National Newswatch

Rob, Doug Ford lend support at Harper campaign stop in Toronto

Oct 13 2015 — Steven Chase

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Doug Ford, turned up to support Stephen Harper at the Conservative Leader’s morning campaign stop in Toronto. Their arrival at a 200-person event was hailed by host Ted Opitz, a local Conservative candidate seeking re-election. Mr. Opitz welcomed “two great sons of Etobicoke” just before Mr. Harper […]

Oct 13 2015 — Joanna Smith

New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair is vowing to defeat Conservative Leader Stephen Harper at the first opportunity, even if it would risk triggering another election on a Speech from the Throne he has yet to read. “Yes, I will vote against Stephen Harper,” Mulcair said Tuesday in Oshawa when asked whether he had already made […]


Amanda Lang leaving CBC for another TV job

Oct 13 2015 —

Amanda Lang has left CBC to pursue another opportunity in television, says a memo to staff. CBC Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire says Lang also plans to “devote more time to her writing” and notes she’ll publish a book next fall.


Justin Trudeau angles for NDP voters in Toronto

Oct 13 2015 —

Justin Trudeau sought to woo voters away from the NDP while countering recent attacks by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper during a campaign stop this morning in Toronto. The Liberal leader, speaking to supporters at a cafe in the NDP-held riding of Beaches-East York, touted progressive policies he has promised if elected on Monday while likening […]

Oct 13 2015 —

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he would tell off Russian President Vladimir Putin “directly to his face” if he becomes prime minister. Trudeau accuses Putin of “being dangerous” in eastern Europe, “irresponsible and harmful” in the Middle East and “unduly provocative” in the Arctic. “Canada needs to continue to stand strongly with the international community […]

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Oct 13 2015 — Mike De Souza

Canada’s Conservative government rejected advice from its bureaucrats warning it was “inappropriate” to use a sole-source contract to hire a consultant to review the country’s Arctic drilling legislation, according to a memo obtained by Reuters. The memo, released under Canada’s Access to Information Act, was prepared for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt […]

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Oct 12 2015 — Staff

Throughout Thanksgiving Weekend, Facebook, Abacus Data and National Newswatch collaborated on a first-time project asking Facebook users in Canada to let us know what they were talking about with their families and friends as this Election draws to a close. More than 24,000 responses in all were received. While not a scientific survey, it provides insight into the mood of the country with only a few days till Canada goes to the polls.

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Oct 13 2015 — Mark Gollom

Although many look at opinion polls to forecast what candidate will likely win on Oct. 19, the ability of the parties to get their supporters out come election day could well be the deciding factor in a tight race. “Five per cent difference in polling means nothing on election day if you can’t get your […]

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Don’t just vote against something, vote for something

Oct 13 2015 — Don Lenihan

This election is a referendum on Stephen Harper and Canadians look ready for change. But are they just rejecting the politics of fear or are they getting ready to choose something else? Many of these voters feel the country has been pulled off course; and they want their Canada back. The long campaign is turning out […]


Bloc could hold balance of power in a hung parliament: Hébert

Oct 13 2015 — Chantal Hébert

It seems that there is always something new under the Quebec federal sun. In the last election it was the NDP’s orange wave. In this one, it is an unprecedented four-way battle between the New Democrats, the Liberals, the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois. Its unpredictable outcome could tip the balance next Monday and alter […]


Exorcising the ghost of Trudeau past

Oct 13 2015 — Jason Markusoff

How Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are closing in on these key Calgary ridings. Three hundred people crammed into the former neighbourhood restaurant, transformed into a campaign office. Inside the old Tropical Corner, it was equatorially muggy. The Liberal leader’s right-hand wave revealed a noticeable armpit sweat stain. Another throng was there for Justin Trudeau […]


Harper ignores a basic principle of justice in rush to condemn

Oct 13 2015 — Ian Mulgrew

After turning the legal system into a partisan battleground, it is no surprise to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper making crime an election issue. The country has never been safer, with crime rates at historic lows, yet the Tory campaign paints a nation at risk. Conservative pamphlets decry evidence-backed safe-injection sites, regulated prostitution as envisioned […]


The TPP Agreement: A Canadian Business Perspective

Oct 13 2015 — Nerissa Yan and Nina Lavoie

On October 5th 2015, twelve Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the USA, Vietnam) concluded nearly eight-year long negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”). It is said to be the largest regional trade agreement (“RTA”) in history, constituting 40% of the world GDP. The TPP […]


Veiled TPP Deal Holds Hidden Privacy Risks

Oct 13 2015 — Michael Geist

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that covers nearly 40 per cent of world GDP, wrapped up years of negotiation earlier this month. The TPP immediately emerged as an election issue, with the Conservatives trumpeting the deal as a source of future economic growth, the Liberals adopting a wait-and-see approach (the specific details […]


Trudeau aims for the soft Tory vote

Oct 13 2015 — David Akin

Having pretty much trounced the NDP in the last couple of weeks by squeezing the “progressive” vote, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals started the final week of this long campaign aiming for the affections of those who once called themselves Progressive Conservatives. The Liberals put out endorsements Monday from the likes of Bill Casey — […]


Ontario’s election lessons for Stephen Harper and the Conservatives

Oct 13 2015 — Martin Regg Cohn

Ahead of every close election, it’s tempting to predict our political future by recalling our history of hung parliaments. Here, Ontario may be of service to the country — more than Conservative Leader Stephen Harper imagines. With Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats plotting about toppling the Tories, here’s a voter’s guide — […]

Oct 13 2015 — Susan Sherring

With several neck-and-neck races in the Ottawa area, you have to wonder whether the Tories and Pierre Poilievre might be second-guessing the heavy-handed decision to shut out some well-known potential candidates. A recent poll showed Poilievre’s pick in Nepean — his former assistant, Andy Wang — is running a close second to Liberal candidate Chandra […]

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Oct 13 2015 — Kent Roach and Craig Forcese

In responding to last year’s terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised his government would not over-react, but also would not under-react, to the ISIS terrorist threat. Unfortunately his government proceeded to do just that. The over-reactions are well known: a new, sweeping speech offence; citizenship revocation; a complex law making almost everything a security […]

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Oct 13 2015 — Corey Larocque

I want to take a sabbatical from voting. I’ve cast a ballot 25 times in every federal, provincial and municipal election and referendum in my lifetime. I wish I could take a pass without it blemishing my perfect attendance record. None of the leaders, platforms nor local candidates has won me over. In fact, each […]

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Playboy ‘to drop’ naked women images

Oct 13 2015 —

Playboy magazine is to stop publishing images of naked women as part of its redesign, it has emerged. Its US owners say the internet has made nudity outdated, and pornographic magazines are no longer so commercially viable, the New York Times reports. Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in the 1970s to the current […]

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