Liberals trimming small-business tax rate amid uproar over tax-reform proposals

Liberals trimming small-business tax rate amid uproar over tax-reform proposals
OTTAWA — The Trudeau government took the first of several steps Monday to stanch the bleeding from a self-inflicted political wound, resurrecting a campaign promise to cut taxes for small businesses outraged by its controversial tax-reform proposals. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to gradually trim the small-business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019, down from its current level... Read More

Shining a light on the dark side of municipal campaign financing

Shining a light on the dark side of municipal campaign financing
By informing the public about who provided campaign support before the election, the public can watch for any favoritism after By Randy Patrick Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Anyone who has been involved in municipal politics – at least over the past couple of decades – has heard virtually every candidate say they support increased transparency. Why do... Read More

U.S. demand on autos for NAFTA: Make huge changes, immediately

U.S. demand on autos for NAFTA: Make huge changes, immediately
ARLINGTON, United States — The United States is presenting a triple-whammy demand on auto manufacturing at the NAFTA negotiations, including a strict “Made In America” requirement with virtually no grace period to would allow car companies time to adjust. The proposal is viewed as a non-starter by virtually every party involved in automobile production: Canada, Mexico, U.S. industry, and even... Read More

Notley says unfair to assess Energy East on downstream environmental impact

Notley says unfair to assess Energy East on downstream environmental impact
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government is being unfair in the way it assesses pipeline projects. But Notley’s government won’t pursue a legal challenge for now to determine whether the National Energy Board overstepped its mandate in the case of the Energy East pipeline. Notley says instead she will focus on working with Prime Minister Justin... Read More

Morneau to unveil changes to controversial small business tax proposals

Morneau to unveil changes to controversial small business tax proposals
OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will unveil changes Monday aimed at mollifying the many critics of his controversial small business tax reform proposals, hoping to tamp down a political wildfire that has scorched Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. The damage control effort will begin with a special briefing early Monday morning for Liberal backbenchers, some of whom have been among... Read More

Divorce bill deadlock: EU laments progress on Brexit

Divorce bill deadlock: EU laments progress on Brexit
BRUSSELS — Brexit talks have hit a deadlock on the key issue of Britain’s exit bill in the divorce, the European Union’s chief negotiator said Thursday, adding that the slow-moving talks won’t be broadened anytime soon to include future trade relations. Giving a downbeat assessment of the latest round of negotiations, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said despite the talks’ recent... Read More

Two decades after quitting politics, McKenna carves out ‘premier emeritus’ role

Two decades after quitting politics, McKenna carves out ‘premier emeritus’ role
FREDERICTON — Twenty years ago Friday, Frank McKenna fulfilled a promise and resigned as New Brunswick premier, exactly one decade to the day after he took power. He did not, however, leave the public stage. Instead, he has carved out a new role — a sort of “premier emeritus” who both cheerleads for the Maritimes and offers harsh truths about... Read More

As Trudeau arrives at White House, Trump hints at bilateral trade with Canada

As Trudeau arrives at White House, Trump hints at bilateral trade with Canada
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House by hinting at the possibility of a free trade deal directly with America’s northern neighbour, should ongoing NAFTA talks collapse. But the U.S. president also said it’s too early to give up on efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.... Read More

Former PM Harper convinced Trump not bluffing about pulling the plug on NAFTA

Former PM Harper convinced Trump not bluffing about pulling the plug on NAFTA
WASHINGTON — Stephen Harper says he believes Donald Trump is genuinely willing to pull the plug on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The former prime minister is in Washington to discuss the fate of the ongoing trade negotiations, making rare public comments on a current political issue. And he happened to be doing so at the very moment his... Read More