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Patriating the Constitution and the Charter

The recent flurry about patriating the Canadian constitution has brought back a flood of memories, and some reflections. Patriation was not an exercise in partisanship. Neither was the Charter. The origins of the desire to "bring the Constitution home" go back decades.
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Key To Liberal Party #Rebuild

OTTAWA - For every Liberal lapel pin on a partisan at the party's leadership forum Sunday, there were thousands more digital booster badges tagged to supporters' social media profiles.From Twitter pos...
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Rae Slams 'Buy-Election' Campaign

Interim federal Liberal leader Bob Rae used a byelection campaign stop in Labrador to freshen the party's attack against former Tory MP Peter Penashue, while questions continue to swirl over a mystery...
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Why Stephen Harper Can't Destroy the Liberal Party

The Liberals have been defeated badly before and have been able to come back. Defeats are serious, but we should never make the mistake of thinking them permanent. We owe each other; we owe generations to come, a re-commitment to the enduring strength of the liberal idea. We are fighting for prosperity for all Canadians -- social justice for all -- and a sustainable society and economy for all Canadians. The values and approach of the Liberal party matter to too many Canadians for us to ever think of abdicating the important role we all will share in shaping the Canada of tomorrow.
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WATCH: Toasts, Roasts For Bob Rae

OTTAWA - As federal MPs prepare to go back to their ridings for two weeks, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae is packing up his office.Wednesday marked Rae's final meeting with the Liberal caucus as the p...
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Harper, Rae Trade 'Ugly' Comments

OTTAWA - Things got ugly in the House of Commons — literally.With opposition accusations flying over the resignation last week of Labrador MP Peter Penashue, Prime Minister Stephen Harper again heaped...
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Attitude Adjustment Needed

MONTREAL - The new leader of Quebec's Liberal party has called for an attitude overhaul when it comes to language in the province and criticized current legislation to protect French.Philippe Couillar...
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Keystone In 'National Interest'

SASKATOON - Interim federal Liberal Leader Bob Rae says the party continues to stand behind the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline project.Rae, who is on his final tour as leader, made the comments Thursda...

What Did Spence's Hunger Strike Accomplish?

With a final media show, Chief Spence has now ended her 44 day "reduced food" diet. The question should now turn to what did she accomplish? Are Canadians more aware today and do they have a better understanding of the abysmal living conditions in First Nations communities? Probably not, such conditions were already well known and have been for decades.
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This Land Was Their Land

The issues Chief Spence is raising -- terrible living conditions, deep neglect, poverty and powerlessness -- will not go away, and will not disappear in the face of attack. They are the shame of our nation and must be addressed. But the Conservatives have rejected replacing the Indian Act with a real transfer of power, and the implementation of the self government agreements which all Canadian governments agreed to in Charlottetown 20 years ago. They have offered nothing that even begins to address the issues. We shall all pay a heavy price for this lack of leadership.
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Mulcair: Like a Less Popular, Power-Hungry Layton

Mulcair has made his party and himself invisible while moving his party so far to the right in the blind pursuit of power and it is becoming impossible to distinguish it from the Harper Conservatives. I bet Jack Layton would have been disappointed. For the late beloved leader, he would have settled for continuing to be the "Conscience of the House" rather than sell the soul of the party via a short cut to power.
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The Most Overlooked Stories Of 2012?

Canada's credibility on the world stage, health care, and climate change topped the list of most overlooked political stories of 2012, according to Canada's federal finance minister and opposition par...
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Will Rae Run Again?

OTTAWA - Bob Rae is looking forward to resuming life as a "regular" MP once his two-year stint as interim Liberal leader is done, but he's undecided whether to seek re-election in 2015.In a year-end i...
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Done As A Critic

OTTAWA - Ottawa MP David McGuinty abruptly resigned as the Liberal party's natural resources critic Wednesday after suggesting Conservative MPs from Alberta are shills for the oil industry and should...
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Rae: Stop The Carbon Craziness

TORONTO - Bob Rae is calling for an end to partisan rhetoric on the politically toxic issue of carbon pricing.The interim Liberal leader says the vicious partisanship that has characterized the debate...
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Liberals' Plan For The Indian Act

OTTAWA - The Conservatives flatly rejected an effort by the Liberals on Monday to add some structure to the continuing debate about how to repeal the Indian Act.The contentious legislation, dating fro...

Visions Of Justin Trudeau, Uniting The Left And Sugarplum Fairies

There's an aura growing around Trudeau, or perhaps there has always been one, that gives liberals (I use the small "l" intentionally) hope for the future. Especially in the face of Stephen Harper's quietly draconian governing style rising up again in the form of a new omnibus bill as the fall session starts. "Can Trudeau reignite the flame of the centre-left?" Canadians wonder. Trudeau's aura brings with it a halo effect to liberal/Liberal politics that's been missing since, well, I don't know when. Yesterday, for example, I got an accidental phone call from a disaffected NDP supporter in Montreal (which is odd, since I'm based in the provincial Liberal office in Edmonton). She was upset that the NDP in Quebec were drifting toward what she termed "soft nationalism" and she didn't want to remain with a party that supported separation, no matter how softly. Toward the end of the conversation she asked whether I knew if Trudeau had officially declared his nomination. "Ah, there it is," I thought.

You Can So Teach an Old (Liberal) Dog New Tricks

Why is it that some in the Liberal Party of Canada are using the disturbing and polarizing language of ageism? It has become open season on the "old guard". Older people seem to be framed as out of touch and constitutionally unable to cope with change. Of course, fresh thinking and new energy is indeed vital to any organization. However, "fresh" doesn't necessarily mean young. To me, "new" and "fresh" has nothing to do with age and everything to do with mindset, values and sincerity of purpose.
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Things Are Heating Up

After a slow summer on the leadership front, a race for the federal Liberal crown could soon start picking up speed. MPs and senators are gathering in Montebello, Que., to plan the fall sitting of Pa...
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Rae Compares Harper To Eastwood

MONTEBELLO, Que. - Interim federal Liberal leader Bob Rae exhorted his party to turn its eyes westward Wednesday even as the country was consumed with navel gazing over the never-ending Quebec soverei...