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Clement: 'Ring Of Fire' Will Be Canada's Next Oil Sands

Clement: 'Ring Of Fire' Will Be Canada's Next Oil Sands | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Ontario’s “Ring of Fire” mining project promises to be the economic equivalent of another oil sands, Treasury Board President Tony Clement says.
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The power of one

The power of one | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA -- There are 308 members of Parliament. In the House of Commons, Elizabeth May occupies seat ... - FYI - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Human rights groups call on government to withdraw Bill-C51

Human rights groups call on government to withdraw Bill-C51 | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A Conservative plan to amend the federal anti-terrorism bill hasn't squelched opposition to the sweeping security legislation.

A handful of proposed government amendments don't alleviate Green party Leader Elizabeth May's concerns about what she calls a dangerous and undemocratic bill.

May said Monday she plans to present five dozen amendments when the House of Commons public safety committee begins examining the 62-page bill clause-by-clause on Tuesday.

Seven leading human rights groups, including Amnesty International Canada and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, issued a joint statement Monday calling on the government to withdraw the legislation.

The NDP and Liberals have also called for changes to protect civil liberties and improve oversight of security agencies.
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Bank Of Canada's Poloz Warns Of ‘Atrocious' Economic Growth

Bank Of Canada's Poloz Warns Of ‘Atrocious' Economic Growth | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Stephen Poloz is warning that Canada’s economy could miss even scaled-back expectations in the early part of this year, and has hinted the bank could implement extraordinary measures to fight the slump triggered by a collapse in oil prices.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Financial Times, the Bank of Canada governor said “the first quarter of 2015 will look atrocious, because the oil shock is a big deal for us.”

Poloz' comments come days before Tuesday's release of GDP figures for January, which will give Canadians the first official glimpse of how the economy has been doing in 2015.
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Avoiding Syrian Air Defences A Concern As MPs Debate War Expansion

Avoiding Syrian Air Defences A Concern As MPs Debate War Expansion | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - How to avoid missile batteries and navigate defensive radar systems in Syria are among the issues preoccupying military planners as Parliament debates the merits of expanding and extending Canada's Middle East mission.

So far, the debate among MPs has revolved around the need for a broader military mission in Iraq and the legality of extending airstrikes to include that country's troubled neighbour.

Scant attention has been paid to the extraordinary nature of what pilots are being asked to do and the risks they'll face.
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What's More Worrying? Bill C-51 or the Fact That So Many People Don't Know What's In It?

What's More Worrying? Bill C-51 or the Fact That So Many People Don't Know What's In It? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Far more disturbing than what’s in Bill C-51 is the fact that most Canadians don’t seem to care about it. I don’t know if they’re scared, or uninformed, or think Earth will soon be knocked off its axis by a rogue planet sending us all hurtling into the sun so nothing matters anyway. In any case, here are a few reminders.

Free speech is important. Once you allow speech you don’t like to be criminalized, you’re allowing the government to create a list of illegal ideas. That list will expand no matter which party is in power. Once a state outlaws a few kinds of speech, it gets all jacked up and has to keep that buzz going and before you know it they’ve snorted up a whole pile of them and have you cornered at a party talking your ear off about politics.
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Heiltsuk will risk arrest to blockade herring boats, warns chief councillor

Heiltsuk will risk arrest to blockade herring boats, warns chief councillor | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The herring battle on the central B.C. coast heated up Thursday with warnings from Heiltsuk tribal leaders that further commercial herring boats will be physically blockaded if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans re-opens the catch further. 

“We have a small fleet of boats getting ready to go out on to the water if the [herring] fishery is opened by DFO,” said Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.
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Spy watchdog SIRC seems strangely uninterested in Galati and Porter cases | Toronto Star

Spy watchdog SIRC seems strangely uninterested in Galati and Porter cases | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Chuck Strahl has flunked the test.
The rookie chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) — the part-time review agency over Canada’s spy service, CSIS — has, regrettably, but not surprisingly, failed to disabuse anyone of the notion that he is little more than a loyal Conservative apparatchik.
The former Tory cabinet minister was appointed SIRC chair last June by his former political boss, Stephen Harper. Immediately, questions were raised about whether Strahl, given his political pedigree, would or could exercise any independence when it came to keeping tabs on this nation’s scandal-prone spy service.
Today, we have the answer after a series of unprecedented and disturbing revelations about the alleged criminal conduct of not only CSIS, but also the top man at SIRC whom Strahl replaced.
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Mercer: Either Jason Kenney Or NATO Is Lying To Canadians

Mercer: Either Jason Kenney Or NATO Is Lying To Canadians | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Rick Mercer slammed Jason Kenney for possibly making a false claim that the Canadian navy was confronted by a Russian fighter jet in the Black Sea. The statement was adamantly denied by NATO earlier this month.

Since then, both have stuck by their versions of the story.

The defence minister claims the Russian fighter jet buzzed over the HMCS Fredericton at a low altitude as a sign of aggression, but is unable to provide details of the event. On the other hand, NATO claims no such event took place, reports the National Post. NATO says the Canadian ships were actually overflown by surveillance aircraft at high altitudes.
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Canada's military gets new bosses, same old problems

Canada's military gets new bosses, same old problems | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada's military, though modest in size, is of great political value to the Harper government.

