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Liberal MP Marc Garneau holds a news conference to discuss the cost of Prime Minister Stephen Harper making an early election call, in Ottawa, Friday, July 31, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Liberals attack Tory economic record as election looms

Jul 31 2015 —

Liberal MP Marc Garneau says the Conservative record as good managers of the economy is in tatters in the run-up to the federal election. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the economy shrank in May, marking five consecutive months of decline in the gross domestic product. If the trend holds true in June, Canada would earn […]

Jul 31 2015 — Frank Graves

Summer is half over, the election could be launched officially as early as Sunday — which would make it the longest campaign in modern Canadian history — and our polling shows a political landscape on ‘pause’. There are, however, some interesting developments that set the stage for the campaign proper — which won’t really get […]

Jul 31 2015 — At Issue

The first debate is next week and the campaign could officially start any day now. Our At Issue panel gathers to discuss it all in a special midsummer edition.

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Ministers continue TPP talks in Hawaii as clock ticks

Jul 31 2015 —

Trade ministers from 12 countries continued negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday, with outstanding issues proving to be more difficult than expected. Ministers were hoping to announce the outcome of the talks at a joint news conference planned for Friday afternoon following the four-day meeting. But the participating countries are still at odds […]

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Canada Headed for Technical Recession After May GDP Decline

Jul 31 2015 — Theophilos Argitis

Canada’s economy sank further into contraction in May, shrinking for a fifth straight month as the oil shock takes its toll on the energy producing nation. The five-month decline marks the longest slump since the 2008-2009 recession, and virtually guarantees output shrank for a second straight quarter. The reading vindicates Bank of Canada Governor Stephen […]

Jul 31 2015 — Laura Payton

Health Canada’s approval of Mifegymiso, a drug used to end pregnancies, may come at a tricky time for the Conservatives — just days ahead of their expected election call. The New Democrats and Liberals have made their pro-choice policies clear, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in particular taking heat for promising all MPs in his […]

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Jul 30 2015 — Althia Raj

For more than two months now, the NDP has been topping public opinion surveys. So why are the Conservatives spending their money attacking third-place Liberal leader Justin Trudeau? The answer lies in the numbers. Despite the NDP’s current glow in public opinion surveys, the Tories still firmly believe Trudeau’s Liberals are their main opponents, and […]

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Open Government: Toward a Pan-Canadian Vision?

Jul 31 2015 — Don Lenihan and Suzanne Legault

Almost everyone is calling for greater transparency and accountability in our national government; and for more meaningful opportunities for democratic engagement, but what do these really mean? This election campaign is an opportunity to debate this. In this essay, two of Canada’s leading experts in access to information and citizen engagement set the stage by explaining, simply and clearly, what can and should be done to make Canada a world leader in Open Government.

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The irritating way Olivia Chow took the plunge

Jul 30 2015 — Rick Salutin

The NDP’s Olivia Chow took the plunge in a particularly irritating way this week when she announced she’s running against Liberal MP Adam Vaughn in a downtown Toronto riding. It felt like a bad omen for an election that hasn’t even begun and will drone on for over twice as long as usual. It wasn’t […]

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Olivia Chow’s return to federal politics surprised…no one

Jul 31 2015 — Michael Taube

She’s baaaaaaaaaaccckkk! Olivia Chow is back in the news. After resigning as a federal NDP MP last March, running a poor campaign to become Mayor of Toronto (finishing a distant third) and a brief sojourn as a visiting professor at Ryerson University, she’ll be running again for the federal NDP this fall. The Circle of […]

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Moving Day at the Maui TPP Ministerial

Jul 30 2015 — Peter Clark

Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. LAHAINA, Hawaii – Day two of the TPP Ministerial went late into the night. Indeed we are into round the clock negotiations in the race for the concluding  media conference scheduled for 1:30 PM  […]

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Harper can’t hide from his duty to the Senate

Jul 31 2015 — Paula Simons

“When a Vacancy happens in the Senate by Resignation, Death, or otherwise, the Governor General shall by Summons to a fit and qualified Person fill the Vacancy,” says our constitution. The word “shall” is an imperative, creating a clear legal obligation. Public cynicism about the Senate is widespread, thanks in part to the antics of […]

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Economic uncertainty could play to Harper’s strengths

Jul 30 2015 — Bruce Anderson

Last year, it didn’t look like this was going to be an election about the economy. Today, things may be changing. For the longest time, Conservative election planners imagined jumping into a writ with steady growth, good employment, balanced books and generous tax cuts. If not a prime minister voters could love, at least a […]

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Five priorities for Aboriginal Canada in election 2015

Jul 31 2015 — Ken Coates

For the past 40 years, Aboriginal issues have been discussed at election time, but election promises have been honoured far more in the breach than in the observance once the ballots were counted. After decades of commissions, discussions and negotiations, Canadian skies are still cloudy, with a significant prospect for future storms in relations with […]

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Palliatives won’t save struggling post office

Jul 31 2015 — Carol Goar

Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau will pick up a few urban votes with their pledge to save what is left of door-to-door mail delivery. They will burnish their reputations as defenders of Canada’s public services. They will reinforce their images as fix-it men, set to reverse the damage Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done to […]

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Rumors continue to swirl around Ben Affleck’s alleged nanny affair

Jul 31 2015 —

Rumors about Ben Affleck’s alleged affair with his kids’ nanny Christine Ouzounian continue to rage despite his strong denials. Sources confirmed reports that Ouzounian was with Affleck and Jennifer Garner in the Bahamas when they announced their divorce on June 30. Ouzounian began working with Affleck and Garner’s three kids this spring, when he and […]

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