Entries by Althia Raj

Mayors Want More Info On Liberals' Plans To Boost Infrastructure Funding

(29) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 5:10 PM

EDMONTON — Two big city mayors came to Edmonton Wednesday hoping to get details from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau on his infrastructure plans. They left empty-handed.

Michael Fougere, the mayor of Regina, said he asked the Liberal caucus what exactly they meant when the party...

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Liberals Insist Quadrupling Number Of Seats In Next Election Is 'Doable'

(60) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:58 PM

EDMONTON — The Liberals insist they are not being arrogant when they say a majority government is within their grasp in 2015.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau suggested that the number of Canadians who have a distaste for Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

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Justin Trudeau's Liberals Bet Big On Key Alberta Ridings For 2015

(33) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:06 AM

EDMONTON — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he wants cabinet ministers from Alberta – and it may not be just wishful thinking. The Huffington Post Canada has learned that the party has targeted about eight seats for the next federal election in 2015.

Speaking to his caucus at...

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Justin Trudeau Receives RCMP Security Detail At Edmonton Rally

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:48 PM

EDMONTON — The Mounties have decided Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau needs protecting after all.

Following an incident over the weekend at his Ottawa home, where someone broke in, laid out knives in the back room with a note warning them to lock their doors, Trudeau’s office said it...

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Justin Trudeau's Open Nominations Vow Called A 'Farce'

(105) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:29 AM

EDMONTON — Justin Trudeau seems to have every reason to be happy as he heads to Alberta on Monday for summer caucus meetings. But behind the scenes, all is not well in the Liberal family.

Yes, money is flowing in. Party memberships have more than...

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Jim Flaherty's State Funeral Costs Revealed In Government Documents

(207) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM

OTTAWA — The federal government spent just over $400,000 on the state funeral of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, while it spent only $2,571 on late Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray’s service.

Documents obtained by the Huffington Post Canada through the Access to Information Act show taxpayers...

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NDP Suggests Tory, Liberal Staffers Worked On Federal Byelections

(32) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 10:36 AM

OTTAWA — If one political party is involved in improper activities, are the others too?

Two days after the House of Commons’ secretive Board of Internal Economy pointed the finger at the NDP and accused it of possibly using staff, paid for by taxpayers, to run its Montreal byelection campaign...

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NDP On Hook For Satellite Offices, Accused Of Using Staff In Byelection

(33) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:38 PM

OTTAWA — NDP MPs will be on the hook for several thousands of dollars each after a committee found the party misled the House of Commons about where its staff were working.

The Board of Internal Economy, which is made up of a majority of Conservatives and a Liberal MP...

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Why Jodie Emery, Wife Of Marc Emery, Believes The Liberal Party Needs Her

(65) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:40 PM

OTTAWA — Jodie Emery is feeling pretty positive these days. Her husband Marc, Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot, will be home Tuesday after a five-year jail stint in the United States.

The Liberal Party of Canada, which is leading in public opinion polls, wants to legalize marijuana – something...

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Seamus O'Regan To Run For Liberal Nomination In Newfoundland

(41) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:19 PM

OTTAWA — Former CTV personality Seamus O'Regan will seek the Liberal nomination in the riding of St. John's South—Mount Pearl.

O'Regan was mum about the bid on Twitter Monday but several sources told The Huffington Post Canada his run has been planned for months.

A member of Liberal Leader Justin...

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Wright-Duffy Affair: Watchdog May Investigate Members Of Harper's Inner Circle

(83) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 2:50 PM

OTTAWA — The Commons' ethics watchdog says she may investigate several members of the prime minister's inner circle who were involved in the scheme to cover up a $90,000 payment from Stephen Harper's then-chief of staff Nigel Wright to then-Conservative senator Mike Duffy.

In a letter...

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Education For Girls Means Life-Changing Options In Kenya

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Narok County, KENYA — Julie Sharpe looks up towards the stage. She is overwhelmed.

Standing in front of her is Faith, a beautiful young black teenage girl. Her head is shaved. She’s wearing a white shirt, a black sweater, a long forest green skirt with a gold...

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Tories' Wireless Spectrum Auction Chided As Potential Quebecor 'Favouritism'

(34) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:43 AM

OTTAWA — Opposition parties are questioning the Conservative government’s decision to sell wireless spectrum for an incredibly cheap price to, potentially, a Quebec telecom giant owned by an avowed separatist.

Quebecor, the company that is also behind Tory-friendly Sun News Network, may be in line to receive...

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Gaza Conflict: Delegation Of Tory, Liberal MPs Headed To Israel

(164) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:59 AM

OTTAWA — A small delegation of Conservative and Liberal MPs are heading to Israel Monday night.

The five MPs and one former Liberal senator were invited by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to visit the war zone. They may visit Sderot or Be'er Sheva, towns shelled by...

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Protesters Seeking To Talk About Gaza Escorted Out Of Tory MP's Office

(89) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:17 PM

OTTAWA — Five people occupying Tory MP Susan Truppe's constituency office in London, Ont., hoping to speak with her about the Conservative government's position on the Gaza conflict, were escorted out of the building by police Friday.

Protester David Heap told The Huffington Post Canada the police did not lay...

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Green Party Talks 2015 Federal Election Strategy As Convention Begins

(160) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:03 PM

OTTAWA — Green Party leader Elizabeth May is feeling a bit blue.

The Greens launched their biennial national party convention in New Brunswick on Friday, and she said there has been scant media interest.

Last month, CBC Radio did a recap of...

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Why Did RCMP Charge Mike Duffy, But Not Nigel Wright?

(69) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:20 PM

Why was Mike Duffy charged when Nigel Wright wasn’t?

That question had a few people, including central figures in the Senate scandal, scratching their heads Thursday after the Mounties laid 31 charges against Senator Duffy.

Several senior Tories told HuffPost Canada they expected Duffy...

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What Has Ottawa Really Accomplished So Far This Year?

(58) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:00 AM

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs are smiling as they depart Ottawa for the summer. Gone is the constant hammering by constituents concerned about the Senate scandal. Instead, the Tories have been having fun prodding the NDP about its mailing scandal and satellite offices.

MPs...

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11 Things You Need To Know About The Last 5 Months In Ottawa

(13) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:19 PM

OTTAWA — MPs are expected to pack up their bags on Friday and head home to their constituencies.

The spring sitting has been particularly bitter, with the NDP and Conservatives, especially, at each other's throats. The Tories are breathing a bit easier after temporarily putting the Senate scandal behind...

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NDP Mailings Controversy: 23 MPs Could Be On Hook For $1.7 Million

(29) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:34 AM

OTTAWA — Twenty-three NDP MPs could be on the hook for $1.17 million for breaking House of Commons rules and sending inappropriate electoral mailings to Canadians.

Senior staff at the House of Commons testified before a committee studying the NDP's use of taxpayer resources Wednesday evening. Conservative MPs and...

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