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Social conservative eyes shot as party boss

Wherever you look, there's Liberals in charge of almost everything.

At Parliament Hill, at Queen's Park, in essence at City Hall, and in the corporate and social media. Even conservatives running for federal and provincial leadership positions these days seem to be Liberal-light.

And then there's Brad Trost.

Brad who?

The likable and engaging 42-year-old federal Conservative from Saskatchewan wears anonymity like a badge of honour.

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Toronto has become a monolithic, suffocating liberal swamp

Toronto is now well established as the bastion of left-wing politics in Canada. Provincially, the six million people in the GTA elected only one Conservative in the last election, while federally, Conservatives were swept clean, their support in some downtown ridings in single digits. Toronto's supply of left-wing ideas is so voluminous it exports lunacy such as the Leap manifesto, making Toronto an arms depot in the war against fossil fuels. Faith in the goodness and expertise of the public sector is being shipped wholesale from Queen's Park to Parliament Hill as Kathleen Wynne's ideological stormtroopers move to the frontlines of policy-making in Justin Trudeau's new government.

A basic tenet of Toronto liberalism is that all problems can be addressed by the public sector with the proper mix of data, analysis and bureaucratic oversight. Problems are not given market solutions nor time to resolve themselves; they always require government intervention. Business is regarded as cynically greedy, while the saintly public service is above self-interest, despite conspicuously soaring salaries and benefits. Liberalism is relentlessly prescriptive in telling people how to think and behave, all in the name of freedom and justice. Individual actions are divorced from consequences; moral hazard does not exist for liberals.

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Wynne Liberals to change Ontario's definition of parents to include LGBTQ couplings

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced earlier this week that her Liberal government will introduce legislation in September to legally recognize homosexual and lesbian couples as parents, stating that laws defining parents as a man and a woman are outdated.

Wynne wants to "ensure that parents are clearly recognized in Ontario, whether they be gay, straight, and whether their children are conceived with or without assistance," she said Tuesday at an event by the homosexual advocacy group Egale, reported the Globe.

But pro-family advocates see the move as dangerous because it further severs a child's connection with his or her biological parentage.

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Canada's Tories just spat in the eyes of their social conservative base

This year's Toronto Pride Parade marked a sea change: for the first time, the federal Conservative Party ensured that their presence was loud and visible at Toronto's Pride parade. The party's interim leader, Rona Ambrose, and all three of the declared candidates for new federal leader-Kellie Leitch, Michael Chong, and libertarian Maxime Bernier marched behind a "LBTory" banner. Just in case any one was left confused as to their view on gay 'marriage' after they voted to delete the party's position on marriage at the last convention, the rather presumptuous banner read "The right side of history."

Take that, idiot rural conservatives. And don't forget to vote for us in the next election!

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Canada's Conservatives abandon natural marriage, but adopt party's 'most pro-life platform' ever

Conservative Party delegates voted overwhelmingly at their Vancouver convention this weekend to delete the party's longstanding policy defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

But they also voted in policies condemning sex-selection abortion as discrimination against women, and to uphold conscience rights for medical practitioners to refuse to participate in and refer for abortion, euthanasia, or assisted suicide.

And a resolution to delete the party's opposition to legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide didn't even make it to the plenary, but was defeated in Friday's breakout session, 213 to 94.

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Federal Tories make unprecedented showing at Toronto Gay Pride

Scarcely five weeks after the Conservative Party of Canada struck the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman from its policy declaration, CPC Interim Leader Rona Ambrose, and all three Tory MPs who have so far declared as leadership contenders, marched in Toronto's Pride Parade Sunday.

Ambrose and the three leadership candidates - Kellie Leitch, Michael Chong and Maxime Bernier - marched behind the LGBTory banner, which declared: "The right side of history."

It's the first time a federal Conservative leader has taken part in the annual event, which is said to be the largest in Canada, and which is notorious for displays of nudity, lewd dancing, and raucous aping of sexual deviations such as sadomasochism, bondage, and cross-dressing - all of which were on display on a sunny July 3 in downtown Toronto.

