National Newswatch
Aug 31 2015 —

The effect of low oil prices haven’t yet had a dramatic impact on Alberta finances, according to the province’s first-quarter update released Monday, but the worst may be yet to come. A steep drop in the price of West Texas Intermediate crude in August is prompting finance officials to revise their estimates for the rest […]

Aug 31 2015 — Eric Grenier

It appears the federal horse race may have reverted to its three-headedness again, as two new polls suggest a narrowing of the gap separating the three parties. But one of the surveys provides some insight into what and who is capturing voters’ attentions, and what effect it might be having. The CBC Poll Tracker still […]

Aug 31 2015 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our latest national voting intention numbers reveal a tightening race as the NDP has lost a little ground. If the election were tomorrow, 31% say they would vote NDP (down from 35% two weeks ago), 30% would vote CPC, and 28% would vote Liberal. – See more at:

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Canada’s economy: The new rustbelt

Aug 31 2015 —

IF YOU visit south-western Ontario and the Niagara peninsula you will see scenes of industrial decay. Steel mills, vehicle-parts factories and food processors sit abandoned, their car parks studded with tufts of grass. The region has the look of a rustbelt, and that has Canadians worried. Manufacturing took a beating in the late 2000s and […]

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Harper won’t talk recession a day before key economic numbers are released

Aug 31 2015 —

Stephen Harper is dodging questions about a possible recession a day before the release of new economic numbers which are expected to show a second quarter of negative growth. Technically, two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP signal a recession, but the prime minister isn’t talking about that. He is running on his party’s economic stewardship […]

Aug 31 2015 — Glen McGregor

Just 13 Conservatives seeking election across the country responded favourably to requests for interviews made by the Citizen to determine whether the party has truly clamped down on candidates’ availability to the media. The Citizen emailed interview requests to 318 nominated candidates who are listed on the Conservative Party website. Ten candidates declined the request […]

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Aug 31 2015 — Rosemary Barton

It was almost as though they had co-ordinated it. In the same room, on the same day, Conservative and Liberal candidates lined up to attack the NDP’s spending promises to date. Conservatives said that after one year, an NDP government would blast an $8-billion hole in the budget. Liberals painted an even scarier picture: a […]

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What you should know about the Trudeau poll numbers

Aug 31 2015 — Paul Wells

Is it time to call Justin Trudeau the Comeback Kid of 2015? Sure, if only to watch the way it gives the Liberals’ opponents conniptions. But while this morning’s Abacus poll features disquieting news for the still-leading New Democrats and continued lousy news for the governing Conservatives, it should encourage Liberals only insofar as they […]


A phoney war over economic stewardship

Aug 31 2015 — Dan Leger

It took almost a month, but elements of substance are finally showing up in the federal election campaign. Until the past few days, the campaign supposedly about the economy and leadership was bogged down in a quagmire of talking points and outright lies. For four weeks, all we heard were economic factoids and statistics, cherry-picked […]


Recession? Knowing if we’re in one matters

Aug 31 2015 — Don Pittis

If only there were more businesses like Smarter Alloys, Canada wouldn’t have to worry about recession. When the latest growth figures come out Tuesday morning, the answer would be clear. Founded by inventor and University of Waterloo grad Ibraheem Khan, Smarter Alloys has just announced it will begin building prototypes of devices that use its […]

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NDP squeezed between two clearer plans for tackling recession

Aug 31 2015 — Campbell Clark

What’s your answer to recession? Suddenly that question is driving the conversation in this election campaign, and the odd thing is that the putative front-runners, the NDP, don’t have a very big part in the discussion. It’s going to get louder this week. On Tuesday, Statistics Canada will release GDP numbers that will tell us […]

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The King of Mean: Harper’s reign of fear continues

Aug 31 2015 — Michael Harris

Stephen Harper never surprises. He just keeps on getting worse. Amongst other things, he proved this week that he is the king of pettiness. A federal scientist, Tony Turner, has been suspended for singing. Only Steve, it seems, can sing. I still think Harper should be sued by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for gross […]


Trudeau’s “Real Change” not much of a change

Aug 31 2015 — Anthony Furey

Residents of a number of federal ridings across the country are likely scratching their heads during this campaign season. They’re probably confused by some misleading marketing. “Rob Oliphant — Real Change for Don Valley West” reads the red signs Liberal supporters have hammered into their front lawns in this midtown Toronto riding. There’s a little […]

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