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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.

Turns Out a Real Summer Shuffle Isn't in the Cards

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada
Keith Beardsley

Wednesday, Stephen Harper conducted what can best be described as a micro shuffle as it really wasn't big enough to be called a mini-shuffle. With no warning to the media who cover such items, everyone was taken by surprise. And that's not even mentioning the inevitable disappointment of certain backbenchers.

There's a New Dance in Ottawa: It's Called the Summer Shuffle

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada
Keith Beardsley

One can tell it is summer in Ottawa because there is a never ending speculation about a cabinet shuffle. With Bev Oda resigning, what will happen next? Will Peter MacKay become justice minister? Will Vic Toews take a judicial posting in Manitoba? And what will happen to the Defence Department?

Who Calls More Than Your Ex? Telemarketers

Samer Bishay | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Business
Samer Bishay

Buried in Ottawa's omnibus budget bill is a piece of little-known legislation that the government hopes will save taxpayers' money and help alleviate those pesky dinner-time telemarketers. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper's Conservatives are missing the boat by trying to make reputable Canadian telemarketers pay for the national "Do Not Call" list.

In the Prairies, We Can Talk Farm

Ross Macnab | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Living
Ross Macnab

You find Saskatchewan people everywhere. We often stray from the province and find ourselves working, visiting or living our lives in other parts of Canada. When you discover one of us -- as you most certainly will -- there is a good chance that the conversation will turn, at some point, to farming. I guess people just really like to talk about farming and they believe that we're more likely than others to indulge them.

Bill C-38 Ate Away All of Canada's Social Progress

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Bill C-38 will wreak havoc on provincial budgets through measures that will shift costs onto provincial social programs. This is but one of the ways in which the Conservative government is determined to use legislation to bully and weaken its opponents, as well as the quality of democratic debate.

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Change Canada

Christopher Sands | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent announcements of trade talks with various Asian countries, joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a more important strategic victory for Canada. Bargaining alongside the United States, Canada can get concessions from other countries it couldn't get alone. And as a TPP member, Canada can better safeguard its relationship and hard-won market access to the United States than if it was excluded.