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Globe Columnists
Sunday, May 28




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By HUGH WINSOR
Friday, April 15, 2011 – Page R5
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-- Mulroney as political epic? Maybe. Mulroney as scandal? Certainly. Mulroney as history? Perhaps for prodigious scholars. But Mulroney as opera? Yes! Yes! Yes! What other art form allows one to mix overwhelming ambition, hyperbole, pathos, satire and politics with clever writing, skilled acting, great voices and compelling music? Mulroney: The Opera has all of these.  FULL STORY arrow
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Former cabinet minister left the world a little greener space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, May 12, 2008 – Page A8
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-- A squad of volunteers will fan out around Ottawa today delivering oak saplings to friends and admirers of Carletto (Charles) Caccia, one of the most compelling and persistent politicians to have landed on Parliament Hill in many decades.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tories take another swipe at Dion space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- Short on numbers in the Senate and House of Commons but flushed with cash in party coffers, the Conservative Party has launched another round of television and radio attack ads aimed at Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's leadership abilities and his party's performance in the Senate.  FULL STORY arrow
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LOVE AMONG THE RUINS space
When the Vimy Memorial was unveiled in 1936, vets travelled to France in units. And mothers came wearing silver crosses for each lost son. But for HUGH WINSOR's parents, it was not only an occasion for remembrance -- it would change their futures
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By HUGH WINSOR
Saturday, April 7, 2007 – Page F6
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ARRAS, FRANCE -- There are expected to be 25,000 of us here this weekend to honour a young country's great losses and the generation of brave men who gave up their lives on the hills and swamps of Pas-de-Calais for the ''war to end all wars.''  FULL STORY arrow
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LLOYD FRANCIS, ECONOMIST AND POLITICIAN 1920-2007 space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Friday, January 26, 2007 – Page S7
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OTTAWA -- Lloyd Francis was once rushed by a squad of opposition heavies out for blood. With steely determination and unflappable aplomb, he faced down what was an unprecedented physical assault on the Speaker's Chair.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. power couple invaluable in shaping successful Dion team space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Friday, December 8, 2006 – Page A9
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MONTREAL -- A political power couple from Vancouver, a former House of Commons busboy who became a cabinet minister, and one of the deans of the Ottawa lobbyist/government-relations corps led the team that catapulted Stephane Dion from wonkish academic-turned-cabinet-minister into leader of the Liberal Party and, possibly, the next prime minister.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR, MICHAEL VALPY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, GLORIA GALLOWAY, GLORIA GALLOWAY, CAMPBELL CLARK
Thursday, November 30, 2006 – Page A12
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MONTREAL -- DIONTHE NATIONAL UNITY CARDBeat Gerard Kennedy on the first ballot with the help of growing ex-officio support, then leap-frog over Bob Rae with the help of Kennedy and Ken Dryden supporters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa accused of trying to tame watchdog space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- The federal government is moving to curtail the independence of the information commissioner's office, outgoing commissioner John Reid complained yesterday.That runs counter to the Conservatives' election promise to bring more openness to government..  FULL STORY arrow
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Tanzania's success due to stability, ex-leader says space
Mkapa says Canada should work to regain its former stature in the developing world
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By HUGH WINSOR
Thursday, May 11, 2006 – Page A18
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OTTAWA -- A candidate for the priesthood who switched to journalism may seem an unlikely talisman for hope in Africa, but Benjamin Mkapa, now approaching his 68th birthday, has emerged from 10 years as president of Tanzania as one of the unique leaders of the continent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ignatieff strains to explain hawkish writing on Iraq space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, April 10, 2006 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- Behind the spiffy graphics, impressive endorsements, coteries of public-relations helpers and televised charisma that infused the launch of his campaign to become leader of the Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff is moving subtly to trim his hawkish feathers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Closest friends surprised by Trudeau revelations space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Saturday, April 8, 2006 – Page A6
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OTTAWA -- Some of Pierre Trudeau's closest friends were not aware of the extent of the former prime minister's involvement in a fascist-type secret organization in the 1940s until the publication of a book this week, but his participation was a reflection of the dominant intellectual currents in Quebec Roman Catholic circles at the time.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Saturday, March 4, 2006 – Page D4
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-- Inside GomeryBy Francois PerreaultTranslated by Carl AngersDouglas and McIntyre,206 pages, $24.95Mr. Justice John Gomery's inquiry into the scandal-tainted attempts by Prime Minister Jean Chretien's government to boost the federal image in Quebec, and his blistering report thereof, was not the coup de grace that finally killed off 12 years of Liberal hegemony.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 – Page A19
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-- The critics attacking Prime Minister Stephen Harper's appointment of retired brigadier-general Gordon O'Connor as Minister of National Defence because he once lobbied for companies in the defence and aerospace industries are missing the point. There's a much bigger equipment problem hobbling the Canadian Forces than an unsubstantiated apprehension of a conflict-of-interest scandal.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 – Page A6