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'A fabulous moment': Conservative delegates shift to more neutral position on same-sex marriage

Conservative delegates took the first step towards changing the party's policy on same-sex marriage at the party's convention in Vancouver Friday.

A resolution to ticket rather than criminalize small amounts of marijuana also passed its first vote, but another to support medically assisted dying failed at the session focused on criminal justice and social policy.

"I think I'll look back on this moment in my political career, in my life, as something that was really transformative and really awesome," MP Michelle Rempel told reporters after the vote, her voice breaking after having shared with delegates her family's connection to the issue.

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Trudeau must fix his refugee mess

Now that the novelty of the 28,500 Syrian refugees Canada has accepted -- so far -- is wearing off, there's still plenty of work to be done to ensure they successfully integrate into our country.

Politicians, up to and including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who were only too happy to use these refugees for selfies and photo-ops, need to finish the job and do it right.

The signs of trouble are everywhere.

A Senate committee has warned the Trudeau government many refugees face language barriers, mental health issues exacerbated by living in and fleeing from a war zone, and financial problems, given that some have to pay back a $10,000 travel loan that got them here, while others don't.

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How Patrick Brown dodges the Liberals' attacks

Try as they might, the Ontario Liberals are just having a devil of a time framing Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown as just another right wing ideologue.

Ever since Brown won the PC crown a year ago this month, the Liberals have been determined to portray him as out of the mainstream of a very mainstream province. First, they tried to frame him as a social conservative when they rolled out the province's new sex education curriculum.

But Brown didn't take the bait. He acknowledged the need for updating that curriculum, while still giving support to the parents who had concerns about how the Liberals were bringing it in.

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Canada is living large today while dumping the costs on future generations

The latest report from Ottawa on Canada's fiscal position has that remarkable quality usually reserved for pieces of abstract art: depending on who you are, where you're standing and what you're thinking about, it can say something entirely different to different people.

To the federal Liberals, the report by Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) Jean-Denis Frechette was confirmation that they are on the right path in digging deep deficits and rolling back the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS):

"Our government welcomes the work of the PBO in keeping parliamentarians and Canadians informed," Finance Minister Bill Morneau's press secretary, Annie Donolo, said in an email to the CBC. "We are pleased to see the PBO confirm that the federal government's fiscal situation, as well as the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), are sustainable over the long term."

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Forget the errant elbow. The real scandal is the Liberals' assault on Parliament

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and addressed, again, his bizarre behaviour on Wednesday. He apologized to Conservative Whip Gord Brown, to NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, to the speaker and to all parliamentarians. He said Canadians expect better of their elected officials, and that he expected better of himself.

Fine. It's over. We can move on now. But Canadians shouldn't forget what took place before the prime minister's meltdown. The Liberals' shabby treatment of our democracy this week has been a far cry from what they'd promised when running for election last fall. And it's far more serious a matter than an immoderate curse and an errant elbow.

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David Cameron chokes back tears as he QUITS in the wake of the historic Brexit vote in referendum

The developments came after the Leave campaign stacked up 52 per cent of the votes - despite massive support for Remain in Scotland and major cities including London.

The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has attempted to reassure panicking markets this morning after the Pound nose-dived to its lowest level against the US dollar for 31 years, and the FTSE slumped by 8 per cent.

Flanked by wife Samantha in Downing Street, Mr Cameron said he had been 'proud' to serve as PM for the past six years.

But he said it would not be right for him to be the 'captain of the ship' while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU.

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'Get the f--- out of the way'; Trudeau sorry after elbowing NDP MP in Commons

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau manhandled a male Conservative MP, told another group of MPs to "get the f--- out of his way", and elbowed a female New Democrat - all of it on the floor of the House of Commons Wednesday evening, prompting one of the most bizarre parliamentary melees in decades.

Trudeau, within minutes of the incident, said sorry.

"I completely apologize," Trudeau told the House. "It was not my intention to hurt anyone."

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Wynne hits new ratings low, poll finds

It's tough to find a politician more unpopular than Kathleen Wynne.

Donald Trump?

Maybe here in Ontario, but not in his own backyard.

Hillary Clinton?

