Politics

After 99 days of O’Leary, is it Maxime Bernier’s Tory time?

So, presumably, ends one of the strangest careers in the history of Canadian politics. And so, perhaps, begins the Conservative Party’s Maxime Bernier era. “I am going to throw my support behind Maxime Bernier,” Kevin O’Leary explained at a news conference in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. “Because I think it’s the right thing for the party and I think it’s ...

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Deal that sends Canadian bank records to IRS is ‘illegal,’ lawyer tells U.S. committee

An agreement that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Canadian banking records being sent to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service could violate the U.S. constitution, a congressional subcommittee heard Wednesday. Testifying before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Senator Rand Paul said the intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) negotiated by the U.S. with various countries after ...

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Ontario budget 2017: What to expect

Ontario’s Liberal government will table its first balanced budget in a decade today and it’s expected to be chock full of new spending, with the provincial economy firing on all cylinders and an election campaign one year away.  Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa are sending strong signals there will be plenty of goodies in the budget, after nine ...

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Inside the ‘moment of truth’ for Kevin O’Leary’s campaign

Three key members of Kevin O’Leary’s leadership team sat down with him last Thursday on a patio near his campaign office and cracked open a beer. They had a pointed question to pose that would have been unthinkable when they risked all and tossed in their lot with the Conservative outsider.  ​”We began to see over the course of the months ...

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Kevin O’Leary’s path to victory wasn’t easy, but is Maxime Bernier’s any easier?

In abandoning the Conservative leadership race, Kevin O’Leary laid out a few reasons for throwing in the towel, including his limited support in Quebec and dwindling growth prospects after the first ballot. These check out. His hope that his endorsement will propel Maxime Bernier to victory of the party leadership is also justified but far from certain. His belief that Bernier would be ...

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Gun gaffes and French fracas: Kevin O’Leary’s short, colourful Conservative leadership campaign

Branded an interloper, loudmouth and self-promoter, Kevin O’Leary’s entry into the Conservative leadership race was a brief, and at times bizarre, few months in Canadian politics. He was a latecomer when he officially jumped in to the race in January, joining an already crowded field of candidates, some of them eager to discredit the reality TV celebrity. Even before he registered, ...

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Softwood deal was close, but Canada gambled on better terms from Trump, former U.S. trade rep says

A former U.S. trade representative says the Obama administration was on the verge of signing a new softwood lumber deal with Canada but the pact fell through when someone on the Canadian side felt a better deal could be reached with the incoming Trump administration. Michael Froman made the remarks in an interview on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics ...

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B.C., Alberta methane pollution higher than disclosed, reports suggest

Methane emissions from oil and gas facilities in Alberta and B.C. are much higher than previously thought and are being under-reported, according to two new environmental reports.  The David Suzuki Foundation teamed up with St. Francis Xavier University to conduct the first study of its kind in Canada.  They found that methane pollution from oil and gas facilities in northeastern B.C. ...

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Conservative leadership hopefuls enter last debate before vote — without Kevin O’Leary

The remaining 13 candidates in the race to become the next permanent leader of the Conservative Party of Canada will take part in the last leadership debate tonight in Toronto.  Hours before the bilingual debate, reality star and businessman Kevin O’Leary announced he was leaving the race because, he said, his lack of French would prevent him from winning the ...

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Trump aides drafting executive order to withdraw from NAFTA: U.S. reports

The White House is telling U.S. media that it’s weighing a plan to pull out of NAFTA, upping the pressure on Congress to get cracking on negotiations under the threat of having the seminal trade deal obliterated. Various media say Trump is considering detonating the trade equivalent of a nuclear option: an executive order to withdraw from the trade agreement ...

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