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Highs And Lows Of The 2017 B.C. Budget

If last year's provincial budget could be described as "petty" after Finance Minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities -- only to claw most of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program -- this year's budget could best be described as "petulant."
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Throne Speech Signals Trudeau Government Wants To Be Different

Just as Trudeau did when he invited the public to the swearing-in of his cabinet ministers at Rideau Hall, or by meeting with the provincial and territorial ministers for the first time since 2009, or by attending the UN climate change summit with his provincial counterparts and opposition leaders, Trudeau is signalling that his is a different government. Gone is Stephen Harper's uncaring, exclusionary and secretive government. Instead, the Liberals are saying, they will be open, transparent, collaborative and caring. Time will tell whether they hold true to those promises.
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How About a Throne Speech That Talks About Women?

After a month of prorogation and a shuttered Parliament, MPs at last returned to the Hill for the Government's Speech from the Throne laying out its new agenda for the Second Session of the Forty-First Parliament of Canada. One commentator described the Speech as "a breathtaking spout of free-associating bloviation... an epic ramble".
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Predicting the 2014 Budget (Based on Ottawa's Hints)

To achieve the target of eliminating the deficit by 2015-16, the government announced new commitments that are intended to restrain the growth of spending. This is perhaps partly in recognition of the slow economic growth environment and the fact that robust revenue growth cannot be counted on as the sole basis for returning to balance.
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Turning Canada Post into Canada's Next Bank

Why not be truly bold and lead Canada Post into a new era of better banking services for Canadians? Indeed, the union has presented a sound and compelling idea to serve the public, make money and create jobs, but the crown corporation is saying no, we're not interested in better serving the public, making more money and creating more jobs!
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Here's a Consumer Angle: Dump Triple-Digit Sales Taxes on Food

In the recent throne speech, the federal government announced a variety of initiatives but the one that drew much attention was its ostensible consumer-friendly tack. To help consumers, especially those with the lowest incomes, the federal government doesn't need to micro-manage airline tickets. It could instead focus on the big picture.
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Media Bites: Trouble Sleeping? Try One Dose of Throne Speech

Well, so much for a "different kind" of throne speech. Though Minister Moore and his bored allies in the press had gone out of their way to hype the idea that yesterday's state-of-the-Tory-agenda address to Parliament would be laser-like in its focus on the plight of Canada's middle-class consumers, Stephen Harper's #SFT13 ended up sounding very much like all the others -- hashtag notwithstanding.
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Mother Nature Is Unimpressed by PM's Speech from the Throne

Mother Nature seems to be a little out of sorts these days. In excruciating detail, the IPCC documents her unhappiness with anthropogenic (a.k.a. man-made) activity. She is even giving some early warnings directly to the PM and his Minister of the Environment. Mother Nature is not impressed and neither are Canadians.
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Why Food Charity Won't Solve Canada's Hunger Problem

Food insecurity is not as simple as being hungry, it encompasses experiencing fear about not having enough food to eat. A portion of these people head to food banks, which have seen overall visits rise in the past few years to nearly 900,000 visits each month. If the government thinks that food charity constitutes 'doing something' about food security, they need to think again.
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Harper Economic Record Attacked

OTTAWA - Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau took turns Thursday assailing the Conservative government's economic record, trying to chip away at Prime Minister Stephen Harper's perceived strength as a soun...
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How the Throne Speech Was Like an Episode of Seinfeld

Yesterday's Throne Speech was a Seinfeld-like moment -- it was about nothing. Instead of using the Speech from the Throne as an opportunity to finally lay out a bold vision for tackling the most pressing issues facing Canadians, the Harper Conservatives served up more political gamesmanship, gimmicks and recycled, old policies.
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Harper's Very American Idea

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is promising to introduce a new balanced-budget bill, something that's already the law of the land in several provinces, all but one U.S. state and a slate of Euro...
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Full Text Of Throne Speech

OTTAWA - Here is an unedited text of the throne speech delivered by Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Wednesday, as provided by the federal government:Honourable Senators,Members of the House of Commons,Lad...
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Throne Speech Highlights

OTTAWA - Highlights from the throne speech delivered Wednesday by Gov. Gen. David Johnston:— Legislation coming to require balanced budgets during normal economic times and strict timelines for restor...
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Let's Get This Party Started

OTTAWA - It's back to the business of politics in Ottawa today with a throne speech from the Harper Conservatives.But before that happens (5 p.m. ET), politicians of various stripes will gather togeth...
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Outcasts Invited

Will the three former Conservative senators at the centre of an expense scandal attend Wednesday's throne speech? It might be uncomfortable for the governing Conservatives to see their former co...
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6 Things To Watch For In Throne Speech

The Conservative government is trying to put the focus on consumer issues in what is likely the last throne speech before a scheduled 2015 election. Many people are watching for Prime Minister Stephen...
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Media Bites: Canadian Media Love to Watch the Throne Speech

If you ever want an example of what it looks like when the media carries water for the government, just check out any Canadian news outlet in the run-up to a throne speech. Considering that throne speeches are basically just hour-long, ruling-party infomercials to begin with, there's something more than a little obnoxious about reporters and columnists falling over each other to endlessly "preview" the supposed "content" of the things. It's an overzealous style of journalism that regards the sharing every leak and scoop as a public good unto itself.
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GAME ON

OTTAWA - MPs last seen in the parliamentary precinct at the end of June return to work Wednesday following Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s extension of their summer recess past the Thanksgiving weeken...