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Raising taxes on Canadian alcohol producers will put jobs at risk, according to Conservative MP John Barlow. The federal budget included a two per cent tax increase on beer as well as an annual increase on beer, wine and spirits tied to inflation.

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by Chantal Hebert With the House of Commons adjourning for the summer, time for a look in the rearview mirror at four leading MPs who...

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by Thomas Walkom Civil wars are complicated and dangerous. As Canada was reminded this week in Syria, outsiders who choose to involve themselves may end...

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With the resignation on Monday of former Conservative minister Denis Lebel, all is in place for a mid-mandate testing of the federal waters in Quebec. With three of the four opposition parties featuring new leaders, the byelection to be held in the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean - possibly before the end of the year - will be a must-watch.

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A Commons committee charged with looking into Canada's troubled media has suggested an implicit bargain. On one hand, through a series of tax changes and grants, the government would offer financial support to traditional and new media companies.

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by Chantal Hebert A stalled appointment process, a botched attempt at installing a member of the Liberal family in a post that requires total independence...

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A return to the Afghan war is one step closer. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that NATO has asked Canada to send police trainers to assist Afghanistan's struggling government in the fight against Taliban insurgents. He said Ottawa is seriously considering the request.

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Pressed this weekend to say whether he would run federally if he failed to become national NDP leader next fall, Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh was studiously noncommittal. "I will continue to fight in the provincial level. I'll continue to fight in other provinces. I'll continue to fight on the federal level, as I have done before," he said at an all-candidates debate.

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In liberal-left circles, populism has become a dirty word, associated with demagogues like Donald Trump or rightists such as France's Marine Le Pen.

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Chrystia Freeland's eloquent defence of a rules-based international order this week was a call to arms. It was also a requiem. In an impassioned speech to the Commons on Tuesday, the foreign affairs minister anchored her approach to the world firmly in the tradition of the liberalism associated with former prime minister Lester Pearson.