trudeau took 44 on Washington visit

The two documents were tabled Thursday in response to written questions by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins about the cost and size of the Washington delegation...

Trudeau invited 44 people to accompany him to Washington

The two documents were tabled Thursday in response to written questions by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins about the cost and size of the Washington delegation...

Conservatives trying to turn Freeland LA trip into a $16 orange juice moment

(subscription) (subscription)As Ritz and Conservative MPs Blaine Calkins and Karen Vecchio continue to hammer away on the subject day after day in question period,...

Liberals cut short debate on assisted-dying bill as deadline looms

“I am absolutely outraged by this,” Conservative MP Blaine Calkins said in the House. “This is an abomination. It violates my privileges as a member...

Chrystia Freeland Faces New Pressure From Conservatives Over So-Called 'Vanity Trip'

Four Conservatives MPs stood up one by one — seven questions in all — to raise the spectre that Freeland had spent $20,000 to appear...

QP Tuesday: Balanced budgets, nukes and paying the media for attention

(subscription) (subscription)When Conservative MP Blaine Calkins suggested the nearly $20,000 trip was about her, Freeland said the Tory's were trying to “create a story...

QP Thursday: Birthdays, genocide, and opposition leaders

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative MP Blaine Calkins hammered on about International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's controversial stopover in L.A. in November. Freeland says the stay was...

Chrystia Freeland Billed Taxpayers For Hollywood 'Vanity' Trip, Tories Allege

CTV NewsConservatives have accused Canada's trade minister of living out a "California dream" and making taxpayers pick up the tab. But Liberals say International Trade...

Freeland says Conservatives 'trying to create a story' about LA trip

Earlier Monday during question period, Conservative MP Blaine Calkins asked why Freeland had travelled to L.A. after the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in the...

QP Monday: Tragedy in Ecuador, small business taxes and the meaning of transparency

(subscription) (subscription)With no federal leaders present for Monday's question period, the first exchange took place between Conservative MP Denis Lebel with Minister of International...

Economy & Finance

(subscription) (subscription)Message to the leadership of the Canada Revenue Agency: There is no free lunch. Everything costs something. Revelations by the CBC that CRA...

QP Thursday: Saturday night at the arcade and I'll show you mine if you show me yours

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative MP Blaine Calkins said Trudeau's own guidelines state that MPs and ministers must avoid conflict of interest or the appearance of a...

Ethics commissioner clears Wilson-Raybould, but Conservatives press attack

asked Alberta Tory MP Blaine Calkins. LeBlanc shot back that the MP “should be ashamed” for raising “fabricated allegations,” and then pointed to the letter...

Conservatives demand justice minister return money from 'sordid' $500-a-plate fundraiser

OTTAWA — The opposition Conservatives are demanding that the Liberal justice minister give back the money from a Toronto fundraiser last week. Jody Wilson-Raybould attended...

Tories urge Jody Wilson-Raybould to return money from fundraiser at law firm

However, Conservative MP Blaine Calkins was skeptical. "Does the justice minister really expect Canadians to believe that high-priced Ontario lawyers paid 500 bucks a plate...

Give back fundraiser proceeds: Tories

Alberta Conservatives Blaine Calkins and Michael Cooper, however, weren't satisfied. "Does the justice minister really expect Canadians to believe that high-priced Ontario lawyers paid 500...

Give back fundraiser proceeds: Tories

Alberta Conservatives Blaine Calkins and Michael Cooper, however, weren't satisfied. "Does the justice minister really expect Canadians to believe that high-priced Ontario lawyers paid 500...

Labour Minister claims Conservatives buried 'significant' union report in last Parliament, releases it

(subscription)It was sponsored by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins (Red Deer-Lacombe, Alta.) and passed in December 2014. Bill C-377 was sponsored by former Conservative MP...

'It's been quite a learning curve,' rookie Grit MPs want more House committee training, but veteran Liberal ...

(subscription) (subscription)then tried to move to adjourn debate on the motion and take it under consideration, which Conservative MP Blaine Calkins (Red Deer-Lacombe, Alta.),...

Tory MP Hillyer a fighter, passionate advocate, 'Parliament is better for having had Jim serve it,' says Ambrose

(subscription) (subscription)Alberta Conservative MP Jim Hillyer was a “fighter,” who had a “strong sense of duty” as a parliamentarian, say colleagues. Just 41 years...

Conservative MP Hillyer, 41, found dead in Hill office

(subscription) (subscription)Alberta Conservative MP Jim Hillyer, 41, was found dead in his Parliamentary office early Wednesday morning, House of Commons and MP sources have...

Fundraisers should not sidestep ethics

Canada 2020 is an Ottawa-based think-tank. What makes the whole thing seem even shadier is Gainey is married to Tom Pitfield, who happens to be...

Conflict over WFN lobby?

In a recent debate in the House of Commons, Conservative MP Jacques Gourde raised the issue. "Mr. Speaker ... Picking up the debate, MP Blaine...

Celebrate women but not International Women's Day

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins calls in to say why the Liberals are wrong to fundraise off of Trudeau's trip to Washington. http://soundcloud.com/brianlilley/celebrate-women-but-not-international-womens-day. Share This On...