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May 10, 2018 12:45 PM 'You are right about Iran,' says Harper and other former PMs in ad

Harper, other former leaders and politicians took out full-page ad in the New York Times Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has added his name to a full-page ad in the New York Times with a message to U.S. President Donald Trump: "You are right about Iran." The ad, titled "Mr. President, you are right about Iran" in bold letters, is signed 49

April 23, 2018 8:13 PM Liberals show their election hand by reaching left

Justin Trudeau is already casting next year’s vote as a two-way race, and that should have the Conservatives worried, Chantal Hébert writes. If the New Democrats had sought to rearrange the stars in an alignment more favourable to Trudeau, they could not have acted otherwise. If anything, the Conservative need for a split to the party’s left has become 24

April 23, 2018 11:03 AM Veteran federal politician Keith Ashfield dies at age 66

Ashfield was most recently president of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. FREDERICTON—Veteran New Brunswick and federal politician Keith Ashfield has died at the age of 66. The president of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick announced his death in a tweet on Sunday. In the short message, Rick Lafrance expressed the party’s 20

April 11, 2018 5:19 PM Quebec MNAs call for public commission of inquiry into Lac-Mégantic disaster

PQ motion will be sent to Ottawa for consideration The Quebec National Assembly is calling on the federal government to launch a public commission of inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster as soon as possible. Quebec MNAs adopted the Parti Québécois motion Wednesday morning, with all 115 members present in the chamber offering their unanimous support 17

April 5, 2018 4:10 PM Supreme Court won't hear Dean Del Mastro's appeal

Former Conservative MP was convicted of 3 violations of the Canada Elections Act Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro has failed in a final bid to have his convictions overturned for election overspending and filing a false report. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected his request for an appeal. As usual, the high court did not give reasons for its decision 22

March 29, 2018 7:29 PM Ontario’s Wynne brings back big deficits and Justin Trudeau could get sideswiped

The Ontario premier’s big-spending budget will serve to put a spotlight on the Prime Minister’s free-spending ways, Tim Harper writes. The Globe and Mail reported on internal pre-budget government focus groups which showed more than six in 10 respondents felt reducing the federal deficit should be a priority, A year to the day earlier the same paper 15

February 27, 2018 3:11 AM Who is Jaspal Atwal? Man at centre of controversy over Trudeau’s India trip remains a political mystery

Senior Canadian officials say Atwal — once convicted of attempted murder of an Indian cabinet minister — was removed from the guest list of a reception with Trudeau in India because he was politically controversial, not because he was a security threat. OTTAWA—Jaspal Atwal, a once-convicted would-be assassin of an Indian cabinet minister, had his invitation 27

January 24, 2018 3:27 PM Failed Tory leadership candidate Kellie Leitch to quit politics

Leitch gained notoriety during the leadership race for her controversial proposal to screen newcomers for ‘Canadian values.’ OTTAWA—Failed Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says she won’t seek re-election in 2019. That followed her role during the 2015 election as a pitchwoman for a Conservative plan to launch a hotline for people to report 18

January 22, 2018 3:20 PM Trudeau to travel to India for state visit

The prime minister has made deepening economic ties with India a priority. The PMO says the visit will build on recent meetings with Trudeau and India’s Modi. OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to India for a state visit next month. Trudeau has made deepening economic ties with India a priority and recently completed his second visit to China 19

December 19, 2017 9:52 PM Justin Trudeau to visit India in 2018: Indian news report

OTTAWA—An Indian news outlet is reporting that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit India in February and may pay a visit to the Punjab region’s famed Golden Temple. The Indian Express reports that an advance team from the PMO logistics branch visited Amritsar this week and is checking possible locations. The Prime Minister’s Office says it has people 26