National Newswatch
Sep 2 2015 —

Amid what has been called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, the immigration minister says Canada has taken in “approximately 2,500″ Syrian refugees to date. “The numbers grow quickly through private sponsorship and government assistance. We also have brought over 20,000 Iraqi refugees,” Chris Alexander said.

Sep 2 2015 — Paul Fairie

The Globe’s Forecast now predicts that the NDP are the most likely party to win the largest number of seats, with the party leading in 53 per cent of the simulations. This follows a string of seven consecutive national polls each showing a lead of between 1 and 10 percentage points for the New Democrats. […]


Anti-Tory comments disappear from Harper’s sponsored Instagram posts

Sep 2 2015 —

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has become the first federal party leader to advertise on Instagram, but many of the comments on his three sponsored posts have disappeared. Facebook, which owns the photo-sharing social media platform, said the Tories started advertising through Harper’s Instagram account last Thursday.

Sep 2 2015 — Jason Fekete

Federal political parties will be reimbursed tens of millions of dollars by taxpayers for their election expenses without having to provide any receipts or supporting documents detailing their costs – a situation Elections Canada calls an “anomaly” that must be changed. Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has called for changes to elections laws that allow […]

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Sep 2 2015 —

Justin Trudeau’s new escalator-themed ad is raising eyebrows on social media. In the 29-second ad titled “Escalator: Harder to get ahead,” Trudeau walks in place on a downward moving elevator, in what he describes as a metaphor for “What’s happening to millions of Canadians in 10 years under Stephen Harper.”

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Sep 2 2015 — Yael Berger

Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada should run a deficit over the next few years in response to the country’s stagnant economy. Kevin Page, the former Parliamentary budget officer and Jean-Luc Pepin research chair at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday that when the economy is in trouble, it’s better to be in deficit […]

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Sep 2 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he will not be voting in the October federal election, despite his organization’s national campaign encouraging aboriginal people to do so. Bellegarde made the comments on CTV’s Power Play on Wednesday, admitting that his decision could contradict his messaging. “It could (contradictit) but I’m going to […]

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The ghosts that haunt Campaign 2015

Sep 3 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Former prime minister MacKenzie King, the noted spiritualist and seance-holder, might have felt quite comfortable in this 2015 election campaign. It seems to be filled with ghosts. “He haunts us still” was the phrase affixed to Pierre Trudeau, even before he died in 2000. His presence is keenly felt these days, now that his son […]


Justin Trudeau’s Liberals attempt risky rebranding

Sep 3 2015 — Robin V. Sears

When a brand is fading it is tempting for the marketers to tweak it or do a full re-think: a new flavour, maybe even a new product. But it is always risky. Coca-Cola launched a sweeter New Coke and got clobbered. Microsoft’s restyled Windows 8 was dead on arrival despite millions spent on development. And […]


NDP all talk, little walk on its promises so far

Sep 2 2015 — Chantal Hébert

From a national childcare program to balanced budgets, the abolition of the Senate and the repeal of the Clarity Act, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has been making some hefty promises on the way to a leading position in voting intentions. But five weeks in the campaign, he has yet to demonstrate how a New Democrat […]


Tories’ campaign strategy: Staying mum to avoid gaffes

Sep 3 2015 — Adam Radwanski

It has already become a familiar refrain from Conservatives in this federal election: Their candidates can’t speak to media, because they’re just too busy talking directly to voters. As a binary choice, this is highly dubious. No experienced campaigner in any party would deny that if local candidates have to pick between knocking on doors […]


A tale of two economies, and what it means for the federal election

Sep 3 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

The word “recession” has officially entered the election-season lexicon. More realistically, we experienced a mini-recession, or “recessionette,” if you will. We had two quarters of negative growth (economics-speak for decline), but they were minor. And as of June, GDP bounced back, growing by 0.5 per cent. This allowed the three main parties to spin ferociously […]


Trudeau aims at austerity-loving Thatcher fan Mulcair

Sep 3 2015 — David Akin

Thomas Mulcair and the NDP now have the undivided attention of the Liberal war room attack machine. “Which is it, Tom?” a Liberal release on Wednesday asked. “Karl Marx or Margaret Thatcher?” Once, when he was a cabinet minister in the Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest, Thomas Mulcair said he admired some of the […]


Trudeau makes perpetual stimulus even worse

Sep 3 2015 — Anthony Furey

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will dig Canada even deeper into the perpetual stimulus rut. In the 2013 budget the Conservatives introduced the Building Canada Plan, a 10-year, $53-billion project the government describes as “the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in our nation’s history.” While the Conservatives made infrastructure commitments prior to the 2008 financial […]


Can Trudeau think on his feet?

Sep 3 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Good Lord, how hard would it have been for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to simply say he disagrees with the controversial tweets of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton linking Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian veterans to Nazis and fascists? Burton, a Liberal, who initially defended his remarks, has since apologized to veterans and removed the […]

Sep 3 2015 — Andrew Jackson

Statistics Canada data confirm that the Canadian economy shrank in each of the first two quarters of this year, meeting the Harper government’s own definition of a recession as set out in its balanced budget legislation. The appropriate federal government policy response is to boost both private and public investment.

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Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, participates in a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in this September 22, 2010, file photo. Jenna Bush Hagar, an NBC 'Today' show correspondent, told the morning show that she is pregnant with her first child, due in the new year, December 12, 2012.  REUTERS/Chip East/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

ABC tries to poach Jenna Bush Hager from the ‘Today’ show

Sep 3 2015 —

As Labor Day approaches and the race for the White House picks up steam, so is the battle for the $1.1 billion spent on morning TV. ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” still tops in total viewers but feeling the heat from NBC’s “Today,” looked for reinforcements recently by courting NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, The Post […]

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