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5 Things You Should Know About Bill C-377

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics

The Senate was locked in debate Friday about the fate of a contentious union finance disclosure bill, known as Bill C-377.

Canadian Business Leaders Aren't Looking for Business Advice from Parliament

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

This is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140 plus businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51: "[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians."

Supreme Court To Hear Case For Mandatory Minimum Sentences

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear another case involving a mandatory minimum sentence, a hallmark of the Harper government's ant...

Two Federal Ministers Won't Seek Re-Election

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is losing two more cabinet ministers, who announced Friday that they're not going to run in the federal electio...

Harper Was Briefed On 'Death By A Thousand Cuts'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed earlier this year on how across-the-board budget cuts hurt public service morale, productivity and ...

Tory Plan Benefits This Province Most

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new ...

4 Hot Tory Topics

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

While many Canadians can't get enough of the Senate scandal, Conservative Party delegates meeting this weekend in Calgary say they are talking ab...

'Significant Challenge' On Tory Horizon

CBC | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Politics

As the Senate scandal continues to dominate the agenda on parliament hill and just days before the Conservative policy convention in Calgary, Conserv...

How Tony Clement Is Trying to Ruin My Retirement

David Martin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Recently, Treasury Board President Tony Clement reportedly floated a trial balloon which would see federal government retirees' annual health insurance premiums double. For my family, that would mean an extra $500 expense -- an amount which will add up to thousands of dollars over my lifetime. I deliberately chose to leave the private sector and join the government based on what was on offer.

The Next B.C. Conservative Leader?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

SALMON ARM, B.C. - A Salmon Arm man who ran for the BC Conservatives during the provincial election in May is seeking a higher profile within the part...

The Tories: Canada's Founding Party?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Politics

The Conservative Party of Canada was mulling paying off Senator Mike Duffy’s $90,000 in improperly claimed living expenses, but refused when they sa...

Is Justin Trudeau A Conservative?

Tom Kott | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Trudeau is trying to find a new niche for the Liberal Party. A preliminary look indicated that he is trying to take the Conservative party's old right-of-centre spot on the ideological spectrum. With fewer differences between the two parties, Trudeau's youth and vitality may come as an asset in 2015 when Canadians go to the polls.

There's Nothing Fair About Canada-China Trade

Diane Francis | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Last week, a casualty of China's unfair treatment of foreign investors spoke privately about the new trade deal signed between Ottawa and Beijing. Ottawa capitulated to China on everything. The deal, using a hockey metaphor, allows only a select few to play on Team Canada on a small patch of ice in China and to be fouled, without remedies or referees.

Memo to Harper: Don't Micromanage the Majority

Keith Beardsley | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Ministers, their staff and individual MPs often find it almost impossible to get PMO to move away from a position or talking point that they have adopted. The micro-management style worked initially because in 2006 most staff and ministers were new at what they were doing. Micro-management and message control also worked because of the minority situation the government found itself in. Majority rule has changed that dynamic. All in all, there are Interesting times ahead if you sit on the backbenches of the government side.

When MPs Launch Sneak Attacks

Keith Beardsley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

In Parliament, the one-minute Standing Order 31 was designed to give MPs an opportunity to highlight something of importance in their riding. By 2008 there was increasing pressure to use more of the SO 31s as attack pieces (sometimes all of them) to get the government talk points out. Today, this has become pretty much standard practice. In my opinion this has been one of the contributing factors to the caustic atmosphere you now see on a daily basis in the House of Commons.

Bring It On

CBC | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives and the Opposition New Democrats have drawn their political battle lines in time for the return of MPs to Parliament after a two-mon...

B.C. Conservatives Biggest Challenge? Themselves

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's upstart Conservatives are facing a familiar political enemy — themselves — as they prepare for what could be their m...

Because of the Environment, I May Not Have Children

Sofi Papamarko | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Sofi Papamarko

I am not exactly an environmental crusader. I turn off the lights whenever I leave a room. I use public transportation. I recycle. For a long time, I thought this was enough. It's not, and over the past few years, I have begun to question whether or not I should ever have children. Here's why.

The Only Hope for the Liberals May be an NDP Merger

Raymond Heard | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Raymond Heard

The real question pundits should be asking is: Should the Liberals merge with the New Democrats? For his part, Justin Trudeau concedes that, if his party does not "shine" by the 2015 election, a merger may indeed be the only way to evict Stephen Harper from 24 Sussex Drive. A recent poll asked Liberals if they like the idea of a merger, a staggering 64 per cent said yes. This poll also found that 56 per cent of Canadians see the Liberals as a spent force. Doesn't seem so crazy now, does it?

Is There Really a 1% Group for Canadian Healthcare?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The Harper government may choose to believe that a divided society is not bad for the economy, or that wealth will trickle down. Canadians from across the country may have to assure him that health will surely not. Canada has fared better than other nations in the global economic crisis, but success stories have not followed those who prescribed austerity.

Harper Hacks Down Our Medicare

Danielle Martin | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Danielle Martin

We need leaders who will rise to the challenge of protecting and improving medicare, not shirk their responsibilities. Prime Minister Harper, you are needed back at the table for a 2014 Health Accord. Canadians have real expectations of you, not just to cut cheques -- and increasingly smaller cheques at that -- but to lead Canada on health care. Your absence will hurt the health of Canadians.

Alberta Ain't Just Conservative Cowboys

Kelly Ernst | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Business
Kelly Ernst

Alberta is not the province of two decades ago. Perhaps for the first time in our history, respect for the dignity of all has become acknowledged as a fundamental value and a political issue worth defending. The public have shown ethical leadership in rejecting tired old Alberta stereotypes about fearing difference, and it's good to see the politicians finally catching up.

Why Nurses Are the Way of the Future

Gina Browne | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Gina Browne

In July, Canada's provincial and territorial premiers will be meeting as the Council of the Federation and a report from the federation's healthcare innovation working group will be on the agenda.

Media Bites: A Journalist Moving to Cuba? Not Without a Rant from Uncle Ezra

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgFor all his gauche bombast on the matter, I'm wondering if Sun TV's Ezra Levant may be on to something with his decision to pillory departing Globe and Mail web editor Stephen Wicary over his recent decision to relocate his family to Cuban People's Glorious Commie Police State.

Harper Doesn't Hate Women, He Hates Incompetence

Max Power | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada
Max Power

In light of Bev Oda's resignation as an MP and cabinet minister, blogger Rachel Décoste asserted that this was a sign of "a disturbing trend" emerging from Harper's dealings with women that might suggest he "harbours hatred" for the female sex. However the only "disturbing trend" to emerge from the PM's dealings with women is that substantial swathes of the dogmatic left actually believe he hates them.