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OTTAWA -- The last two times Conservatives made the leap from a lengthy period of powerlessness to government, problems that surfaced in the transition period plagued the early years of their mandates or led to early defeat.  FULL STORY arrow
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New book to allege how federal funds spent space
Member of Martin's cabinet got $12,000 to promote federalism in '95, sources say
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By HUGH WINSOR, DANIEL LEBLANC
Saturday, January 7, 2006 – Page A7
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OTTAWA -- With Liberal government scandal the focus of the election campaign, a book to be released in time for next week's leaders' debates will give details of what allegedly happened to some of the federal money that went to a clandestine national unity group during the Quebec referendum campaign.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, January 3, 2006 – Page A8
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FORT COULONGE, QUE. -- Ben's Motel, a mundane watering hole with a neon-lit bar, Formica tables and a couple of slot machines facing the main street of this now-faded historic town, may seem an odd place to search for a potential wellspring of Conservative Party renewal in Quebec.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, October 31, 2005 – Page A13
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-- When Jim Judd, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, spoke on the record at a recent academic conference about how some Canadian Muslims were fighting with insurgents in Iraq, and how the American invasion of that country had created the conditions for a ''postgraduate course in terrorism,'' it raised eyebrows in the media and, indeed, in some parts of the Prime Minister's Office.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, June 27, 2005 – Page A4
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-- They will not be popping many champagne corks at Liberal headquarters tomorrow to mark the first anniversary of the squeaker election that left the once-mighty party barely in power but drained of credibility.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, June 20, 2005 – Page A4
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-- Maybe it's time Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and the federal government give up trying to push their Edsel -- the Candu nuclear power reactor -- and accept the world has passed them by.  FULL STORY arrow
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A major government irritant is bowing out space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, June 13, 2005 – Page A4
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-- Access to Information Commissioner John Reid, one of the most persistent thorns in the government's side, is bowing out, admitting that while he beat the Chretien and Martin administrations consistently in the courts, he has lost the political battle for more open government.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, May 30, 2005 – Page A4
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-- Anybody looking for a prize-winning example of bureaucratic gobbledygook need look no further than the transcript of a May 17 encounter between Mr. Justice John Gomery and a senior Treasury Board official about the penalties a civil servant might face for disobeying the government's procedural bible known as the Financial Administration Act.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, May 16, 2005 – Page A5
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-- Only in Canada, you say, could the fate of the Paul Martin government be riding on a rebellion and refugee crisis in a bereft region of Africa that many Canadians have never heard of.  FULL STORY arrow
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New Tories are more mainstream than yahoo space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 – Page A4
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-- At first blush, the Conservative nomination meeting in suburban Ottawa West-Nepean last Thursday night would not seem to have great national significance.If and when there is an election, it's a given that Liberal Marlene Catterall, the incumbent MP for 17 years who last June won by fewer than 1,400 votes, will be a target of the Conservatives. So will 20 other Ontario ridings that were lost by slim majorities.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, May 2, 2005 – Page A4
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-- Despite all of the heavy breathing and big-type headlines, there may not be as much excitement and volatility out there in the Canadian electorate as the professional pols (including the media) would have you believe.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, April 25, 2005 – Page A9
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-- When someone entitles his memoir Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics as Liberal Party street fighter Warren Kinsella has entitled his, we should be prepared for the down and dirty when he gets a platform like a televised House of Commons committee.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, April 4, 2005 – Page A10
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-- Despite its bluffing about confidence votes and other sabre rattling, the Martin government knows someone on its side blew the handling of the budget-implementation bill big time, and hence there is likely to be a red-faced climbdown in the next couple of weeks.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, March 28, 2005 – Page A6
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-- Jennifer Welsh, a onetime Young Liberal activist who is now a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford, has been labouring at her computer on behalf of Prime Minister Paul Martin, trying to rewrite Ottawa's much-delayed foreign policy review and provide a gloss of coherence to the disparate views of the four departments principally involved.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, January 24, 2005 – Page A7
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-- Negotiations this week in Ottawa may signal whether the government, which agreed only reluctantly to a judicial inquiry into the case of Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar, will attempt to stall the inquiry into irrelevancy by tying it up in lengthy legal proceedings.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, January 17, 2005 – Page A7
