Politics

Brian Pallister stresses need for asylum seeker aid amidst health deal clash

While Manitoba and Ottawa continue to fight it out over a new health deal, Premier Brian Pallister hopes those negotiations won’t taint the federal government’s willingness to help the province handle an influx of asylum seekers seeking refuge across its borders. “That would be a most unfortunate linkage,” he told host Terry Milewski on CBC Radio’s The House, when asked whether ...

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NDP needs to keep it’s eye on governing, says Tom Mulcair

Outgoing NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is steering clear of commenting on his party’s leadership race, but says the NDP should strive to influence policy while keeping its eye on one goal: governing. “I do think that the main purpose to be in politics is to govern. You have ideas. You have ideologies, one would hope that they’d be pure, and you want ...

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Forget ‘values tests.’ One would-be Tory leader has other ideas that will horrify Liberals: Neil Macdonald

Rick Peterson, the private-sector firecracker competing with 13 other candidates to lead the Conservative Party, wrote the other day, politely taking issue with my contention that the race is less exciting than televised darts and devoid of big, serious ideas. So I called him back. He wasn’t terribly keen on discussing the cruelly boring race itself. The debates — if that’s ...

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Interim Tory Leader Rona Ambrose calls for Senator Don Meredith to resign

The interim leader of the Conservative Party didn’t mince words about Senator Don Meredith and his sexual relationship with a teenager. “I just think his conduct is reprehensible,” Rona Ambrose told host Terry Milewski in an interview for CBC Radio’s The House. “Of course he should resign.” Last week the Senate’s ethics watchdog, Lyse Ricard, found the Ontario senator had breached the Red Chamber’s ...

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Conservative Party strikes 1,351 memberships from voting list after investigation

Breaking Move comes a day after candidate Kevin O’Leary alleged ‘widespread vote rigging’ By Peter Zimonjic, CBC News Posted: Mar 17, 2017 6:16 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017 6:16 PM ET Related Stories The Conservative Party of Canada has removed 1,351 memberships from its voting list after discovering they were purchased anonymously and inappropriately.  The announcement from the party ...

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Wounded soldiers to get higher payments as Liberals hedge on pension promise

Next week’s federal budget will re-iterate the Liberal government’s campaign promise of returning to injured veterans to a system of lifetime pensions, government sources told CBC News on Friday. But there will be no dollar figures attached to the assurance in Wednesday’s fiscal plan — something the sources say will change later this year. The political trial balloon, which is ...

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Federal government reaches settlement with 3 Arab-Canadian men tortured in Syria and Egypt

After months of on-and-off negotiations, the federal government has reached a settlement with three Arab-Canadian men as compensation for the role Canadian officials played in their torture in Syria and Egypt.  “On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to [Abdullah] Almalki, [Ahmad] Abou-Elmaati and  [Muayyed] Nureddin, and their families, for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to ...

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Canada to give $119M in aid to Middle East and African countries suffering food crises

Canada will provide $119 million to help people in countries in the midst of food crises. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told reporters in Toronto on Friday that the money will go toward those in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen who are facing extreme food insecurity. “These 20 million people need humanitarian assistance now,” he said at the Keele Street Community Hub. ...

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Bureaucratic reflex to ‘overclassify’ info blamed for bottleneck of useful data

The reluctance of Canada’s intelligence and federal policing agencies to share information with the country’s business community is a national security weakness that needs to be addressed, says a recently published report. The Conference Board of Canada analysis is based on a survey conducted among corporate security professionals across the country, who give federal agencies poor marks for the relevance of ...

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Alberta, Quebec could carry more weight in NDP leadership race than in 2012

When New Democrats last voted to select a new leader in 2012, most of the party’s eligible voting members were in British Columbia and Ontario. An analysis of NDP donors suggests these two provinces will again carry the most weight in this year’s leadership vote, but that Quebec and Alberta might be more important than they were five years ago. The ...

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