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The Case for Strategic Voting in Calgary's By-Election

The Case for Strategic Voting in Calgary's By-Election | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The most exciting by-election on Thursday is in Calgary Centre, where polls indicate a three-way race between the Conservatives, the Liberals and (deep breath) the Green Party.
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Conservative MP’s take on wage-gap? Choose better-paying jobs

Conservative MP’s take on wage-gap? Choose better-paying jobs | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Conservative MP Joan Crockatt has drawn the ire of critics for saying the so-called "wage gap" has to do with women choosing lower-paying jobs.
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Researcher Kate McInturff says it doesn’t matter what the job is – women almost always make less than men.

 

“For 97 per cent of women, whatever occupation that they choose to pursue, they’re going to meet a wage gap,” said McInturff, a senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

 

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Gormley: A Canadian abroad weighs in on expat voting rights

Gormley: A Canadian abroad weighs in on expat voting rights | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL, Turkey — I heard the news: a court ruled that the Canadian government has the right to deny thousands of Canadian expats their votes. Remarkable, isn’t it? Not the news itself.
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Canada’s embassy in Ukraine used as pawn in 2014 uprising: CP investigation | Toronto Star

Canada’s embassy in Ukraine used as pawn in 2014 uprising: CP investigation | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Anti-government protesters used Kyiv embassy as haven for several days during Maidan uprising that toppled Viktor Yanukovych.
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If you talk to ordinary people here, academics or even Ukraine’s charge d’affaires in Ottawa, the fact Canada pushed the envelope isn’t surprising. They see it as a natural extension of the Harper government’s bullish rhetoric, and in fact something they’ve come to expect.

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Family seeks answers from Kenney after delayed apology from top general

Family seeks answers from Kenney after delayed apology from top general | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The parents of an Afghan veteran who committed suicide are asking Defence Minister Jason Kenney to help restore their son’s honour after  Canada’s top military officer sent a letter that offended them, then gave confusing information about whether...
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Economic woes pose headache for Harper heading into election

Economic woes pose headache for Harper heading into election | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Conservative government is likely headed into the federal election campaign on the back of a small recession and may be unable to keep its promise to balance the budget in 2015, following a rocky analysis of the economy by the Bank of Canada...
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“When people want change, they vote for big change,” he said. “It benefits Mulcair because he’s the biggest change.”

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Taxpayers on the hook for Afghan “Ghost students”

Taxpayers on the hook for Afghan “Ghost students” | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Remember those statements by the Canadian and U.S. governments (along with other governments from NATO nations) that millions of kids in Afghanistan were getting an education? It was one of the key talking points about the mission and its legacy.
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"The ministers reported that there are no active schools in insecure parts of the country, and that former officials doctored statistics, embezzled money, and interfered with university entrance exams. These allegations suggest that the U.S. and other donors may have paid for schools that students do not attend and for the salaries of teachers who do not teach."

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Federal lawyer Emilie Taman defies PSC over political bid

Federal lawyer Emilie Taman defies PSC over political bid | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A federal prosecutor is openly defying a Public Service Commission decision that denied her leave to become a candidate in the upcoming federal election and is seeking the NDP nomination in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier.
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But Taman argues there’s more at stake here than her job. Her situation has become a touchstone for the political rights of prosecutors and the Association of Justice Counsel — which represents 2,700 lawyers working in government — has taken on the case.

The union fears the commission’s decision sets the stage for a “blanket prohibition” on federal prosecutors ever running for office.

Taman wants the Federal Court to set aside the PSC decision as “unreasonable” because it fails to balance her obligations as a public servant — to be loyal and politically impartial — with her constitutional right to seek public office.

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Senate report shows the growing power of the auditor general

Senate report shows the growing power of the auditor general | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Penny Collenette has a story from her years working for Jean Chrétien in the 1990s.
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“You’ve got to get in there,” he was quoted as saying in the book Days of Reckoning. “Don’t pussyfoot it. Hit them with a two-by-four. That’s the only thing they understand, these politicians.”


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Nenshi slams MP Crockatt over infrastructure comments

Nenshi slams MP Crockatt over infrastructure comments | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Calgary's mayor and one of its Conservative MPs verbally sparred Friday over infrastructure funding, with Naheed Nenshi saying Joan Crockatt's comment on the issue "doesn't make any sense. "
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Government’s new legislation for veterans is two steps backwards, says advocate

Government’s new legislation for veterans is two steps backwards, says advocate | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
By Sean Bruyea Defence Watch Guest Writer  In a bizarre and never-ending déjà vu, government is ramming through Parliament the fourth piece of veterans’ legislation in a decade. It is plainly bad l...
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"These programs if passed without substantive change will set dangerous precedent."

 
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Democracy Watch calls on Auditor General to audit performance of federal Commissioner of Lobbying and RCMP

Democracy Watch calls on Auditor General to audit performance of federal Commissioner of Lobbying and RCMP | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
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Commissioner Shepherd, the RCMP and Crown prosecutors have decided not to penalize 81% of the lobbyists who have been caught violating the Act and Code. 