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-- In spite of the Paul Martin government's notoriously sclerotic difficulties making appointments and its inability to crack heads to get agreement on a new foreign and defence policy, someone seems to have got it right in picking Lieutenant-General Rick Hillier to be the new chief of the Canadian Armed Forces.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, January 10, 2005 – Page A10
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-- With an ego that belies his diminutive stature, Frank McKenna is adamant: he doesn't need a ''stepping stone'' to any job. While that may be true, admirers in his Maritime base and a coterie of advisers who have been loyally lying in wait for a decade are convinced his acceptance of the Canadian ambassadorship to the United States will be a watershed.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, December 20, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Christmas parties shouldn't normally be the place to get defensive, especially after the guests have all had to pay $50 and get dressed up in their best bib and tucker for the privilege of listening.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, December 13, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Anyone who watched CNN's venerable defence and foreign affairs correspondent Wolf Blitzer spar with Prime Minister Paul Martin last week would have noted how the Prime Minister skated around any involvement of Canadian observer or military personnel in the coming election in Iraq.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, December 6, 2004 – Page A4
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-- A hawk, a dove and a minority Parliament: catalysts for a feisty review of Canada's anti-terrorism laws that must be launched, according to the law, in the next few days. That parliamentary review could lead to significant changes in the terrorism laws and a new leash on the RCMP.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 – Page A14
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OTTAWA -- Judy Sgro is a retooled municipal politician whose career is in jeopardy, perhaps unfairly, because she is caught in the vortex of two very different federal issues, both of which predated her arrival in Ottawa by many years. Her situation is not unlike the imbroglio that ensnared former Chretien-era minister Jane Stewart in the overhyped, billion-dollar boondoggle involving job-creation grants.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, November 1, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Given the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is arguably Canada's most important cultural institution, in part because it operates the most comprehensive news organization in the country, should its chief executive officer continue to be a political appointee?  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, October 25, 2004 – Page A4
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-- When Sheila Copps sat down with her laptop, a glass of vitriol at her side, to write her version of history with Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, it was supposed to send one message: She may be out of Parliament, she may be out of power, but she is not out of politics.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, October 18, 2004 – Page A4
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-- As Mr. Justice Dennis O'Connor begins questioning senior RCMP officers in secret today about the Maher Arar affair, there is a flurry of interest in the broader issue of what kind of oversight mechanisms should be created to prevent a repeat of the bungling that has given the national police force a black eye, even before the judicial inquiry produces its findings.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, October 11, 2004 – Page A4
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-- ''Governments make skeptics of Information Commissioners,'' John Reid wrote in his 2003-2004 report tabled in the Commons last week. But the report also shows how the courts can turn skeptical information commissioners into victors, as in the case where the federal court slapped down an attempt by the Privy Council Office to castrate the Information Commissioner's power to see ministerial documents.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, October 4, 2004 – Page A6
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-- When the 38th Parliament opens today, the defence of the Liberal ramparts will be in the hands of a little-known, inexperienced and probably miscast adjutant who could well tumble the government into an unwanted election by misjudging his own or the opposition's firepower.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, September 27, 2004 – Page A4
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-- All words and no muscle. That is the internal book on Prime Minister Paul Martin's rhetoric at the United Nations last week supporting international intervention to protect victims of civil war, oppressive dictatorships or natural disasters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, September 20, 2004 – Page A5
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-- When Prime Minister Paul Martin heads off to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew will be at his side. And, ironically, this tag-along status in New York will be about the highest profile the guy who has coveted the foreign affairs job since he entered politics has achieved since he was sworn in.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, September 13, 2004 – Page A8
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-- Just as access-to-information legislation was a principal catalyst in the initial exposure of the sponsorship scandal, it is now bedevilling the Paul Martin administration's attempt at damage control, specifically its promise to clean up the governance of Crown corporations.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, August 30, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Liberte or limits? It may seem the Federal Court came down last week on the side of liberte, versus the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's ability to set broadcast standards, when it extended the licence of Quebec City alternative rock station CHOI-FM for six months.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, August 23, 2004 – Page A4
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-- If it is true that he or she who holds the purse strings holds the power, then Revenue Minister John McCallum has quietly acquired a big increase in political clout at the expense of Treasury Board President Reg Alcock and Finance Minister Ralph Goodale.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, August 16, 2004 – Page A4
