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Liberals want power at all cost

That thud you just heard was the sound of politics in this province hitting rock bottom.

Another day. Another round of criminal charges against senior Liberal operatives.

First we saw charges laid against senior Liberal party official Gerry Lougheed in the Sudbury byelection scandal.

That was bad enough. On Thursday, OPP laid charges against senior members of former premier Dalton McGuinty's staff. His chief of staff, David Livingston, and senior adviser, Laura Miller, have each been charged with one count of breach of trust and one count of mischief related to the deletion of e-mails as McGuinty left office.

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Two former top aides to Dalton McGuinty face criminal charges for alleged roles in the gas plants scandal

Two of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty's top aides face criminal charges for their alleged role in the deletion of emails related to the controversial cancellation of two gas plants.

David Livingston and Laura Miller - who served as chief of staff and deputy chief of staff to the premier respectively - face three counts under the Criminal Code for "wrongdoing involving the handling of computer data," according to an Ontario Provincial Police press release.

They were each charged Thursday with one count of breach of trust, one of mischief in relation to data and one count of misuse of a computer system to commit the offence of mischief. All are federal charges under the Criminal Code and were laid in consultation with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada - federal prosecutors brought in to avoid any conflict of interest with the provincial attorney general's office.

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On issues that matter, Harper was right

You don't have to have voted for Stephen Harper in last month's federal election to understand that, on the big issues that matter, Canada's former prime minister got things right.

That, in the wake of last weekend's wave of deadly ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, the one leader in last month's election campaign who emphasized that in addition to the economy, security was our most important concern, was right.

That the one leader who said that being prime minister meant making "the difficult decisions necessary to protect our country's security," was right.

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Who could have predicted these problems for the Liberals? Absolutely everyone

Who could have predicted the Liberal plan to raise taxes on top earners would not pay for a $3.4-billion cut for the middle class?

Who could have forecast that the Liberal pledge to withdraw fighter jets from Iraq would rupture relations with the Americans?

Apart from absolutely everyone, that is.

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Trudeau vows to 'keep Canadians safe' as he rebuffs concerns over plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to bend on his promise to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, even after several provincial and municipal leaders expressed concern about speed taking priority over security.

"It didn't take the tragedy in Paris for us to suddenly realize that security's important," Trudeau said Tuesday as he travelled to the Philippines. "We've known for a long time, and we continue to be very much committed to keeping Canadians safe while we do the right thing to engage responsibly on this humanitarian crisis."

The prime minister was responding to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who took the unusual step of writing the prime minister on Monday saying the resettlement of refugees cannot be driven by a deadline, and that safety must be the priority. Wall asked Trudeau to re-evaluate his plan.

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Ontario's Liberals have completely broken the electricity system

In politics, as we wrote Wednesday, people get upset about the little things. Remember Bev Oda's $16 glass of orange juice? In the context of a 12-figure federal budget, or ministerial trips justifiably running into the tens of thousands of dollars, some overpriced OJ hardly mattered. And yet it galled. Small misdeeds are relatable. A big, complicated and massively costly government screw-up, in contrast, sometimes leaves people cold.

Let's see if this warms you up. On Wednesday, Ontario's Auditor-General announced that, between 2006 and 2014, thanks to incompetence and mismanagement on the part of the province's Liberal government, Ontarians overpaid for electricity to the tune of $37-billion. And over the next 18 years, consumers will be overpaying to the tune of another $133-billion.

Let's try to put those numbers in context. Electricity overpriced by $170-billion is equivalent to $12,326 in excess costs for every man, woman and child in Ontario. Over 27 years, that averages out to $457 per person, per year. According to Statistics Canada, the average Ontario household has 2.6 people, so for the typical family, we're talking about a power utility bill roughly $1,188 higher than it should be - every year.

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Love isn't the only response to the Paris attacks. Toughness is too

The morning after the Paris attacks, a store around the corner from my house put out a little sign on the sidewalk: "L'amour est la réponse," it read.