Like Trump, the Democratic contender for the U.S. presidency is one of the least popular candidates for the job in decades.

But she's still a rock star compared to Ontario's premier.

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Liberals sent scrambling after opposition ambush tests government's majority in vote

When compared to making poverty history or hugging American presidents, the business of voting in the House of Commons must seem mundane to many Liberals.

The party has always tended toward hubris, with grace only restored after the inevitable electoral fall every generation or so.

But the Grits may be slightly less presumptuous after narrowly surviving an ambush in the House on the Air Canada Public Participation Act, which changes the airline's job requirements in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

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Drop partisanship on ISIS response

When it comes to condemning terror, the Liberals need to stand with the opposition and do the right thing. This matters even more after the Orlando shootings, the latest Paris attack and the beheading of Robert Hall.

The government has twisted itself into pretzels using questionable logic to avoid supporting a Conservative motion that would declare the Islamic State's actions genocide.

On Wednesday most Liberals voted against the motion, which lost 166 to 139. But the Conservatives and NDP voted in favour, as did four Liberal MPs.

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Liberals keep driving recklessly in reverse trying to damage their Conservative foes

Last month, I wrote about the Liberal government's single-minded determination to overturn almost every Conservative policy initiative, irrespective of Canada's economic interests, international responsibilities or plain common sense. The list of reversals has gotten even longer.

One of the latest reversals is especially questionable for a government vocally devoted to transparency. The First Nations Financial Transparency Act requires that 581 First Nations make available to their members and the public audited financial statements and the remuneration and expenses of chiefs and councils. Yet, last December, the minister of indigenous and northern affairs, Carolyn Bennett, announced that her department had stopped requiring compliance with the act. Furthermore, she reinstated funding to the minority of First Nations who had not complied with it.

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Trudeau Liberals push to make national anthem 'gender neutral'

The Conservatives' calls for a national consultation on the lyrics of the Canada's anthem couldn't stop the Liberal government from pushing a gender neutral version of O Canada one step closer to becoming law this week.

While the Conservatives complained that Bill C-210, an Act to Amend the National Anthem (gender), was another arbitrary change to Canadian tradition, like the government's commitment to change the electoral system, being pushed without consulting Canadians, the Liberals justified the rush on the grounds that Mauril Belanger, the Liberal MP who sponsored Bill C-210, is dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The official English lyrics contain the lately contentious line, "True patriot love, in all thy sons command." The proposed amendment would change that to "in all of us command." The very different French words for the anthem written by Adolphe-Basile Routhier in 1880 were just as masculine and far more religious, but they have been "gender neutral" and practically secularized since 1980.

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Unfair to have OPP investigate Liberal wrongdoing

I rest my case.

Way back in the days of the first investigations into the deleted emails and the Ornge air ambulance scandals, I said the OPP shouldn't probe these cases.

I said the allegations should be kicked up to the RCMP.

Now that charges have been stayed against Sudbury Liberal operative Gerry Lougheed, it's clear why the provincial police should not be investigating the provincial government over anything - deleted emails in the gas plant scandals, Ornge air ambulance, Sudbury byelection.

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First entrant into the NDP leadership race eschews $30K fee, says she will run as 'unofficial candidate'

New Democrat Cheri DiNovo launched Tuesday her bid for the federal party leadership with a rally cry for social justice, a pledge for free tuition and national pharmacare and a promise to adopt the LEAP manifesto - all while refusing to pay the party's price of entry.

The Parkdale-High Park MPP said when the party voted in March to replace leader Thomas Mulcair she was "proud of the rank and file" but uninterested in the leadership. But then "some in the party then proceeded to attack the very rank and file that had made their voices heard." She considered it an attack on the very values the base was trying to hold up.

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Ontario 'substantially interfered' with teachers' collective bargaining rights, judge finds

An Ontario judge has found that the provincial government "substantially interfered" with teachers' right to collective bargaining.

The governing Liberals imposed contracts on teachers in 2012 that froze some of their wages and limited their ability to strike. Several unions took the government to court, arguing that Bill 115 violated their constitutional rights.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Thomas Lederer issued his decision on Thursday, ruling in favour of the unions.

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