Is Stephen Harper quietly working to "re-brand" Canada? Is his government emphasizing the military, the monarchy and select episodes of Canadian history in order to create a competing brand of right-wing Canadian nationalism and divert attention from the great symbols of Liberal patriotism, like medicare and Lester Pearson? The pundit class thinks so.
Environmental groups in Canada are in the crosshairs of the government, and are under investigation for fiscal mismanagement. But what about groups like the Fraser Institute, which uses foreign money to feed misinformation to children, undermine national and global climate action and block shifts away from the most carbon-intensive energy on earth?
OTTAWA - Opposition MPs, and even some Conservatives, agree Canada's parliamentary committee system is broken.They just don't agree on what's gone wrong or who's to blame.New Democrats and Liberals sa...
OTTAWA - If he said it once, he said it a thousand times: what Prime Minister Stephen Harper was campaigning for in the 2011 federal election was a "strong, stable, Conservative majority government."T...
TORONTO - The surge in the NDP's political fortunes in 2011 — punctuated by the death of the man who helped orchestrate it — ranked as the year's most compelling news story in an annual survey of Yah...
OTTAWA - Results of the annual survey of editors and broadcasters conducted by The Canadian Press to determine Canada's top news story of the year for 2011:The Conservative majority: 25 per centLayton...
British Columbia presents another counter-example to the thesis of this being a good time for governments to go to the polls. To be sure, Canadians demand security in tough economic times. However, the lesson from British Columbia is that they also demand competent, honest government.
"Liberals have finally met their Armageddon. Get used to it." So writes veteran journalist Peter Newman in his forthcoming book on the Liberal Party of Canada.
The Conservatives haven't yet figured out that a majority government doesn't need to be constantly on the attack. It's time for them to take a deep breath, pause, shift gears and be the best majority government they can be.
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Right now, the biggest threat on Mr. Harper's horizon is the state of the economy. The global economy could get a lot worse between now and the next election and there's no assurance that Canada will be spared, even relatively.
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is using its majority muscle to push through Parliament a massive crime bill that provides harsher penalties for pot growers than pedophiles.Justice Minister Rob N...
If you thought Stephen Harper reached the zenith of political power with his majority government win on May 2, think again. Though the powers of a majority government are considerable, the emergence o...