Conservative leader Stephen Harper, for the second time in the election campaign, has launched fierce attacks against the Liberal premier of Ontario and the NDP premier of Alberta – and both are fighting back. At a news conference in Toronto Tuesday, Harper blasted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne over her desire for an enhanced public pension […]
The Conservatives are promising to make a home-renovation tax credit they introduced six years ago a permanent fixture. Stephen Harper unveiled the election pledge while campaigning in Toronto Tuesday.
The leaders of Canada’s three official parties will square off over key economic issues on Sept. 17 in a federal election debate hosted by The Globe and Mail. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have each confirmed they will take part in the prime-time debate. David Walmsley, The […]
The NDP leader went after Stephen Harper’s trade record Tuesday, saying the prime minister “was never a very good negotiator.” Tom Mulcair says his party favours “prudent” trade deals that are fair to Canadian producers.Read More
Grit Leader Trudeau, Green Leader May only two federal leaders in for debate on women’s issues, Sept. 21
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth are the only two federal leaders to confirm they will take part in the “Up For Debate,” national leaders’ debate next month dedicated solely to women’s issues, after the coalition of more than 175 women’s groups and allied organizations lobbied all the party leaders. Prime Minister […]Read More
A defence expert says Russia’s new bid for a vast swath of Arctic territory, including the North Pole, backs Canada into an uncomfortable corner in future negotiations over the frozen region. Moscow’s revised international submission was revealed today in a statement by the country’s foreign ministry and claims 1.2 million square kilometres of the Arctic […]Read More
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper suggested Tuesday morning that the federal government’s budget is going to be tight for the next two years, telling people at an event in Toronto that a tax credit he’s promising if he is re-elected wouldn’t be implemented until mid-way into that mandate. Harper and other Conservatives have so far maintained […]Read More
The Canadian dollar hit a new 11-year low today against its U.S. counterpart, as weak oil prices and a possible further interest rate cut continue to hurt sentiment in Canada’s currency. The loonie was trading at 76.12 cents US just after 9 a.m. ET, down a third of a cent from Friday’s close. That’s the […]Read More
As battle lines are drawn now that the campaign is underway, the New Democrats’ slim lead over the Conservatives has widened slightly. And as leaders begin to jet across the country, regional contests are taking shape as well. The latest numbers from CBC’s Poll Tracker give the NDP 33.2 per cent support, for a lead […]Read More
#Elxn42 is barely out of the womb and, like proud parents, journalists are already cooing over its every move. Baby Stephen seems defensive! Little Tom is acting shy! Bouncy Justin’s all smiles! Pundits (including yours truly) scrutinized the leaders’ choice of announcement venues, backdrops and themes — and clucked over the latest poll showing the […]
Last week a parent in Calgary reported that she had come home to find that her small children had seen a flyer that had been put through the door depicting deeply bloody, disturbing and graphic images of mangled fetal body parts. They were frightened and confused and she was understandably outraged. There is, however, little […]
Trade expert Peter Clark was in Lahaina, Hawaii, for the recent talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. The following is his post-game analysis. No one should be surprised that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators meeting in Maui fell short of its objectives. The Ministers made progress. Success was in sight but the light at […]
While the fundamental objective of a campaign doesn’t shift with the long haul of a lengthier writ, the chances of stepping on a landmine certainly does. And, at double the standard campaign period, this election provides twice the time for that. That’s why leaders will be paying particular attention to clearing the road ahead of […]
The first stop of the extended 2015 campaign on Sunday night found Stephen Harper speaking at one of the most low-key election launches ever held in a major Canadian city by an incumbent prime minister. Billed as the opening Quebec rally of the campaign, Harper’s appearance in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal spoke more […]
With the longest federal election campaign in our modern history now grinding into motion, despite the electorate’s being mostly still in flip-flop and barbecue mode, Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent his second day on the hustings barnstorming a trio of ridings from Laval, Que., to Kingston, Ont., to Ajax, Ont.
Back in the olden days, there were only two federal parties that mattered in Canada. Both were middle-of-the-road. Both had a string of mostly credible leaders. Every so often they traded places, but in truth it was hard to tell them apart. Then there was the idealistic wacko fringe, whose leaders were forgettable (sorry, Audrey […]
Canada, like most industrial countries has its fair share of economists and politicians arguing that Canada has an inequality crisis requiring large-scale, even unprecedented government intervention to solve. More often than not the issue of inequality and how we measure it is grossly over-simplified. The reality of income inequality is far more complicated than such […]
A study was released a few days ago, looking into how the economic performance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives stacks up against other Canadian governments since the Second World War. It didn’t get much attention because it was done by labour-union economists, who don’t normally get much traction in the mainstream news media.
Chris Hyndman, co-host of CBC-TV’s lifestyle series “Steven and Chris,” has died. The CBC reported that Hyndman, 49, was found without vital signs after 11 p.m. on Monday in an alleyway near Toronto’s Queen and Broadview streets. A Toronto Police spokesperson would not confirm the report, citing privacy concerns. A CBC spokesman confirmed earlier Tuesday […]