Entries by Althia Raj

Tories May Cut Taxes Sooner Than Expected

(141) 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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

Mulcair And NDP To Ramp Up Attacks Against Trudeau

(140) 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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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

(67) 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...

Read Post

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

(51) 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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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

(103) 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...

Read Post

Jim Flaherty's State Funeral Costs Revealed In Government Documents

(203) 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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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

(73) 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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post