• Manning Centre speakersThings are going well for conservative Canadians.

    Right-leaning political parties are ruling in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and, of course, in Ottawa.

    But can the good times continue?

    That's a question that conservatives from across the country will be asking themselves at the sixth annual Manning Networking Conference — organized by the Manning Centre — which gets underway on Thursday evening at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

    "We constantly monitor [the conservative movement] — where the strengths are," the centre's namesake, Preston Manning, told Yahoo Canada News during a telephone interview on Wednesday.

    "I think a strength of the conservatives...is on the economic front. But I think a worry there is that some of the polling shows that while Canadians hold these conservative economic values — the values of balance budgets, keeping taxes moderate, expanding trade — they don't necessarily translate to support for Conservative parties or

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  • Photo from FacebookQuebec's language watchdog is at it again.

    A boutique clothing store in Chelsea, Quebec has been threatened with fines for having their Facebook page in English.

    If you didn't know that social media was under the scrutiny of the language watchdog, don't worry — neither did the store's owner.

    "Ultimately, to me, Facebook has nothing to do with Quebec," Eva Cooper, purveyor of Delilah in the Parc, told the Toronto Star.

    "I’m happy to mix it up, but I’m not going to do every post half in French, half in English. I think that that defeats the whole purpose of Facebook.

    "Would I be able to do my text in English on (Pinterest or) Twitter?"

    According to an Internet lawyer in Quebec, however, Cooper may have to give in to the wishes of provincial authorities.

    "It is well-settled law that Quebec company websites must be in French (they can be in another language as well, but must be in French), because they are considered advertising," Allen Mendelsohn told Yahoo Canada News in an email

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  • Canada's senators have struggled in their efforts to shed their damaged reputations after the expense scandal of 2013.

    These developing stories about Senator Colin Kenny isn't going to help.

    Late Tuesday, CTV News reported that an investigation into the affairs of the former Liberal Senator has revealed allegations that he inappropriately used a taxpayer-funded staff member for non-Senate work.

    The list of allegations — included in a preliminary report sparked by a staffer complaint last Fall — includes Kenny asking his employee to arrange for the tailoring of his clothes and picking up his prescription pills for erectile dysfunction.

    Kenny is not commenting on the current report but has denied previous allegations of abuse of power.

    [ Related: Ex-Liberal senators’ expense disclosures come up short, watchdog says ]

    Another report — this one by CBC Newsis even more troubling.

    The public broadcaster is reporting that there are five more women alleging Kenny harassed them.

    "Five more women

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  • Canada's senators have struggled in their efforts to shed their damaged reputations after the expense scandal of 2013.

    This developing story about Senator Colin Kenny isn't going to help.

    Late Tuesday, CTV News reported that an investigation into the affairs of the former Liberal Senator has revealed allegations that he inappropriately used a taxpayer-funded staff member for non-Senate work.

    The list of allegations — included in a preliminary report sparked by a staffer complaint last Fall — includes Kenny asking his employee to arrange for the tailoring of his clothes and picking up his prescription pills for erectile dysfunction.

    Kenny is not commenting on the current report but has denied previous allegations of abuse of power.

    [ Related: Ex-Liberal senators’ expense disclosures come up short, taxpayer watchdog says ]

    Another report — this one by CBC Newsis even more troubling.

    The public broadcaster is reporting that there are five more women alleging Kenny harassed them.

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford poses for pictures before the Big City's Mayors' meeting

    Canada's big city mayors emerged from their meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday with a common theme' — 'Feds, we need more money.'

    "The [Big City Mayor's Caucus] is calling for Canada to take practical steps to build stronger cities and a stronger economy.

    First, federal and provincial governments must guarantee a lion's share of the New Building Canada Fund for municipal projects, including public transit. Second, the federal government must take action to avert a housing disaster by developing a long-term housing plan for next year's budget that will make life more affordable for Canadians and reverse the withdrawal of existing federal social housing investments worth $1.7 billion per year.

    The mayors also objected to proposed new federal funding rules that would make it more difficult to meet local needson in aress such as roads, sports and recreation."

