Politics

From dreaded possibility, to looming eventuality, Brexit is here: Nahlah Ayed

If, as the Observer newspaper said, the British people are about to be herded off a cliff, then those who run the Georgian House Hotel are among the ones going down kicking and screaming. On Wednesday, Brexit is definitively moving away from dreaded possibility, to looming eventuality. And in the Georgian’s antique hallways — as it is in the Observer’s view — ...

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Canadian officials in Brussels to discuss US, UK electronics ban on some flights

Officials from Transport Canada are in Brussels to discuss heightened airline security measures brought in by the United States and United Kingdom. Washington moved last week to bar passengers arriving from eight countries from bringing electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in their carry on luggage. Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s office released a statement Tuesday confirming Canadian officials are in Brussels “to attend ...

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Conservative senators come to Lynn Beyak’s defence while others say ‘shame’

Conservative senators came to the defence of their colleague Lynn Beyak Tuesday, saying she has the right to free speech and should remain a member of the Red Chamber’s Aboriginal Peoples committee, despite her rosy views of the residential school system. “Senator Beyak has exercised her right to free speech. We don’t want a bunch of yes people on committees who are only ...

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Senator Larry Smith elected leader of Senate Conservatives

Senator Larry Smith has been elected the new Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative caucus in the Senate.  Smith defeated Ontario Senator Linda Frum and Nova Scotia Senator Stephen Greene in the Tuesday vote. Senator David Wells was elected Conservative Senate Caucus Chair. Smith is the former commissioner of the Canadian Football League and president of the Montreal Allouettes. ...

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Senator Don Meredith invited to committee hearing on ethics case April 4

Senator Don Meredith has been formally invited to make his case to the Senate committee that is considering sanctions against him following an explosive report on his relationship with a teenage girl. The Senate ethics committee will meet for a second time behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss the report from the Senate’s ethics commissioner, who found Meredith violated the Red ...

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Erin O’Toole winning Conservative caucus as it shuns leadership front-runners Bernier, O’Leary

More than two-thirds of the Conservative caucus has gotten behind one of the 14 candidates for the party’s top job. Most are supporting either Erin O’Toole or Andrew Scheer — and O’Toole has now surpassed Scheer as the favourite of Conservatives in the House of Commons, even luring two of Scheer’s former backers to his side. But polls and other metrics suggest Maxime Bernier ...

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The budget’s gender-based analysis forgot to look at one thing — men: Neil Macdonald

In last week’s federal budget, which brimmed with worthiness, the Trudeau government announced its determination to identify how its spending “affect(s) men and women differently.” Utterly sensible, on the face of it. While some, particularly in academia, regard gender as a “cisnormative” construct, the human race is in fact binary, and, as the budget’s authors acknowledge, government policies have different ...

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Health of Canadian democracy improving, but concerns remain, poll suggests

Amid widespread concern for the state of Western democracies and the rise of populist revolts, a new report says the health of Canadian democracy has improved over the last two years. But celebrations should be measured. Democracy 360, the second biennial report by Samara, a non-partisan civic organization based in Toronto, finds the country’s political culture is deserving of a ...

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Canada still studying U.S., U.K. bans on in-flight electronics

Canadian security experts are puzzled about why the federal government has yet to announce whether it will follow the United States and United Kingdom in banning most electronic devices from the cabin on certain international flights. Washington moved last week to bar passengers arriving from eight countries from bringing anything larger than a mobile phone aboard a plane in their carry-on luggage. ...

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Bizarre breastfeeding column is a viral gift for Michael Chong. He might as well own it: Robyn Urback

Robert E. Kelly was surely destined to remain an esteemed scholar in an esoteric arena of foreign affairs had his children not spilled into his home office during a live interview with BBC News. No doubt Kelly would’ve preferred the interview to go viral because of his insights on South Korea rather than because people loved watching his young daughter ...

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