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-- When the cranky voters of Nepean-Carleton turfed David Pratt in the general election, they also dispensed with the most vocal hawk in the initial Paul Martin government -- although the tyro defence minister's views on geopolitics and missile strategies were probably not the reason for his defeat.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, August 9, 2004 – Page A4
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-- While it is obvious that Canada Post president Andre Ouellet will not go quietly, isn't it convenient the Martin government's determination of his fate is taking place now, in the dog days of summer when little is at stake, instead of during the election campaign?  FULL STORY arrow
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Scoops scarce, and have failed to drive campaign space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Friday, June 25, 2004 – Page A7
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-- Scoops should be the mother's milk of journalism during an election campaign, exposing scoundrels, revealing embarrassing information that forces a campaign to change direction, or shining the spotlight on some previously unreported scandal.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Thursday, June 24, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- The Governor-General, Adrienne Clarkson, has been advised that if there is not a clear winner on Monday, she should opt for a lineup of parties with the best chance of governing rather than one that could lead to parliamentary chaos.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, June 19, 2004 – Page A7
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-- Despite the sustained flak they are taking from within the Liberal Party, the heavy-handed men who are running Liberal Leader Paul Martin's campaign say their negative television advertising campaign against Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is working and is contributing to a Liberal turnaround, especially in Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004 – Page A8
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-- Last night's surprisingly low-key English-language leaders debate (the synthetic drama conveyed in the headlines notwithstanding) and the French-language one on Monday were supposed to create the two most-heavily freighted days in the five-week election campaign, with much riding on the outcomes. But there are strong indications their influence has been overblown.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, June 11, 2004 – Page A8
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-- If you're No. 2, Madison Avenue tells us, you have to try harder. And if you are even farther down the pecking order, you have to try really hard, which is what CPAC, which describes itself as Canada's political channel, is doing in this election.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, June 8, 2004 – Page A10
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-- With its original game plan in shambles, there is no doubt the Liberal campaign team is desperate to find a new wedge issue to hobble Stephen Harper. The strategists think they may have found it by portraying the Conservative Leader as a threat to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, June 4, 2004 – Page A9
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-- Television executives, like generals, are prone to fighting the last war. Hence they and their colleagues in print and radio may be missing the wave when it comes to coverage of the Green Party this time.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, June 1, 2004 – Page A8
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-- He (in this case, Liberal election campaign co-chair David Herle) who has long lived by the media sword may be about to die by the same sword -- the sharp-edged stiletto of negative media stories purportedly based on the comments of anonymous ''top Liberals.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, May 28, 2004 – Page A6
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-- The battle in the media over projection of seats in Parliament may become a battle in the courtroom.Public-opinion polls that track political parties' relative standings as a percentage of the popular vote have long been popular grist in the media's election coverage mill. But converting those popular-vote percentages into seats in the House of Commons has been a more dicey business.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 – Page A10
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-- If the tone and content of the media run-up to the election writ is any portent of its outcome, then Prime Minister Paul Martin and his Liberal Party are in big trouble.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, May 17, 2004 – Page A4
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VANCOUVER -- The people who have been using strong-arm tactics to create Prime Minister Paul Martin's ''dream team'' of Liberal candidates in British Columbia have another definition of what constitutes the democratic deficit.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, May 10, 2004 – Page A4
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-- The democratic-deficit-reduction initiative is dead, killed by the realities of electoral politics.When the Liberal MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee vote tomorrow to close down the investigation into the sponsorship program, they will also be writing the obituary for a well-intentioned reform that has amounted to little more than a catchy slogan.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, May 3, 2004 – Page A5
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin may have thought that jumping on the cities' bandwagon would be an easy way to court a new constituency while differentiating his government from that of Jean Chretien who wanted no part of the urban agenda, now the current buzz topic in public-policy circles.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, April 26, 2004 – Page A6
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-- A private poll commissioned as a cross-check against media polls and the Liberal Party's own internal surveys may have an important impact on Prime Minister Paul Martin's election timing because it suggests the Liberals are not hurting as much in Quebec from the sponsorship scandal as otherwise indicated.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, April 19, 2004 – Page A5
