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Conservatives defend temporary halt on some Syrian refugees

Oct 8 2015 —

Sources tell CTV News that a temporary halt to the processing of some Syrian refugees was ordered earlier this year to make sure the types favoured by the Prime Minister’s Office were being prioritized. Department of Citizenship and Immigration insiders told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that PMO staff went through the files to […]

Oct 8 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The Liberals have caught up to the NDP in Quebec, as voters in the province increasingly see Justin Trudeau’s team as the party most likely to defeat the Conservatives, according to the latest Léger poll. The New Democrats’ massive lead in Quebec has steadily evaporated during the campaign, as growing numbers of strategic voters turn […]

Oct 8 2015 —

Canada’s chief electoral officer sees positive signs that voters are keenly engaged in the election, including students and citizens living abroad. Speaking on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, Marc Mayrand said voters do not appear to be dissuaded from the democratic process after the robocalls scandal and other dirty tricks in the 2011 election […]

Oct 8 2015 — Glen McGregor

A political consultant whose firm works with the U.S. Republican Party is helping Conservative candidate Rick Dykstra deal with unproved allegations about underaged drinking at a bar in his riding. Jim Ross, a consultant with Ohio-based Front Porch Strategies, attended an all-candidates event at Brock University on Monday, where he reportedly confronted Liberal campaign workers […]


PMO’s Syrian refugee audit about more than security

Oct 8 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

An audit of Syrian refugee files ordered by the Prime Minister’s Office in the spring was not limited to potential security concerns, but examined all aspects of the process – including whether Christians and other vulnerable groups were getting priority status. The Syrian refugee crisis threatened to hijack the federal election campaign again on Thursday, […]


Stephen Harper put Syrian refugee lives at risk: Advocates

Oct 8 2015 —

Stephen Harper put lives at risk by requiring an extra level of scrutiny on refugee applications from some of the millions fleeing Syria, advocates say. “These are people in urgent need of protection,” said Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange program at Ryerson University and a member of Lifeline Syria’s steering committee. […]

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Stephen Harper denies PMO staff vetted Syrian refugee files

Oct 8 2015 — Louise Elliott

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has acknowledged that his government asked for an audit of Syrian refugee cases earlier this year, but denies that any political staff were involved in vetting those files. Harper, responding to a Globe and Mail story, said that when it comes to admitting refugees, his government ensures the selection of the […]

Oct 8 2015 —

The public safety minister’s top bureaucrat has advised him Canadians are “increasingly likely” to support the legalization or decriminalization of drugs, including marijuana. It’s a message that runs counter to the Conservative government’s firm opposition to softer penalties for recreational pot smokers — an issue that has flared up regularly on the federal campaign trail. […]

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Oct 8 2015 — Mark Kennedy

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he is still “confident” he will win a majority government in the upcoming federal election, and that those who count him out are simply wrong. He made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with the Citizen as the campaign heads into the home stretch. The NDP began the campaign leading […]

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Why the NDP is losing Quebec voters

Oct 8 2015 — Martin Patriquin

Jay Hill will vote for anyone who can beat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. A tech entrepreneur by trade, the 35-year-old transplanted Montrealer has become anti-Harper by design, due mostly to what he calls the “campaign of fear” wrought by the Conservatives. “Certain things fly in the face of what it is to be Canadian,” he says.


Trans-Pacific trade deal won’t secure Tory victory

Oct 8 2015 — Dan Leger

This isn’t 1988, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership isn’t the Canada-U.S. free trade deal that dominated that year’s landmark election. Although the TPP itself is bigger in every way, it is just one issue among many for voters on Oct. 19. The 1988 campaign was all about one thing and it was a matter of principle. […]


Pacific trade deal not quite what it seems

Oct 8 2015 — Tom Walkom

It is less in that Canada already has trade and investment deals with four of the 12 nations that make up the TPP — including the all-important United States. Of the remaining seven, only Japan is a major economic player. The fact that Canadian goods will eventually be able to enter that country duty-free is […]


The fall and rise of the Liberal Party

Oct 8 2015 — Konrad Yakabuski

The Liberal Party was left for dead in 2011. The political formation that dominated 20th-century federal politics looked like a spent force. The country seemed to have finally outgrown the brokerage politics that had underwritten the Liberals’ astonishingly long run as Canada’s natural governing party. No one would call the Liberals a spent force now. […]


Stephen Harper’s hypocrisy and hysteria on marijuana

Oct 8 2015 — Martin Regg Cohn

Politicians know how to harvest the low hanging fruit at election time. Now, Justin Trudeau has sniffed out the low hanging cannabis on the campaign trail — and promised to legalize it. It’s time, long past time. The Liberal leader can make up for the sins — or omissions — of his father in failing […]


King Stephen has changed Canada for the worse

Oct 8 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

One can agree or disagree with the political orientation of a government, even on such seminal issues as where to draw the line between security and civil liberties in this age of terrorism. Stephen Harper’s biggest problem is not that he is a right-wing ideologue. It is how he has governed. A prime minister must […]

Oct 8 2015 — Candice Malcolm

Justin Trudeau has trouble when it comes to budgeting. He was for balancing the budget before he was against it. In a recent interview, he told a CTV host that if folks want to know how much his promises will cost taxpayers, we can pull out a calculator and crunch the numbers ourselves. So when […]

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