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National Column: Conservative race could be crowded

Depending on the day of the week there are no less than eight and as many as a dozen Conservatives testing the federal leadership waters.

Should they all enter the race to succeed Stephen Harper, this could make next year’s Conservative leadership vote the most unpredictable federal contest in a decade. […]

Local News

Ambrose speaks to region’s mayors and CAOs

On Friday afternoon, the Town of Morinville hosted local Mayors and CAOs for a meeting with the Honourable Rona Ambrose Member of Parliament, Sturgeon River-Parkland and Interim Leader of the Official Opposition. Representatives from Morinville, Gibbons, Bon Accord and Redwater attended the meeting. Sturgeon County and Legal were unable to attend. […]

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National Column: End-of-life law should have free vote

When the House of Commons votes on medically assisted suicide later this year, it will be making history in two controversial ways.

So far, only a handful of countries have included the option of assisted suicide in their end-of-life medical protocol. The upcoming legislation will be taking Canada in relatively uncharted social policy waters. […]

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National Column: NDP would have had to break promises

Had this week marked the 100th day in office of a NDP government, Prime Minister Thomas Mulcair would have had to pay a visit to the graveyard of campaign good intentions.

Three months in a majority mandate, a New Democrat federal cabinet would either be contemplating a major round of spending cuts or, more likely, would already have buried deep the signature promise of a budget surplus in each and every year of a four-year mandate. […]

Local News

RCMP warn of Canada Revenue Agency scam – again

The RCMP and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are warning Canadians about an ongoing CRA phone scam.

The scammers tell taxpayers they either owe money to the CRA or have a tax refund. Whn told they owe money, taxpayers are threatened with arrest or jail if they do not take immediate action by providing money, personal or financial information. […]

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National Column: Conservative backroom suffered from myopia

On a week that marks the passing of Justin Trudeau’s 100th day in power, key Conservative and NDP insiders have been delivering some preliminary conclusions as to the causes of their October defeats.

Their findings are strikingly interchangeable – with the popular momentum for change somewhat conveniently fingered as a root cause of electoral failure. […]