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Key Tory ridings in Nova Scotia up for grabs as incumbents step down

Aug 30 2015 —

Of the 11 federal ridings in Nova Scotia, pundits say the one to watch on election night will be Central Nova, the Conservative stronghold that is being relinquished by high-profile Justice Minister Peter MacKay. The riding’s electoral fate will be under close scrutiny as the polls close across the Maritimes because it will offer an […]

Aug 30 2015 —

Conservatives and Liberals are ganging up on Tom Mulcair, claiming there’s a multibillion-dollar hole in the front-running NDP leader’s platform. The two rival parties differ on precisely how deep that hole would be and on their suspicions of what Mulcair would do to dig himself out of it. Liberals claim there’s a $28-billion gap between […]

Aug 30 2015 —

Jason Kenney says there’s an $8-billion hole in the NDP platform. The defence minister says that’s the minimum gap between all the promises of new spending New Democrats have made and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s pledge that he’d balance his first federal budget. Having crunched the numbers using what he says are the most conservative […]

Aug 30 2015 — Katharine Starr

Doug Ford has no plans to run for Prime Minister in the immediate future, but he’s not ruling it out — in part because he says there’s an appetite among North American voters for politicians who tell it like it is. “They want someone that says it the way it is and doesn’t sugar coat […]

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Jim Karygiannis’ Former Liberal Riding Association Donor Lists Reveal Questionable Patterns

Aug 30 2015 — Althia Raj

Questionable donation patterns to a Liberal riding association have not been investigated by the Commissioner of Elections Canada or the Liberal Party of Canada, information given to The Huffington Post Canada suggests. HuffPost reported Wednesday about Harbhajan Singh, a bundler who collected donations from members of the South Asian community in the Greater Toronto Area. […]

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Republican presidential candidate: Wall along Canadian border worth reviewing

Aug 30 2015 —

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says that building a wall along the country’s norther border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review. Republican candidates have generally taken a get-tough approach on deterring illegal immigration, but they usually focus on the border with Mexico. The Wisconsin governor was asked whether he wanted to […]

Aug 30 2015 —

Wondering where you fit in the political landscape? Vote Compass is back for the 2015 federal election. The tool, which was designed by political scientists, prompts you to answer questions on everything from health care to foreign policy and renders a real-time assessment of how your positions on the issues compare with the platforms of […]

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Aug 29 2015 —

A Brampton, Ont., man, who said he was shocked to see his political donation end up with the Conservatives and not the Liberals, was fully aware his money was going to the Tories, the volunteer who brokered the payment told CBC News in a statement. Jagdish Singh said the man he was in contact with […]

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Aug 29 2015 — The Canadian Press

An Ontario mayor was criticized for tweets that related the Conservatives’ decision to hire veterans as additional security during the federal election campaign to protection measures used by dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The remarks prompted senior Tory Jason Kenney to call for an apology, but Oakville Mayor Rob Burton would only do so […]

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How NDP, Liberals can best oust Harper

Aug 30 2015 — Bob Hepburn

With the federal election barely seven weeks away, most polls indicate Canada is heading towards a minority government. While opinion surveys show the NDP in the lead, the ruling Conservatives are still widely predicted at this stage to win the most seats, given how each parties’ bases of voter support fall. That would mean Stephen […]

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Nomination meddling shows Trudeau a control freak

Aug 30 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Last Sunday, Grace Batchoun lost the Liberal nomination in the Montreal riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. Nothing remarkable there, in this election cycle hundreds of people have already lost Liberal (and Tory and NDP) nominations. But Batchoun’s loss may not be that straightforward. She seems to be yet another victim of nomination meddling by Liberal Leader Justin […]

Jim Warren

Harper manipulates the media – and you

Aug 30 2015 — Jim Warren

All Canadian prime ministers have made attempts to manage the media — reporters have complained about their lack of access to Liberals and Conservatives alike. I’ve made a career out of advising politicians how to influence the media, including tips on how to avoid answering questions they don’t want to answer. In this context, it […]

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NDP far-left could attack Mulcair anytime

Aug 30 2015 — Anthony Furey

New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair might be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, politically speaking. Not for the country at large though. But for the NDP faithful. Polls show the NDP could form the next government and one even pegs the party with a majority. But this has largely been accomplished by the supposedly left-wing […]

NDP leader Tom Mulcair is interviewed in his Centre Block office by The Ottawa Citizen's Mark Kennedy on Friday morning, Jan. 16, 2015. (David Kawai / Ottawa Citizen)

NDP knows value of hard work

Aug 30 2015 — Tom Mulcair

When I was growing up, my parents taught me a lot about living by key values. Solidarity. Hard work. Selflessness. Working together and helping each other. Those values drive me every day as I fight for affordable childcare, good jobs and retirement security for Canadian families. My parents taught me the value of hard work. […]

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It’s the economy, stupid

Aug 30 2015 — John Snobelen

In other countries, political scandals typically involve secret accounts full of illicitly siphoned tax dollars or some despicable sex act. The folks in Brazil, for example, take to the streets over allegations senior politicians received millions of dollars in bribes. Alas, Canadians must make do with months of debate over how a senator paid back […]

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Drake sings for Katrina victims, Apple threatens $20M suit

Aug 30 2015 —

Apple Music declared war on rival streaming service, Jay Z’s Tidal, over Drake’s appearance at a charity concert to benefit kids affected by Hurricane Katrina. Tidal faces being sued for $20 million if it streamed Apple artist Drake’s brief two-song appearance at the Friday night show. Apple Music execs were not happy when Drake was […]

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