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Aug 4 2015 —

Stephen Harper is looking “weak and vulnerable” on the trade file as the government continues to negotiate a massive trade pact with Asian-Pacific nations during a lengthy election campaign, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said Tuesday. “He was never a very good negotiator to begin with, but we are concerned about very important subjects,” Mulcair said […]

Aug 4 2015 —

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair hit back at Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau during his first question-and-answer session in Montreal on day three of the federal election campaign. “The orange wave started here in Quebec and on Oct. 19 we can complete the job,” Mulcair said. Mulcair kicked off his campaign in Gatineau, Que. on Sunday, […]

Aug 4 2015 — Laura Payton

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper suggested Tuesday morning that the federal government’s budget is going to be tight for the next two years, telling people at an event in Toronto that a tax credit he’s promising if he is re-elected wouldn’t be implemented until mid-way into that mandate. Harper and other Conservatives have so far maintained […]

Aug 4 2015 — James Bradshaw

The leaders of Canada’s three official parties will square off over key economic issues on Sept. 17 in a federal election debate hosted by The Globe and Mail. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have each confirmed they will take part in the prime-time debate. David Walmsley, The […]

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Grit Leader Trudeau, Green Leader May only two federal leaders in for debate on women’s issues, Sept. 21

Aug 4 2015 — Rachel Aiello

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth are the only two federal leaders to confirm they will take part in the “Up For Debate,” national leaders’ debate next month dedicated solely to women’s issues, after the coalition of more than 175 women’s groups and allied organizations lobbied all the party leaders. Prime Minister […]

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Canadian dollar hits fresh 11-year low

Aug 4 2015 —

The Canadian dollar hit a new 11-year low today against its U.S. counterpart, as weak oil prices and a possible further interest rate cut continue to hurt sentiment in Canada’s currency. The loonie was trading at 76.12 cents US just after 9 a.m. ET, down a third of a cent from Friday’s close. That’s the […]

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Poll Tracker: NDP lead widens slightly over Conservatives

Aug 4 2015 — Eric Grenier

As battle lines are drawn now that the campaign is underway, the New Democrats’ slim lead over the Conservatives has widened slightly. And as leaders begin to jet across the country, regional contests are taking shape as well. The latest numbers from CBC’s Poll Tracker give the NDP 33.2 per cent support, for a lead […]

Aug 4 2015 — Michael Geist

This past weekend was a busy one politically as Canada was launched into a lengthy election campaign just as countries negotiating the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii failed to conclude a deal. With reports that there may be a follow-up ministerial meeting within weeks, Canadian officials have been quick to claim […]

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Aug 4 2015 — Peter O'Neil

Analysis: NDP could take 21 to 24 of B.C.’s 42 seats, but much can change before Oct. 19. The Conservatives head into the October election potentially facing major B.C. losses to the Liberals and especially the New Democratic Party, according to pre-campaign polling data. And Prime Minister Stephen Harper should look in the mirror if […]

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Aug 4 2015 — Mark Kennedy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has privately fumed to his inner circle that under the leadership of Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, the Supreme Court of Canada has become a “sociology seminar” that emasculates the power of Parliament, according to a new book. The biography, titled Stephen Harper, provides a thorough account of Harper’s personal life and […]

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Anti-abortion campaign sets a new low in politics

Aug 4 2015 — Michael Coren

Last week a parent in Calgary reported that she had come home to find that her small children had seen a flyer that had been put through the door depicting deeply bloody, disturbing and graphic images of mangled fetal body parts. They were frightened and confused and she was understandably outraged. There is, however, little […]

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TPP Ministers Gob-Smacked in Maui

Aug 4 2015 — Peter Clark

Trade expert Peter Clark was in Lahaina, Hawaii, for the recent talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting.  The following  is his post-game analysis. No one should be surprised that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators meeting in Maui fell short of its objectives. The Ministers made progress. Success was in sight but the light at […]

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Rallying ‘normal’ Canadians the secret to Conservative success

Aug 3 2015 — Andrew MacDougall

While the fundamental objective of a campaign doesn’t shift with the long haul of a lengthier writ, the chances of stepping on a landmine certainly does. And, at double the standard campaign period, this election provides twice the time for that. That’s why leaders will be paying particular attention to clearing the road ahead of […]

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Stephen Harper avoids Trudeau’s name in Montreal

Aug 4 2015 — Chantal Hébert

The first stop of the extended 2015 campaign on Sunday night found Stephen Harper speaking at one of the most low-key election launches ever held in a major Canadian city by an incumbent prime minister. Billed as the opening Quebec rally of the campaign, Harper’s appearance in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal spoke more […]

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With Liberals squeezed out, a new two-way race

Aug 4 2015 — Margaret Wente

Back in the olden days, there were only two federal parties that mattered in Canada. Both were middle-of-the-road. Both had a string of mostly credible leaders. Every so often they traded places, but in truth it was hard to tell them apart. Then there was the idealistic wacko fringe, whose leaders were forgettable (sorry, Audrey […]

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Why measurement matters in income inequality

Aug 4 2015 — Jason Clemens and Chris Sarlo

Canada, like most industrial countries has its fair share of economists and politicians arguing that Canada has an inequality crisis requiring large-scale, even unprecedented government intervention to solve. More often than not the issue of inequality and how we measure it is grossly over-simplified. The reality of income inequality is far more complicated than such […]

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Some hard numbers from Harper’s soft economy

Aug 3 2015 — Lawrence Martin

A study was released a few days ago, looking into how the economic performance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives stacks up against other Canadian governments since the Second World War. It didn’t get much attention because it was done by labour-union economists, who don’t normally get much traction in the mainstream news media.  

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Chris Hyndman of CBC-TV series ‘Steven and Chris’ has died

Aug 4 2015 —

Chris Hyndman, co-host of CBC-TV’s lifestyle series “Steven and Chris,” has died. The CBC reported that Hyndman, 49, was found without vital signs after 11 p.m. on Monday in an alleyway near Toronto’s Queen and Broadview streets. A Toronto Police spokesperson would not confirm the report, citing privacy concerns. A CBC spokesman confirmed earlier Tuesday […]

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