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-- Reg Alcock, the president of the Treasury Board with a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth, shares the weakness of all policy wonks -- they believe that government can be extruded into neat, logical systems and hierarchies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, April 12, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Paid advertising in politics is a bit like unstable dynamite: it can either blow open a campaign or blow up in your face. (Remember the Tory ads about Jean Chretien's partially paralyzed visage in 1993?) In the case of the federal Liberals, they are in the midst of a two-week television advertising campaign planned when they thought the election call was imminent. However, it may just be a waste of $750,000 of your money and theirs. The election is now a mere chimera on the horizon and the television spots look like orphans.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, April 5, 2004 – Page A7
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-- Reducing the democratic deficit sounded like a nifty, if ambitious, platform when Prime Minister Paul Martin promised it -- individual MPs would be empowered and no longer mere pawns of the leader.  FULL STORY arrow
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Great divide still evident as Liberals bury Sharp space
Even in his 90s, the helpful fixer tried to bring Chrétien, Martin together, HUGH WINSOR writes, but his advice went unheeded
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, March 29, 2004 – Page A5
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-- Mitchell Sharp accomplished in death a bit of what he had failed to do in the last years of his life, which was to reduce the distance between former prime minister Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, the new Prime Minister.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, March 22, 2004 – Page A5
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-- Conservatives of all hues and regions are still pinching themselves about their good luck in the fact the mighty ship Liberal has ground onto an unmarked shoal. That resounding crunch has even permitted some of them to start believing their own rhetoric about winning the coming election.  FULL STORY arrow
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At $1.31 a person, Governor-General not such a bad deal space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, March 15, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Can the citizens of a G8 country like Canada afford $1.31 each to have a governor-general as head of state?That is the question Winnipeg New Democrat Pat Martin was asking the other day, albeit phrased quite differently, as opposition MPs were feasting on the latest cost totals for supporting the country's viceregal couple.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada's festivals crippled by ad scandal space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, March 8, 2004 – Page A1
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-- When Auditor-General Sheila Fraser aimed her sights on the financial flaws of a program to increase the visibility of the federal government, she probably didn't plan to hit the Ottawa Tulip Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival or the Vancouver Jazz Festival.  FULL STORY arrow
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Civil-service survival credo: Protect the boss space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Ran Quail survived for 43 years in the federal civil service, eventually reaching the elite stratosphere of senior deputy ministers, because he never strayed from the rule that a bureaucrat's first duty is to protect his minister at all costs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Internal auditors are your friends space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 – Page A4
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-- In the two most sensational scandals of the Liberals' third mandate, the first whistles were blown by unsung heroes within the bureaucracy -- the government's internal auditors.So even if, as Prime Minister Paul Martin proclaims into every microphone, he and other ministers didn't know about the initial shenanigans involving sponsorship payments or job grants, they should be held to account for what they did or didn't do after the first flags were raised.  FULL STORY arrow
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Anger over scandal may be enough to send the Liberals packing space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, February 16, 2004 – Page A5
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-- The snowballing response to Auditor-General Sheila Fraser's report indicates she has tapped into a wave of profound cynicism and anger toward the federal Liberals that goes far beyond a particular scam involving a handful of advertising and communications firms in Quebec.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, February 10, 2004 – Page A4
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-- In the most explosive human-rights issue to hit Ottawa since the changeover of Liberal administrations, the government of Prime Minister Paul Martin has deprived itself of the person most capable of dealing with it because of an arcane and legalistic interpretation of conflict of interest.  FULL STORY arrow
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$161-million error stretches PM's credibility space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, February 2, 2004 – Page A4
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-- One piece of sticky tape over a door latch in the spiffy Watergate Hotel in Washington eventually did in the presidency of Richard Nixon.One so-called ''administrative error'' may not do in the prime ministership of Paul Martin, but it has already driven a hole in his credibility. It could also be a thread that unravels more interweaving of Mr. Martin's business and political interests.  FULL STORY arrow
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Security law threatens reporters, not terrorists space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, January 26, 2004 – Page A4
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-- If the MPs and senators considering anti-terrorism legislation had been told the changes to the Official Secrets Act were necessary so the RCMP could cover its behind when it goofs on a security case, that part of Bill C-36 would never have passed Parliament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Feisty jabs from the left bruise Liberal expectations space
Broadbent's comeback raises an unexpected obstacle right in Martin's back yard, writes political columnist HUGH WINSOR
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, January 19, 2004 – Page A5
