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Oct 8 2015 — Louise Elliott

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has acknowledged that his government asked for an audit of Syrian refugee cases earlier this year, but denies that any political staff were involved in vetting those files. Harper, responding to a Globe and Mail story, said that when it comes to admitting refugees, his government ensures the selection of the […]

Oct 8 2015 — BJ Siekierski

Stephen Harper’s controversial pledge to consider imposing a ban on the niqab in the public service may be opening up a split within his own party ranks. Damian Konstantinakos, the Conservative candidate in Ottawa-Centre, told an all-candidates’ debate on October 1 that while he supported the idea of banning the veil in citizenship ceremonies, he […]

Oct 8 2015 — Glen McGregor

A political consultant whose firm works with the U.S. Republican Party is helping Conservative candidate Rick Dykstra deal with unproved allegations about underaged drinking at a bar in his riding. Jim Ross, a consultant with Ohio-based Front Porch Strategies, attended an all-candidates event at Brock University on Monday, where he reportedly confronted Liberal campaign workers […]

Canada's PM Harper congratulates Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney after he was sworn in during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Canadians backing pot legalization, top adviser tells public safety minister

Oct 8 2015 —

The public safety minister’s top bureaucrat has advised him Canadians are “increasingly likely” to support the legalization or decriminalization of drugs, including marijuana. It’s a message that runs counter to the Conservative government’s firm opposition to softer penalties for recreational pot smokers — an issue that has flared up regularly on the federal campaign trail. […]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, according to the PMO, on March 9 2015 - PMO photo Jason Ransom

Prime Minister’s Office ordered halt to refugee processing

Oct 8 2015 — Joe Friesen

The Prime Minister’s Office directed Canadian immigration officials to stop processing one of the most vulnerable classes of Syrian refugees this spring and declared that all UN-referred refugees would require approval from the Prime Minister, a decision that halted a critical aspect of Canada’s response to a global crisis.

Oct 8 2015 — Mark Kennedy

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he is still “confident” he will win a majority government in the upcoming federal election, and that those who count him out are simply wrong. He made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with the Citizen as the campaign heads into the home stretch. The NDP began the campaign leading […]

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Oct 8 2015 —

A 95-year-old Second World War veteran who famously championed the rights of turban-wearing Canadian Sikhs says he disagrees with limiting the freedoms of Muslims who wear religious face coverings. Retired lieutenant-colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal and four friends were barred from a 1993 Remembrance Day ceremony at the Royal Canadian Legion Newton branch in Surrey, B.C. […]

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Why the NDP is losing Quebec voters

Oct 8 2015 — Martin Patriquin

Jay Hill will vote for anyone who can beat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. A tech entrepreneur by trade, the 35-year-old transplanted Montrealer has become anti-Harper by design, due mostly to what he calls the “campaign of fear” wrought by the Conservatives. “Certain things fly in the face of what it is to be Canadian,” he says.


Trans-Pacific trade deal won’t secure Tory victory

Oct 8 2015 — Dan Leger

This isn’t 1988, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership isn’t the Canada-U.S. free trade deal that dominated that year’s landmark election. Although the TPP itself is bigger in every way, it is just one issue among many for voters on Oct. 19. The 1988 campaign was all about one thing and it was a matter of principle. […]


Pacific trade deal not quite what it seems

Oct 8 2015 — Tom Walkom

It is less in that Canada already has trade and investment deals with four of the 12 nations that make up the TPP — including the all-important United States. Of the remaining seven, only Japan is a major economic player. The fact that Canadian goods will eventually be able to enter that country duty-free is […]


The fall and rise of the Liberal Party

Oct 8 2015 — Konrad Yakabuski

The Liberal Party was left for dead in 2011. The political formation that dominated 20th-century federal politics looked like a spent force. The country seemed to have finally outgrown the brokerage politics that had underwritten the Liberals’ astonishingly long run as Canada’s natural governing party. No one would call the Liberals a spent force now. […]


Stephen Harper’s hypocrisy and hysteria on marijuana

Oct 8 2015 — Martin Regg Cohn

Politicians know how to harvest the low hanging fruit at election time. Now, Justin Trudeau has sniffed out the low hanging cannabis on the campaign trail — and promised to legalize it. It’s time, long past time. The Liberal leader can make up for the sins — or omissions — of his father in failing […]


King Stephen has changed Canada for the worse

Oct 8 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

One can agree or disagree with the political orientation of a government, even on such seminal issues as where to draw the line between security and civil liberties in this age of terrorism. Stephen Harper’s biggest problem is not that he is a right-wing ideologue. It is how he has governed. A prime minister must […]

Oct 8 2015 — Candice Malcolm

Justin Trudeau has trouble when it comes to budgeting. He was for balancing the budget before he was against it. In a recent interview, he told a CTV host that if folks want to know how much his promises will cost taxpayers, we can pull out a calculator and crunch the numbers ourselves. So when […]

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