Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 12:35PM EDT
The winner becomes premier of Newfoundland and Labrador – but so far there’s little interest in the prize.
With Friday’s deadline for prospective candidates quickly approaching, only one man, fisheries mogul Bill Barry, has acquired the requisite signatures, put down his $10,000 deposit and formally declared for the leadership of the governing Progressive Conservative party. A second businessman, Frank Coleman, may be joining him – and just in the nick of time.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 6:00AM EDT
Quebec’s Liberal Leader, Philippe Couillard, has played the federalist card early, and often. The arrival of Pierre Karl Péladeau in the campaign means he’ll be playing it over and over again.
The Parti Québécois knew they were scoring a coup when they recruited Mr. Péladeau, the former chief executive of Quebecor. Suddenly, he’d give them new credibility on the economy – shoring up their weakness.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 2:36PM EDT
The year is 2015. Quebec is facing another referendum on becoming its own country. And, really, it is 1995 all over again.
Officially, the leader of the “Yes” camp is the Premier of Quebec, and the leader of the “No” camp is at the helm of the Quebec Liberals. On the sidelines, however, a secondary battle is grabbing much of the public’s attention.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 12:08PM EDT
Martin Louie, chief of B.C.’s Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, recalls that he met Jim Prentice once, but he doesn’t remember if they actually spoke nor does he place any particular faith in Mr. Prentice’s bona fides.
In his new role as consultant on Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway project, the former Conservative cabinet minister is hoping to consult with aboriginal Canadians like Mr. Louie, with the aim of accommodating their concerns about the project and bringing them into a partnership with Enbridge.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 7:00AM EDT
Tax cuts are coming. But does Canada have the right mix when it comes to deciding which taxes to cut?
The Conservative benches are agreed that part of next year’s surplus will go to tax cuts, but there is no consensus on the details.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has questioned the merits of an income splitting pledge that could cost nearly $3-billion in lost personal income tax revenue a year. Prime Minister Stephen Harper seems to be standing by the idea.More »
Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 11:42AM EDT
The politics of marijuana have shifted so much in the last 25 years that Canada appears finally to be on the verge of major change.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has proposed legalizing marijuana so that it could be regulated and taxed. The NDP have called for its decriminalization. The Conservatives, despite their gleeful criticism of Mr. Trudeau, took a cautious step in the same direction last week by saying they’re looking at a policy that would allow police to issue tickets for possession, rather than lay a criminal charge.More »
Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 6:00AM EDT
Stephen Harper has travelled to South Korea to seal a free-trade deal that once before slipped through his hands.
This is a deal that used to carry too many political risks for Mr. Harper’s liking, back when he had a minority government. But he’s beaten auto-sector opposition down to a low roar. And he’s juggled that industry, as well as Korea and Japan, to revive a deal that was once dead.More »
Friday, Mar. 07, 2014 3:17PM EST
It’s the kind of correspondence no self-respecting spymaster or security functionary would want to sign: “Dear Minister: our agents got called out for not telling the truth in court, and an important national-security power is now at risk as a result.”
Yet this is the essence of memos that spy agency director Michel Coulombe and deputy minister Francois Guimont sent last December to Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, after a judge’s ruling ripped into Canada’s two main intelligence agencies.More »
Friday, Mar. 07, 2014 11:12AM EST
No matter how she rolled it out, there were always going to be political undertones to Kathleen Wynne’s push for transparency in Ontario. And how could there not be? After spending a year dealing with the fallout from the gas plant scandal that tarnished the final days of Dalton McGuinty’s government, the Premier’s plan was calculated to show she’s serious about doing things differently.More »
Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 2:25PM EST
It was a popular proposal last year that got rolled into the government’s sprawling Citizenship Act changes – a passport fast-track for those in the military.
But federal figures show the provision will apply to very few people, and that current rules in some ways block the Conservative proposal.
The notion of a military fast-track to citizenship was first raised in a private member’s bill tabled by Calgary MP Devinder Shory, and later championed by Jason Kenney – then the immigration minister – before the bill died on the order paper last summer. This year, Mr. Kenney’s successor, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, revived the suggestion by rolling it into the new, wide-ranging Bill C-24, which the government says is the most substantial overhaul of citizenship rules in a generation.More »
Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 10:13AM EST
When Quebeckers head to the ballot boxes on April 7, Pauline Marois is hoping they will give her Parti Québécois minority government a majority mandate. Voters have 33 days to make up their minds. But if an election were held today, Ms. Marois would likely get her wish fulfilled.