It sounds mushy-headed but you know, probably love is part of the answer, and if not love, then at least the resolve to remain tolerant.

For instance, I think Canada should still keep open its doors to desperate Syrian refugees, though it might be nice if the new Liberal government walked back its plan to process 25,000 of them before the end of the year.

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Any role Canada might play in Paris is strictly for show

"Canada is back, my good friends," Justin Trudeau said at the end of his speech to the Paris climate summit, and then he did that thing he does, where he touches his heart with his hand.

For fans of self-serving humbug, this was the trifecta: the glib sloganeering, the false humility the gaudy theatricality, and all in the service of - what? Beyond the suggestion, familiar from years past, that "Canada" equals "Liberal," and the shower of applause in reply from his "good friends" at the conference, it's hard to say.

Certainly in substantive terms it matters not a whit whether "Canada is back," even supposing that meant anything and even supposing we were. As far as the future temperature of the Earth is concerned, Canada is irrelevant, being responsible for just 1.6 per cent of world emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases. Any role we might play in Paris is strictly for show.

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Trudeau relaunches 'corrupt' program used to push anti-family agenda through courts

When Stephen Harper's Conservatives stopped funding the long-running Court Challenges Program in September 2006, they put an end to what pro-life lawyer Gwen Landolt describes as the most "corrupt, discriminatory and biased programs devised in Canada."

And it's a program Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to bring back.

Landolt, vice president of REAL Women of Canada, says she has no doubt that a restored Court Challenges Program will be used, as was its predecessor, by left-wing and anti-life feminist groups as a "a way to get social policies implemented by the courts," by launching taxpayer-funded Charter-based court challenges.

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Quebec will allow doctors to euthanize patients starting Dec. 10: bucks feds request to delay

Quebec has refused an alleged federal request to suspend its "right-to-die" law, with the province's justice and health ministers declaring the legislation will go into effect December 10 as planned, according to the Canadian Press.

Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould reportedly asked her provincial counterpart, Stephanie Vallee, on Wednesday to hold off implementing the province's Bill 52 as the federal government looks into drafting its own legislation.

But Vallee says that Quebec will move ahead with Bill 52: "We're staying the course, obviously," she stated.

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Campaign Life gives Conservative's new interim leader Rona Ambrose yellow light

Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) considers Rona Ambrose, the new Interim leader of the Conservative Party, to be "educable" and has given her a "yellow light" rating, says CLC vice-president Jeff Gunnarson.

Conservative MPs and senators, who met Thursday for first time since Canadian voters ousted them from government October 19, elected the 46-year-old Alberta MP from a slate of eight contenders that included Manitoba pro-life MP Candice Bergen.

As official Opposition, the Tories face a 184-seat strong Liberal caucus led by aggressively pro-abortion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, noted Gunnarson. "No leader, whether interim or otherwise, is going to hold sway over a government that is headstrong on abortion."

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A racist behind every tree

In the 1950s, American politicians on the U.S. House Committee on unAmerican Activities saw a Communist hiding behind every tree.

Much like the premier of Canada's largest province today sees a racist hiding behind every tree.

Because that's how Kathleen Wynne -- who may as well have been Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Ontario campaign manager in last month's federal election -- rolls.

For Wynne, it's not enough that she's right and you're wrong. It's that she's right and you’re evil.

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O Cannabis, our home and...

I was shocked - shocked! - that Justin Trudeau did not name a marijuana minister.

Maybe there wasn't room in his shrunken cabinet. So the new attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, will carry the torch for the rookie prime minister's sexiest campaign promise: Legal weed.

But how will our grass grow? In the next four years - before Canadians come to their senses and dust Justin for our first Libertarian PM - how will Pot Nation unfold?

So far, it's all smoke.

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Canada to miss target of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees by year's end

The Liberal government will not meet its Dec. 31 deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and now says it aims to complete the program by February.

