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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...

House officer, research caucus spending to go public

(subscription) (subscription)The NDP supported the changes, according to Rob Sutherland, chief of staff to NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga, Que.). The NDP has been...

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...

Le NDP souhaite une fiducie foncière communautaire - Métro Montréal

Métro MontréalLe NDP souhaite une fiducie foncière communautaireMétro MontréalFace à la spéculation immobilière, la députée fédérale d'Hochelaga Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet souhaite voir la mise en place...

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,...

Speaker of House calls for probe into security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Following a request from NDP whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Speaker Geoff Regan asked deputy sergeant-at-arms Pat McDonell to further examine an incident last November when Liberal...

Speaker of House calls for probe into security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Following a request from NDP whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Speaker Geoff Regan asked deputy sergeant-at-arms Pat McDonell to further examine an incident last November when Liberal...

Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

On Nov. 8, the Liberal House Leader's chief of staff, Rheal Lewis, notified NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet a Liberal staffer had entered the office days...

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...

Le PQ désire «des mesures plus musclées de nationalisme économique»

Par la suite, lors d'une seconde rencontre en matinée, la députée provinciale d'Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Carole Poirier (PQ), sa collègue fédérale Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (NPD) et le maire...

NDP prevents caucus revolt in Montreal over Tom Mulcair's continued leadership

NDP leader Tom Mulcair goes over notes with party whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet prior to a caucus meeting Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN...

Female MPs give '20-year-old selves' a pep talk

(blog) (blog)Other MPs who share words of encouragement to their former selves include Elizabeth May, Celina Caesar Chavannes, Rachael Harder, Monique Pauzé, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet,...

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: —...

Christine Moore et sa fille ont rendu le Parlement plus accessible aux familles

OTTAWA – Les députés peuvent maintenant faire appel à une Madame Doubtfire ou encore une Mary Poppins pour prendre soin de leurs tout-petits. La Chambre...

Christine Moore And Her Daughter Have Made Parliament A Better Place For Families

NDP MP Christine Moore holds Daphnee as she votes for the new speaker of the House of Commons on Thursday, Dec. ... Moore pushed for...

Trudeau Says C-14 Strikes Right Balance As NDP Ramps Up Critcism

Cowan told HuffPost he believes the bill is unconstitutional. NDP MP Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet was quick to relay the Senate Liberal leader's concerns in the House...

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...

Jason Kenney: Liberal Excuses On Electoral Reform Getting 'More And More Ridiculous'

On the first day that the government had announced it was moving forward on electoral reform by appointing a 10-person committee — with six Liberals,...

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...

Progress made in fight against sexism on Hill, but more must be done, say female MPs

(subscription) (subscription)NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga, Que.) said the NDP also offered its own caucus training sessions back in January and she's noticed an...

Progress made in fight against sexism on Hill, but more must be done, say female MPs

(subscription) (subscription)NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga, Que.) said the NDP also offered its own caucus training sessions back in January and she's noticed an...

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...

Maple Leafs win NHL draft lottery, will pick No. 1 for first time in 31 years

Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan speaks to the media after winning the first selection of the 2016 NHL draft lottery in Toronto on Saturday...

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...