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Former federal MP Brian Jean voted new leader of Wildrose party; former leader Danielle Smith loses PC nomination

CALGARY — A former member of Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus is the new leader of Alberta’s Official Opposition.

Brian Jean, a 52-year-old lawyer from Fort McMurray, Alberta defeated two challengers to win the position. 501 more words


Mike Duffy criminal trial will also shine light on inner workings of a Senate under threat

OTTAWA — Maybe none of this would have happened if Mike Duffy had known when to just shut up.

The newsman-turned-senator-turned-accused-crook faces a criminal trial on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery starting April 7, one that’s expected to take us deep inside the workings of the federal Conservative party, the Senate and the Prime Minister’s Office. 3,366 more words


John Baird lands on Barrick Gold advisory board

Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold Corp. has announced the appointment of John Baird to its international advisory board.

The company announced the appointment in its 2014 annual report late Friday. 84 more words


Stephen Maher: Stephen Harper's Middle East strategy takes Canada in more warlike direction

Back in 2002, when George W. Bush was thinking about invading Iraq, his secretary of state, Colin Powell, warned the hawks around the table about the possible consequences, coming up with the Pottery Barn Rule: if you break it, you buy it. 802 more words

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Ontario's Sunshine List: Top-earning Torontonians on the public payroll include TTC collector, Pan Am Games staff

Ontario’s annual Sunshine List of public servants who make over $100,000 a year topped 100,000 people for the first time in 2014.

Once again, electricity executives were among the highest earners, but Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Tom Mitchell, who topped the 2013 list at over $1.7 million, actually decreased his total compensation slightly, to $1,563,093.80. 481 more words