Michael Bolen
Michael Bolen is news editor at The Huffington Post Canada and previously worked as politics editor. Before moving to HuffPost, he edited and wrote on everything from quantum physics to reality TV to Parliamentary procedure for Yahoo! Canada and the National Post. He can be found on Twitter under @MichaelBolen.

Entries by Michael Bolen

The Fair Elections Act Is Republican-Style Cheating

(115) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:51 PM

The CPC's push for its absurdly named Fair Elections Act would make infamous Republican strategist Karl Rove proud. At best, it has been a campaign to mislead the public, at worst, an attempt to rig the electoral system to favour the Tories in 2015.

Last week, Conservative Senator Linda Frum,...

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Kellie Leitch Gives Tear-Jerking Tribute To Jim Flaherty (VIDEO)

(24) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM

There were few people in the House of Commons closer to Jim Flaherty than Kellie Leitch.

She viewed the former finance minister, who died unexpectedly Thursday at the age of 64, as her mentor. The two MPs lived in the same building in Ottawa.

It was there that...

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Tory Senator Linda Frum: Elections Canada In Conflict Of Interest For Promoting Voter Turnout

(168) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Conservative Senator Linda Frum says Elections Canada's efforts to increase voter turnout put it in a conflict of interest.

Frum has made the argument before while promoting her party's Bill C-23 (Fair Elections Act), but a tweet on the subject Wednesday promoted backlash on social media...

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'I'm Not Male. Not White': Olivia Chow On How She'll Be Different From David Miller

(82) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow answered questions from Toronto Star readers during an online chat Wednesday and made one eye-catching comment.

Asked by a reader about how she would be different than former mayor David Miller, Chow answered "I'm not white. Not male. Want to start there?"

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Nobody Can Spell 'Sas...' 'Saskat...' 'Sakatche...' (PHOTOS)

(32) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Canada has 10 provinces, but only 9 that can be spelled correctly by the average person. Not convinced? Here's the proof.

The problem is so bad that it's basically the provincial motto now

Even the premier of the province has struggled with...

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American Netflix In Canada: Many Have Discovered How To Get It

(22) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Canadians have figured out that when it comes to Netflix, they're getting a bit of a raw deal.

Americans and Canadians pay roughly the same price for the video-streaming service, but U.S. customers get more than twice the titles. The situation is the result...

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Flaherty's Replacement Will Instantly Become Harper's Heir Apparent

(52) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resigned from cabinet Tuesday, sparking renewed speculation about who will replace him.

The next Finance Minister will instantly become the Prime Minister Stephen Harper's heir apparent. The stakes have never been higher regarding a cabinet appointment since Harper became PM in 2006.


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9 Reasons Frank Underwood Is A Better Politician Than Rob Ford

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacey's character on House of Cards, isn't exactly the nicest guy around. But he looks like Abraham Lincoln next to Rob Ford.

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The Ford Brothers Slammed Kevin Spacey. It Was Weird (VIDEO)

(26) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 10:04 AM

So, this happened.

The Ford brothers used their not-so-popular YouTube show Friday to fire back at actor Kevin Spacey, who mocked Toronto's mayor on the Jimmy Kimmel show earlier this month.

We'll let you judge who is more of an "arrogant SOB" -- Rob Ford, Doug Ford...

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Canada Just Moved One Step Closer To Getting Rid Of Kevin O'Leary

(65) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 8:20 AM

Canada just moved one step closer to removing Kevin O'Leary from the airwaves.

The man who thinks the massive gulf between rich and poor is "fantastic" is leaving CBC's Dragons Den.

O'Leary will continue to market his trademark brand of arch-capitalist condescension on CBC's...

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Republicans Ruin Health Care By Ignoring Jesus (And Canada)

(164) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:33 PM


If Republicans really want a Christian nation, they should start acting like it.

Canadian Dr. Danielle Martin testified...

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Canadian Doctor Gives U.S. Senator A Clinic On Public Health Care

(319) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Dr. Danielle Martin just became Canada's newest hero.

Martin, who serves as vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, was in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to answer questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee on different health care systems around the world. Republican Richard Burr,...

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Welcome To The Hell That Is Second Winter (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Toronto gets plenty of flak from the rest of the country for complaining about winter, but March 12 is a day to legitimately feel bad for the citizens of the centre of Canada.


Seriously, this was...

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Jimmy Kimmel Says Rob Ford Paid For His Own Trip To LA (VIDEO)

(23) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Jimmy Kimmel said Tuesday day night that Rob Ford paid for his own flight to Los Angeles to appear on the late-night comedian's show.

Kimmel was addressing reports that Ford was upset about the way he was portrayed on the show Monday night when he revealed who paid...

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A Message To People Complaining About The Snow Squall In Toronto

(26) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Dear Toronto,

We heard there was a snow squall on Thursday and that it's very cold right now. But we would appreciate it if you would take the following into consideration before complaining.

Sincerely, The Rest of Canada

We realize the squall looked dramatic

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Peter Mansbridge Was Paid By Oil And Gas Lobby For Speech

(103) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 6:31 PM

CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge was paid by a top oil and gas industry group to give a speech on energy, raising new questions about the broadcaster's conflict of interest policies in the wake of revelations about contributor Rex Murphy's ties to the energy sector.


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McDonald's Super Bowl Commercial Debunks Pink Slime McNuggets But Leaves Out What 'Seasoning' Really Means (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:53 AM

McDonald's Canada aired a Super Bowl commercial Sunday night that seeks to debunk the widespread belief that Chicken McNuggets are made from the infamous "pink slime."

The video shows that Canada's McNuggets are actually made from chicken breast meat, breading and mysterious "seasoning." While the process is significantly...

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It's Time For Canada To Cut Off The Queen

(123) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:21 AM


God, the Queen must save.

That's the decree in a new report from a U.K. House of Commons committee tasked with overseeing the royal finances.

You see, Queen Liz's reserve fund is down to its last million pounds. The palaces are crumbling....

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Fox News Accidentally Reveals That Justin Bieber Is A Reptile (VIDEO)

(40) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Fox News inadvertently revealed last week that Justin Bieber is actually a reptilian alien bent on world domination.

The proof? Just watch this video. Bieber's eyes totally change.

As the poster on YouTube eloquently put it: "Boom ... I always though that stuff was BS. But...

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The $575 Teepee Proves That Capitalism Really Has Gone Insane

(17) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 4:41 PM

There is a moment during Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove when the Russian ambassador comments that his country "could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing...

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