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New poll shows tight election race across Canada

Aug 27 2015 — James Armstrong

After nearly three weeks of whistle stops, campaign announcements, and promises, the gap is closing between Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Tom Mulcair according to a new Ipsos poll, with only four percentage points separating their three parties. An Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News and published Thursday shows the NDP holding a small […]

Aug 27 2015 — Allan Woods

The New Democratic Party has the backing of an unprecedented 40 per cent of Canadians, a level of support that could secure Thomas Mulcair a majority in the House of Commons, a new poll has found. The Forum Research poll for the Toronto Star projects the NDP with enough support to win 174 seats in […]

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Tom Mulcair says an NDP government would try to come up with a way to reverse cuts to provincial health transfers, though it won’t happen immediately. Mulcair promised last year to put any surplus toward reversing Stephen Harper’s plan to slow the rate of increases in federal health care transfers — which could amount to […]

Aug 27 2015 —

Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement welcoming Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s pledge to double the amount of money the federal government spends on public infrastructure over the next 10 years. “This long term, stable funding, like what we’ve seen with the gas tax, is critical as we focus on building transit, cutting congestion and […]


The State of the Slates

Aug 27 2015 — Alice Funke

As we head into Labour Day weekend, the three main parties are within eyeshot of completing their national 338-seat slates, as is the Bloc Québécois in la belle province. The NDP leads the pack with 326 or 96% of their candidates selected, with the Liberals just behind at 322 or 95%, and the Conservatives close […]

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Harper facing questions after PMO staffer spotted talking to witness at Duffy trial

Aug 26 2015 —

Stephen Harper was questioned Wednesday whether his office interfered in court proceedings after a senior staffer in charge of damage control was spotted speaking to a witness at Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial. Nick Koolsbergen, Harper’s director of issues management, was seen Tuesday in the hallways of the Ottawa courthouse dressed in a hooded sweatshirt and […]

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Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair need to show some economic common sense

Aug 27 2015 — Bruce Anderson

There’s been plenty of talk about the federal deficit on the election campaign trail this week. But what do Canadians really want? What’s our preferred “fiscal policy”? When it comes to tax dollars, we’re looking for common sense. Spend what’s necessary to provide services – without spending so much that our taxes become unaffordable. Prime […]


Duffy and the PMO: Question is who lied about what?

Aug 27 2015 — Dan Leger

With two phases of the Mike Duffy fraud and bribery trial over, what have we learned? Some of the revelations are obvious, some disputable. Some bear directly on Duffy’s guilt or innocence. Others are strictly political. It is apparent that one or more of the Prime Minister’s Office witnesses at the trial either lied under […]


Why we should listen when party leaders talk about the deficit

Aug 27 2015 — Andrew Coyne

When it comes to deficits, the positions of the major parties are very clear. The Liberals, though they were the party that first plunged the country into deficits in the 1970s, like to call themselves “the party of balanced budgets” today, largely on the strength of what the Chrétien government achieved 20 years ago. The […]

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Canada election 2015 campaign’s phoney debate over deficits

Aug 27 2015 — Chris Hall

This federal election is supposed to be about the economy, an opportunity for voters to determine which party is offering the best plan to create jobs, open new markets for Canadian goods and services and to help this country withstand what is shaping up to be, at worst, another recession or, at best, another period […]


Leaders, please give us answers, not insults

Aug 27 2015 — Robin V. Sears

There are three essential legs to electoral accountability: voter access to their leaders, media access to those same governors and debates. Traditionally, elections were used to test the pulse, in leaders’ “meet and greets” in small groups and in announcements and soaring speeches to large public audiences. Leaders tested messages, tweaking the ones that did […]


Mulcair’s deficit fetish bad economics but good politics

Aug 27 2015 — Tom Walkom

Tom Mulcair has made the deficit fetish his own. The New Democratic Party leader has vowed that, no matter what happens, he will balance the federal budget if his party wins government. Even Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn’t gone that far. He says governments may have to run deficits during recessions. Coming at a […]

Aug 27 2015 — Oleh Iwanyshyn

It’s disappointing when Western news media promulgate Russian polls touting the unbelievably high popularity of President Putin as if it was a true reflection of Russian sentiment.  But to see one of the most respected US pollsters add credibility to such questionable results is perverse. Why should we in the West promote Russian propaganda? The […]

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Aug 27 2015 — Anthony Furey

It seems the latest accusation against the Stephen Harper government for orchestrating a “war on science” is at best stretching the details, and at worst, bordering on a hoax. Last Friday, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada put out a press release headlined: “Harper Government Trashes Another Federal Science Library.” The union […]

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Aug 27 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Regardless of which party wins the Oct. 19 federal election, Canadians can look forward to being ripped off for billions of dollars in the international carbon trading market. Carbon trading is intrinsic to both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s carbon pricing plans, since both would use cap-and-trade schemes, supposedly to reduce […]

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