For more than two months now, the NDP has been topping public opinion surveys. So why are the Conservatives spending their money attacking third-place Liberal leader Justin Trudeau? The answer lies in the numbers. Despite the NDP’s current glow in public opinion surveys, the Tories still firmly believe Trudeau’s Liberals are their main opponents, and […]
Political parties are crafting divergent strategies for a long election campaign that is expected to begin this weekend with the well-funded Conservatives running hard from the start while the cash-strapped Liberals and New Democrats hold their firepower until later when the impact is greater.
The provincial government’s own internal polling suggests almost three quarters of Ontarians don’t like its plan to sell a 60 per cent stake in Hydro One. Polls released under a freedom-of-information request from the New Democrats show 73 per cent of respondents believe the Crown electricity transmission utility should definitely or probably stay in public […]
The extended 11-week federal election campaign Prime Minister Stephen Harper will trigger within days is going to ding taxpayers and political parties for a lot more than they budgeted. Here’s a breakdown of extra costs, from longer rentals of offices for Elections Canada in every riding to millions more in tax credits for political donors […]Read More
Three senators will see their suspensions without pay come to an abrupt end once an election is called, but only one will be get immediate, full access to perks and expenses. The suspensions of Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau would end as soon as Prime Minister Stephen Harper asks for Parliament to be […]Read More
Statistics Canada could shed some light today on whether the country fell into a recession when it releases the gross domestic product for May. Concerns of a possible recession have grown since Statistics Canada reported last month that the economy contracted in April by 0.1 per cent — the fourth consecutive monthly decline. A recession […]Read More
What you see isn’t necessarily what you get. The federal government is running a pricey ad campaign to inform parents they’re receiving a beefed up Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). But, in fact, most families won’t pocket anything like the dollar amounts being advertised. With an election call perhaps only days away, that has led […]Read More
The Canadian government’s reluctance to significantly open up its sheltered dairy market to more foreign imports is now at the centre of a logjam in high-stakes talks to strike a Pacific Rim trade pact as the White House ratchets up the pressure to cut a 12-country deal.Read More
Newly-minted NDP candidate Mira Oreck is the latest entrant into what’s likely to be a closely-watched race in the new riding of Vancouver-Granville, joining a high-profile Liberal candidate who’s been campaigning for several months and a Conservative who is a relative newcomer. The new riding, which covers a central swath of the City of Vancouver […]Read More
Almost everyone is calling for greater transparency and accountability in our national government; and for more meaningful opportunities for democratic engagement, but what do these really mean? This election campaign is an opportunity to debate this. In this essay, two of Canada’s leading experts in access to information and citizen engagement set the stage by explaining, simply and clearly, what can and should be done to make Canada a world leader in Open Government.
The NDP’s Olivia Chow took the plunge in a particularly irritating way this week when she announced she’s running against Liberal MP Adam Vaughn in a downtown Toronto riding. It felt like a bad omen for an election that hasn’t even begun and will drone on for over twice as long as usual. It wasn’t […]
She’s baaaaaaaaaaccckkk! Olivia Chow is back in the news. After resigning as a federal NDP MP last March, running a poor campaign to become Mayor of Toronto (finishing a distant third) and a brief sojourn as a visiting professor at Ryerson University, she’ll be running again for the federal NDP this fall. The Circle of […]
Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. LAHAINA, Hawaii – Day two of the TPP Ministerial went late into the night. Indeed we are into round the clock negotiations in the race for the concluding media conference scheduled for 1:30 PM […]
Last year, it didn’t look like this was going to be an election about the economy. Today, things may be changing. For the longest time, Conservative election planners imagined jumping into a writ with steady growth, good employment, balanced books and generous tax cuts. If not a prime minister voters could love, at least a […]
Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau will pick up a few urban votes with their pledge to save what is left of door-to-door mail delivery. They will burnish their reputations as defenders of Canada’s public services. They will reinforce their images as fix-it men, set to reverse the damage Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done to […]
Rumors about Ben Affleck’s alleged affair with his kids’ nanny Christine Ouzounian continue to rage despite his strong denials. Sources confirmed reports that Ouzounian was with Affleck and Jennifer Garner in the Bahamas when they announced their divorce on June 30. Ouzounian began working with Affleck and Garner’s three kids this spring, when he and […]