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Minister of Employment and Social Development Pierre Poilievre holds a press conference while being joined by National Capital Region Conservative candidates in Ottawa on Thursday, October 1, 2015. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

Conservative candidate ‘personally offended’ by workplace niqab ban

Oct 8 2015 — BJ Siekierski

Stephen Harper’s controversial pledge to consider imposing a ban on the niqab in the public service may be opening up a split within his own party ranks. Damian Konstantinakos, the Conservative candidate in Ottawa-Centre, told an all-candidates’ debate on October 1 that while he supported the idea of banning the veil in citizenship ceremonies, he […]

Oct 8 2015 — Donovan Vincent

The Liberals have moved into the lead in the latest Forum Research poll, collecting 35 per cent support to 31 per cent for the Conservatives and 26 per cent for the NDP. The Greens and the Bloc round out the field with 3 and 4 per cent respectively, and 1 per cent of respondents said […]

Oct 8 2015 — Joe Friesen

The Prime Minister’s Office directed Canadian immigration officials to stop processing one of the most vulnerable classes of Syrian refugees this spring and declared that all UN-referred refugees would require approval from the Prime Minister, a decision that halted a critical aspect of Canada’s response to a global crisis.

Oct 8 2015 — Daniel Leblanc and Gloria Galloway

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is demanding that Stephen Harper apologize for directing Canadian immigration officials to stop the processing of one of the most vulnerable classes of Syrian refugees this spring and requiring that UN-referred refugees receive his approval. Mr. Mulcair, who was campaigning in Toronto on Thursday, blasted Mr. Harper for revelations, reported by […]


Conservative candidate questions whether climate change is human-caused

Oct 8 2015 —

A federal Conservative candidate is questioning whether humans are the main cause of climate change. In an interview with CBC radio’s Daybreak South on Tuesday, Mel Arnold, the Conservative candidate for North Okanagan-Shuswap said he remains “not convinced” of the scientific proof that’s been presented.


Conservative candidate suggests a ‘lack of a job’ one reason for missing, murdered aboriginal women

Oct 8 2015 — James Armstrong

A Conservative candidate in northern British Columbia said during an all-candidate debate that one of the reasons for missing and murdered aboriginal women is a lack of economic activity – “or simply put, a lack of a job.” Bob Zimmer, the Conservative incumbent in the riding of Prince George-Peace Ricer-Northern Rockies, made the comment when […]

Oct 8 2015 —

The New Democrats were refocusing their campaign attacks Thursday squarely on the Liberals as Justin Trudeau raises more questions about Tom Mulcair’s fiscal calculations. In Toronto for a town hall-style meeting with supporters, Mulcair accused the Liberals of walking in step with Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, first by voting in favour of Bill C-51, and now […]

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Why the NDP is losing Quebec voters

Oct 8 2015 — Martin Patriquin

Jay Hill will vote for anyone who can beat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. A tech entrepreneur by trade, the 35-year-old transplanted Montrealer has become anti-Harper by design, due mostly to what he calls the “campaign of fear” wrought by the Conservatives. “Certain things fly in the face of what it is to be Canadian,” he says.


Trans-Pacific trade deal won’t secure Tory victory

Oct 8 2015 — Dan Leger

This isn’t 1988, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership isn’t the Canada-U.S. free trade deal that dominated that year’s landmark election. Although the TPP itself is bigger in every way, it is just one issue among many for voters on Oct. 19. The 1988 campaign was all about one thing and it was a matter of principle. […]


Pacific trade deal not quite what it seems

Oct 8 2015 — Tom Walkom

It is less in that Canada already has trade and investment deals with four of the 12 nations that make up the TPP — including the all-important United States. Of the remaining seven, only Japan is a major economic player. The fact that Canadian goods will eventually be able to enter that country duty-free is […]


The fall and rise of the Liberal Party

Oct 8 2015 — Konrad Yakabuski

The Liberal Party was left for dead in 2011. The political formation that dominated 20th-century federal politics looked like a spent force. The country seemed to have finally outgrown the brokerage politics that had underwritten the Liberals’ astonishingly long run as Canada’s natural governing party. No one would call the Liberals a spent force now. […]


Stephen Harper’s hypocrisy and hysteria on marijuana

Oct 8 2015 — Martin Regg Cohn

Politicians know how to harvest the low hanging fruit at election time. Now, Justin Trudeau has sniffed out the low hanging cannabis on the campaign trail — and promised to legalize it. It’s time, long past time. The Liberal leader can make up for the sins — or omissions — of his father in failing […]


King Stephen has changed Canada for the worse

Oct 8 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

One can agree or disagree with the political orientation of a government, even on such seminal issues as where to draw the line between security and civil liberties in this age of terrorism. Stephen Harper’s biggest problem is not that he is a right-wing ideologue. It is how he has governed. A prime minister must […]

Oct 8 2015 — Candice Malcolm

Justin Trudeau has trouble when it comes to budgeting. He was for balancing the budget before he was against it. In a recent interview, he told a CTV host that if folks want to know how much his promises will cost taxpayers, we can pull out a calculator and crunch the numbers ourselves. So when […]

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