Entries by Althia Raj

Tories Reject Call For All-Party National Security Oversight Committee

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 6:38 PM

OTTAWA — The Conservative government gave a clear indication Friday it has no plans to support the creation of a parliamentary national security oversight committee although it plans to introduce new sweeping anti-terrorism measures.

Roxanne James, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, told MPs...

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Ottawa Shooting Puts Spotlight On Tighter Parliament Hill Security

(44) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 12:18 PM

OTTAWA — Security practices on Parliament Hill will have to change following Wednesday’s shooting, Canada’s parliamentarians say.

Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer told MPS Thursday afternoon that he had asked for "thorough reports" on Wednesday's incident, recommendations to ensure the continued safety of the parliamentary precinct, and a review of "screening...

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Justin Trudeau Says Stephen Harper's Ego Is Driving Combat Mission In Iraq

(302) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:19 PM

TORONTO – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says it was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “ego” that led him to send six CF-18s to participate in airstrikes in Iraq, rather than a concern for Canada’s long-term interests.

Two weeks ago, the Conservative government decided the CF-18s would join the international coalition fighting...

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Jason Kenney's Staff Behind Anti-Trudeau Graphics He Tweets

(96) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:30 PM

OTTAWA — Canada's employment minister Jason Kenney is using his staff to make anti-Justin Trudeau graphics for him to tweet, his office confirmed Thursday.

Kenney’s press secretary Alexandra Fortier told HuffPost, however, that the graphics are not being done on taxpayers' dime.

"These graphics are created by staff outside...

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Marc Garneau Sows Confusion Ahead Of Iraq Combat Mission Vote

(74) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:35 PM

OTTAWA — The man tasked with selling the Liberals' position on the upcoming combat mission in Iraq found himself on the defensive Tuesday. Foreign affairs critic Marc Garneau sowed confusion about the Grits' decision-making as he tried to distance himself from comments he made earlier.

Speaking to CBC's "Power &...

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Iraq Combat Mission Necessary To Stop ISIL 'Barbarians:' Tories

(193) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 8:56 PM

OTTAWA — As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to announce Canada’s combat mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Friday, his caucus made it clear Wednesday they are ready and willing to make the case for more aggressive action in Iraq.

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Stephen Harper's Iraq Airstrikes Plan Questioned By Some Tories

(115) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 7:45 AM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to recommend to his caucus Wednesday that Canada take part in airstrikes in Iraq, but not all Conservative MPs are onside with the plan.

Speaking in the House of Commons Tuesday, Harper described the war against the Islamic State of...

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Combating Terrorism Act: Liberals Want More Information On Canadian Extremists

(21) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:11 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal party is demanding to know whether the government is tracking the 80 individuals it says might pose a terror threat after returning to Canada from extremist-related travel abroad.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office and the RCMP would not say Monday whether any of those...

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Bride And Father Of Groom Contradict Levant's Take On Trudeau Wedding Photo

(225) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 10:55 AM

OTTAWA — The father-in-law of a bride who posed for a photo with Justin Trudeau says a Sun News Network rant about a kiss on the cheek has been completely misunderstood by personality Ezra Levant.

“Wow! As the Grooms father you couldn't be farther from the truth on the events...

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Trudeau To Boycott Sun News After Ezra Levant's Wedding Photo Rant

(876) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:02 PM

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau won’t be answering Sun Media’s questions anymore.

The Liberal leader's office issued a short statement Tuesday saying the organization’s television network, Sun News, crossed an editorial line when it aired a particularly offensive rant by host Ezra Levant during his show last week.


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Ex-Bloc MP Jean-Francois Fortin Wants 'Gag' Removed For All MPs

(27) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:54 AM

OTTAWA — A Bloc Québécois MP who quit his caucus earlier this year wants more powers for elected representatives in the House of Commons.

Jean-François Fortin, the member of Parliament for Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, plans to introduce a motion that he says would allow MPs to properly represent their constituents in...

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Michael Chong's Reform Act 'Very Disappointing' Says Brent Rathgeber

(31) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 8:16 PM

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michael Chong’s watered-down bill — originally introduced to to re-empower members of Parliament — is a big disappointment, says former colleague Brent Rathgeber.

Rathgeber, the Conservative turned independent MP for Edmonton—St. Albert’s, told a small gathering at his book launch Thursday in Ottawa that...

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Trudeau's Abortion Stance Is 'Undemocratic,' Former Liberal MPs Say

(193) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:19 AM

OTTAWA — Seven former Liberal MPs are calling on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to reverse his “dictatorial” stand on abortion and allow his caucus to speak and vote freely on the issue.

In an open letter released Thursday, the social conservative MPs who were elected in the 1980s,...

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Tories May Cut Taxes Sooner Than Expected

(146) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:24 PM

OTTAWA — The Conservative government may announce personal tax cuts as early as this fall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested in a speech Monday.

Speaking to Conservative MPs, senators, their staff, industry lobbyists and some party members, Harper said he was looking forward to “the economic and fiscal update this...

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Mulcair Likens Trudeau To Harper In Major Speech To Caucus

(66) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:17 PM

EDMONTON — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair lashed out against Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives Thursday, painting them both as cut from the same cloth.

Mulcair said the NDP is the only party ready to form a “truly progressive” government.

He told the majority of his 96-member caucus, assembled...

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Mulcair And NDP To Ramp Up Attacks Against Trudeau

(141) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:49 AM

EDMONTON — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is gearing up to take a tougher stand against Justin Trudeau, after party officials concluded that Tory attacks ads have not worked to blunt the Liberal leader’s momentum.

In a speech to his caucus Thursday, Mulcair is expected to compare and contrast the Liberal...

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Mulcair Vows To Bring Back Separate Minimum Wage For Federally Regulated Workers

(51) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:44 PM

EDMONTON — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is pledging to reinstate and substantially increase the federal minimum wage – a low-level benchmark for certain workers that was scrapped in 1996 with the support of the NDP MPs of the time.

Mulcair, who is in Edmonton to plot next year’s election strategy...

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Mulcair Looks To Mimic Charest's 2003 Quebec Campaign

(31) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 9:40 AM

EDMONTON — Thomas Mulcair is looking to his and former Quebec premier Jean Charest’s past to plot out the NDP’s election strategy for 2015.

Mulcair plans to mimic Charest’s winning 2003 provincial election campaign, NDP insiders told The Huffington Post Canada. The NDP leader sat in the Quebec National Assembly...

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Mulcair Competes For Space In Harper vs. Trudeau Showdown

(95) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:00 AM

EDMONTON — As Canada’s NDP heads to Edmonton this week hoping to build on its 2011 election momentum, the challenge the party faces is convincing voters – here and across the country – that if they want to defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, it is leader Thomas Muclair and...

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CRTC's Jean-Pierre Blais On Netflix, Shomi And The Future Of TV

(30) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:00 AM

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s television regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, starts public hearings today about the future of broadcasting in this country. The Huffington Post Canada sat down with the head of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, last week to discuss the agency’s controversial proposals, regulating the Internet and...

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