Friday, July 3, 2015
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Scandals ensure future of Senate will be hot topic

Senator Don Meredith is one more reason that the future of the Senate will barge its way onto the agenda in this autumn’s election campaign.

Conservatives never redress, they retaliate

If you encounter dissent, you demonize. If you are crossed, you take the low road and fight back.

All three parties talk about change in Ottawa

Conservatives may believe Justin Trudeau is the only opponent in their way this fall, but Stephen Harper and the Liberal leader sparring over who has more Senators under police investigation can only help Tom Mulcair.

Mulcair NDP increasingly appears to be Canada’s party of change

For the first time since Trudeau was chosen party leader two years ago, the change candidate now appears to be Tom Mulcair. At very least, the NDP is building momentum at the right time.

Search for a just jury representation

The Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision, which ruled that the constitutional rights of Clifford Kokopenace were not violated when he was convicted of manslaughter by a jury that included no aboriginal members, again raises the question as to whether governments in this country are really doing enough to get aboriginals on our jury rolls.

‘Trap’ to snare Trudeau far from infallible plan

It may indeed be a diabolical Tory strategy, but it is hardly infallible.

Tories should stop using our money for their ads

The Conservatives have provided a national background Muzak of sloganeering and propaganda that aims to lull Canadians into a false sense that everything will be okay if you just vote for them.

Conservative budget a foundation for re-election

Budgets are not always pathways to re-election. But, six months out, Conservative strategists have likely given themselves a bit of a boost with this one.

Pay no attention to that little man in the courtroom

The Conservative government may be stealing furtive glances over its shoulder at the downtown Ottawa courthouse, but it is mainly going about its business, flexing the muscle of incumbency.

Duffy didn’t come to the courtroom alone

Mike Duffy didn’t just enter the courtroom with his wife, Heather, and lawyer Donald Bayne in tow, of course, he was dragging the Stephen Harper government, the Prime Minister’s one-time inner circle and the Conservative leadership in the Senate into the tiny courtroom with him.

Trudeau being squeezed on terror, war

On these two issues, at least, Justin Trudeau is finding it difficult to claim a middle ground that has long been his party’s traditional turf.

PM’s Syria decision shows laziness, arrogance

Sending Canadians into harm’s way is the most solemn decision a government can make, but Harper is doing this in the most arrogant, sloppy and lazy way imaginable. This is not to argue against the Islamic State threat, its barbarism, or this country’s responsibility.

Polls may force issue of progressive alliance

Voters may find it madness to be discussing a potential coalition government seven months before an expected election, but NDP Leader Mulcair has again pushed the concept to the forefront of political debate in this country.

Ten reasons why Canadian progressives coming together to oust Cons a non-starter

Tom Mulcair can have his fun, and the columnists can fell forests to print opinion pieces about it all. But an NDP-Liberal coalition is never, ever going to happen.

Harper’s 11th-hour embrace of unelected judges

It will be up to judges to allow any CSIS action that could be deemed potentially unconstitutional or illegal.

Terror shouldn’t be defined to further political goals

The government is doing nothing to reassure Canadians fearful of an anti-terror law if we can’t define terrorism. If one can be arrested for promoting terror on a computer in their parents’ basement, we should know what terror is.

Canadian Sniper of federal politics now in charge of Harper’s employment file heading into an election

A Calgary-born former hockey player and a one-time Reform Party worker elected at 25, Pierre Poilievre is the political equivalent of the hockey pest, the guy who yaps at you in the faceoff circle and gives you a glove in the face in the corner.

If it was time for Baird to get out, who’s next?

Something appears to be hanging unsaid as John Baird detaches from a job he clearly loved.

We need an adult conversation on climate change, carbon pricing at federal level now

But if there is timidity at the federal level right now, you can blame the tao of Stephen Harper.

Adult conversation on carbon pricing needed at federal level

As an international outlier, Prime Minister Stephen Harper must drop his insistence on continental action and move on some type of regulations against large greenhouse-gas emitters in the lead up to this year's global climate summit in Paris, says Tim Harper

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.


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