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Exclusive poll: 66 per cent of voters want change

Jul 29 2015 —

An exclusive poll commissioned for CTV News appears to contain bad news for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Nanos Research surveyed 1,000 adult Canadians and found the following: Two in three respondents agree it is “time for a change in government.” Harper’s position as the leader most trusted to manage the economy has fallen 10 points since […]

Jul 29 2015 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call an election as early as this Sunday, kicking off what would be the longest federal election campaign in modern history, CBC News has confirmed. The election is generally considered to be set for Oct. 19, 2015, under the Conservatives’ fixed election law, although there is wiggle room. But Prime […]

Jul 30 2015 — Mark Gollom

A lengthy 11-week federal election campaign could give the Conservatives, armed with a significant war chest, a marked edge over their political rivals. ​”Politics is a lot like war. You want to starve your opponent and be able to bomb the heck out of them,” said Toronto-based political strategist Marcel Wieder. “And the Tories currently […]

Flora MacDonald speaks after receiving the Pearson Peace Medal from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Friday, March 24, 2000. MacDonald, who served as a senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments and made a run for the party's leadership in 1976, has died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward ORG XMIT: CPT109

Stephen Harper to skip ‘red Tory’ Flora MacDonald’s funeral

Jul 29 2015 — Glen McGregor

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not attend the funeral of former external affairs minister Flora MacDonald, a pioneering political figure credited with leading the advance of women in modern Canadian conservative politics. Harper hasn’t offered MacDonald’s family a state funeral, a special privilege he extended to former finance minister Jim Flaherty’s family when Flaherty died […]

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Keystone XL pipeline bill: Alberta will not lobby U.S.

Jul 30 2015 — Tracy Johnson

Amid talk U.S. President Obama is about to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says the provincial government will not intervene. “It’s in their hands,” McCuaig-Boyd said in an interview. North Dakota Republican Senator John Hoeven said this week that Obama will reject the proposed pipeline, and that the announcement will […]

Jul 30 2015 —

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy says a verdict in his re-trial in Cairo has now been postponed until Aug. 8. Fahmy, who faced widely denounced terror charges and had spent more than a year in prison before a successful appeal of an earlier conviction, told The Canadian Press early today that no reason has been given […]

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Jul 29 2015 — Adrian Humphreys

Hackers with Anonymous — who last week leaked a seemingly legitimate secret document on cyber-security at Canada’s spy agency — threatened Wednesday to release decrypted text messages from former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird allegedly showing the “real reason” why he abruptly left politics. The warning was made in social media from an account the […]

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Jul 29 2015 — Althia Raj

Health Canada has approved the use of the abortion pill RU486, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. RU486, also known as mifepristone, will be allowed for use in Canada but can be obtained only through a physician, a senior government source said. The brand name under which it will be sold in Canada is Mifegymiso. […]

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Cash-rich Tories carpet-bomb Trudeau with ads

Jul 30 2015 — David Akin

For the federal election that’s we’re almost certain to be in next week, Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party has a massive and overwhelming advantage over all its rivals when it comes to money. Consider this: Since the last federal election, in the spring of 2011, Conservative HQ in Ottawa has raised $76.2 million, almost exactly as […]

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Harper government right to demand voters have say on electoral reform

Jul 30 2015 — Stephen Maher

On Monday, Tory MP Pierre Poilievre announced a re-elected Conservative government would pass a law to prevent any future government from changing the voting system without a referendum. The NDP wants to bring in proportional representation, electing some MPs from party lists to make the House of Commons more representative. The Liberals want ranked ballots […]

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The sudden mysterious rise of Thomas Mulcair

Jul 30 2015 — Robin V. Sears

To be chosen as a rising star in the Quebec Liberal Party of old was an entirely different experience to that of any other Canadian political party, including that of its English-Canadian cousins. More akin to the style of European politics, where “the centre” and often unseen senior party counsellors seek out and then elevate […]

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The fall of Justin Trudeau

Jul 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Justin Trudeau is now experiencing a common trait of political journalism in Canada. It is, as the Toronto Sun’s late, great Peter Worthington used to say, that the media are either at your feet, or at your throat. And often, the same media that used to be at your feet, are now at your throat. […]

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Would PM be shrewd or cynical with early election call?

Jul 30 2015 — Tim Harper

Stephen Harper has already given us Christmas in July, but an early election call this weekend would hardly be New Year’s in August. The prime minister can make whatever political calculation best serves his purpose and he can officially call the election whenever he wants. Canadians are just as free to decide whether this would […]

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Michael Groover and chef Paula Deen attends EVINE Live launches new digital retail brand during live broadcast from The Plaza on February 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Evine)

Is Paula Deen getting divorced?

Jul 30 2015 —

Scandal-plagued celebrity chef Paula Deen has sparked rumors that she may be secretly cooking up a divorce settlement with her husband of 11 years after quietly handing over the deed to a million-dollar home to him. According to documents filed in Georgia earlier this year, Southern cooking queen Deen, 68, granted her husband, Michael Groover, […]

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