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Justin Trudeau ‘Just not ready’ ad was effective: Poll

Sep 5 2015 — Allan Woods

It was tacky, expensive and seemingly ubiquitous. But the months-long Conservative TV advertisement in which a team of office managers come to the consensus that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “just not ready” for the job of prime minister may have done its job, according to a new Forum Research poll. However, that doesn’t necessarily […]

Sep 4 2015 — David Pugliese

Five months ago, Dr. Saren Azer was lauding the Conservative government’s decision to extend Canada’s mission to battle Islamic extremists in Iraq. Featured prominently in one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promotional videos, he warned that millions were in danger from such terrorists. Defence Minister Jason Kenney also took to Twitter to laud Azer as […]

Sep 4 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The NDP is still leading the country in popular support, but the party’s high numbers in Quebec overshadow the fact it is losing momentum to the Liberal Party in the rest of Canada, a Léger poll has found. The survey of 2,119 Canadians suggests the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau has been growing in popular […]

Sep 4 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

The Conservative government imposed a new rule for potential refugees in 2012 — a change refugee groups squarely blame for why so few Syrians have made it to Canadian soil. The groups say they have repeatedly called on Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and the government to exempt Syrians from the rule — which says the […]

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Poll Tracker: NDP’s front-runner status at risk

Sep 4 2015 — Eric Grenier

The comfortable lead the New Democrats were enjoying in the polls is shrinking. Is it a mid-campaign blip, or a new trend that could see the NDP lose its front-runner status? A new poll by EKOS Research published Friday suggests the NDP is losing steam, dropping 3.4 points since its previous poll from the week […]

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Three-way tie as voters try and sort out who can solve the economy

Sep 4 2015 — Staff

There have been some movements in an electorate that is becoming reluctantly engaged in a now month-old campaign that they are loosely acknowledging. If there was a sense that the Duffy scandal was beginning to awaken voters and weigh down on the Conservative fortunes, that sense has pretty well evaporated over the past couple of […]


Justin Trudeau’s ballpark visit has some Jays fans fearing the worst

Sep 4 2015 —

Midway through the federal election campaign and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is up against a hostile crowd — legions of superstitious Toronto Blue Jays fans. If you live in Canada, you probably know the Blue Jays are having a monster summer and that Jays fever is spreading across the country. But there’s another streak that’s […]

Sep 4 2015 — James Armstrong

What’s the difference between the NDP, Liberals, and Conservatives? It seems a good chunk of Canadian voters don’t really know, according to a new Ipsos poll. And that’s good news for the Conservative party. The poll conducted on behalf of Global News found 40 per cent of Canadian voters agree that the Liberals, Conservatives, and […]

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Sep 4 2015 —

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are setting up sharply contrasting visions of the role Canada’s military can play in relieving an unfolding international humanitarian crisis that has consumed the federal election campaign. Mulcair dismissed military action, specifically Canada’s current bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq, as a solution to the […]

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Sep 4 2015 —

A former leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party can’t cast his ballot in the upcoming federal election yet because he doesn’t have the required identification. Vince MacLean lives in Northside East Bay, about a 20-minute drive from Sydney, and went to the local returning office last week to vote. People can vote at Elections […]

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It’s been a bad month for Stephen Harper

Sep 5 2015 — Tom Walkom

For Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, it has been a bad month. Since he kicked off this marathon election campaign Aug. 2, Harper has had to endure fallout from the Mike Duffy trial and the struggling economy. The death of a 3-year-old Syrian refugee this week only added to the prime minister’s woes. That Alan Kurdi drowned […]


Refugee crisis won’t push Conservatives off script

Sep 5 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the face of a glaring humanitarian crisis, it is usually easy to transform a campaigning incumbent into a unifying figure. All it takes is a Maple Leaf flag, a microphone and a prime ministerial willingness to head straight for the high road. Little of the latter was in evidence on Thursday as Conservative Leader […]


PM no statesman on refugees

Sep 5 2015 — Gail Lethbridge

This week we witnessed a Canadian prime minister show his human side. We also saw the familiar feisty election campaigner. But in Stephen Harper, we did not see the stuff of a true statesman. And that’s too bad, because if there was a moment for a Canadian statesman, it was this week. Like so many […]


Voters not just spectators in refugee crisis

Sep 4 2015 — Susan Delacourt

A refugee crisis, unfolding thousands of kilometres away from Canada, could turn out to be the most significant domestic development in this year’s election campaign. Its potential significance lies in its ability to turn Canadians from observers of events to participants — in a way that other political stories in this campaign have not. The […]


Despicable to politicize refugee deaths

Sep 5 2015 — Candice Malcolm

Shame on those who have politicized the gut-wrenching images of a lifeless three-year-old Kurdish boy whose body washed ashore in Turkey this week. The boy, alongside his five year-old brother and mother, were killed when their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea. The family had fled persecution in Syria and, after facing discrimination in Turkey, […]


Wynne’s war on Harper is risky

Sep 5 2015 — John Snobelen

The federal election unofficially kicks off next week as voters across the country put away the sunscreen and tune into the campaign. For the last month or so, politicians have been busy chatting mainly to themselves. Or if not themselves, then to small cadres of decided voters and the even smaller subset of recreationally-challenged people […]

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Greg Stremlaw, former CEO of Curling Canada, appointed CBC’s head of sports

Sep 4 2015 —

Greg Stremlaw, the former CEO of Curling Canada, has been named the new head of CBC Sports. Stremlaw’s priority will be to lead CBC Sports’ strategy, placing emphasis on multi-platform sports journalism, amateur sports and a collaborative partnership approach to marquee events. “It is a privilege and an honour to be joining such a world-class […]

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