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Odds of an election 50-50, Flaherty says

Assessing the odds of an election over the budget is the main topic of conversation on Parliament Hill

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Hungary’s strongman spooks Europe

Is he a right-wing Hugo Chavez or a Central European Berlusconi? This former anti-communist activist has become an authoritarian, nationalist Prime Minister. And he's making the neighbours

Alberta vendetta averted

The joint announcement of Premier Ed Stelmach and former Finance Minister Ted Morton helps remove suspicions of a coup d'état

La trahison des séparatistes

The Bloc and PQ used to stand for peace, social justice and concern for the vulnerable. Now they support fighter jets, asbestos mines and

Harper holds single-digit polling edge as House resumes

With election rhetoric heating up, EKOS and Abacus surveys put Tories between 7.5 and 8 percentage points ahead of

Tories yank truth-stretching anti-Ignatieff ads after 24 hours

‘It was a one day web posting, there was no media buy ever planned,’ senior party official

Alberta to launch single oil, gas regulator

Industry heralds the move as a cost and time saver, but critics fear an extraction-friendly

Jack Layton’s winter caucus speech

At the end of NDP’s winter “strategy session,” Jack Layton summoned the faithful to the Reading Room in the Centre Block to give them what amounted to a

Ottawa’s shrinking deficit hints at a rosier budget than expected

Numbers offer a potential lift for Flaherty at a critical time for the

Peter Kent sees no pressing need for new climate laws

‘Environment Canada already has the legal tools it needs to execute our plan,’ minister

Jack Layton declares New Democrats fit for campaign duty

Tearing strips off both Harper and Ignatieff, NDP chief says significant help for families is his price for supporting

Harper has made strides on mental health

PM’s determined, co-operative approach to Canadian scourge merits mention when assessing his five years in

Peter MacKay, humility and a geographic gaffe

Defence Minister cracks a joke about his B.C.-California border slip

NDP teeter-totter tilts toward spring election

Layton is equivocal but Mulcair isn’t when it comes to corporate tax cuts - and caucus leans toward the deputy

Strike a blow for democracy: Scrap the OMB

In an age when municipalities have planning staffs, it’s an affront to suggest they need to have their actions overseen by a

Will Obama ‘lose’ Saudi Arabia?

U.S. president could be confronted with historic

Who needs context?

Another day, another round of pre-writ attack ads. In this installment, the Conservatives have taken something Michael Ignatieff said out of context. But really out of context

Expelling Tunisian billionaire won’t be easy, experts say

Chance remains that government will not be able to remove brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben

Ottawa’s bid to expel Tunisian billionaire won’t be easy, experts say

Chance remains that government will not be able to remove brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben

Ottawa moves to expel Tunisian billionaire, but that doesn’t mean he’ll leave

Belhassen Trabelsi, exiled brother-in-law of ousted dictator, can appeal decision to revoke

Ottawa faces uphill battle to expel Tunisian billionaire in Montreal

Belhassen Trabelsi, exiled brother-in-law of ousted dictator, can appeal decision to revoke

UAE extends hand to Tories – via Liberals

Grit MP Scott Brison says UAE Foreign Minister, ‘insulted’ by recent Harper comments, would welcome invitation to come to Canada to resolve feud between

B.C. health authority abandons plan to privatize service

As hospitals charge $250 for MRIs, clinics four times more, abandoning quest for private contractors called victory for common

Government shows little interest in dual health system’s unfairness

Fast track to public care often runs through the private

‘Door is not closed’ on Quebec arena cash, Tory minister says

But Josée Verner says Harper government needs clear accounting of private-sector involvement before it can

Elizabeth May on Huck Finn

Talking current affairs with not the usual

CRA accused of harassing retired officials in corruption probe

Court documents from employee-turned-consultant's lawsuit shed new light on agency's tax audits of former

Tax agency expands corruption probe

Canada Revenue Agency’s focus turns to retired officials; former accountant sues, says he’s being unfairly ‘linked to illegal

What will it take to win over the apathetic 85 per cent of voters?

One pollster thinks election threats are as effective as ‘year-end car sales.’ Another suggests malaise is ‘really studied indifference, not

U.S. defence chief backs Ottawa’s jet plan

With Peter MacKay by his side, Robert Gates makes pitch for Canada to proceed with costly purchase 65 next-generation stealth

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