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Oct 6 2015 —

A Conservative candidate in suburban Toronto is defending therapies that attempt to turn gays straight, having penned an editorial that referred to homosexuality as “unnatural behaviour” and heterosexuals as “normal.” Jagdish Grewal, running in Mississauga-Malton, wrote an editorial in the Punjabi Post earlier this year entitled, “Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a […]

Oct 6 2015 — Josh Dehaas

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams is once again asking voters to choose anyone but Conservatives in the federal election. The former Progressive Conservative leader popularized the term “ABC” during the 2008 election campaign, after he said Stephen Harper broke a promise on transfer payments. Williams told CTV Power Play he’s surprised Harper is […]


`Orange Crash’ Leaves Trudeau the Top Rival to Harper in Canada

Oct 6 2015 — Josh Wingrove

Canada’s New Democratic Party is hoping to capitalize on opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact to reverse a slide in polls that’s seen Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau emerge as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top election rival. Tom Mulcair’s NDP now sits in third place in national polls after spending the first half of […]

OTTAWA, ON: NOVEMBER 13, 2013 -Michael Sona leaves the Ottawa Court House, November 13, 2013. Sona, who was communications director for Conservative candidate Marty Burke, faces one charge under the Elections Act in connection with a fraudulent election day robocall in Guelph, Ont., which sent hundreds of opposition supporters to the wrong polling station. (Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen) For Ottawa Citizen story by , NATIONAL Assignment #115146 ORG XMIT: POS2013111317021229

Crown seeks increased sentence for Sona over 2011 robocalls case

Oct 6 2015 — Glen McGregor

A federal prosecutor has asked the Ontario Court of Appeal to hand down a stiffer sentence for the only person convicted in the 2011 robocalls case, saying the original penalty imposed last year was insufficient to deter others who might attempt similar election fraud. Former Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona was sentenced last year to […]

Oct 6 2015 —

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams is once again using his political heft to encourage voters to elect anyone but Stephen Harper. Williams is describing the Conservative leader as a “masterful political strategist” who cannot be trusted. Williams, who served as a Progressive Conservative premier from 2003 to 2010, says conservatives should think twice […]

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Justin Trudeau’s win-win election

Oct 6 2015 — Andrew Cohen

A few days after Justin Trudeau won the leadership of the Liberal party in 2013, a senior government minister offered a private, withering assessment. The worst critic he’d ever seen in Parliament, he sniffed. A dilettante. A poseur. A leader so inept he would drive disaffected Liberals to the dreaded New Democrats. If Trudeau was […]


If Trudeau is the bridge, Harper is the wedge

Oct 6 2015 — Margaret Wente

Stephen Harper’s worst fear has come true. After nearly a decade in power and a marathon campaign, the biggest challenge to his leadership turns out to be a Trudeau. A Trudeau with all the camera appeal and physical giftedness of his father, but without the towering intellect. A hugely energetic politician with an adorable young […]


Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi takes on Tory agenda of fear

Oct 6 2015 — Gillian Steward

There’s one debate we won’t see during this election campaign but if it were to happen it would without doubt be the most riveting. That would be a debate between Stephen Harper and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. No one on the campaign trail has so far challenged Harper on his scapegoating of Muslims in order […]


The barbaric cultural practice of election pronouncements

Oct 6 2015 — Neil Macdonald

There’s a low-frequency thrumming in the background of this election campaign – the political equivalent of the tension track used in movies to provoke anxiety and foreboding. If this election was indeed a movie, we would probably now be watching monochrome images of bewildered Canadians clutching their children while some sinister, shifting shape takes form […]


Scott Sinclair Five reasons to defend supply management from the TPP

Oct 6 2015 — Scott Sinclair

The supply management system for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers has come under sustained attack by conservative economists, big agribusinesses and foreign governments, who would like to see these sectors fully liberalized, putatively in the interest of the “consumer.” The attacks become especially fiery around trade negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), since Canada’s […]

Oct 6 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the matter of the just-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the political benefits and the potential costs are divided unevenly among the parties competing for government in the upcoming election. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper took a risk by pursuing a major trade agreement in the midst of a campaign. He could not, under any scenario, guarantee […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Lawrence Martin

First, the caveats. Remember the hoopla surrounding the European free-trade agreement a couple of years ago. Biggest trade deal ever, etc. That accord has yet to see the light of day. It still awaits ratification. The Pacific Rim deal’s text isn’t even finalized. After concurrence is found on that, the pact will have to be […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Andrew Coyne

As always when the subject is free trade, the debate is between rival camps of protectionists. Barely had he announced the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, widely referred to as a “free trade agreement,” before Stephen Harper was boasting of his success in keeping trade unfree. In the dairy industry, he bragged, Canada had […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Peter Clark

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have led to an agreement. The talks were declared finished and a success by the 12 participating countries after a marathon five-day ministerial meeting in Atlanta. The final package delivered by the TPP Ministers is very extensive. Amb. Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, said it is more than just an […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Tom Brodbeck

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau continued his bogus claims over the weekend, with a fresh round of TV ads, that Canada’s middle class is losing ground economically, that jobs are disappearing and that earnings are frozen. In fact, Statistics Canada data clearly shows the opposite, including a middle class whose net worth has grown faster than […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Heather Mallick

“I’ve always kind of hated films about climate change,” says Naomi Klein as she begins narrating This Changes Everything, Avi Lewis’s documentary on the growing local pushback against climate-changing pollution. “Is it really possible to be bored by the end of the world?” No. Maybe. Here in the West, we’re fascinated by climate’s most obvious […]

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Nicole Kidman not invited to daughter’s Scientology wedding

Oct 6 2015 —

Nicole Kidman was not invited to daughter Isabella Cruise’s wedding last month, and the Australian actress had no idea the nuptials — a secret Scientology ceremony — were even happening. We’re told devout Scientologist and proud father-of-the-bride Tom Cruise did attend the wedding at London’s Dorchester Hotel, despite reports he wasn’t there, and sources tell […]

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