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As recession fears mount, opposition leaders draw bead on Harper

Jul 3 2015 —

Canada’s opposition leaders have blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government for failed economic policies that have put the country on the precipice of another possible recession. But Harper urged patience Friday, predicting that Alberta’s oil sector will “bounce back.” The sharp criticism came from NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau who, like Harper, […]

Jul 3 2015 —

The upcoming federal election is casting a cowboy-sized shadow over the Calgary Stampede as party leaders wrangle for votes. This happens every year as the top political gunslingers take verbal shots at each other during the week-long event. But there’s a different urgency this year with a pending federal campaign following the surprise victory by […]

Jul 3 2015 —

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1221 Canadian voters, just fewer than one third will vote NDP if the federal election were held today (32%) and this represents a drop from their high of more than a third noted last week (June 23 – 36%). At the same […]

Jul 3 2015 — Frank Graves

The political landscape appears to be shifting in subtle but important ways. The Liberals seem to have stopped the bleeding and are now statistically tied with the floundering Conservatives who are over 12 points back from their majority achievement in 2011. The NDP continues to hold on to a narrow but significant lead which would […]

Jul 3 2015 —

Finance Minister Joe Oliver denies that Canada is in the midst of a recession, saying he’s still confident the economy will grow this year. Economists with Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicted Thursday that Canada’s economy would shrink by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, and that the Bank of Canada would be forced […]

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How should the Senate be?

Jul 3 2015 — Aaron Wherry

“At the end of the day, we will not be judged on how efficiently we manage our budget, but on how effective we are as a legislative body,” Sen. James Cowan ventured this week, moments before the Senate concluded what was surely one of the least flattering terms in its history. “Review of legislation is […]


Calgary Stampede 2015: Is it a high-stakes political rodeo?

Jul 3 2015 —

The Calgary Stampede and politics go hand-in-hand. The leaders of all the major federal parties will be in town shaking hands as part of an “unofficial” campaign for this fall’s federal election. And with the Alberta NDP win in May’s provincial vote, it seems there will be a lot at stake. Thomas Mulcair’s NDP is […]

Jul 3 2015 —

Sapped by the oil slide, Canada’s economy appears headed toward recession, economists warn — and one says we’re already there. Emanuella Enenajor of Bank of America Merrill Lynch says the Canadian economy appears to have shrunk by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter after a drop of the same amount in the first, “suggesting […]

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Jul 3 2015 — Ryan Maloney

A former Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister will run for the federal Conservatives this fall despite stating publicly just a few years ago that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had “no integrity.” Kevin O’Brien, a longtime Progressive Conservative MHA who was shuffled out of Premier Paul Davis’ cabinet in March, has reportedly been green-lit as the […]

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What Stephen Harper’s speeches can teach us

Jul 3 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Political culture, like everything else, has been transformed by the communications revolution of the past few decades. Still, one relic remains as a political communications staple — The Speech. Press releases have been reformatted as “infographics.” Petitions gather names electronically. Political newsletters come as Facebook posts. MPs talk to their constituents through Twitter or email.

Andrew MacDougall

The worse the world goes, the better things go for Harper

Jul 3 2015 —

The bright orange wave that upended the political order shows no signs of receding. In politics, a rising tide lifts only one boat, and right now it has a Dipper skipper. There are two possible responses for those cast adrift in Thomas Mulcair’s wake: refurbish your vessel, or wait for the next powerful current. The […]


Annoying Harper ads not helping

Jul 3 2015 — Murray Mandryk

What should have been most special about Canada Day wasn’t necessarily the celebration of the nation’s 148th birthday, but the hope and prayer that – at least for the remainder of the summer – we could enjoy a respite from political ads. Alas, this doesn’t seem to be the case. This is, after all, an […]


Harper’s Canada day speech and the Canadian identity

Jul 3 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

What is the purpose of a Prime Minister’s Canada Day speech? For most, it presents an opportunity to rhapsodize on the country’s greatness while inspiring citizens to meet the challenges ahead. But it also allows the speaker to define the terms of that greatness, and the nature of those challenges. In other words, it’s about […]

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Raising the Bar on Public Engagement

Jul 3 2015 — Don Lenihan

Ontario could be on the verge of changing Canadian politics. Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to find a principled way to give citizens and stakeholders a more meaningful voice in the policy process. To see how and why, let’s start with two examples where conventional policymaking has failed. In the run-up to the Alberta election, Premier […]

Michael Harris

Cash-and-curry: Buying votes on the public dime

Jul 3 2015 — Michael Harris

Only Stephen Harper could be cynical enough to dream it up, and only Pierre Polyester sufficiently crass to carry it out. Canada’s minister of Employment and Social Development has had a photo-op with a bunch of government cheques. The usual photo partners — starry-eyed children, carefully vetted students, or alleged constituents lovingly gazing at Poilievre […]


With polls plunging, Notley saddles up for Stampede Parade

Jul 3 2015 — Don Braid

Premier Rachel Notley, one of Friday’s celebrity Stampede Parade riders, has plenty of experience with horses. That’s a good thing, because Calgary shows signs of bucking the NDP into the tumbleweeds. A poll by Mainstreet Technologies says the Progressive Conservatives lead the NDP by nearly 20 points in Stampede city. Wildrose is a strong second. […]


Game of Ches

Jul 3 2015 —

Ches Crosbie has been rejected as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada. No word yet on whether lambs are lying down with lions, or whether pigs are flying. © — Telegram file photo Ches Crosbie. For anyone who’s observed the local political scene going back a few decades, the idea is inconceivable: Conservatives […]


Retirees mostly find life good, as long as the money lasts

Jul 3 2015 — Don Cayo

Money ups the odds of a happy retirement, and having a public service pension ups the odds of having enough money to retire in comfort. These are two significant take-aways from a new and detailed poll from the Angus Reid Institute that probed the views of retired and not-yet-retired Canadians. Another big finding — no […]

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Wimbledon: Milos Raonic upset by Nick Kyrgios

Jul 3 2015 —

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has been eliminated from Wimbledon. The No. 7 seed lost 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 to 26th-seeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia on Friday. Raonic was a semifinalist at last year’s tournament. He appeared to be struggling with a possible injury in the final set. Raonic had surgery for an inflamed […]

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