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-- As the Liberal electoral juggernaut prepares to roll across the land, it faces bumpy going right in the government's own back yard, as well as in several other ridings, thanks to the feistiness of a revitalized New Democratic Party.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM, voters out of sync on priorities space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, January 12, 2004 – Page A4
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-- The initial conservatively oriented policy messages coming out of the Paul Martin-led government are putting the new Liberal regime on a collision course with the expectations of the electorate it is hoping to woo. And all of this new emphasis on fiscal rectitude could backfire, according to some seminal public opinion tracking coming out of EKOS Research Associates.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin's need for loyalty could hurt party in future space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, December 15, 2003 – Page A13
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-- By making loyalty the uppermost qualification for entry to his cabinet, outranking either capability or past political accomplishments, Prime Minister Paul Martin may well have sown the seeds for a future schism in the Liberal Party like the one that brought him to power.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin government to unveil public-safety department space
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By CAMPBELL CLARK, HUGH WINSOR AND DREW FAGAN
Friday, December 12, 2003 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- The Paul Martin government is planning to unveil a sweeping new public-safety department that will add public-health functions and disaster response to policing and border security, sources say.  FULL STORY arrow
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Arar case threatens to derail Martin plan space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, November 24, 2003 – Page A4
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-- If the way U.S. Attorney-General John Ashcroft took the stuffing out of Solicitor-General Wayne Easter in Washington last week is any portent of the future, the Mahar Arar deportation case is destined to become a major nettle in prime-minister designate Paul Martin's plans to establish better relations with the U.S. administration.  FULL STORY arrow
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New PM should heed warnings space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, November 17, 2003 – Page A4
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TORONTO -- Obscured by all of the euphoria (some real, some manufactured) surrounding the coronation of Paul Martin on the weekend were several warning messages from his party that he would be unwise to ignore.  FULL STORY arrow
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What Canada owes Mr. Arar space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 – Page A1
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-- The bottom line in the case of Syrian-born Maher Arar is that three agencies of the Canadian government were complicit in sending a probably innocent Canadian citizen to a country where they knew he would be tortured and jailed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Transport sniping offers a glimpse of the fabled 'democratic deficit' space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, November 3, 2003 – Page A5
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OTTAWA -- If you want to glimpse the future and see the so-called ''democratic deficit'' in action, drop into the Commons transport committee these days and watch how Liberal backbenchers are eviscerating the Liberal Minister of Transport as they try to block or stall programs and legislation.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fishing trip snags minister between Rock and hard place space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, October 27, 2003 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- W hen Arthur Irving and his son-in-law, former MP Paul Zed, invited Allan Rock and his family for some salmon fishing on the Restigouche back in the summer of 2001, they must have had a crystal ball.  FULL STORY arrow
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Copps gets zero credit for foreign missions space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, October 20, 2003 – Page A4
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-- There are two ways to look at Sheila Copps in what now must be seen as the denouement of her political career.One would be as a U.S-bashing, globe-trotting spendthrift who was swanning around Paris last week in search of her next career (the prevalent view in the Liberal Party caucus and the right-wing press). The second way to view the Minister of Canadian Heritage (and her trip to the UNESCO General Assembly) would be as a prophet without honour in her own land who has made a major impact in the development of an international framework to protect cultural diversity from the ravages of the unbridled marketplace.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, October 6, 2003 – Page A5
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-- The fallout from the George Radwanski affair is spreading and could block a major overhaul of the civil service legislative structure currently before Parliament.The Public Service Commission, supposedly the overseer to ensure the integrity of the civil service, has been shown in the Radwanski case to be a toothless tiger, hopelessly mired in its own red tape and bureaucratic bumbling.  FULL STORY arrow
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Alliance MP's scrutiny of costs could backfire space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, September 29, 2003 – Page A4
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-- Is it a noble calling on behalf of overtaxed citizens or a Star Chamber?Scrutinizing civil servants' dining habits has become the latest fad in official Ottawa, thanks largely to a stubborn Scottish accountant, John Williams, who rode into Parliament on the Reform Party's mission to downsize government and safeguard the public purse.  FULL STORY arrow
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Poor turnout a bad omen for Liberals space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, September 22, 2003 – Page A4
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-- The shocking thing about this weekend's voting to select delegates for the Liberals' November leadership convention is not the size of Paul Martin's margin over Sheila Copps, but the fact that so few party members of any leadership persuasion bothered to show up for the vote.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM should have decried Gagliano style of politics space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, September 15, 2003 – Page A4
