Politics

Nova Scotia election to be held Tuesday, May 30

Nova Scotians are heading to the polls on Tuesday, May 30. The election call came Sunday after Premier Stephen McNeil visited Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and requested he dissolve the current House of Assembly. The 30-day campaign is the minimum allowed under Nova Scotia’s election laws. The announcement comes just three days after the McNeil government introduced a balanced budget that included: A ...

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Pipeline politics: How an NDP victory in B.C. could divide Canada’s left

An NDP victory in the B.C. provincial election on May 9 — a distinct possibility, if you believe the current polls —  would put progressive parties in charge of Canada’s two westernmost provinces. But it could also spark a conflict with electoral ramifications in Alberta and beyond. “It’s really important for Rachel Notley that the B.C. NDP do not win,” said Duane ...

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Mexico and Canada ‘in this together’ on NAFTA, amid Trump confusion

Misery loves company, so Mexicans could be forgiven for feeling relieved to learn this week that they are not alone in Donald Trump’s sights. Canada’s there now too, as disputes over dairy products and softwood lumber made us the bad neighbour. “Mexico had managed to stay under the radar for quite a few weeks,” said Monica de Bolle, a senior fellow at Washington’s Peterson ...

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From Trudeau to Trudeau: Political cartoonist Aislin looks back at 50 years of drawing Canada

When Terry Mosher first started drawing political cartoons, Canada was celebrating its 100th anniversary under the leadership of prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Now, as Canada marks its 150th with Justin Trudeau at the helm, Mosher — better known by his pen name Aislin — is still rifling the feathers of the country’s elites.  The Montreal cartoonist’s storied career is being honoured ...

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What Harjit Sajjan really did while serving in Afghanistan

Truth being the first casualty of war has taken a decidedly different turn with growing outrage in both the political and military communities about Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s characterization of himself as the architect of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan. The bloody, protracted battle in the scorched grape fields west of Kandahar city in September 2006 was a significant milestone in Canada’s five-year ...

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Millennials, boomers meet as Conservative Party-crashers

​The 160-plus voters crowded into a Toronto barroom last Tuesday would seem at first to be ripe and easy pickings for the Conservative Party of Canada. The group included longtime Liberals and New Democrats who now seethe under the much-larger-than-promised deficits of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and want to test out a more right-wing politics. There were millennials who have voted ...

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Look beyond the jesters, and you’ll find real, live progressive conservatives in the CPC race: Neil Macdonald

Well, Mr. Wonderful certainly deserves credit for self-awareness.   In the end, Kevin O’Leary was sensible enough to realize Quebecers would probably not embrace any leader whose French is lousy to nonexistent, especially someone who was born in Montreal and educated in Quebec, making him one of those remarkably arrogant anglo Quebecers from the last century who couldn’t be bothered ...

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Common interest will ensure Canada-U.S. trade conflicts get solved: Chris Hall

Canada remains confident a deal can be reached with the United States on softwood lumber without repeating the drawn-out trade litigation of the past. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says reaching a new long-term deal is the best option, even as he repeats his warning that jobs will be lost in Canada as a result of the U.S. lumber industry’s lobbying for ...

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Retired widow’s $50K severance stuck in troubled public pay system

Stephen Buell’s 18 months of “hell” began with his wife Jacqueline’s sudden death. Although she had been ill, the pain from her passing in October 2015 left the public servant in a dark place.  At the time, Buell was already on a medical leave of absence from his job with the federal government. He soon realized, he couldn’t go back to work.  ...

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Justice ministers craft plan to unclog court systems

Justice ministers from across Canada have identified priority areas for major overhaul in a bid to end chronic court delays. After a daylong emergency meeting in Gatineau, Que., the ministers mapped out a game plan to speed up the criminal justice system. Their review will target key areas for reform, including: Mandatory minimum sentences. Bail reforms. Administration of justice offences. ...

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