The new target is to bring 10,000 people to Canada by year's end and the remainder in the first two months of 2016.

The group will be a mix of government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees, all of whom will be identified by the end of next month.

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Wynne cries poor yet takes $1M junkets

Her government has unilaterally cut doctor's service fees by 7% this year.

She has repeatedly nickeled and dimed seniors trying to access physiotherapy or cataract surgery, among other things, to keep them mobile, independent and living in their own homes.

Premier Kathleen Wynne even whisked herself out of town before the controversial fire sale of Hydro One commences Wednesday - a sale rushed through to presumably raise desperately needed cash.

But evidently there is money for some things - in this case, junkets.

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Government expected to announce it's unlikely to meet goal of 25,000 Syrian refugees resettled by Dec. 31

The planned announcement Tuesday of how Canada will take in thousands of Syrian refugees will drive ongoing local, national and international efforts into high gear, a program that will extend far beyond the Liberals' self-imposed end-of-year deadline.

Syrians have been steadily arriving in Canada for months and some of them will count against the Liberal promise to resettle 25,000 people by Dec. 31, a milestone the government is expected to say Tuesday it is unlikely to meet.

But what many are watching for alongside that is how the mass influx will be handled and who is going to pay for it.

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Trudeau in, Israel out

A Christian educator in Canada says the defeat of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives in Monday's elections means that once again Canada will be cursed.

For nearly ten years, Stephen Harper's Conservative government provided the nation of Israel what the U.S. under Barack Obama wouldn't: a reliable ally. But Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, says with the victory of the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, Israeli-Canadian relations are about to deteriorate - again.

"Genesis 12:3 says God will bless those who bless [Israel] and God will curse those who curse [Israel]," he tells OneNewsNow.

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Premiers have a decade of demands saved up for Trudeau

If Justin Trudeau thought he was getting a crash course in reality politics at last week's international gatherings in Turkey and the Philippines, he ain't seen nothing. Today the real stress starts, when he sits down with the provincial premiers and the demands begin.

Stephen Harper didn't like meeting with the premiers, because he understood the essential nature of the gatherings and saw little to be gained from turning himself into a target for 10 premiers and three territorial leaders, all demanding more money. Harper believed governments should accept responsibility for their mandates and deal to the best of their ability with those problems that lay within their jurisdiction. Constant provincial appeals to Ottawa for bailouts served little purpose, as Ottawa had its own bills to pay and demands to meet.

But his refusal became an issue in itself. As the Toronto Star helpfully pointed out, it's been 2,502 days since the last meeting of all the premiers and the PM, as if just sitting down in a room together would constitute an achievement in itself. Harper preferred dealing one-on-one, but found that could be equally irritating, and famously refused to take phone calls from Ontario's Kathleen Wynne for over a year.

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Our choice is clear -- Stephen Harper

There's been a lot of talk in this election about strategic voting -- voting for someone you don't really support to block someone else you support even less.

That's not our advice to our readers in this very important election.

We urge you to vote for the leader and party you believe is best qualified to lead Canada.

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Delay refugee timeline

Canadians are supportive of refugees coming to their country but they want to see it done right. That's the challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau currently faces.

Our collective hearts broke when we saw the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Turkey.

Canadians understand the plight of Syrians fleeing violence in their homeland. We want to help.

But there are practical and compelling reasons to suggest Trudeau should modify his ambitious commitment to bring 25,000 refugees into Canada, beginning with his Jan. 1 deadline.

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Wynne documentary finally to air

"I have not seen it, so I will be watching it on Saturday," the premier said Wednesday. "I was never against it being shown. I'm glad it's going to be in the public realm."

TVOntario commissioned the independent, behind-the-scenes documentary.

But in May, TVO abruptly announced it was ending its arrangement with the producer, White Pine Pictures.

The cameras were apparently rolling in February as Wynne and her government went through the Sudbury byelection, which later resulted in OPP charges against a Liberal fund raiser.

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