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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 5 2015 — Paul Wells

There’s something Stephen Harper hasn’t been saying on the campaign trail, and on Friday I decided to ask him about it. My three days on the Harper tour, now concluded, were a period of relative plenty. In three days I asked the PM a question every day, because my employers paid the high daily rate […]

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 […]

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Canada can and should be doing more to bring in a larger number of Syrian refugees than the government’s current target, says former Supreme Court justice and United Nations high commissioner on human rights Louise Arbour. “I think these numbers, frankly — 10,000 over the next four years — are so out of proportion of […]

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Canada less welcoming to refugees under Harper’s leadership

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Canada has long prided itself for opening its doors wider than any nation to asylum seekers, but the number it welcomes has waned since Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper took power almost 10 years ago. Harper has rejected calls to take immediate action to resettle more Syrian refugees, despite the haunting image of a drowned […]

Tima Kurdi, right, aunt of late brothers Alan and Galib Kurdi, is comforted by friend Hoba Said, at her home in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday September 3, 2015. Alan, his older brother Galib and their mother Rehan died as they tried to reach Europe from Syria. The uncle of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body has put a devastating human face on the Syrian refugee crisis has assailed Canada's refugee process. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Conservative rule overhaul blamed for Syrian refugee backlog

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 […]

Sep 5 2015 — Janyce McGregor

Week five of the 2015 federal election marks the end of the long, slow, late-summer start to the campaign, with all parties expected to intensify their efforts after Labour Day. But this end of the beginning might have been a turning point in other ways, too. Here’s a little of what we learned over the […]

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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 […]

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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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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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NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 29:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) Presidential Preference Convention at Rocketown on August 29, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. GOP front runner Donald Trump leads most polls in the race.  (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

Stars to boycott Trump Toronto Hotel during film festival

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Donald Trump has been a polarizing figure in liberal Hollywood during his presidential run — and sources headed to the Toronto International Film Festival tell Page Six that some stars may boycott his branded Trump Toronto Hotel, which was buzzing with starry activity just a year ago. “No one’s staying at the Trump” this year, […]

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