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NDP introduces bill to ban oil tankers from northern B.C. coast

NDP MP Nathan Cullen introduced a bill designed to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, a 1,100 kilometre pipeline proposal that would carry 535,000 barrels of diluted bitumen across British...

Robocalls "outrageous", Elections Canada chief Marc Mayrand tells committee

Robo-call scandal: The Vancouver Observer reports live from the committee, where chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand talked about voter fraud and democratic integrity.

Austerity budget, free trade, crime bill: Conservatives eye sweeping changes with 2012 legislation

With a solid majority, the federal government is set to push through Stephen Harper's controversial bills on crime, immigration and copyright... and a dramatic agreement in secret.

Conservatives to slowly gut Ottawa's health-care support

Ottawa is gradually slashing its role in medicare – passing ball to provinces, the federal budget watchdog reveals.

Beaming Harper greets caucus, but can internal wrangles be far off?

OTTAWA -- A healthy dose of post-election gloating, an injection of Canucks fever, and perhaps delirium from the lack of air conditioning on Parliament Hill made Wednesday's Conservative caucus...

NDP's Layton tours Quebec flood region

ILE AUX NOIX, Que. -- With cane in hand and sporting a pair of thigh-high boots, Jack Layton treaded into Quebec's flood waters and into the controversy over Ottawa's performance throughout the...

Layton promises to maintain Quebec Commons standings and defend French language

MONTREAL -- NDP Leader Jack Layton says he won't let down his new supporters in Quebec and will propose practical measures defending the language and culture of Quebecers. He says the NDP will start...

They fight, they ridicule, they spew vitriol. They're Canada's politicians!

Instead of delving into complex issues, parliamentarians often answer their own questions, leaving the interrogated minister no choice but to rise and respond with “liar”, “dishonourable”, or a combin

Tony Clement keeps shooting the Tories in the political foot

Tony Clement has gone from rising political star to floundering minister immersed in controversy.

Mallick, Decrying Harper's Proroguing of Parliament, Says Prime Minister Wants to Make Canada a "Pale Watery Version of the US"

Heather Mallick writes in the UK Guardian, "If there was a gold medal for shafting democracy at the Winter Olympics, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would win it. Just before the games open...