Politics

Kevin O’Leary sells wine on U.S. home shopping channel amid leadership campaign

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary took time off from the campaign trail this week to pitch his “exclusive” wines on an American home shopping channel, prompting accusations from at least one rival that he’s simply not a serious contender. O’Leary was featured on an hour-long “today special value” segment of QVC, where he extolled the virtues of his reserve wines, selling ...

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Canadians preparing to face cyber warriors and fake news in Latvia mission

The first Canadian troops will arrive in Latvia in June, kicking off a much-anticipated NATO deployment to restrain potential Russian ambitions in eastern Europe, Gen. Jonathan Vance said Friday. Roughly 450 Canadians will form the backbone and leadership of a multinational battle group that will eventually number between 1,200 and 1,500 troops. Four countries — Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia ...

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Big bonuses for RCMP top brass as front-line Mounties go without pay hikes

It’s called “at risk” performance pay, even though it went to senior Mounties with desk jobs. In 2016, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson signed off on more than $1.7 million worth of bonuses for 90 senior officers, not including himself. That works out to $295,514 divided up among six deputy commissioners, $596,669 for 28 assistant commissioners and $838,137 for 56 chief superintendents. ...

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5 things to know about the Commons motion on Islamophobia

MPs debated a Liberal-sponsored anti-Islamophobia motion and a Conservative counter-motion this week amid much public confusion and misinformation. At the centre of the heated political battle is a single word: “Islamophobia.”  Here are five things to know about the motion. 1. What will it do? The bill, officially known as M-103, was tabled by Mississauga—Erin Mills Liberal MP Iqra Khalid on Dec. 5, ...

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Justin Trudeau in Berlin to talk NATO, trade with Angela Merkel

The pro-trade show of solidarity that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are likely to make in Berlin later today will mask differences in how to deal with Donald Trump’s call for NATO members to boost military spending. The two leaders are to address reporters following an impromptu dinner Thursday night at the Chancellor’s invitation, and a meeting ...

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Expect to pay more tolls, higher property taxes to fund infrastructure, warns David Dodge

A former governor of the Bank of Canada says Canadians, especially Ontarians, need to get used to paying more to fund critical infrastructure, and the Liberal government needs to do a better job of getting that message out there. “If we want good infrastructure, we’re going to have to pay for it,” David Dodge told CBC Radio’s The House. “We’re going to have to ...

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Trump’s travel ban is a gift to jihadi recruiters: Mohamed Fahmy

I was in Egypt when President Donald Trump signed the controversial executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries. The prevailing feeling on the ground at the time: relief. Egypt wasn’t on the list. But some people were concerned: “Are we next?” Most of the coverage of the ban — which has since been suspended — and ...

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