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Pallister and Wall a Match Made in Premier Heaven: Currie

Pallister and Wall a Match Made in Premier Heaven: Currie

By Roger Currie

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Brian Pallister speaks at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights after being sworn in as Manitoba premier in Winnipeg, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma)

The end of May has turned out to be a most interesting time in Canadian politics, especially in the west. Stephen Harper spent most of his youth in Toronto. In parliament, he has represented a Calgary riding, and he chose Vancouver to bring down the curtain on what remained of his political career.

At 57, you have to somehow think that we haven’t heard the last of him. Who knows, perhaps his former parliamentary colleague Brian Pallister has a job in mind for him in Winnipeg. The Angus Reid folks tell us that barely a month after his Manitoba PC’s won a record majority at the polls, Pallister is already the second most popular premier in Canada. Only Brad Wall in Saskatchewan scores higher in that rather strange popularity contest.

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Harper Steps Down as Leader as Conservatives Reduced to Opposition Status

Harper Steps Down as Leader as Conservatives Reduced to Opposition Status

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

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Conservative leader Stephen Harper along with his wife Laureen wave to supporters in Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in Calgary. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – Stephen Harper’s tenure as Canada’s sixth-longest serving prime minister came to an abrupt end Monday night as his party was reduced to opposition status and he prepared to step down as its chief.

Harper didn’t tell the hundreds of supporters gathered around him at the Calgary Convention Centre of his decision, instead using his final public remarks this campaign to celebrate the legacy of the party he built nearly from scratch a decade ago and will now have to rebuild anew.

“We put everything on the line. We gave everything we have to give and we have no regrets whatsoever,” he said.

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Audience There But Not Money: CBC CEO Disputes Harper Comment Over Funding

Audience There But Not Money: CBC CEO Disputes Harper Comment Over Funding

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

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Hubert Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio Canada, speaks at their annual public meeting at the University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Tuesday, September 29, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The head of the CBC is hitting back at Conservative Leader Stephen Harper over comments the national broadcaster is floundering because of low ratings rather than a lack of funding.

CEO Hubert Lacroix says the CBC has healthy ratings, but is crippled by a broken funding model.

“It’s not about a lack of audience,” he said after the CBC’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg on Tuesday. “It’s about a broken finance model that doesn’t work, that used to be built on advertising revenues supporting a drop in parliamentary appropriations. In this environment, it doesn’t work anymore.”

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Federal Election Anybody’s Game: Currie

Federal Election Anybody’s Game: Currie

By Roger Currie

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to attendees during a campaign stop at The Operating Engineers Training Institute in Winnipeg, Man., on Thursday, September 10, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

WINNIPEG — Our marathon election campaign is finally past the halfway point, and the momentum appears to be going away from Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. Always keep in mind that one week is an eternity when it comes to politics, but if those polls are to be believed, it is still a very close three-way race between Harper’s Tories, Tom Mulcair and the NDP, and Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

The Conservatives appear to be in third place and dropping, but a lot can still happen between now and October 19.

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PM Harper in Winnipeg Today for Conservative Rally

PM Harper in Winnipeg Today for Conservative Rally

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Governor General David Johnston, along with his wife Laureen, to dissolve parliament and trigger an election campaign at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Federal Conservative leader Stephen Harper is in Winnipeg today, but his location and details surrounding the event are being closely guarded.

Party faithful have been invited to a rally at 4 p.m. and have been carefully screened. Attendees were sent a link to the Conservative website on Tuesday, where they were able to register to attend.

Harper is the first of the federal leadership candidates to visit the city after an election was called over the August long weekend.

— Staff

Don’t Count on Equalization Becoming a Hot-Button Election Issue

Don’t Count on Equalization Becoming a Hot-Button Election Issue

By Roger Currie

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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper gets instructions on how to operate a machine that puts the finishing touch to a radiator while touring a industrial parts manufacture Monday, August 3, 2015 in Laval, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Before the leaders debate, the first week of Canada’s marathon election campaign was pretty boring stuff. It’s perhaps not surprising that the Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, chose to bring up the issue of equalization.

It’s a program that dates back to the 1950’s and 60’s when the prime minister and the premiers actually met face to face now and then. When Canada’s new constitution was signed by the Queen in Ottawa in 1982, equalization was enshrined therein.

This year, just under $17 billion is flowing from the have provinces — Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland — to the have-nots. Manitoba is in the latter group, and Premier Wall thinks Greg Selinger is getting more than he should.

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Harper Urges Canada to Stay the Course, While Trudeau Urges Opposite

Harper Urges Canada to Stay the Course, While Trudeau Urges Opposite

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper gets instructions on how to operate a machine that puts the finishing touch to a radiator while touring a industrial parts manufacture Monday, August 3, 2015 in Laval, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

LAVAL, Que. – One day after Stephen Harper crashed a Liberal stronghold in Montreal, Justin Trudeau returned the favour Monday, rallying supporters in the heart of Conservative country and taking aim at the government’s economic record.

Harper’s first promise of the 2015 campaign, a $60-million incentive for businesses willing to develop skilled apprentices, stayed true to his lower-taxes, more-jobs mantra — as well as his stay-the-course message.

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Harper Says Canada Unlikely to Match United States on Emission Reduction Targets

Harper Says Canada Unlikely to Match United States on Emission Reduction Targets

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during an announcement in Winnipeg on Thursday, April 23, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – Canada appears set to break a two-decades-long tradition of setting matching greenhouse gas reduction targets with the United States.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that new targets will be released next month, and will likely deviate from those recently set by the U.S.

“It’s unlikely our targets will be exactly the same as the United States, but they will be targets of similar levels of ambition to other major industrialized countries,” he said.

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Committee to Search for Manitoba’s Next Lieutenant Governor

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Lieutenant Governor Philip Lee (front) takes part in a ceremonial cannon-firing outside of the Manitoba legislature prior to the reading of the throne speech on Thursday, November 20, 2014. (SARAH TAYLOR / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has put the wheels in motion to begin the process of selecting a new Lieutenant Governor for Manitoba.

A five-member advisory committee on vice-regal appointments has been put in place to begin the search for appropriate candidates to fill the position.

Philip Lee is Manitoba’s current Lieutenant Governor, having assumed the role since being sworn-in on August 4, 2009. Lee, 70, was preceded by John Harvard.

The advisory committee will consult with a wide range of stakeholders on prospective candidates and provide advice to Harper on the progress of committee deliberations. The committee will then present a reporter to the Prime Minister with a shortlist of proposed candidates for consideration.

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Harper in Winnipeg to Announce First Job Grant Recipient

By Tyler Sutherland

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Greg Selinger at a previous announcement in Winnipeg last year. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg-based Oxygen Technical Services Ltd. is the first recipient of the federal government’s Canada Job Grant.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the city on Friday to make the announcement. He was joined at the Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology alongside Premier Greg Selinger and MPs Jason Kenney and Shelly Glover.

The $37,000 grant allows Oxygen Technical Services to provide training to 15 current employees and hire an additional seven people.

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