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Mike Duffy trial resumes Monday with a fight over the powers of Parliament

Mike Duffy trial resumes Monday with a fight over the powers of Parliament | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Suspended Sen. Mike Duffy’s criminal trial resumes Monday — not with testimony about how the ex-broadcaster treated public money, but with arguments about the independence and powers of Parliament.
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Chianello: Communism memorial's saga spotlights Tories' poor process

Chianello: Communism memorial's saga spotlights Tories' poor process | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The controversial Memorial to the Victims of Communism can’t move ahead until the government formally asks the National Capital Commission to update the long-term development plan for the Parliament Hill area.
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Conservative defector Eve Adams trounced in Liberal nomination fight

Conservative defector Eve Adams trounced in Liberal nomination fight | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Conservative defector Eve Adams failed on Sunday in her bid to run as a Liberal candidate in the looming federal election.
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Canada Revenue Agency says ‘preventing poverty’ not allowed as goal for charity

Canada Revenue Agency says ‘preventing poverty’ not allowed as goal for charity | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the Harper government and some parts of Canada’s charitable sector
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Oxfam engages in an absurd conversation with Canada Revenue Agency. No one is really surprised. We've all been there.

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@Kady: A guide to election debate-a-palooza

@Kady: A guide to election debate-a-palooza | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
While speculation continues to swirl around the potential pros and cons of a pre-September writ drop, the clock is already ticking down to August 6, when the leaders of four federal political parties will converge on the Toronto television studio...
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Conservative government acting 'in the same vein' as Jesus Christ with anti-terror bill: Tory MP

Conservative government acting 'in the same vein' as Jesus Christ with anti-terror bill: Tory MP | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A backbench Conservative MP from Vancouver was being roasted on social media Tuesday for suggesting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the government were acting “in the same vein” as Jesus Christ by adopting the controversial anti-terrorism...
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Your government on weed: Health Canada to spend another $1.5 million on anti-drug ads

Your government on weed: Health Canada to spend another $1.5 million on anti-drug ads | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Canadian doctors has said the online and TV ad campaign created a "political football on Canada's marijuana policy." The spots are back and will run until Aug. 8, just in time for the anticipated...
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The government will turn off the publicly funded advertising taps when the writ drops, expected after Labour Day as a result of October’s fixed-election date.

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The Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada refused to endorse the campaign, saying it had become a “political football on Canada’s marijuana policy.”


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Stability versus change: political leaders compete to define election issues

Stability versus change: political leaders compete to define election issues | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
CALGARY • Far from the bear pit of the House of Commons, the three men vying to be prime minister began their summer campaign in cowboy hats and blue jeans this weekend.
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AFN Identifies 51 Swing Ridings Ahead Of Federal Election

AFN Identifies 51 Swing Ridings Ahead Of Federal Election | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says aboriginal voters could make the difference between a majority and minority government in the next federal election.
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"Specifically, he said they need to know which federal parties favour treaty implementation and support investments in areas such as housing, training and education."

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Taxpayers subsidized senators' travel for corporate work: Auditor general's report

Taxpayers subsidized senators' travel for corporate work: Auditor general's report | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Private corporations, charities and lobby groups were indirectly subsidized by senators who charged taxpayers for travel to their board meetings or other business activities, the auditor general’s report on the Senate shows.
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Canadian soldiers trying to get their service pins face roadblocks because of DND cutbacks

Canadian soldiers trying to get their service pins face roadblocks because of DND cutbacks | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Soldiers calling the Department of National Defence in search of their service pins are being told to please hang up and not try their call again, writes Stephanie Levitz of The Canadian Press.
It seems that budget cutbacks are to blame.
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Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could cost Canada $22.1B, says SFU study

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could cost Canada $22.1B, says SFU study | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A new study from Simon Fraser University and Living Oceans Society says the tripling of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline capacity is not in the public interest.
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"Building projects that are bad for the environment and bad for the economy is not, probably, the greatest thing to do," Gunton said. 

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Truth and Reconciliation chair urges Canada to adopt UN declaration on Indigenous Peoples

Truth and Reconciliation chair urges Canada to adopt UN declaration on Indigenous Peoples | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says his panel's much-anticipated final report on Tuesday will recommend that the Canadian government implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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The commission demands it include commitments to implement the UN charter, renew treaty establishments and change constitutional and legal orders to make Aboriginal Peoples full-fledged partners in Confederation.

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First Nations in Canada Demand End to Water Crisis - teleSUR English

First Nations in Canada Demand End to Water Crisis - teleSUR English | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
teleSUR English
First Nations in Canada Demand End to Water Crisis
teleSUR English
#cdnpoli — D Ross (@drrossjr) May 14, 2015.
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As of the beginning of 2015, there were at least 169 drinking water advisories in 126 First Nations communities across the country, according to a Council of Canadians report. As of March, 135 First Nations communities were under boil water advisories.


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