‘What are you at?’ Donald Trump presses Trudeau over Canada’s NATO defence spending

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump put Justin Trudeau on the spot Tuesday over Canada’s NATO defence spending.“What are you at? What is your number?” Trump pointedly asked, referring to how much Canada spends on NATO defence as a percentage of its GDP. The two men met on the sidelines of a major NATO military alliance meeting in London.Prime Minister Trudeau replied, “The number we...

Can anything stop Jason Kenney? Alberta premier rides high approval rating as his party gathers for convention

EDMONTON — On Monday, Premier Jason Kenney stood beside the Toronto MP and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in his office at the Alberta legislature and warmly welcomed her, an “Alberta girl” from Peace River, Alta., back home.That was after earlier this month, in a speech before conservative faithful, condemning the “record of assaults” of Freeland’s own Liberal...

Scheer pushes back against ‘naysayers’ attacking his leadership in speech to conservative gathering

CALGARY — Andrew Scheer, facing growing criticism from within the ranks of his federal Conservative party, delivered a speech before a friendly crowd Friday night in Calgary as he pushed back against those in the party calling for his resignation after failing to win last month’s federal election. At the annual convention of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, the federal Conservative...

Media coverage about Andrew Scheer’s faith hurt him with voters: Angus Reid poll

A month after an election campaign that was uniquely focused on the religious views of Andrew Scheer, a new poll shows just how negatively the electorate viewed his Catholic faith.Among voters who knew he was a Catholic, 51% said the Conservative leader’s personal faith had a negative impact on their opinion of him.The poll from the Angus Reid Institute comes after an election campaign where...

Canada needs carbon tax of $210 a tonne by 2030 to meet Paris targets, report says

OTTAWA — Canada will either have to raise carbon prices to 0 per tonne or adopt more expensive policies funded by higher income taxes to meet its 2030 Paris targets, says an environmental economics group in a new report.Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission finds carbon pricing is the most cost-effective way for Canada to hit its targets, but also acknowledges that carbon taxes can be politically...

Chrystia Freeland, Jason Kenney meet in Alberta ‘to look for common ground’

EDMONTON — The Alberta government received its second overture in as many weeks from the federal Liberals as Chrystia Freeland visited Edmonton on Monday and spoke with Premier Jason Kenney, seeking, they both said, “common ground” on issues facing the Alberta-Ottawa relationship.The two played nice in a quick statement and photo op, with Kenney warmly welcoming Freeland to Alberta and...

Scheer returning to Parliament minus two senior advisers, as questions about his leadership future linger

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will return to Parliament this winter without two of his most senior political advisers, adding to a perception that his leadership future is increasingly in question following a bruising election loss. Scheer on Saturday said chief of staff Marc-Andre Leclerc and communications director Brock Harrison had been relieved of their duties, effective...

John Ivison: Doug Ford describes meeting with Trudeau as ‘very productive, very collaborative’

In politics you’re like a toilet seat – you’re up one day, you’re down the next, mused then Toronto city councillor Doug Ford.Since becoming Ontario’s premier in June 2018, Ford’s seat has been down so long it probably looks like up. His populist revolution fizzled, as support deserted him following a string of policy reversals, spending cuts and bad publicity.Ford’s place in the...

Alberta government giving itself the power to tell new doctors where they must work in province

EDMONTON — In a bid to address doctor shortages in some areas, the Alberta government is in the process of giving itself the power to tell new doctors where they must go if they want to practise medicine in this province, a move those in the profession are roundly condemning.It’s a plan that has been tried in other provinces, not altogether successfully, and is just one of a suite of ideas...