Ever since taking power in 2006, Stephen Harper's Conservatives have bemoaned a "decade of darkness" under the Liberals. They've missed few opportunities to drive home the message: those other guys just can't be trusted to protect Canada.

Now, in the coming election, they will try to extend their own reign to a decade and more — but is the darkness dispelled yet? It's a tricky question as the team at the top undergoes yet another round of changes. 
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Sagging economy threatens warrior Stephen Harper: Walkom | Toronto Star

Sagging economy threatens warrior Stephen Harper: Walkom | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The war is ramping up. The economy continues to sag.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives hope to ride to electoral victory this fall on the first of these, the war against Islamic State militants in the Middle East.
But the stagnating Canadian economy could confound them.
That the economy is weak is well-known. The plunging price of oil has savaged Alberta and ricocheted across the country.
Nationally, the official unemployment rate was up slightly last month to 6.8 per cent. The real unemployment rate, or what the Canadian Labour Congress calls the underemployment rate, is roughly double that.
Theoretically, the low price of oil should give a boost to Ontario’s manufacturing sector. In practice, that hasn’t happened.
The reason? The slump that began in 2008 was so persistent that much of the province’s manufacturing capacity either shut down or moved away.
As a result, recovery is not just a question of restarting stalled assembly lines. New factories will have to be built, a process that, at the very least, takes time.
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Defence Minister: I Don't Know Exactly How ISIL Mission Will End

Defence Minister: I Don't Know Exactly How ISIL Mission Will End | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
An admission from Canada's defence minister that he doesn't know how an expanded ISIL mission into Syria will end is proof that Conservatives lack a clear exit strategy, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair suggested Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after th...
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Canada facing grim outlook for auto trade

Canada facing grim outlook for auto trade | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada’s automotive trade deficit topped $10-billion last year and threatens to deepen as more assembly plant closings loom and free-trade agreements with the European Union and South Korea take effect.

A surplus of $15-billion with the United States was wiped out by a deficit of more than $25-billion with the rest of the world, which led to the eighth successive overall auto trade deficit that contrasts sharply with trade surpluses in the automotive sector every year between 1982 and 2006, says a new report from the Automotive Policy Research Centre.
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Police Officer In Tina Fontaine Case Suspended

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg police officer who came into contact with a missing teen days before her body was found in a river has been suspended without pay.

Tina Fontaine, 15, was in a vehicle pulled over by two officers more than a week after she was reported missing last summer, but she was not taken into custody. Her body was found nine days later in a bag in the Red River.

No arrests have been made in her death.
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Heiltsuk take over DFO office to stop herring fishery

Heiltsuk take over DFO office to stop herring fishery | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Heiltsuk tears and anger were cast at Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers standing on the front steps of the federal office on Denny Island Sunday afternoon, as band Elders, leaders, women and youth pleaded for the controversial herring fishery not to resume on the central B.C. coast.

Within hours, more than a dozen band members also occupied the DFO office, promising to remain there until the herring fishery is closed.  By Sunday night, elected chief councillor Marilyn Slett also locked herself inside the DFO office.

“We all rely on the water, we all rely on our Heiltsuk territory,” sobbed a Heiltsuk 12-year-old girl.  "But we just say we want this to stop,” she said, removing tears.

Earlier in the day, Saul Brown, 22, had yelled scorn at the two armed DFO officers, before removing a Heiltsuk ceremonial paddle and shield off the federal office’s wall.

“It’s not just a relic that you hold up for art!” he told the officers, before a crowd of 50.

“You’re not conducting yourselves in a sustainable way, so it’s our children and youth saying, ‘we’re going to take that paddle back,” he added.

Brown then posted an “eviction” notice on the DFO’s front door.  
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What Harper Giveth, The Provinces Taketh Away

What Harper Giveth, The Provinces Taketh Away | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is undoubtedly hoping that this year’s round of tax cuts and expanded family benefits will make Canadians feel richer as the country heads towards a fall election, but a new report from the Bank of Montreal suggests that may not pan out as hoped.

The Harper government’s tax cuts and expanded family benefits will put some $4.5 billion in Canadians’ pockets this year, but provincial austerity budgets will eat up about three-quarters of that, BMO economist Robert Kavcic estimates.

“Most of what Ottawa will be returning to one taxpayers’ pocket, the provinces will take out of the other,” he writes.
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How middle class is your country? #pmharper: decimated!
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Gen. Tom Lawson tries to dig Jason Kenney out of a bomb crater of his own making

Gen. Tom Lawson tries to dig Jason Kenney out of a bomb crater of his own making | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Last week Defence Minister Jason Kenney claimed that Canada was needed in the Syrian bombing campaign because it and the U.S. are the only members of the coalition who have precision guided munitions.

“There are only five coalition partners doing airstrikes against ISIL terror targets in eastern Syria,” Kenney explained to CTV. “The United States is the only one of those five that has precision guided munitions. That is a capability the Royal Canadian Air Force has so one of the reasons our allies have requested we expand our air sorties into eastern Syria is because with those precision-guided munitions our CF-18s carry we can be more impactful in the strikes we make against ISIL.”