    The mayors also want Canada Post to stop its plan to eliminate door-to-delivery "until municipal concerns have been fully addressed

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  • A man mourns at the site where anti-Yanukovich protesters were killed during clashes in Kiev.

    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will be leading a Canadian delegation to Ukraine later today in the midst of growing anxiety in the east European nation.

    In an interview with CBC News, Conservative MP Ted Opitz, who will be travelling with Baird, said the purpose of the trip is to show support and to provide guidance to the new transitional government.

    "The fact that Canada is acting to send a high level delegation led by the Honourable John Baird, to the Ukraine, I think says a great deal about our commitment to Ukraine, our commitment to the people of Ukraine," he said.

    "What we're going to do is talk to the transitional government about their goals and how they intend to strengthen their democratic institutions."

    Opitz was coy about what tangible support Canada may offer.

    [ Related: Justin Trudeau apologizes for his quip about Ukraine ]

    In a media scrum, on Wednesday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said no Liberals were invited to join Baird and Opitz in Ukraine.

    "I worry that

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  • Porky the Waste Hater (CTF file photo)It's sort of like the Oscars for us 'political geeks' except that it's kind of depressing.

    The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) held its Teddy Waste Awards black tie ceremony on Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning.

    The annual gala event involves CTF Director Gregory Thomas and mascot Porky the Waste Hater handing out pig shaped awards for the worst in government mistakes.

    Here are this year's winners — or should we call them losers?

    The federal Teddy — $2.5 million dollars on ads for a program that doesn't exist:

    The federal Teddy goes to Employment and Social Development Canada for spending $2.5 million on ads for a job training program that didn't exist.

    You'll recall the job grant program commercials during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. They were well-done, but promoted a program that wasn't finalized and needed approval from the provinces to proceed.

    The Tories eventually dropped the ads after complaints were lodged to Canada's advertising regulator from individuals

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  • Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath (CP)The minimum wage debate continues to rage on both sides of the border.

    Those in favour of a wage increase argue that there are too many working individuals living in poverty. Opponents claim that small businesses just can't afford any type of wage boost.

    Well, here's a compromise from, perhaps, an unlikely group.

    Ontario's New Democrats are proposing a trade off: they're suggesting an increase in the minimum wage in exchange for small business tax cuts.

    The plan, introduced by party leader Andrea Horwath on Tuesday, would see the minimum wage rise to $12 by June 2016 (from the current $10.25). It's coupled with a cut in the small business tax rate from 4.5 per cent to 4 per cent this June, followed by a 0.5 per cent cut annually for the next two years.

    "We need a balanced approach where families get a raise while ensuring small businesses grow and thrive to create more jobs," the NDP's small business critic Wayne Gates said in the legislature, according to the Bullet News.

    New

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  • Senator James Cowan.This a good news / bad news story.

    The good news is that former Liberal senators have finally made good on a promise to proactively disclose their travel expenses. The bad news is that it really doesn't provide much detail at all.

    One of the blatant omissions is that their disclosures — unlike the Conservative senator disclosures — don't include spousal travel.

    A CBC report from last week, analyzing Conservative expenses noted that a number of Tory senators routinely charged taxpayers to bring spouses with them on trips to Ottawa.

    Paul Calendra, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's parliamentary secretary, says that he's a little perplexed as to why the Liberals didn't disclose that information.

    "We understood that Canadians wanted more openness with respect to expenses and that is why we [made] sure that spouses were also included in this," he told Yahoo Canada News.

    "It's still taxpayer money, whether it's the MP or spouse or..children. It's all in the same vein as...this fakeness we're

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  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses delegates at the Liberal convention in MontrealJustin Trudeau has finally apologized for an unpopular remark he made last week about the deadly conflict in Ukraine.

    In an interview with Radio Canada taped last Thursdayafter violent clashes that killed dozens in Ukraine — the Liberal leader said this: "It is very worrisome, particularly since Russia lost in hockey, they will be in a bad mood and we fear Russian involvement in the Ukraine."

    On Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted out a message explaining that he had apologized to Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

    The apology comes after 24 hours of criticism from the Conservatives, the NDP, the media and even

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