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Federal Liberal members in eastern Quebec quit party to join NDP

Aug 4 2015 —

Several members of the federal Liberal Party in eastern Quebec have resigned to join the NDP. The executive committee of the Gaspé-Magdalen Islands Association had 10 members, but 8 stepped down Monday night in anger, denouncing what they consider a lack of transparency by the Liberal Party of Canada. Yoan Méthot-Bernatchez, the former president of the […]

Aug 4 2015 —

Stephen Harper is looking “weak and vulnerable” on the trade file as the government continues to negotiate a massive trade pact with Asian-Pacific nations during a lengthy election campaign, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said Tuesday. “He was never a very good negotiator to begin with, but we are concerned about very important subjects,” Mulcair said […]

Aug 4 2015 —

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair hit back at Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau during his first question-and-answer session in Montreal on day three of the federal election campaign. “The orange wave started here in Quebec and on Oct. 19 we can complete the job,” Mulcair said. Mulcair kicked off his campaign in Gatineau, Que. on Sunday, […]

Aug 4 2015 —

Stephen Harper has delivered the first big-budget promise of the Conservative election campaign: a permanent home-renovation tax credit that will cost taxpayers $1.5 billion a year once implemented. However, Harper says the credit — a more modest version of a temporary credit the government first introduced in 2009 — won’t be introduced until economic circumstances […]

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Harper targets Ontario and Alberta premiers on hustings

Aug 4 2015 — Mark Kennedy

Conservative leader Stephen Harper, for the second time in the election campaign, has launched fierce attacks against the Liberal premier of Ontario and the NDP premier of Alberta – and both are fighting back. At a news conference in Toronto Tuesday, Harper blasted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne over her desire for an enhanced public pension […]

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Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau confirm Globe debate attendance

Aug 4 2015 — James Bradshaw

The leaders of Canada’s three official parties will square off over key economic issues on Sept. 17 in a federal election debate hosted by The Globe and Mail. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have each confirmed they will take part in the prime-time debate. David Walmsley, The […]

Aug 4 2015 — Rachel Aiello

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth are the only two federal leaders to confirm they will take part in the “Up For Debate,” national leaders’ debate next month dedicated solely to women’s issues, after the coalition of more than 175 women’s groups and allied organizations lobbied all the party leaders. Prime Minister […]

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Aug 4 2015 — Laura Payton

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper suggested Tuesday morning that the federal government’s budget is going to be tight for the next two years, telling people at an event in Toronto that a tax credit he’s promising if he is re-elected wouldn’t be implemented until mid-way into that mandate. Harper and other Conservatives have so far maintained […]

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Aug 4 2015 —

The Canadian dollar hit a new 11-year low today against its U.S. counterpart, as weak oil prices and a possible further interest rate cut continue to hurt sentiment in Canada’s currency. The loonie was trading at 76.12 cents US just after 9 a.m. ET, down a third of a cent from Friday’s close. That’s the […]

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Aug 4 2015 — Eric Grenier

As battle lines are drawn now that the campaign is underway, the New Democrats’ slim lead over the Conservatives has widened slightly. And as leaders begin to jet across the country, regional contests are taking shape as well. The latest numbers from CBC’s Poll Tracker give the NDP 33.2 per cent support, for a lead […]

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Anti-abortion campaign sets a new low in politics

Aug 4 2015 — Michael Coren

Last week a parent in Calgary reported that she had come home to find that her small children had seen a flyer that had been put through the door depicting deeply bloody, disturbing and graphic images of mangled fetal body parts. They were frightened and confused and she was understandably outraged. There is, however, little […]

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TPP Ministers Gob-Smacked in Maui

Aug 4 2015 — Peter Clark

Trade expert Peter Clark was in Lahaina, Hawaii, for the recent talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting.  The following  is his post-game analysis. No one should be surprised that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators meeting in Maui fell short of its objectives. The Ministers made progress. Success was in sight but the light at […]

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Rallying ‘normal’ Canadians the secret to Conservative success

Aug 3 2015 — Andrew MacDougall

While the fundamental objective of a campaign doesn’t shift with the long haul of a lengthier writ, the chances of stepping on a landmine certainly does. And, at double the standard campaign period, this election provides twice the time for that. That’s why leaders will be paying particular attention to clearing the road ahead of […]

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Stephen Harper avoids Trudeau’s name in Montreal

Aug 4 2015 — Chantal Hébert

The first stop of the extended 2015 campaign on Sunday night found Stephen Harper speaking at one of the most low-key election launches ever held in a major Canadian city by an incumbent prime minister. Billed as the opening Quebec rally of the campaign, Harper’s appearance in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal spoke more […]

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With Liberals squeezed out, a new two-way race

Aug 4 2015 — Margaret Wente

Back in the olden days, there were only two federal parties that mattered in Canada. Both were middle-of-the-road. Both had a string of mostly credible leaders. Every so often they traded places, but in truth it was hard to tell them apart. Then there was the idealistic wacko fringe, whose leaders were forgettable (sorry, Audrey […]

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Why measurement matters in income inequality

Aug 4 2015 — Jason Clemens and Chris Sarlo

Canada, like most industrial countries has its fair share of economists and politicians arguing that Canada has an inequality crisis requiring large-scale, even unprecedented government intervention to solve. More often than not the issue of inequality and how we measure it is grossly over-simplified. The reality of income inequality is far more complicated than such […]

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Some hard numbers from Harper’s soft economy

Aug 3 2015 — Lawrence Martin

A study was released a few days ago, looking into how the economic performance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives stacks up against other Canadian governments since the Second World War. It didn’t get much attention because it was done by labour-union economists, who don’t normally get much traction in the mainstream news media.  

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Chris Hyndman of CBC-TV series ‘Steven and Chris’ has died

Aug 4 2015 —

Chris Hyndman, co-host of CBC-TV’s lifestyle series “Steven and Chris,” has died. The CBC reported that Hyndman, 49, was found without vital signs after 11 p.m. on Monday in an alleyway near Toronto’s Queen and Broadview streets. A Toronto Police spokesperson would not confirm the report, citing privacy concerns. A CBC spokesman confirmed earlier Tuesday […]

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