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Christie Blatchford: Expense account 'fundamentals' not passed onto Mike Duffy, defence says

OTTAWA — That sound emanating from the Mike Duffy trial Monday was, yes, the not-unfamiliar-in-these-parts cry of a staffer being thrown under the wheels of a big fat OC Transpo bus. 823 more words

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National Post View: On the Order of Canada — looking for merit in diverse places

Buried deep within last week’s federal budget was an intriguing nugget: a proposal to spend “$13.4 million over five years, starting in 2015–16, and $2.8 million ongoing to support and modernize the Canadian Honours System and bring it closer to all Canadians” — including “increasing the number of nominations to the Order of Canada from under-represented sectors and modernizing eligibility and selection criteria for a number of other honours and awards.” 504 more words

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National Post View: The New Democrats in Alberta? Really?

Unlikely as it may sound to a country accustomed to treating Alberta as the private preserve of the Progressive Conservative party, polls suggest Rachel Notley’s New Democrats have a fighting shot of emerging from next week’s election with the largest seat count. 683 more words

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Michael Kempa: Welcome to Scarborough Southwest, Bill Blair. I’ve been campaigning here for a year

Imagine that you have spent 379 days pursuing a Liberal nomination to contest the 2015 federal election.

You have carried a message of democratic renewal to thousands of people. 882 more words

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Marni Soupcoff: Rise of the parental state

It is hard for adults to look at kids today and not find them wanting when it comes to self-sufficiency and independence.

Those “I used to walk 10 miles to school in the snow when I was your age” remarks get mocked for their tendency toward exaggeration. 811 more words

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Stephen Gordon: The myth of the vital manufacturing sector

When times get tough, governments provide special treatment for the manufacturing sector: the budgets tabled last week in Ottawa and in Queen’s Park are chock-a-block with tax breaks and direct financial support for manufacturers. 1,091 more words

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Brian Kelcey: Ottawa’s new transit fund — a weapon of mass construction

For cities, the big news in the 2015 federal budget was the announcement of a national transit fund, which starts at $250 million in 2017 and scales up to $1 billion per year in 2019. 947 more words

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