Canadian Politics

Are you an essential worker? In Canada, it depends on where you live

OTTAWA – Just how essential you are and how much of a federal government bonus you receive for your hard work during the pandemic depends entirely on what province you live in. The program, announced in early May, was meant to provide top-up pay to essential workers, with the federal government putting $3 billion on …

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In first debate of Conservative leadership contest, it was the O’Toole and MacKay show

Article content continued You are an angry man, Mr. O’Toole you are always angry There was also a significant clash between the two on social issues and who is best able to build an inclusive party. “You are an angry man, Mr. O’Toole you are always angry,” MacKay said. “The same thing applies to your …

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Senate votes to suspend Lynn Beyak again despite her apology for posting offensive letters on website

OTTAWA — The Senate has voted to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak a second time over derogatory letters about Indigenous Peoples posted on her website. Senators have approved a report from the upper house’s ethics committee, which recommended Beyak be suspended without pay for the duration of the current parliamentary session. The report was adopted “on …

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Chris Selley: John Tory’s property tax hike is necessary, overdue, and thoroughly disreputable

On Tuesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory takes the biggest swing of his term in office. City councillors will be asked to approve a one per cent property tax levy in 2020 and 2021, in addition to an existing 0.5 per cent previously approved, and a new 1.5 per cent levy from 2022 to 2025. That’s …

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SNC-Lavalin’s fight for a remediation agreement grinds on in Federal Court of Appeal

OTTAWA — The SNC-Lavalin affair may have largely disappeared from the political scene, but the battle is quietly raging on in the Federal Court of Appeal between the company and the federal prosecution service. The Montreal-based engineering firm filed a stack of paperwork in court on Nov. 26 and has another submission due Dec. 20 …

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GUNTER: The throne speech was obsolete by the next day

I can never understand commentators who seem surprised (even irritated) by the vagueness of a throne speech. Vagueness is the point. A typical throne speech is to legislative agendas what daydreaming about winning the lottery is to retirement planning. Vice-regal addresses are accurate indications of a government’s priorities — until all those best-laid plans get …

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How Wexit looks to Alberta’s First Nations: ‘A lot of Indigenous folk feel just as alienated’

CALGARY — A wry smile briefly crosses Lee Crowchild’s careworn face when the word “alienation” is mentioned. He hears this particular word from so many lips these days in Alberta. It’s the place where he was born, so he understands well enough those long-standing strains and issues that exist between the province and Ottawa. However, …

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