The latest vote projection from ThreeHundredEight.com gives the Parti Québécois 38 per cent support in the province, followed by the Liberals under Philippe Couillard at 35 per cent and François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec at 15 per cent. Though the margin between the PQ and the Liberals is narrow, the sovereigntist party is well placed to win a majority government.More »
Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 6:00AM EST
This is a Quebec election that is turning on the province’s small-c conservatives. The grumpy, middle-aged, middle-income man is the target voter.
In a province that many consider left-leaning, and where Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives are fourth, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has gained advantage by shifting right.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 5:13PM EST
Buy low. Sell high. The investing principle has come to describe the approach some in the province’s environmental movement are taking to the embattled B.C. NDP as it faces restructuring after being defeated in an election last spring they were expected to win.
In political terms, that means getting into the conversation as the party chooses its next leader in September to make sure the NDP emerges brightly green on the issues. Defeat, goes the thinking, has made the NDP more flexible than the governing B.C. Liberals, who are comfortable with the policies they carried to a fourth straight majority mandate last May.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 2:56PM EST
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has set the world on edge and unleashed a war of words.
There’s none more incendiary than comparing Moscow’s aggression in the Crimea to Adolf Hitler’s 1938 annexation of the Sudetenland in the years leading to the Second World War.
The Canadian government appears to be the first Group of Eight country to publicly make this analogy as pressure builds on the Russian leadership.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 12:52PM EST
Unlike its rivals in Ottawa, the NDP is refusing to take a stand in favour of federalist candidates in the April 7 Quebec election that will determine the fate of the Marois government.
The NDP has a strong following in Quebec’s nationalist electorate, including supporters of sovereigntist parties such as the Parti Québécois and Québec Solidaire, and it is refusing to come out in favour of the province’s more right-wing federalist formations.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 10:29AM EST
The federal NDP is positioning itself as a pro-mining party that would revive stalled negotiations on Ontario’s Ring of Fire development while keeping federal regulations “lean.”
Speaking with The Globe and Mail during a global mining conference in Toronto this week, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said his party would seek buy-in from First Nations communities to speed up new developments. The annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada has become a global attraction, drawing nearly 30,000 delegates and dozens of MPs.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 11:53AM EST
A recent poll suggests the number of Americans who don’t believe in global warming jumped significantly over six months of 2013, a shift that occurred even as climate experts around the world voiced near unanimous agreement that the phenomenon is both real and man made.
But other studies say Canadians take a different view – that the number of us on this side of the border who believe average temperatures are climbing has increased in recent years and that we are gradually accepting human activity as the culprit.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 6:00AM EST
Fifty-year mortgages are unheard of now, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that was how Ottawa paid for social housing.
In neighbourhoods like Vancouver’s Gastown and Winnipeg’s Willow Park, there was a flurry of construction meant to help Canada’s poor. The period produced about 200,000 projects and some successes, but also built some of the concentrated social housing that can ghettoize the people the government was trying to help.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 12:55PM EST
Only the keenest of eyes noticed the change, but the Liberal Party of Canada unveiled a “refreshed” logo at its biennial policy convention in Montreal last weekend.
To understand what the logo change means – both typographically and politically – The Globe spoke to Grant Gordon, whose firm Key Gordon Communications has done work for political parties, environmental groups and arts festivals.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 6:00AM EST
Thomas Mulcair has nearly tripled his daily output of questions in the House of Commons, going toe-to-toe with the Prime Minister for extended periods as part of an NDP strategy to boost the national visibility of its leader.
Mr. Mulcair typically asked three to five questions a day after he replaced Jack Layton as Leader of the NDP in March, 2012. He now uses his opportunity to dominate the first half of Question Period, using a strategy that started with the Senate scandal last year and has now extended to the major topics of the day. He always asks at least five questions a day, and regularly takes the first 14 questions allotted to the NDP when Stephen Harper is in the House.More »
Kim Mackrael has been a reporter for The Globe and Mail since 2011. She joined the Ottawa bureau Sept. 2012.
Vancouver-based columnist Gary Mason writes on B.C. affairs and issues affecting Western Canada. Mr. Mason has been a fixture on the West Coast journalism scene for more than two decades and has been the recipient of some of the industry's highest honours, including two National Newspaper Awards and six Jack Webster awards. He has authored six books, including his most recent, the No. 1-bestseller Patriot Hearts, Inside the Games that Changed a Country written with John Furlong.
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Rhéal Séguin is a journalist and political scientist. Born and educated in southern Ontario, he completed his undergraduate degree in political science at York University and a master's degree in political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal.