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Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle

A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]

Oct 9 2015 —

The RCMP have been called in to investigate leaks of “sensitive” information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CBC News has learned. This week, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander confirmed a report published in the Globe and Mail that the Prime Minister’s Office directed officials to stop processing a preliminary group of Syrian refugees, pending […]

Oct 9 2015 — Philip Authier

In politics it’s known as damage control, and the New Democratic Party is badly in need of it. Hoping to take advantage of families getting together for the Thanksgiving weekend and talking about the election, the NDP has launched a media blitz in Quebec to try and woo back those voters who have strayed – […]


Tory candidate Abdi skips Ottawa West-Nepean debate organized by Muslim Association of Canada

Oct 9 2015 — Don Butler

Conservative candidate Abdul Abdi was a no-show at an all-candidates’ debate Friday in Ottawa West-Nepean organized by the Muslim Association of Canada. His absence was surprising because Abdi, who had participated in an all-candidates’ debate the previous night, presumably should be eager to cultivate support among those who share his Muslim faith. He had initially […]


Long lineups reported as advance polls open across the country

Oct 9 2015 —

Long lineups at polling stations frustrated a number of Canadians as advance voting began across the country on Friday, but Elections Canada said volumes were within normal ranges. There had been concerns that the Conservative government’s new election law — which tightened identification requirements — could create headaches for certain Canadians, but Elections Canada said […]


Zunera Ishaq, who challenged ban on niqab, takes citizenship oath wearing it

Oct 9 2015 —

The Ontario woman who won court battles affirming her right to wear a niqab while taking the citizenship oath finally took part in the ceremony on Friday afternoon. Zunera Ishaq took the oath at a government building in Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto. “Thank you so much for honouring me here today,” she said, tearily.

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Short-pants PMO people shouldn’t be in the refugee business

Oct 9 2015 — Don Martin

There are more than 500 staff in Stephen Harper’s sprawling Prime Minister’s Office, about 100 more than when he took office in 2006. It’s clearly a big job and getting bigger all the time. The so-called short-pants people have to deliver no-comments to the media, plan Harper tours with just the right true-blue backdrops, select […]


Have Stephen Harper’s Conservatives changed, or have we?

Oct 9 2015 — Susan Delacourt

The Conservative party’s journey from 2004 to the current election can be measured in five simple words: “To heck with the courts.” In the 2004 federal election, those five words helped kill the Conservatives’ hopes of winning power. In the 2015 campaign, they’re virtually a campaign motto, especially on the divisive, hot-button debate over religious […]


What a Liberal government would look like

Oct 9 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

With Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper neck and neck entering the home stretch, one question now imposes itself: What kind of government are we likely to get if Trudeau becomes prime minister, assuming the Grits were to wind up in a position to implement most or all of their pledges? We now have, quite handily, […]

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Batter up! Thomas Mulcair steps up to the plate.

Oct 9 2015 — Evan Solomon

Watching Tom Mulcair swing at Stephen Harper’s freshly inked trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it would be hard not to think of that hoary old baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat.” The great veteran politician Mulcair is in the campaign’s final innings, and there hasn’t been much joy in NDP Mudville. The party trails […]


Harper on the niqab much more than mere distraction

Oct 9 2015 — Tim Harper

If Stephen Harper was just using the niqab as a political distraction in the dwindling days of this long campaign, that would be the most charitable description of this gambit that could possibly be found. If it was just a cynical ploy to avoid late-campaign scrutiny of his economic record, many of us would shake […]


How two women and a niqab sank the NDP

Oct 9 2015 — Michael Taube

Every election tells a story. Of all the stories that will be told about this year’s Canadian federal election, the NDP’s sudden rise and dramatic fall truly stands out. For several months, Tom Mulcair and the NDP were a serious threat to form the next government. They were either leading, or close to leading, in […]


Despite poll drop, Mulcair won’t budge on niqab

Oct 9 2015 — Anthony Furey

Tom Mulcair doesn’t seem too concerned with his major slip in the Quebec polls. “Quebecers know me,” the NDP leader told me in an interview Thursday. “They know that I’m not going to back down on a question of principle.” Mulcair opposes the Conservatives’ continued attempts to ban the niqab from citizenship oath ceremonies, even […]

Oct 9 2015 — Rick Salutin

A journalist I know who may have seen a few elections too many, was expressing aversion to Justin Trudeau early in the campaign. Trudeau’s resumé was skimpy yet he seemed to feel entitled to lead the country. “What people expect is at least some narrative in a candidate’s life,” he said. I’m not sure Trudeau’s […]

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Oct 9 2015 — Carol Goar

Canada has never had an election campaign like this. Not only its length is unprecedented and its cost record-breaking. For the first time in postwar history, one of the nation’s major political parties has dispensed with the inconvenient tradition of meeting voters. The Conservatives see no need to talk to Canadians who don’t support them. […]

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Oct 9 2015 — Don Pittis

If the federal government’s Economic Action Plan had lived up to its billing, Canada should be swimming in jobs right now. But as we study the last set of employment numbers before Canada’s national election — and the last big economic indicator likely to stick in voters’ minds — it is intriguing to consider what […]

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Dan Rather helped film about CBS scandal

Oct 9 2015 —

Dan Rather helped director James Vanderbilt on his movie “Truth,” about the story that led to the newsman resigning from CBS. “Dan was wonderful,” Vanderbilt told us at Wednesday’s Cinema Society screening at MoMA. “He opened his home and his mind to me. There’s the factual stuff, but even talking about ‘How did this feel?’ ”

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