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This change of heart has even the most experienced political analysts scratching their heads and trying to figure out what exactly the Liberals end game in all of this is.
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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"Now is not the time to raise taxes."
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.
The government also vows to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
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"There are pros and cons for each one of those things, but there is no other way to go."
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The leaders were quick to point out what Liberals left out of their throne speech.
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The throne speech mentioned a "nation-to-nation" relationship with the country's First Nations, Metis and Inuit.
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"Diversity is Canada's strength."
The gig used to be a pretty deadly one.
In the interests of full transparency and journalistic disclosure, I'm going to level with you, readers. Try though I might (and I did, I swear) to put together a definitive list on what your MP...
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".
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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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...
OTTAWA - The federal government is signalling it will create new legislation to protect animals that work with police.In its speech from the throne Wednesday, the government said it will bring forward...
OTTAWA - The federal government is promising a new law prohibiting the non-consensual distribution of intimate images — a key element of a legislative package to address cyberbullying.The pledge in th...
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...
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...
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...
On Wednesday at 4:30pm EST, Governor General David Johnston will take a seat in the Senate and begin reading the Speech from the Throne to officially open the second session of Canada's 41st Parliament. These are the top 10 policies that need to be addressed.
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...
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...
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.
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...
Consumer-friendly measures and jobs training are expected to trump Senate reform in this Wednesday’s speech from the throne to mark the return of Parliament. But opposition parties say they have no pl...