The media is unfair to the military, according to the chief of defence staff. During a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade last week General Jonathan Vance slammed "very toxic narratives" in reporting on the Canadian Forces. Reporting the truth is toxic?
News last week about the two-year study of the traffic stop data collected by the Ottawa Police were quickly dismissed by the same researchers who conducted it, as "not necessarily indicative of causation, and it doesn't prove racial profiling." So what is the point of conducting such a study if those results cannot be used to speak about racial profiling, admit its existence and thus dealing with it?
“I’m sure there are going to be many Conservatives across Canada who are going to be very disappointed."
The former Tory minister is now working as a lawyer in Toronto.
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"I'm very aware that a decision has to be taken soon."
With Harper gone, you would think the Conservatives could return to providing a reasonable alternative for voters. If you thought that, you'd be wrong. We could go on all day about how Harper's tax cuts for corporations and the rich gutted the social programs and economic development that the rest of us depend on, or how his poorly negotiated trade deals put more power in the hand of corporations at the expense of jobs and a stable future for working Canadians, but the real point here is that these sorts of comments show just how out of touch the Conservative Party has become.
An area in urgent need of attention is the continuing mishandling of judicial appointments and the government's astonishing neglect of Atlantic Canada, where I am proud to be from. The Liberals hold all 32 federal seats and all four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada. One would think some gratitude might result. Yet like the whittling away of the shipbuilding contracts in Nova Scotia and the decision to make an Ontarian the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the latest slight over a Supreme Court seat has been accepted with barely a whisper.
Former justice minister says the next top court justice must be from the region.
"I'm north of 50 per cent (likely to run)."
He's up against three others for now — Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier and Michael Chong.
He's been planning his bid for months.
The former defence minister says new planes are badly needed.
One of the factors for the party executive is money.
Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay are thinking things over.
“I’m running to attract new people to the party, and I’m very excited.”
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There is a catechism of the fossil fuel industry, with oft-repeated claims that seem by repetition to escape examination. Peter MacKay's recent opinion piece on pipelines was a veritable greatest hits compilation of such claims. He writes that "pipelines are by far the safest means of transporting oil." The first muddying of facts is the notion that we are talking about shipping oil. All the current pipeline proposals, including Energy East, are primarily about shipping unprocessed bitumen. Bitumen is in a pre-crude state and can only be casually referenced as "oil" if one accepted the idea that grain should be referred to as "croissants" when discussing markets.
Despite the wealth of available traditional candidates, the race may turn out to be completely different than expected. If what's happening south of the border is any indication, by the time 2017 comes around, we may be looking at an entirely new slate of possible Conservative leaders.
He's restarting his legal career.
The ex-cabinet minister says he has lots of time to consider a leadership run.
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He might actually have a shot at it, if he's interested.
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The survey tested the support for nine potential Conservative Party leadership contenders.
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Perceived front-runner Jason Kenney is playing coy.
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The Alberta battleground riding of Edmonton-Mill Woods became one of only two ridings in the city and one of only four ridings in the province to go Liberal. For the first time in a decade, Edmonton-Mill Woods is not a Conservative domain. This is only one example of a larger trend across Canada.
Last February, the top court recognized the right of clearly consenting adults to end their lives with a physician's help.
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"Your party has to be a mirror of Canadian citizenship."
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"The MacKay family has owned that riding."
Regrets? He's had a few, but outgoing Justice Minister Peter MacKay says he's ready to leave the day-to-day politicking behind and focus on family.
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