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Harper at Rideau Hall, expected to trigger election campaign

Aug 2 2015 —

Stephen Harper has an appointment at Rideau Hall this morning, where he’s expected to trigger an 11-week election campaign in advance of an Oct. 19 vote. An advisory from the Prime Minister’s Office says Harper is scheduled to meet with Governor General David Johnston at 10 a.m. ET and will deliver remarks at 10:15. If […]

Aug 1 2015 —

Justin Trudeau has released his first election campaign ad, in which the Liberal Party Leader responds to Conservative criticisms of his experience. The 30-second video, released on Saturday, shows Trudeau walking across the Parliament Hill lawn, looking directly into the camera as he speaks. In the video, Trudeau addresses a frequently-played Tory attack ad that […]

Aug 1 2015 —

Justin Trudeau knows he’s the rookie in the upcoming leaders’ debate, but the Liberal leader is looking forward to facing off against experienced debaters Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair. “I understand the challenges we’re going into, but I’m also very excited about the opportunity to contrast our plan to the lack of plan of our […]

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Election 2015: Long campaign has risks, rewards

Aug 2 2015 — Rob Ferguson

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to trigger a marathon campaign plays to Conservative strengths but flirts with danger, political observers say. The 11-week race allows Harper to deploy the party’s massive financial war chest, but it’s a bold move to put a 9-year-old government in the shop window from the dog days of summer to […]

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A Conservative Minority — for now

Aug 2 2015 — David Akin

Well, here we go! The game is on as of Sunday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper hits Rideau Hall Sunday morning at 10 ET.. The fixed election date — which Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ignored before — is October 19th. We’ll see tomorrow if he keeps to his word and commits to that day – […]

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Harper to Call Election Early as Canada’s Economy Struggles

Aug 2 2015 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will fire the starting gun early on Canada’s election campaign amid polls showing his Conservative government’s nine-year reign is threatened by a leftist party that’s never held power nationally. Harper, 56, will meet with Governor General David Johnston, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Canada, Sunday at 9:55 a.m., according to a […]

Aug 2 2015 —

An Egyptian court has postponed announcing the verdict in the case of Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera English journalists to Aug. 29. This is the latest postponement to affect the long-running trial, criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were […]

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Aug 1 2015 — Eric Grenier

With the federal election campaign set to officially begin this weekend, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats are neck and neck in national voting intentions, with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals falling increasingly behind. The latest update from the CBC Poll Tracker puts the NDP narrowly ahead at 32.1 per cent support, followed closely by […]

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Aug 2 2015 —

Premier Christy Clark has ordered her justice minister to crack down on gun violence, as Surrey RCMP struggle to investigate a huge spike in attempted murders and shootings. Premier Christy Clark instructed Suzanne Anton to begin work on the issue in a new mandate letter delivered as part of this week’s cabinet shuffle. Anton is […]

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The only advantage to the Conservatives is monetary

Aug 2 2015 — Don Martin

The economy is sagging, the loonie sinking, the Senate scandal reviving and Nanos polling shows growing support for regime change after 10 polarizing years of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Confronted by that hostile messaging mess, the short-panted minions in Conservative party headquarters have devised a uniquely bizarre campaign strategy. The Canadian voter, they’ve decided, needs […]

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The race of his life

Aug 2 2015 — David Akin

Stephen Harper starts his re-election bid weighed down by the economy and pork-barreling. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to start. Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins a marathon campaign for re-election in running shoes made of lead, thanks to a contracting economy. This even after throwing bags of pork-barrel cash at us in a […]

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Bald truth about Justin Trudeau

Aug 2 2015 — John Snobelen

A friend of mine pointed out my dim view of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau might be a simple case of hair envy. He has a point. We, the follically-challenged, view the overly-coiffured with some suspicion. I was quick to point out to my friend that even Canadians with a full head of hair were beginning […]

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Critics move to silence Ezra Levant

Aug 2 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Ezra Levant is being persecuted — again — by the human rights industry. Levant was first hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) almost a decade ago. Back then, the popular former Sun columnist was publisher of the Western Standard magazine. He dared to publish the infamous Danish cartoons of Mohammed, which many Muslim […]

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A carbon price for Canada

Aug 2 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Welcome to the federal election that could impose a national carbon-pricing scheme on Canadians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. Based on party platforms, public statements by the leaders and government documents, here’s what the national parties are proposing. If NDP Leader Tom Mulcair wins, Canadians will be paying higher prices for […]

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