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-- One corollary of Prime Minister Jean Chretien's excruciatingly slow departure is that it has provided time for his politically expedient lapses of probity and the misuse of influence that he tolerated in the Liberal Party's Quebec organization to catch up with him.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, September 8, 2003 – Page A6
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-- The government is coming under increasing pressure to make good on a promise made over a decade ago to provide legislated protection for whistle blowers who defy civil-service discipline to expose wrongdoing within the system.  FULL STORY arrow
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A sorry saga of government malfeasance space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, September 2, 2003 – Page A3
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-- The federal government will have to decide this week whether to appeal a $70-million judgment against the Canadian Commercial Corp. or to let stand one of the most stinging indictments of government malfeasance in recent memory.  FULL STORY arrow
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How the cabinet mishandled the issue space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Friday, August 22, 2003 – Page A4
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NORTH BAY -- Spooked into reacting too quickly to an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that legalized same-sex marriages, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his cabinet are now paying a steep political price for their mishandling of the issue with members of the Liberal caucus.  FULL STORY arrow
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Chrétien follows head, not heart, on same-sex bill space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Wednesday, August 20, 2003 – Page A4
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NORTH BAY -- One of the toughest challenges for a lawyer in court, or for a prime minister in front of his party, is to make a case he does not really believe in.  FULL STORY arrow
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Action required on energy front, not propaganda space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, August 18, 2003 – Page A7
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-- ''Damn those pernickety nuclear plants'' was the first reaction in this corner when the power flickered off on Thursday afternoon. The heat wave suffocating Southern Ontario finally had triggered the much-anticipated failure of the provincial power grid -- or so it seemed -- and there were lots of people to blame for the failure to ensure adequate generation, starting with the Tories at Queen's Park.  FULL STORY arrow
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Copps's platform shows she's done her homework space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Tuesday, August 5, 2003 – Page A7
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-- Sheila Copps is not a quitter, as she declared with some feistiness last week when dismissing a nugget of unsourced journalistic speculation that she would withdraw from the Liberal leadership race in return for a guarantee of a cabinet position from Paul Martin.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals discuss the candidate who never was space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, July 28, 2003 – Page A4
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-- The buzz among Liberal groupies, be they ministerial assistants, organizers, lobbyists or policy wonks, as they quaff suds and trade war stories on a warm July evening, is about John Manley, the leadership candidate who never was.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 – Page A4
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-- The Liberal Party of Canada is the poorer for John Manley's departure from the leadership race. And so is he, because of the manner of his leaving.He is bright, capable and even wise beyond his 47 years in many things. But his political instincts and timing leave a lot to be desired.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, July 14, 2003 – Page A4
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-- It might be easy for the federal government to blow off as pre-election posturing some of Premier Ernie Eves's bleatings about Ottawa's stingy response to the SARS devastation short-changing Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, July 7, 2003 – Page A5
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-- Meet the political martyrs of the class of '93, the Three Musketeers in the Liberal cabinet who have chosen to ride against the throng of ministers scrambling to get onto the Paul Martin leadership wagon.  FULL STORY arrow
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Expect more scrutiny of government space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, June 30, 2003 – Page A4
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-- The unintended consequences of the Radwanski affair could have more impact on the Canadian political system in the longer term than the dumping of a spendthrift privacy commissioner.The penetrating investigation of the now-disgraced George Radwanski turned into an Academy Award debut performance by the parliamentary committee on government operations and estimates. It was created just over a year ago to restore to Parliament a core function dating back to the Magna Carta -- monitoring how the king or the government spends the taxes granted them.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, June 23, 2003 – Page A4
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-- The sale of new memberships in the Liberal Party of Canada closed on the weekend not with a bang and not even with much of a whimper.The lack of enthusiasm surrounding the membership drive (with hardly a mention in the media), the almost invisible party-sponsored debates, and the appearance that the contest is over before it started raises the question: what if they organized a victory party for mid-November and nobody came?  FULL STORY arrow
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Another precedent for Radwanski space
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By HUGH WINSOR
Monday, June 16, 2003 – Page A4
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-- The most effective federal privacy commissioner since the position was created is about to be dethroned, victim of his own hubris and a penchant for expense-account lunches in Ottawa's best restaurants with his director-general of communications and frequent travelling companion.  FULL STORY arrow
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