Kenney’s claim, which he also repeated on two other occasions on different TV programs, was pretty sweeping. It was also completely false.
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Harper Government's Legal Battle With Expats Costs $1.3M (So Far)

Harper Government's Legal Battle With Expats Costs $1.3M (So Far) | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A legal battle to prevent Canadians abroad from voting in elections has cost the federal government $1.3 million so far, CBC News has learned.

The figures are revealed in an answer to a written question from Liberal MP and democratic reform critic...
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BCCLA presses watchdog on CSIS records about Northern Gateway pipeline

BCCLA presses watchdog on CSIS records about Northern Gateway pipeline | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A civil liberties group says newly disclosed Canadian Security Intelligence Service records on protest surveillance bolster its formal complaint that spies went too far in eyeing environmental activists.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has asked the Security Intelligence Review Committee to consider the documents — which reveal CSIS deliberations on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline — as it investigates the spying allegations.

The association filed a complaint with the review committee in February 2014 after media reports suggested that CSIS and other government agencies consider opposition to the petroleum industry a threat to national security.
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Barrick Gold hires John Baird, Newt Gingrich

Barrick Gold hires John Baird, Newt Gingrich | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Barrick Gold Corp. has tapped former foreign affairs minister John Baird and former top U.S. lawmaker Newt Gingrich to serve on its advisory board, the company said in regulatory filings.

Mr. Baird and Mr. Gingrich, a former Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will join other political heavyweights including former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on the miner’s international advisory board.
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Harper downplays concern over former spy committee head

Harper downplays concern over former spy committee head | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper downplayed concerns Thursday over an arrest warrant for Arthur Porter, the former head of the committee that oversees Canada's spy agency.
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Toews Fights Salary Seizure

Toews Fights Salary Seizure | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Manitoba judge and former Conservative cabinet minister Vic Toews was to have his wages garnisheed earlier this year in order to settle a dispute with an Ottawa-area landlord.

Toews unsuccessfully tried to block the repayment, arguing that he didn't realize what was going on because he couldn't read the official French-only documents from Quebec's rental tribunal.

The administrative judge from the Regie du Logement said in a ruling last week that Toews should have known better, given his current and previous positions.
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Government defence spending unsustainable, watchdog says

Government defence spending unsustainable, watchdog says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Parliamentary Budget Officer says the federal government will need to either pour more money into its defence
budget or scale back its ambitions in order to put Canada's military on a sustainable footing.

A new report by the PBO says the Defence Department's force structure is "unsustainable" at current funding levels.
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StatsCan Report Unveils Full Extent Of Northern Canada's Food Crisis

StatsCan Report Unveils Full Extent Of Northern Canada's Food Crisis | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
More than one-third of households in Nunavut lack access to safe and healthy food — a level that is four times the national average, according to a new Statistics Canada report.

The report “Food Insecurity in Canada,” released Wednesday, found an average of 8.3 per cent of Canadian households did not have access to the variety or quantity of food they need due to a lack of money during the years studied, 2011-2012. That amounts to 1.1 million Canadian households.

However, the territories faced “considerably higher rates of food insecurity” than the provinces, the report found. The Northwest Territories had the second highest level of food insecurity at 13.7 per cent. Among the provinces, the Maritimes fared worst with Nova Scotia topping the list at 11.9 per cent.
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1/3 of the semi-rural population in Halifax, NS use Food Bank
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Most Canadians Distrustful Of MPs, Federal Parties: Poll

Most Canadians Distrustful Of MPs, Federal Parties: Poll | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A strong majority of Canadians don't take part in politics beyond voting and don't trust their federal parties or MPs, a new report suggests. 

What's more, four in 10 Canadians said they hadn't had a single political conversation in the past 12 months, according to Samara Canada, a non-partisan charitable organization that works to improve Canadian democracy.
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Bell head meddled in news coverage

Bell head meddled in news coverage | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The owners of Canada’s largest private broadcaster, CTV, and the country’s television regulator have been locking horns for months as the TV network complained about a series of regulatory decisions. Now those tensions appear to have boiled over.

Sources say that when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decided last week to unbundle cable packages, Kevin Crull, president of Bell Media, which owns CTV, became furious and intervened in the way the network’s journalists covered the news.
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Tory MPs Deny Elizabeth May A Chance To Speak About ISIL Mission

Tory MPs Deny Elizabeth May A Chance To Speak About ISIL Mission | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Conservative MPs denied Green Party Leader Elizabeth May a chance to speak Tuesday about Canada’s expanded mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the House of Commons.

As the leader of an unrecognized party with two MPs, May needed the unanimous consent of the House to respond to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's address outlining plans to extend Canada's mission in Iraq by as much as a year and to expand airstrikes to include Syria.

May hoped to speak after NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had both articulated their parties' opposition to the mission's extension. But she was thwarted by a few Conservative MPs who screamed "no" when Speaker Andrew Scheer asked for unanimous consent.
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