National Newswatch
Oct 9 2015 —

Trying to capitalize on criticism of the Harper government over recent Trans-Pacific trade talks, the NDP is promising to make international trade negotiations more open to public scrutiny. The pledge is contained in the party’s full policy platform, released today in Montreal. The New Democrats are also proposing a total ban on bulk water exports […]

harper interview

Veiled attack: Muslim-bashing is an effective campaign tactic

Oct 9 2015 —

SINCE Canada enacted a rule in 2011 requiring veiled women to reveal their faces during public citizenship ceremonies, the country has sworn in 680,000 citizens. Just two have refused to comply. This seemingly marginal issue has come to the fore in campaigning for the national election to be held on October 19th. It could well […]

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, right, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau participate in the Munk Debate on Canada's foreign policy in Toronto, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/POOL-Mark Blinch

It’s a two-way race between Grits and Tories: poll

Oct 9 2015 — Christina Spencer

Less than two weeks before the end of a marathon election campaign, evidence is mounting that voters have decided to make it a two-horse race. A new poll by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia shows 33 per cent of decided voters nationally favouring the Conservative party, with the Liberals close behind at 31 per cent. Now […]

Oct 9 2015 —

Marcel Aubut is apologizing for his behaviour amid allegations he sexually harassed several women. Aubut appeared in public in Montreal today and read out a statement without taking questions. Aubut stepped down as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee last weekend after women accused him of sexual comments and unwanted touching. He says he is […]

Read More
Oct 9 2015 — Yael Berger

Giller prize-winning author Joseph Boyden said Stephen Harper’s comments on niqab issues are “race-baiting” and he compared Harper’s policies to Nazi Germany. Speaking to Evan Solomon on SiriusXM’s radio program Everything is Political, Boyden called the Tory efforts to ban the niqab “fear-mongering to the lowest common denominator.”

Read More

Featured Ink


What a Liberal government would look like

Oct 9 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

With Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper neck and neck entering the home stretch, one question now imposes itself: What kind of government are we likely to get if Trudeau becomes prime minister, assuming the Grits were to wind up in a position to implement most or all of their pledges? We now have, quite handily, […]

evan solomon

Batter up! Thomas Mulcair steps up to the plate.

Oct 9 2015 — Evan Solomon

Watching Tom Mulcair swing at Stephen Harper’s freshly inked trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it would be hard not to think of that hoary old baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat.” The great veteran politician Mulcair is in the campaign’s final innings, and there hasn’t been much joy in NDP Mudville. The party trails […]


Harper on the niqab much more than mere distraction

Oct 9 2015 — Tim Harper

If Stephen Harper was just using the niqab as a political distraction in the dwindling days of this long campaign, that would be the most charitable description of this gambit that could possibly be found. If it was just a cynical ploy to avoid late-campaign scrutiny of his economic record, many of us would shake […]


How two women and a niqab sank the NDP

Oct 9 2015 — Michael Taube

Every election tells a story. Of all the stories that will be told about this year’s Canadian federal election, the NDP’s sudden rise and dramatic fall truly stands out. For several months, Tom Mulcair and the NDP were a serious threat to form the next government. They were either leading, or close to leading, in […]


Despite poll drop, Mulcair won’t budge on niqab

Oct 9 2015 — Anthony Furey

Tom Mulcair doesn’t seem too concerned with his major slip in the Quebec polls. “Quebecers know me,” the NDP leader told me in an interview Thursday. “They know that I’m not going to back down on a question of principle.” Mulcair opposes the Conservatives’ continued attempts to ban the niqab from citizenship oath ceremonies, even […]

rick salutin

How Justin became Mr. Trudeau

Oct 9 2015 — Rick Salutin

A journalist I know who may have seen a few elections too many, was expressing aversion to Justin Trudeau early in the campaign. Trudeau’s resumé was skimpy yet he seemed to feel entitled to lead the country. “What people expect is at least some narrative in a candidate’s life,” he said. I’m not sure Trudeau’s […]


How Stephen Harper changed the character of Canada

Oct 9 2015 — Carol Goar

Canada has never had an election campaign like this. Not only its length is unprecedented and its cost record-breaking. For the first time in postwar history, one of the nation’s major political parties has dispensed with the inconvenient tradition of meeting voters. The Conservatives see no need to talk to Canadians who don’t support them. […]


Voting for a government that will create Canadian jobs

Oct 9 2015 — Don Pittis

If the federal government’s Economic Action Plan had lived up to its billing, Canada should be swimming in jobs right now. But as we study the last set of employment numbers before Canada’s national election — and the last big economic indicator likely to stick in voters’ minds — it is intriguing to consider what […]

Entertainment Plus

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08:  (L-R) Journalist Dan Rather, writer/director James Vanderbilt, actress Cate Blanchett and actor/director Robert Redford attend AOL BUILD Presents James Vanderbilt, Robert Redford And Cate Blanchett "Truth and Duty" at AOL Studios In New York on October 8, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)

Dan Rather helped film about CBS scandal

Oct 9 2015 —

Dan Rather helped director James Vanderbilt on his movie “Truth,” about the story that led to the newsman resigning from CBS. “Dan was wonderful,” Vanderbilt told us at Wednesday’s Cinema Society screening at MoMA. “He opened his home and his mind to me. There’s the factual stuff, but even talking about ‘How did this feel?’ ”

Daily Duffy Trial

The Mix