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Aug 2 2015 —

The federal election race is officially under way, and the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP appear to be in a three-way race as they leave the starting line. The latest ballot tracking from Nanos Research shows a razor-thin margin of voter preference support separating the first-place Conservatives from the NDP and Liberals, in a survey that […]

Aug 2 2015 — Joanna Smith

New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair walked away without taking any questions from the media after delivering his campaign speech across the river from Parliament Hill. “It’s just a statement for today,” NDP senior campaign adviser Brad Lavigne said following the speech Sunday morning when asked why the party leader, who polls suggest is within reach […]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Governor General David Johnston, along with his wife Laureen, to dissolve parliament and trigger an election campaign at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Sunday, August 2, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Stephen Harper’s long campaign

Aug 2 2015 — Aaron Wherry

That the proceeding at hand is not to be viewed as a “popularity contest” has surely never been said by anyone who is particularly popular. But so there stood Stephen Harper—the Prime Minister behind a podium, the granite arch of Rideau Hall around him, a weather-faded stone crest directly above, members of the press arranged […]

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Election 2015 offers a political dynamic never before seen

Aug 2 2015 — Tim Harper

Historically, the dramatic visit of a prime minister to the Governor General foreshadows a political frenzy and sets off a gruelling sprint. On Sunday, in the middle of a holiday weekend, Stephen Harper sounded the bell on a marathon, and the political dynamic ushered in on this morning is unlike any we’ve ever seen. In […]

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The only advantage to the Conservatives is monetary

Aug 2 2015 — Don Martin

The economy is sagging, the loonie sinking, the Senate scandal reviving and Nanos polling shows growing support for regime change after 10 polarizing years of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Confronted by that hostile messaging mess, the short-panted minions in Conservative party headquarters have devised a uniquely bizarre campaign strategy. The Canadian voter, they’ve decided, needs […]


The race of his life

Aug 2 2015 — David Akin

Stephen Harper starts his re-election bid weighed down by the economy and pork-barreling. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to start. Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins a marathon campaign for re-election in running shoes made of lead, thanks to a contracting economy. This even after throwing bags of pork-barrel cash at us in a […]


Bald truth about Justin Trudeau

Aug 2 2015 — John Snobelen

A friend of mine pointed out my dim view of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau might be a simple case of hair envy. He has a point. We, the follically-challenged, view the overly-coiffured with some suspicion. I was quick to point out to my friend that even Canadians with a full head of hair were beginning […]


Critics move to silence Ezra Levant

Aug 2 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Ezra Levant is being persecuted — again — by the human rights industry. Levant was first hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) almost a decade ago. Back then, the popular former Sun columnist was publisher of the Western Standard magazine. He dared to publish the infamous Danish cartoons of Mohammed, which many Muslim […]


A carbon price for Canada

Aug 2 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Welcome to the federal election that could impose a national carbon-pricing scheme on Canadians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. Based on party platforms, public statements by the leaders and government documents, here’s what the national parties are proposing. If NDP Leader Tom Mulcair wins, Canadians will be paying higher prices for […]

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