Canada & World

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday.

Flaherty says no entrenched recovery visible

OTTAWA — World leaders are not yet ready to call and end to the economic crisis, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday, stressing there is no evidence a sustained recovery is under way despite recent gains.

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday.

Clement denies extra scrutiny given to gay tourism events

OTTAWA — Industry Minister Tony Clement denied Monday he directed his department to give any special scrutiny to gay-themed tourism events, and lashed out angrily at opposition suggestions that homophobia motivated government funding decisions.

Greenpeace report sparks more debate about Alberta oilsands and climate change

EDMONTON — Some energy industry players say a new Greenpeace-sponsored report uses unfair comparisons in claiming Alberta’s oilsands are generating more greenhouse gas emissions than some European countries.

NDP Leader Jack Layton questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday.

Election tension slackens with NDP poised to support Conservatives

OTTAWA — The NDP is likely to support the Conservative minority government in a confidence vote this Friday and avert another federal election — at least for now — party sources told The Canadian Press.

NDP Leader Jack Layton questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff speaks with the media outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Ignatieff vows to restore Canada on world stage

OTTAWA — Michael Ignatieff is casting himself as an international statesman who would reassert Canada’s role on the world stage as a peacekeeper, honest broker and poverty fighter.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff speaks with the media outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Soldier’s death prompts debate about Afghan mission, even GG Jean wades in

The death of another young Canadian soldier has provided the kindling to reignite the debate over the usefulness of Canada’s role in Afghanistan — and even Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean waded into the issue Monday.

Parties gird for swine flu surge during campaign

Canada’s election agency is stockpiling hand sanitizer as it prepares for a possible election and a potential swine flu outbreak.

Pte. Patrick Lormand

Canadian soldier Pte. Patrick Lormand, 21, on his way home

The “young, clear eyes” of another Canadian soldier were closed forever by the blast of an improvised explosive device but his efforts in Afghanistan have not been “futile,” his commander said.

Pte. Patrick Lormand

N.L. boat sank rapidly, fisherman says, as search continues for missing man

Crews contended with deteriorating weather and five-metre seas on Monday as they searched off Newfoundland’s rugged east coast for a fisherman forced to abandon a sinking shrimp boat on the weekend.

RCMP Corp. Natasha Szpakowski

Mounties who died 127 years apart honoured at memorial

Two fallen Mounties who died more than a century apart were honoured during the RCMP’s national memorial service Sunday.

RCMP Corp. Natasha Szpakowski

Clement ’revoked’ colleague’s portfolio after she funded gay event: documents

OTTAWA — Industry Minister Tony Clement’s office directed bureaucrats to “scrutinize activities” of major tourism events up for stimulus funding, just two weeks after Toronto’s Gay Pride festival received a federal grant.

A man demonstrates

Controversial spoken-word marathon goes. . . et c’est bon

QUEBEC CITY — The controversial spoken-word marathon on Quebec City’s Plains of Abraham that came to a close Sunday afternoon was a resounding success, say event organizers.

A man demonstrates

Federal parties will fight for upper hand as Parliament returns

OTTAWA — Consider the week ahead in Parliament a trailer to the fall blockbuster that’s about to be released, a sort of loud, tense collection of soundbytes competing for the public’s attention and affection.

Ignatieff rules out coalition with NDP, Bloc

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is vowing not to form any coalition with the NDP or Bloc Quebecois — a move aimed at reassuring voters wary of another opposition pact as an election looms.

Feds recoil at costs of cargo plane contract

The federal government doesn’t yet have a long-term maintenance contract for its new air force transport planes because it’s balking at the high costs and arguing about benefits to Canadian industry.

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks at the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Victoria Thursday.

Deficits until 2015: Flaherty

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Ottawa will run deficits for two years longer than originally forecast and the country will be in the red at least until 2015. As well, he said the deficit for this year will be over $5 billion more than originally thought, moving up to a projected $55.9 billion from $50.2 billion.

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks at the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Victoria Thursday.
Flowers bloom on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Members of Parliament return from their summer break next week but their work on the Hill could be shortlived.

Harper talking Tory majority

One party’s hand grenade may be another party’s rocket booster. Government opponents worked themselves into a lather Thursday over Stephen Harper’s closed-door pitch for a majority mandate, but others suggest his recent appeal to partisans was no gaffe, but rather a sneak preview of Conservative campaign messaging.

Flowers bloom on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Members of Parliament return from their summer break next week but their work on the Hill could be shortlived.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seen durnig a photo op with Graydon Nicholas

Leaked video shows the true Stephen Harper: rivals

Stephen Harper’s behind-closed-door musings about winning a majority, stamping out separatists and socialists, and keeping liberals out of the courts prove he’s two-faced, his rivals say.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seen durnig a photo op with Graydon Nicholas
Police officials stand guard as passengers disembark from a hijacked plane at the airport in Mexico City Wednesday.

Five Canadians aboard hijacked plane in Mexico

Five Canadians were among the passengers caught up in a bizarre hijacking in Mexico.

Police officials stand guard as passengers disembark from a hijacked plane at the airport in Mexico City Wednesday.

Recession pushing more people to call suicide hotlines: groups

MONTREAL — Economic woes are pushing more Canadians to the edge, suicide prevention groups say as they try to raise awareness of the problem on Thursday’s World Suicide Prevention Day.