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Doctor featured in PM Harper’s video now accused of child abduction and on the run from the RCMP

Sep 4 2015 — David Pugliese

Five months ago, Dr. Saren Azer was lauding the Conservative government’s decision to extend Canada’s mission to battle Islamic extremists in Iraq. Featured prominently in one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promotional videos, he warned that millions were in danger from such terrorists. Defence Minister Jason Kenney also took to Twitter to laud Azer as […]

Sep 4 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The NDP is still leading the country in popular support, but the party’s high numbers in Quebec overshadow the fact it is losing momentum to the Liberal Party in the rest of Canada, a Léger poll has found. The survey of 2,119 Canadians suggests the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau has been growing in popular […]

Sep 4 2015 — Staff

There have been some movements in an electorate that is becoming reluctantly engaged in a now month-old campaign that they are loosely acknowledging. If there was a sense that the Duffy scandal was beginning to awaken voters and weigh down on the Conservative fortunes, that sense has pretty well evaporated over the past couple of […]

Sep 4 2015 — Eric Grenier

The comfortable lead the New Democrats were enjoying in the polls is shrinking. Is it a mid-campaign blip, or a new trend that could see the NDP lose its front-runner status? A new poll by EKOS Research published Friday suggests the NDP is losing steam, dropping 3.4 points since its previous poll from the week […]

Sep 4 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

The Conservative government imposed a new rule for potential refugees in 2012 — a change refugee groups squarely blame for why so few Syrians have made it to Canadian soil. The groups say they have repeatedly called on Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and the government to exempt Syrians from the rule — which says the […]


Justin Trudeau’s ballpark visit has some Jays fans fearing the worst

Sep 4 2015 —

Midway through the federal election campaign and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is up against a hostile crowd — legions of superstitious Toronto Blue Jays fans. If you live in Canada, you probably know the Blue Jays are having a monster summer and that Jays fever is spreading across the country. But there’s another streak that’s […]


Tories mistake Oregon lake for Canadian wilderness

Sep 4 2015 — Glen McGregor

Now I’m starting to think the Conservative Party graphic design shop is just trolling me, so inept is the party’s use of stock photography to illustrate Canadian policy announcements with images that are actually of foreign people, places and things. Thus far in the campaign, the Tories have used:

Sep 4 2015 —

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are setting up sharply contrasting visions of the role Canada’s military can play in relieving an unfolding international humanitarian crisis that has consumed the federal election campaign. Mulcair dismissed military action, specifically Canada’s current bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq, as a solution to the […]

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Sep 4 2015 —

A former leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party can’t cast his ballot in the upcoming federal election yet because he doesn’t have the required identification. Vince MacLean lives in Northside East Bay, about a 20-minute drive from Sydney, and went to the local returning office last week to vote. People can vote at Elections […]

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Featured Ink


Voters not just spectators in refugee crisis

Sep 4 2015 — Susan Delacourt

A refugee crisis, unfolding thousands of kilometres away from Canada, could turn out to be the most significant domestic development in this year’s election campaign. Its potential significance lies in its ability to turn Canadians from observers of events to participants — in a way that other political stories in this campaign have not. The […]


Canada has lost its way as a compassionate country

Sep 4 2015 — Daphne Bramham

It was distressingly and tragically brought home by the image of a toddler, drowned off the coast of Turkey fleeing the Syrian civil war, that Canadians are no longer who we think we are. If this were our imagined country, three-year-old Alan Kurdi might have been safely playing at home in Coquitlam. But an urgent […]


Migrant crisis suddenly the biggest issue in the election campaign — and Harper’s on the high wire

Sep 3 2015 — John Ivison

Talking to a Liberal friend Wednesday evening, we mused on whether the progressive vote would eventually coalesce around one or other of the opposition parties. “There is another scenario,” he said. “The complete collapse of the Conservative vote.” I said I thought this was unlikely, given the party’s apparently rock-solid voting base. But each passing […]

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Mulcair’s nanny-state agenda

Sep 4 2015 — Tom Brodbeck

NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s vow to expand mandatory contributions to the Canada Pension Plan is just the beginning of what Canadians can expect from the NDP’s nanny-state agenda if they form government. The question is, are Canadians ready for it? Mulcair announced Thursday that if the NDP wins the Oct. 19 election, his party will […]

Sep 4 2015 — Michael Taube

Why the NDP are winning, and why we should be concerned. The federal election is still six weeks away. Many things can, and will, happen before we vote on October 19. Yet, with each passing day, the possibility of a new government led by NDP leader Tom Mulcair simply refuses to fade away. There’s no […]

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Sep 4 2015 — Rick Salutin

2400 B.C.: The king of Lagash, part of ancient Sumerian civilization in what is now Iraq, declares a general cancellation of debts. Peasants have come under great economic pressure with the rise of agriculturally based empires. It is the peasants who panic and the monarch who gives them relief, showing that debt hasn’t yet become […]

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Sep 3 2015 — Don Martin

Stephen Harper was borderline euphoric when Statistics Canada declared Canada was only in a mini-recession, which was likely over even before the campaign began. The Conservative leader, whose personal warmth usually ranges between sea ice and permafrost, was energetically warm and animated as he declared the red-inked charts were actually good news. His ability to […]

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Entertainment Plus


Greg Stremlaw, former CEO of Curling Canada, appointed CBC’s head of sports

Sep 4 2015 —

Greg Stremlaw, the former CEO of Curling Canada, has been named the new head of CBC Sports. Stremlaw’s priority will be to lead CBC Sports’ strategy, placing emphasis on multi-platform sports journalism, amateur sports and a collaborative partnership approach to marquee events. “It is a privilege and an honour to be joining such a world-class […]

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