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Jun 30 2015 — John Ibbitson

This just in: Thomas Mulcair is a citizen of France! Actually, it isn’t “just in” at all. But the NDP Leader, who leads in the polls and who could well be prime minister by November, is under new and intense scrutiny, as he should be. Provided, of course, we don’t take any of this seriously. […]

Jun 30 2015 — Glen McGregor

The federal parties — well, the NDP, mostly — sent out a deluge of fundraising emails on Tuesday, trying to juke their cash take on the last day of the second quarter financial reporting period. Tuesday also marks the day the parties must file their annual financial returns for calendar year 2014. We get snapshots […]

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Conservative video spreads ISIS propaganda to make Justin Trudeau look weak

Jun 30 2015 — Eric Blais

The latest attack ad by the Conservatives is proof positive of Kim Campbell’s infamous assertion that election campaigns (including 45-second videos on social media) aren’t the time to talk about complicated policy issues. The ad — posted as an online video last Thursday, but not airing in any purchased television spots — attacks Liberal leader […]

New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Thomas Mulcair greets people at a community fair while campaigning in his riding of Outremont in Montreal, September 16, 2007. Quebec voters will go to the polls in three federal by-elections on September 17. (Shaun Best/Reuters)

Was Mulcair ready to run for the Tories?

Jun 30 2015 — Martin Patriquin

In reaction to a recent Maclean’s story, the NDP leader says never. A new source say he didn’t dismiss the idea. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, speaking to reporters today in Quebec City, stressed that he had no intention of ever running for the Conservatives. He was reacting to a Maclean’s story yesterday about negotiations he […]

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The left-wing leader in striking distance of toppling Canada’s Conservative prime minister was once known as “Angry Tom,” but Thomas Mulcair has been turning on the charm to convince voters he is ready to run the country. The 60-year-old Mulcair, who inherited Canada’s opposition New Democratic Party after his charismatic predecessor died in 2011, holds […]

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In HarperPAC’s demise, a lesson about democracy

Jun 30 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

So long HarperPAC, we barely knew ya. But we know what you represent, and this has plenty of people worried. South of the border lies the land of Political Action Committees, where money, causes and advertisers meet in an orgy of spending that makes Canadian elections look like campaigns for student council. In the 2012 […]

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Trudeau’s green shift for votes

Jun 30 2015 — David Akin

Justin Trudeau stood on a park overlooking Vancouver’s English Bay Monday to make the case that when it comes to battling climate change the Liberal Party he leads today will not do what the Liberal Party under Jean Chretien did which was precisely nothing. In the battle for the hearts, minds and, most importantly, votes […]

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Mellower NDP sets its course, free of the drag of socialism

Jun 30 2015 — Lawrence Martin

“The problem with socialism,” said Margaret Thatcher, “is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Winston Churchill was no fan, either. “Its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery,” said he. As for that eternal oracle, Alexis de Tocqueville, he was able to contain his enthusiasm as well. Democracy seeks “equality in […]

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Harper’s Rule Breaking Rush to Crush Unions

Jun 30 2015 — Bill Tieleman

“There’s nothing democratic about what’s going on here. It’s like watching the Roman Empire collapse.” — BC Liberal Senator Larry Campbell on Conservative senators imposing Bill C-377 Is there anything more undemocratic than Canada’s most tainted organization — the Conservative-controlled Senate — breaking its rules and then overturning its own Conservative Speaker’s ruling, all to […]

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Trudeau promises we’ll pay more

Jun 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Justin Trudeau said Monday it’s time you paid higher taxes. He also said it’s time you paid higher prices for virtually every good and service you buy. More for gasoline, more for electricity, more to heat and cool your home, more to buy food, clothe yourself and your children, more to fly and buy a […]

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Rachel Notley forging new role for Alberta on national stage

Jun 30 2015 — Gillian Steward

Will the walls come down now that Alberta has an NDP government? It certainly looks like it. For so long Alberta presented itself through the long-reigning PCs as the outlier, the province that preferred to create its own little fortress rather than collaborate on national issues. Rachel Notley and her NDP government have been in […]

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Flying a flag for the right reasons

Jun 30 2015 —

This Canada Day, let’s pause to admire the Maple Leaf flag. It’s a beautifully inclusive ensign, one all Canadians can wave. A fluke? Or was Parliament far-sighted enough in 1965 to imagine our diversity in 2015? Certainly it rejected an unsightly runner-up: the same Maple Leaf flag flanked by a French Fleur-de-lys and a British […]

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Despite promises, Tory government pulls punches on tamper-proof drugs

Jun 29 2015 — John Ivison

Achieving anything in Canadian politics is the art of the possible — and experience suggests not much is possible. Rona Ambrose, the health minister, was undoubtedly sincere when she identified prescription drug abuse as a growing problem where government action was required. The research suggested 410,000 Canadians were abusing prescription drugs in 2012, with the […]

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Canadian police investigation involves Mike Richards

Jun 30 2015 —

Mike Richards, whose contract has been terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba told ESPN that, as of Tuesday, no charges have been brought against Richards but […]

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