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The Canadian idea: right now, not so different from the American idea

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The principle that there are unalienable rights is under siege, including in the country founded on it. That makes Canada’s status as a functioning democracy all the more valuable.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Osaka G20 summit on June 29, where Canada dealt with a range of bilateral irritants, including mobilizing an international coalition against the retaliatory detention of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. Screenshot courtesy of CityTV Toronto

One of the bits of non-athletic content that went viral during the spectacular NBA championship run of the Toronto Raptors was a Toronto streeter montage on Jimmy Kimmel Live of Canadians being fake-baited into trash-talking the Golden State Warriors … and failing miserably. It was very Canadian, and it was hilarious.

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Senator Diane Bellemare leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 2:42 PM ET

Continuity key to speakership in minority Parliament, say politicos, contenders

News|By Beatrice Paez
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a relatively 'comfortable' minority Parliament, and could survive with one fewer vote if the new Speaker is a Liberal, says Samara's Paul Thomas.

New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

PIPSC to expand fight against government outsourcing, says union president

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.

‘This is different’: diplomats warned of divided Canada during parliamentary crash course

Given Canadians' self-professed preference for a minority government, 'I think we all are on probation,' Liberal MP Greg Fergus told diplomats.

Nearly 100 new MPs waiting until after cabinet reveal to move into offices

News|By Palak Mangat
The process of new MPs learning where their Ottawa offices will be will begin after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces who will be making up his re-jigged cabinet on Nov. 20, the government whip said last week.

86 ridings in 40 days: Trudeau’s cross-country sprint may have given party an edge

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While a whistle stop in a tight race can help tip the outcome, political experts say there are other factors at play in galvanizing the electorate.

As Conservatives squabble, governing Liberals trying to lay low for maximum political advantage, say Liberals

News|By Abbas Rana
The seven-hour Conservative caucus meeting on Nov. 6 was ‘intense,’ with ‘blunt’ criticism of the party’s campaign performance, say Conservative sources

Rodriguez could be shuffled to key government House leader’s post, say Liberal sources

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals are considering assigning responsibility for the six regional development agencies to several ministers this time around, say Liberal sources.
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