Candice Malcolm: Tory leadership hopefuls must lead the fiscal charge

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

After months of searching for an issue to differentiate themselves from the Trudeau Liberals, Conservative leadership hopefuls may have finally found the right ammunition – thanks to a scoop from the Toronto Sun.

On Wednesday, my colleague Anthony Furey and I broke news of an economic report quietly released by the Trudeau government. It was quietly released for good reason. Canada’s long-term fiscal projections paint a dire picture, particularly for young Canadians and future taxpayers.

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Canada open to global economy amid rising threat of protectionism: Freeland

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is bullish about Canada’s future despite the growing threat of protectionism in the United States and the world. Ms. Freeland portrayed Canada on Thursday as a global bulwark against populism and protectionism. While other countries build walls, Canada is opening its doors to trade and immigration, she said. “The complexity of the international situation presents enormous possibilities for Canada,” she told the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. “I believe we are the best-placed country in the world to emerge from this complexity.” (Globe and Mail) (Macleans)

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau will bury us in debt

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

When Canadians elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it was a $2 trillion mistake.

And, no, that’s not just an opinion.

The $2 trillion figure comes from the Government of Canada’s Department of Finance, in its annual update on long-term fiscal projections.

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Former CSIS director says expanded surveillance powers needed to prevent terror attacks

Former Canadian Security Intelligence Services director Ward Elcock says the spy agency needs expanded surveillance powers to address the risk of terror attacks on the scale of recent violence in Europe and Turkey. Elcock said modern technology has surpassed the legal framework for surveilling and foiling the threat of an attack. "Communications has moved on substantially from the days of alligator clips and copper wires," he said in an interview with Terry Milewski on CBC News Network's Power & Politics. (CBC)

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Immigrants peeved by federal government’s switch to sponsorship lottery

After failing to make the cut to sponsor his parents to Canada in January 2016, Daniel Dodero began compiling their 2017 application package early last summer. In November, in order to have a better chance at securing his parents a coveted spot in the first-come, first-serve system, he hired a courier to make sure the application would be hand-delivered to the Immigration Department’s Mississauga processing centre on Tuesday as soon as the office opened its door to accept applications. Then just before Christmas, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced an overhaul of the intake process for the 2017 parent and grandparent sponsorship program. (Toronto Star)

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January 3rd, 2017: Looking Back

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On New Year’s Eve, an Islamist terrorist gunned down 39 innocent people in a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey. A Canadian has been confirmed to be among those who were killed in the shooting. 12 Canadians have been victims of terrorist attacks in 2016 – the most killed in such attacks in 15 years. It’s clear that there’s a global Islamic terrorism problem and Canadians are directly affected. But Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government insists on maintaining a “non-combative” role in the fight against ISIS.  

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Milton woman killed in attack on Istanbul nightclub

The Canadian killed in the New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as Alaa Al-Muhandis of Milton, Ont. Global Affairs Canada confirmed her identity in an email on Monday evening. Media reported that Al-Muhandis was a 29-year-old mother of two. Her Facebook page states that she attended Streetsville Secondary School in Mississauga and was a graduate of Seneca College. (Toronto Star)

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Candice Malcolm: In 2016, average people sent a message

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Many are calling 2016 the worst year in recent memory.

Aside from the death of several celebrities and cultural icons, 2016 was also a year plagued with escalating global conflicts and deadly Islamist terrorist attacks.

While Islamists boasted about infiltrating the flow of refugee coming into Europe, Western leaders naively insisted that the violent attacks had nothing to do with the refugees and nothing to do with Islam.

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Canadian reportedly among victims of Istanbul nightclub attack, gunman at large

A manhunt stretched on in Turkey Sunday for an assailant who unleashed a salvo of bullets in front of and inside a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people before fleeing. Foreigners accounted for 24, or nearly two-thirds of the attack’s victims, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. Many were from the Middle East, including Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, although countries from India to Belgium reported their citizens among the casualties. The private Dogan news agency in Turkey said Sunday the dead also included one Canadian. (Toronto Star) (CBC)

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New laws in 2017: Everything you need to know

Start the New Year off on the right foot with this list of new laws coming into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. (CTV)

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