National Column: Immigration issue is a dangerous game

The refugee issue has long simmered beneath the surface of Canadian politics. It was there when former prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government passed the infamous Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, a thinly-disguised attack on Muslims.

National News

Harper resigns, politicians offer thanks for years of service

Ten months after losing the federal election, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper resigned his Calgary Heritage MP seat in the House of Commons and retired from politics.

Interim Conservative Leader and Spruce Grove-Parkland MP Rona Ambrose issued some parting comments for Harper (57). […]


National Column: Power shift turns Ottawa on its head

When power flips in the capital, everything turns upside down.

To the victor, the parade, the adulation, everything but the rose petals. To the vanquished, the freight entrance.

And so it was Thursday when a jaunty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loped into his first caucus meeting to cheers and Stephen Harper returned to the House of Commons via the door reserved for recycling.


National Column: Trudeau passes a key test on foreign policy

As we head into the final sprint of a marathon election campaign, Monday night brought two surprises.

Justin Trudeau, whose juvenile musings on foreign policy had cost him dearly in the past, delivered his best performance at a debate confined solely to foreign policy.

And our national security, our place on the world stage, the value of Canadian citizenship, our relations with our biggest ally and our responsibility to help those fleeing war and persecution delivered the most passionate and animated moments of the 2015 election campaign. […]

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Byfield steps down as Senator-in-waiting

By Stephen Dafoe

Riviere Qui Barre – Six years to the day after he was elected Senator-in-waiting, Link Byfield has stepped down from the position.

Byfield, a founding member of the Wildrose Party and the current Wildrose candidate in the constituency of Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock, said he felt he no longer had a mandate … […]