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Liberals lose support over last month

Oct 20 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our latest polling results, gathered over the last week among 1,248 Canadians aged 18 and over, show that: 32% of committed voters say they would support the Liberal Party in an election held tomorrow, 30% would vote for the Conservatives and 25% say they would vote NDP. This represents a 6-point drop for the Liberals […]

Oct 20 2014 — Susana Mas

Should the Conservatives make good on their promise to introduce income splitting for couples with children under 18 before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government would move to reverse that decision. Trudeau, who was in Toronto to promote his newly published memoir Common Ground, which he’s released ahead of next year’s […]

Oct 20 2014 — Abbas Rana

Jenni Byrne, deputy chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the woman considered to be the PM’s “single best political organizer,” will once again lead the party’s national campaign in the next federal election. The Conservative Party’s national council recently confirmed the decision along with the promotion of Dustin Van Vugt, deputy executive […]

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An Ebola readiness update from Canadian health officials today from Ottawa noted that test drills in Halifax yesterday and in process today are proving successful. Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Dr. Gregory Taylor, chief public health officer, spoke in Ottawa on Monday. A team from the federal Public Health Agency briefed health-care providers on the […]

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Powerful camps behind Conservative nomination skirmish in Ontario

Oct 20 2014 —

A Conservative nomination battle in Ontario is pitting two powerful political camps against one another — and causing grumbling in the ranks about party headquarters. Paul Smith, a 50-year-old corporate executive and former assistant to prime minister Brian Mulroney, is running against 24-year-old businessman Adam Moulton in the riding of Northumberland Peterborough South. Both men […]

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Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. The World Trade Organization released a ruling Monday that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. The rules, which went into effect in 2008 […]

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Oct 20 2014 —

The federal election is scheduled for a year away and every political scientist is being asked the same question: who is going to win? Other than coming up with creative ways to avoid answering the question, we instead can attempt to make some predictions by consulting two prominent psephological soothsayers: opinion polls, and the economy.

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Oct 20 2014 — Glen McGregor

For U.S. Democrats, the power of data to target individual voters became painfully clear when Republican strategists put a blue chip senator from Georgia in their crosshairs. Max Cleland was a Vietnam veteran and a triple amputee who had served two terms in the Senate. Even in Republican-friendly Georgia, Cleland’s military service seemed to make […]

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Oct 20 2014 —

Canada Post stops home delivery to 74,000 addresses in 10 communities across the country today, part of the Crown corporation’s move to end all urban door-to-door mail service to five million Canadians in five years. People in the affected areas will have to get mail from their local community mailbox. Canada Post says it is […]

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Oct 20 2014 — Tim Naumetz

The latest government information about the scope of deforestation by Canada’s oil and gas industry—predominantly the Boreal Plain forest destroyed by Alberta oilsands mining and production—will not be published until a year after the next federal election, according to information from the federal Natural Resources department. Even then, when the next national breakdown of deforestation […]

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Oct 20 2014 — Kathryn May

The Conservative government is facing a showdown with employees at Canada’s tax agency over two hot-button issues for public servants: giving up severance pay, and banked sick leave. The Union of Taxation Employees stands out as the only federal union that has yet to give up severance benefits for public servants who quit voluntarily. And […]

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Harper readies to spend Flaherty’s billions

Oct 20 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

What to do with the surplus? It’s the question everyone’s asking in Ottawa. On Radio-Canada’s Les coulisses du pouvoir Sunday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said “this surplus will be used to build solutions for the long term,” notably in education and infrastructure. As it happens, he’s aligned with public opinion in a new EKOS poll […]

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5 federal storylines that could upend 2015 wisdom

Oct 19 2014 — Tim Harper

One year from the morning after. If our fixed election date holds, we’re a year from a trip to the federal polls. It’s a good time to remember what changes a single year can bring. Here are five storylines that can upend any federal prognostications over the next 12 months. The economy: If he was […]

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Media consortium takes on Tories

Oct 20 2014 — Ezra Levant

When I coined the phrase “the Media Party,” I didn’t mean that the liberal groupthink in the media is a conspiracy. It’s subconscious–it’s that journalists are a monoculture. They’re usually from the same social circles, with the same backgrounds and biases. But a bombshell access to information document released this month shows senior executives at […]

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Leadership matters, especially in dark times

Oct 20 2014 — Monte Solberg

Now that Ebola walks the Earth on 100-foot legs, we might spare a thought for the virtues of leadership, wherever it does and doesn’t occur. Consider the case of the first Ebola-infected nurse in Dallas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immediately blamed her for breaching protocol, before they had even investigated. Their first and […]

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New era of Church rationality? Not so fast

Oct 20 2014 — Dan Leger

Has there been an epiphany in the Roman Catholic Church? Not the capital-E kind; the Feast of the Epiphany is a fixture in the Catholic calendar every Jan. 6. This is a small-e epiphany — a moment of insight or revelation, when a truth is revealed and understanding bestowed. It sure seemed that way last […]

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Health in all Policies approach gaining traction across political spectrum in Canada

Oct 20 2014 — Danyaal Raza and Ryan Meili

When counseling patients on health, physicians often focus on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise or smoking. This kind of advice can be important for the individual, but does little to change underlying drivers of health like income, education and employment. These factors are the ones that have the greatest impact on whether patients will […]

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Why the trade debate is stuck and how to move it forward

Oct 20 2014 — Robert D. Atkinson

The U.S. economy is an evolutionary organism that changes, not just in size but in structure. Each day, we see the introduction of new products and services; companies go out of business while others are born; industries change. The economy also evolves spatially as globalization shifts economic activity to different regions of the world. Indeed, […]

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Four ridings have a voice for all Albertans

Oct 20 2014 — Ian Robinson

On Oct. 27, Albertans in four ridings go to the polls. Byelections are to general elections what a kiss on the cheek from your maiden aunt with the menopause mustache is to a full-on, Vegas casino penthouse orgy with a roster of shapely adorables hand-picked by Hugh Hefner. In short, byelections are generally not as […]

Oct 20 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

Olivia Chow looks worn out. She tells me over clam chowder at an Italian eatery across the street from her midtown campaign office that she’s “energetic, great, wonderful.” But if you listen to the tone of her voice, you can tell her enthusiasm is forced and she sounds like she’s just going through the motions […]

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Entertainment Plus

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TV sitcom pilot based on Chris Hadfield in the works

Oct 20 2014 —

Work has begun on the pilot for a TV sitcom based on former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s first book: “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.” That is also the comedy’s projected title. Hadfield tells The Canadian Press that ABC has approved the pilot, which is expected to be broadcast next fall. He says the […]

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