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Pamela Wallin case prompts more unwelcome questions for Stephen Harper

Sep 1 2015 — Mark Gollom

Just when Stephen Harper was getting a reprieve from daily questions about Senator Mike Duffy’s case, a new media report that Senator Pamela Wallin’s file has been handed to the Crown is renewing focus on the Senate expenses scandal. While campaigning at a factory in Burlington, Ont., Harper wasn’t asked specifically about the CTV News […]

Sep 1 2015 —

Fresh data showing that Canada’s economy now meets the definition of a recession sent immediate ripples across the federal election campaign trail this morning. Statistics Canada reported that the economy contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2015. It’s the second straight quarter of contraction, fitting the technical […]

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 — 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 […]


New Liberal Ad Features Trudeau On An Escalator

Sep 1 2015 — Mohamed Omar

“This is what’s happening to millions of Canadians in 10 years under Stephen Harper,” Trudeau says in the ad, titled “Escalator: Harder to get ahead.” (Watch the clip above.) “His ideas to give benefits to the wealthy but make cuts to everything else has made it harder for most people to get ahead,” he adds, […]

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Harper Takes Blame for Canadian Recession That Likely Never Was

Sep 1 2015 — Theophilos Argitis

For the next 48 days before Canada’s Oct. 19 election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be blamed for a recession that may have never happened. Statistics Canada reported Tuesday gross domestic product declined in the first two quarters, driven by falling oil prices and business investment. The back-to-back quarterly declines, a situation often called a […]

NDP industry critic Peggy Nash, left, and NDP candidate shares a laugh with fellow candidate Andrew Thomson about Finance Minister Joe Oliver during a news conference in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

NDP say that a corporate tax hike would be ‘moderate’

Sep 1 2015 — Mark Kennedy

An NDP government would take action to “end corporate welfare” and also introduce a “moderate” tax hike on big businesses so they pay their “fair share.” At the same time, Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats would lower taxes for small and medium-sized businesses and offer “targeted” tax breaks for companies that invest in innovation. Those were […]

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Recession-era politics

Sep 1 2015 — Aaron Wherry

Is it possible that Stéphane Dion has been prime minister for the last seven years without any of us noticing? “The only way there is going to be a recession is if they’re elected,” a noted economist said at one point in September 2008, of Dion’s Liberals, “and that’s why they’re not going to be […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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