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Ontario PC leader Doug Ford says he would end subsidies to parties, calls it ‘political welfare’

Ontario’s Progressive leader says he would end the millions of dollars in per-vote subsidies the government pays to parties like his, calling it “political welfare” and bad for democracy. 614 more words

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Despite punishment, Liberal MP has 'no regrets' over voting for Tory motion on summer jobs grant

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Scott Simms does not regret voting with the Conservatives over a controversial change to the student summer jobs program — even though it ended up costing him his job as chair of the Commons fisheries committee. 574 more words

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John Ivison: Conservative Bernier and Liberal Simms offer a telling tale of two whips

Francis Urquhart, the fictional chief whip in the original (and the best) House of Cards, described his role thus: “A pat on the head and a biscuit here; a short, sharp shock there – and a good boot up the backside where indicated.” 912 more words

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MP raises possibility of EU-style privacy regulation in light of Facebook's 'cavalier attitude'

OTTAWA — Representatives from Facebook kept their privacy settings high Thursday, sharing very little new information as they were grilled at a committee hearing about a global controversy over how the company handles user data. 742 more words

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Facebook executive and ex-Liberal adviser defends his access to Trudeau cabinet

OTTAWA — A Facebook executive with ties to the ruling Liberals was grilled Thursday about his preferential access to senior members of the Trudeau cabinet, even though no one from the social-media giant, including himself, is a registered lobbyist in Canada. 818 more words

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Liberals descend on Halifax for national convention, with focus on 2019 re-election

Thousands of federal Liberals are descending on Halifax for what’s being billed as the unofficial launch of the ruling party’s re-election campaign.

Instead of each riding electing an equal number of delegates to attend the convention, this time anyone willing to pay a reduced entry fee can show up, vote on policy resolutions, attend campaign workshops and rub shoulders with Liberal MPs, cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who will be arriving midway through the convention on Friday after attending a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in England. 709 more words

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Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out the Profitable Texas Oil Company, Kinder Morgan

In 2017, Texas oil company Kinder Morgan generated net profits of US$223 million and revenues of nearly US$14 billion. Despite Kinder Morgan’s high profitability and massive financial resources, Justin Trudeau has vowed to use taxpayer money to bail out Kinder Morgan on its planet-wrecking project to expand the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. 98 more words

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