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‘Vote Green,’ urges NDP riding boss in Muskoka-Parry Sound

Sep 2 2015 — Peter Edwards

Clyde Mobbley, president of the NDP’s Muskoka-Parry Sound riding association, is urging local voters to vote for the Green Party. Mobbley did not respond to questions from the Star on Wednesday morning about why he publicly ditched his own party’s candidate Matt McCarthy and urged voters to vote instead for Glen Hodgson of the Greens. […]

Sep 2 2015 — Eric Grenier

It is often said that federal elections are decided before many British Columbians even vote. But with the polls suggesting a close three-way race countrywide, Canadians may have to wait until the ballots are counted on the West Coast late on election night before knowing which party will form the next government. In 10 of […]

Sep 2 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has made more than two dozen secret cabinet decisions, hiding any trace of them from Parliament and Canadians, iPolitics has learned. A review by iPolitics of more than 21,000 orders-in-council published on the Privy Council’s website since 2004 found that 25 OICs adopted by the Harper government are missing. Only […]

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The steady stream of migrants across European borders has sparked debate on the federal campaign trail over what role Canada should play in addressing the humanitarian crisis. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau accused the Conservative government Wednesday of failing to live up to its promise to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. […]

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NDP, Liberals tied for lead on Montreal Island: poll

Sep 2 2015 — Philip Authier

The New Democratic Party is hanging on to its 2011 vote share on the island of Montreal but is in a virtual tie with the Liberals, who have gained since the last federal election, a new poll shows. The same poll says the two parties that have traditionally had problems making inroads in Montreal, the […]

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Which leader has answered the most questions (so far)?

Sep 2 2015 —

At the start of his campaign, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair took some heat for declining to answer questions from reporters at his kick-off event. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper enforced his five-question cap that day, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau chose not to impose any limits. But since then, CBC News data shows Mulcair has made […]

Sep 2 2015 —

Stephen Harper is pledging more support for the mining industry today in the form of tax credits designed to spur exploration. Harper says a re-elected Conservative government would extend the existing 15 per cent mineral exploration tax credit first implemented in 2006, and also create a new one specifically for difficult-to-reach mines. Projects like the […]

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Sep 2 2015 — Kazi Stastna

There has been much griping about the length of the current election campaign, but there is a bright side: voters have longer to get to know their candidates. That may be a good thing this election cycle as it’s the first since a major redrawing of riding boundaries. The redistribution that occurred in 2012 saw […]

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Sep 1 2015 — Glen McGregor

The crankiest Conservative on the campaign trail may be moonlighting in one of the hippest gigs of the digital age. Earl Cowan, known forever as “Angry Tory” for his outburst at reporters at the Stephen Harper campaign stop in Etobicoke, bears a striking resemblance to an Uber X driver taking fares sorry, “ride sharing,” in […]

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We Sometimes Need to Have Messy Conversations During Elections

Sep 2 2015 — John Milloy

“The sanctity of life is one of our most fundamental societal values.” Although these may sound like the words of Pope Benedict or some right wing Conservative backbencher, they actually come from the February Supreme Court Judgement on assisted dying. Laws are a reflection of our society’s values. And in the case of assisted dying, […]

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On October 19 stand up for Canada

Sep 2 2015 — Frances Russell

The story goes that British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was once asked what the most challenging part of his job was. “’Events, my dear boy, events’” he supposedly replied. Macmillan’s quote – fictional or not – is certainly an apt description of Canada’s current marathon 2015 federal election. At 143 years, it’s the longest Canadian […]

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Too much fast talk in this era of slow growth

Sep 2 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

Canada has already entered a period of slower economic growth. Whether the country passed through a tiny recession or not in the first six months of the year is rather irrelevant. The next six months should be better, but for 2015 growth is likely to be only slightly better than 1 per cent. What happens […]


Understanding recession without saying the R-word

Sep 2 2015 — Don Pittis

“It is what it is.” That bit of popular wisdom contains so little information that the tongue-in-cheek rhetorical response must always be, “Truer words were never spoken.” But as so many analysts try to redefine yesterday’s Statistics Canada data to say Canada is not in recession after all, that truism may finally be useful. The […]

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WWE star Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka charged with girlfriend’s 1983 murder

Sep 2 2015 —

High-flying wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka got pinned one last time Tuesday — with a 32-year-old murder rap. The Fiji-born WWE Hall of Famer was jailed on $100,000 bail in Lehigh, Pa. – a stunning fall from grace – in the 1983 death of girlfriend Nancy Argentino, 23, of Brooklyn. “We never found justice in […]

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