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Olivia Chow launches bid for Parliament, lauding NDP child-care plan

Jul 27 2015 — Laura Payton

Former New Democrat MP Olivia Chow said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is the only person who can beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as she announced she’s running once again in a downtown Toronto riding. “I refuse to stand on the sideline while we can deliver change,” Chow said Tuesday, pointing to the NDP’s plan to […]

Jul 28 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

With Eve Adams having lost her bid to represent the Liberals in October’s federal election, attention is turning to another nomination battle involving a high-profile candidate with links to leader Justin Trudeau. The Liberal nomination race in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, a riding in north Montreal, has featured plenty of drama since Melanie Joly decided to throw her […]

Jul 27 2015 — David Akin

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have both vowed to change the way Canada chooses its prime minister. The current prime minister, Stephen Harper, has no such plans but he does vow this: If any future government wants to get rid of the first-past-the-post system we’ve used since Confederation, it will need the will of the […]

Jul 28 2015 — Gloria Galloway

Opposition parties are accusing the Conservatives of hiding the truth about Canada’s finances in advance of an election, as expert projections contradict Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s declaration that the books will be balanced in the current fiscal year. The New Democrats and the Liberals sought to embarrass the Tories by forcing a special closed-door meeting […]

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Anonymous releases hacked CSIS document after member’s death, threaten to leak ‘stunning secrets’

Jul 28 2015 — Adrian Humphreys

Secrets about the foreign activities of Canada’s spy agency — including the size of its network of foreign stations, the volume of sensitive communications they handle and their deeply antiquated system of information sharing — are revealed in what is purported to be a sensitive government document hacked by Anonymous and released Monday in a […]

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Strong Job Market Keeping Canada Out of Recession: C.D. Howe

Jul 28 2015 — Greg Quinn

Canada isn’t in a recession, according to a group of economists who study business cycles. A “resilient” labor market is offsetting falling gross domestic product and energy investment, members of the Toronto-based C.D. Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Council said Tuesday. “The council defines a recession as a pronounced, pervasive and persistent decline in aggregate economic […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

Jul 28 2015 — Janyce McGregor

Pity Ed Fast’s campaign manager in Abbotsford, B.C. While most MPs running for re-election are focused on campaigning, Stephen Harper’s trade minister is in Maui, Hawaii, this week to see if there’s a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal Canada can sign on to. It’s an agreement, the prime minister said in June, that’s “essential” for Canada, establishing a basis for trade among not only the […]

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If the New Democratic Party gets its way, this fall’s federal election campaign could be very interesting at the local level. The NDP has reached out to former Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor about carrying the orange and black in October. In a strange twist, Craitor would be running against his former assistant Ron Planche, […]

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Jul 27 2015 —

A Conservative-dominated parliamentary committee voted against a process Monday that would have likely called on Finance Minister Joe Oliver to testify in public about the state of Canada’s finances amid a troubled economy. Before Monday’s closed-door meeting, opposition members of the finance committee had been urging the Harper government to study a recent report that […]

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Harper’s NEP? Senate moratorium a lazy end run around the constitution and provincial rights

Jul 28 2015 — Paula Simons

“When a Vacancy happens in the Senate by Resignation, Death, or otherwise, the Governor General shall by Summons to a fit and qualified Person fill the Vacancy,” says our constitution. The word “shall” isn’t a suggestion. In law, it’s an imperative, creating a clear legal obligation. Public cynicism about the Senate is widespread these days, […]

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Stephen Harper rolls the pork barrel out west

Jul 28 2015 — Gillian Steward

If Stephen Harper’s tour of the West last week is any indication, the Conservatives seem more than a little worried that they are losing their grip on their traditional stronghold. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was enthusiastically touring Ontario at about the same time so that might have had something to do with the timing of […]

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The TPP talks: Things happen slowly — when they happen at all

Jul 28 2015 — Peter Clark

Day Four of the TPP chief negotiators’ sessions … no news of breakthroughs yet. No news of failures, either. No news period — full stop. All of this, hopefully, will change when United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and the other assorted trade ministers arrive. There are no new impasses; the negotiators are too busy […]

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Trump-et blasts, Senate reform, the sounds of election phony war

Jul 28 2015 — Neil MacDonald

Snicker at the political foolishness south of the border if you wish. That’s the point. At least it’s fun. Donald Trump is having a blast staging a summer clown show, dropping howlers, hogging up far-right love in a jingoistic baseball cap. Ant Man, a movie about an insect-sized superhero, is leading at the box office, […]

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Premiers should convene Senate summit

Jul 28 2015 — Anthony Furey

Canada’s premiers need to sit down together and talk over the Senate. Until this happens, nothing is ever going to change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper definitely pawned off the problem of Senate reform to his fellow first ministers. On Friday he announced that he was more or less done even thinking about the Senate until […]

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