Profitable Canadian businesses are set to reap $2.85 billion in additional income tax savings in 2012, even as Prime Minister Stephen Harper complains about all the private “money sitting on the sidelines.” The last of five annual corporate tax cuts took effect Sunday, reducing the federal rate by another 1.5Continue Reading

Canada shed another 19,000 jobs in November on the heels of a steep drop in October, edging the national unemployment rate to 7.4%. The economy lost 53,000 part-time jobs, offset by a gain of 35,000 full-time jobs, according to labour force numbers released by Statistics Canada on Friday. Finn Poschmann,Continue Reading

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed Conservative MPs in Ottawa Thursday and stuck entirely to the subject of the economy, sounding more positive notes than he has recently. The Conservative caucus is meeting to get ready for the new session of Parliament that starts Sept. 19. The government’s first priority isContinue Reading

WikiLeaks released hundreds of U.S. documents on Thursday, including those with comments about the Harper government’s “about-face” on Senate appointments, remarks on the Liberals’ “muted” response to the prorogation crisis and criticism of Canada’s failure to enact copyright reform. A leaked cable from December 2008 suggests that U.S. Embassy officialsContinue Reading

Canadian opposition parties brought down the Conservative government in a no confidence vote Friday, triggering an election that polls show the Conservatives will win. The opposition parties held Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government in contempt of Parliament in a 156-145 vote for failing to disclose the full financial details ofContinue Reading

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there are better ways for Americans to raise money than to charge Canadians to get into their country. U.S. President Barack Obama wants to charge Canadians entering the U.S. by air or sea a $5.50 inspection fee, although private vehicles would be exempt. “They’re runningContinue Reading

The Harper government has once again delayed implementation of regulations that police say they need to quickly trace guns used in crimes. The government quietly posted a notice last Tuesday — one day before the firearms marking regulations were to have come into force — disclosing that implementation has beenContinue Reading

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s campaign-style tour rolled through Nova Scotia Sunday, where he thundered at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was told to move back to the U.S., and won the endorsement of one of Canada’s most well-known singers – Big Pond’s Rita MacNeil. Ignatieff began the day outside a TimContinue Reading

There has been a lot of talk in the past week or so about the possibility of some kind of political alliance between the LPC and the NDP. Mr. Ignatieff is reported to have said today that while he has no intention of any kind of pre-election deal with theContinue Reading

Those who took great delight in the travails of Stephen Harper over the summer are likely none too pleased with more recent developments. The blogosphere tends to be extremely partisan in nature, and objectivity is often a scarce commodity. But love him or loathe him, the fact is Harper isContinue Reading