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'Back to Blue'?: Conservatives try to exorcise 2015, ponder path to power

Ninety minutes and fewer than a hundred metres separated the future from the past at the Conservative Party Convention in Vancouver Friday. At 1:30 …

Canada

Most popular replacement for Harper is the one candidate who can’t run: poll

<i>This is The Globe's daily politics newsletter. Sign up to get it by e-mail each morning.</i><p><b>POLITICS BRIEFING</b><p><b>By Chris Hannay</b> (@channay)<p>Peter MacKay is still the favourite – though undeclared – candidate in the Conservative leadership race, according to a new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll – that is, if you …

'The sky is gonna be blue!' Conservatives win big majority in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — An orange dynasty stretching back to the 1990s fell Tuesday as Manitoba voters painted the political landscape a hue of Tory blue.<p>Brian …

Canada

Inside Trudeau's budget: Read the highlights

The federal government unveiled a financial blueprint for Canada on Tuesday that plans on a $29.4-billion deficit, billions in spending on infrastructure, what the Prime Minister calls 'historic investments' in indigenous people and extended EI benefits. Here's a full briefing from Laura Stone in …

How Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet built their first budget

The making of the Liberals' first budget was driven by a strongly held view that Canada's business class had been richly rewarded over the past decade and it was now time to put money into the pockets of struggling low-income families.<p>The shape of this budget was influenced just as much by Prime …

The problem with using infrastructure to stimulate an economy

The immediate boost to the economy from infrastructure stimulus spending is minimal, while the cost for any new jobs it creates can be huge<p>The …

Changing our voting system demands a public referendum

<i>Gordon Gibson was the architect of the B.C. government’s Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.</i><p>The Liberal government plans to use its parliamentary majority to force a constitutional change – electoral reform – without holding a referendum. In the year 2016, this is flatly wrong.<p>Make no mistake. …

Ten reasons why it’s wrong to change our electoral system in the way the change is being proposed

I was on a CTV panel when the Speech from the Throne was read out. This part wasn’t a surprise, but I was surprised the Liberals were doubling down …

Predicting the year ahead in Canadian politics

It has been said of columnists that they are often wrong but never in doubt. In that fearless spirit, here are seven predictions for Canadian politics in 2016. The author is every bit as certain they will turn out to be true as you should be.<p><b>The Liberals stumble, then hit their stride.</b> The …

Top five things for progressives to watch for in 2016

If you’re a political junkie, 2015 could be hard to top.Sarah Schmidt Mon, 2015-12-21 (All day) OTTAWA—If you’re a political junkie, 2015 could be …

Voting

Christopher Flavelle: Avoiding a referendum on electoral reform would be Trudeau’s first error

Canada’s two-month-old Liberal government is facing its first controversy, one that highlights an enduring dilemma in public policy: When is it worth …

Canada

Canadians anxious about low oil prices and weak dollar, pollster says

A brief surge in post-election economic optimism has given way to increased anxiety among Canadians – a sentiment some economists believe could have a chilling effect on the economy.<p>A Nanos Research poll commissioned by The Globe and Mail found 44 per cent of respondents expected the Canadian …

Dec. 25: Your daily horoscope

<b>IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY</b><p>A full moon on your birthday means you have no choice but to look for compromise solutions, both in your private life and at work. Don't try to force others to see things your way or do things your way – instead, find the halfway point you can both agree on.<p><b>ARIES (March 21</b> …

Pope, on Christmas, urges return to essential values | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Thursday, urging those “intoxicated” by possessions and superficial appearances to return to the essential values of life.<p>Celebrating a Christmas eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis, whose …

North Africa

Vatican dismisses gay priest who came out on eve of big bishops meeting

The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.<p>The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came …

Christianity

Islamic State claims killing of Japanese citizen in Bangladesh | News Home | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of a Japanese man in Bangladesh on Saturday, in a statement posted on their official Twitter account.<p>Police in Bangladesh said they had detained four people in connection with the shooting of the man, the second foreign national …

North Africa

CHART: Did you really vote?

A chunk of Canadians play a game of ‘Let’s Not and Say We Did’<p><i>Every day,</i> Maclean’s <i>Show and Tell infographic series will highlight interesting data in</i> …

Assad says Russian air campaign vital to save Middle East | News Home | Reuters

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria.<p>A frame grab taken from …

Middle East

Germany needs to limit refugee influx, close borders: Merkel allies | News Home | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany needs to limit the number of refugees it takes in or even close its borders, conservative allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, as the country deals with record inflows of people fleeing from war and poverty.<p>Migrants rest at a temporary shelter in …

North Africa

Obama shares historic handshake with Iran foreign minister

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on Monday, the highest level handshake between the two nations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.<p>The Iranian side said the historic handshake had "not been pre-planned" and took part on …

South Asia

Obama, Putin Talks 'Surprisingly Open' After Frosty Beginning

Stark differences remain between the United States and Russia over Syria, but Vladimir Putin said Monday that his first formal talks with President Obama in two years had been "very constructive and surprisingly open."<p>After a toast that was anything but toasty, the two leaders sat down for a summit …

Russia

Congress: US fails to stop most people trying to join ISIS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has largely failed to stop more than 250 Americans who have traveled overseas since 2011 to join or try to join …

Obama Administration

Under the influence: 800 years of the Magna Carta

It settled a dispute between the king and the one-percenters 800 years ago—and remains critically important today<p><i>The Durham Cathedral 1225 version of</i> …

Human Rights

Harper says Russia, Putin have ‘no place’ at G7 table

Stephen Harper said Vladimir Putin's exclusion from the Group of Seven is no big loss because Russia under the former KGB officer has little in common with the West and operates an economy which is basically a collection of "oligarchs and criminal syndicates."<p>He was answering critics who note that …

This Self-Powered, Eco-Friendly Tiny House Lets You Dwell Anywhere On Earth

If you've ever wished you could post up on a mountaintop forever, then meet your new home.<p>Ecocapsule is a tiny, 86 square-foot living capsule that, as soon as next year, will enable owners to live virtually anywhere. Each mobile pod comes with sleeping space for two, a mini kitchen, a fully …

B.C. doctor says perfect vision possible with Bionic Lens

VANCOUVER -- Imagine being able to see three times better than 20/20 vision without wearing glasses or contacts -- even at age 100 or more -- with …

South Korea spy agency under scrutiny after reporting Pyongyang execution | News Home | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean spy agency’s assertion that North Korea purged its defense chief and executed him with anti-aircraft fire is one of its boldest claims ever, and, given the agency’s chequered history, has come under growing scrutiny.<p>South Korea’s National Intelligence Service …

North Korea

Map: Where's the hardest place to live in Canada?

The Globe and Mail<p>hide navigation<p>Map: Where's the hardest place to live in Canada?<p>subscribe<p>register<p>log in<p>search button<p>AdChoices<p>Email to friend<p>Share on Twitter<p>Share on Facebook<p>Share on LinkedIn<p>Share on WhatsApp<p>close panel<p>open sub categories<p>open sub categories<p>open sub categories<p>open sub …

Canada

May The Fourth Be With You: What's The Origin Of Star Wars Day?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a woman who would go on to become the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On this …

Star Wars Day