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Economy shrinks again, pushes Canada into technical definition of recession

Sep 1 2015 —

Canada’s economy recoiled for the second-straight quarter of 2015 — knocking the country backwards into a technical definition of recession, fresh Statistics Canada data revealed Tuesday. The federal agency said real gross domestic product contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of the year, which followed a revised decline […]

Aug 31 2015 —

After an 18-month investigation, the RCMP has handed their file into Sen. Pamela Wallin’s questionable expense claims over to Crown prosecutors, CTV News has learned. The possibility that charges could be imminent comes as Stephen Harper is seeking re-election to the country’s top office – and facing a campaign trail where the Senate expense scandal […]

Sep 1 2015 — Campbell Clark

Few Canadians made up their minds in the first 31 days of the federal election campaign, and the three-way race is still wide open. Half of Canadians are still willing to consider voting for any of two or more parties. There have been tours, rallies, announcements, commercials and even a leaders’ debate, but all that […]

Sep 1 2015 — Michelle Gagnon

One month into the campaign and more than one to go, it’s clear Quebec’s Orange Wave was no fluke. No, the NDP’s 2011 sweep of the province was what Quebecers wanted. And now, in a campaign that’s all about change, Quebecers are opting for continuity.

Ottawa folksinger Tony Turner wrote and performed the song Harperman with help from Ann Downey on bass and the Crowd of Well Wishers choir, June 12, 2015 (screen capture from video)

Folksinger to folk hero: ‘Harperman’ makes PS an election issue

Sep 1 2015 — Kathryn May

The suspended federal scientist whose political protest song Harperman has taken the Internet by storm is becoming a folk hero and might unwittingly make the role of Canada’s impartial public service into an election issue. The suspension of Tony Turner, an Environment Canada scientist in habitat planning, for writing and performing the song has opened […]

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Federal-provincial relations get little campaign traction

Sep 1 2015 — Robert Benzie

Pierre Trudeau famously warned that rival Joe Clark’s proposal to revamp the federation risked diminishing the role of the prime minister to “headwaiter to the provinces.” No one could accuse Conservative Leader Stephen Harper of waiting on the premiers hand and foot. They are rarely ever even in the same room. Harper has not convened […]

Sep 1 2015 —

More than a third of First Nation communities across the country will have some of their federal funding withheld, starting today, because they haven’t publicly posted their financial information online. Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which came into effect last year, First Nations have to submit their audited financial statements for the past […]

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Sep 1 2015 —

The interim chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Kimberly Jonathan, is getting flak for her appearance at a federal election campaign event Monday morning in Saskatoon. A Liberal party campaign worker is accusing Jonathan of favouring the New Democrats. NDP leader Tom Mulcair made a campaign stop in the Saskatoon West riding, to […]

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Aug 31 2015 — Bill Curry

Conservatives are distancing themselves from their own definition of a recession on the eve of a key Statistics Canada report that will show whether the country’s economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter. Stephen Harper sidestepped questions Monday about how to define a recession as the Conservative Leader noted that broader factors should be taken […]

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A shoe-leather newsman, and our own Deep Throat

Sep 1 2015 — Lawrence Martin

Spring, 2013. Journalist Bob Fife gets a phone call from a senior ranking Ottawa player. He has a story tip. They meet mid-afternoon for 45 minutes in an out-of-the-way coffee shop in Ottawa’s east end. The source, palpably nervous, says there’s something the hard-edged CTV reporter should know about the Senate expenses scandal. Mr. Fife […]

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Why ‘Angry Tom’ is the hardest leader to hate

Sep 1 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

At 6:30 Sunday night, my six-year-old daughter Zara skipped off to her room with an evil gleam in her eye. Five minutes later, she came down to the dinner table with a word written on her arm — “in permanent marker!” — MULCAR. “I can’t vote yet but if I could …” she said, her […]

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Fear factor now haunts Conservatives

Aug 31 2015 — Chantal Hébert

Poor Finance Minister Joe Oliver! Is it any wonder that he had initially booked himself to speak at two of Toronto’s private clubs in the middle of a busy election season? How else was he supposed to reassure his corporate friends that he is not just a nominal federal finance minister? As the economy took […]

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The federal election may continue well beyond Oct. 19

Sep 1 2015 — Richard Gwyn

Maclean’s Magazine’s recent description of this election as “the most exciting ever” was dead on. Never before have three national parties all had a reasonable chance of becoming the next government. No political event in a long time has so captivated Canadians as did the subject of wrong-doings in the Senate. One aspect of this […]

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Trudeau’s deficit flip-flop, grist for Harper’s mill

Sep 1 2015 — David Akin

Justin Trudeau is in a flip-flop pickle, the first party leader in this election campaign who finds himself taking not one, not two, but three different positions on what appears to be a top-of-mind issue for many voters. And, boy, did Stephen Harper have fun with that one to kick off his Monday morning at […]

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Oakville mayor’s comparison of vets to Nazis takes us to dark place

Sep 1 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

When Oakville Mayor Rob Burton tweeted that unarmed, former Canadian soldiers hired to provide private security for Prime Minister Stephen Harper were comparable to Adolf Hitler’s Brownshirts and Benito Mussolini’s Blackshirts, he didn’t just insult our veterans. He insulted the memory of everyone who died in the Holocaust — up to 11 million people, six […]

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: TV personalities Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker attend Keith Urban's performance on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on August 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

The ‘Today’ show is making ‘GMA’ nervous

Sep 1 2015 —

NBC’s “Today” show — in second place since Ann Curry was unceremoniously dumped three years ago — is surging back into contention with ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America.” And “GMA” is in a tizzy. An inside source told me, “It’s causing panic and nervousness at ABC. The result is ‘GMA’ is having more live guests, […]

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