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RCMP investigation into Pamela Wallin’s expenses handed to Crown

Aug 31 2015 —

After an 18-month investigation, the RCMP has handed their file into Sen. Pamela Wallin’s questionable expense claims over to Crown prosecutors, CTV News has learned. The possibility that charges could be imminent comes as Stephen Harper is seeking re-election to the country’s top office – and facing a campaign trail where the Senate expense scandal […]

Sep 1 2015 — Michelle Gagnon

One month into the campaign and more than one to go, it’s clear Quebec’s Orange Wave was no fluke. No, the NDP’s 2011 sweep of the province was what Quebecers wanted. And now, in a campaign that’s all about change, Quebecers are opting for continuity.

Sep 1 2015 —

Statistics Canada is releasing GDP data today that is expected to show that the country slipped into a technical recession in the second quarter. According to Thomson Reuters, economists anticipate Statistics Canada will report that the economy shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.0 per cent in the April-June period. If it does, that would […]

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Canada’s economy: The new rustbelt

Aug 31 2015 —

IF YOU visit south-western Ontario and the Niagara peninsula you will see scenes of industrial decay. Steel mills, vehicle-parts factories and food processors sit abandoned, their car parks studded with tufts of grass. The region has the look of a rustbelt, and that has Canadians worried. Manufacturing took a beating in the late 2000s and […]


Poll Tracker: Margin narrows again in 3-way race

Aug 31 2015 — Eric Grenier

It appears the federal horse race may have reverted to its three-headedness again, as two new polls suggest a narrowing of the gap separating the three parties. But one of the surveys provides some insight into what and who is capturing voters’ attentions, and what effect it might be having. The CBC Poll Tracker still […]

Aug 31 2015 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our latest national voting intention numbers reveal a tightening race as the NDP has lost a little ground. If the election were tomorrow, 31% say they would vote NDP (down from 35% two weeks ago), 30% would vote CPC, and 28% would vote Liberal. – See more at:

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Aug 31 2015 —

The effect of low oil prices haven’t yet had a dramatic impact on Alberta finances, according to the province’s first-quarter update released Monday, but the worst may be yet to come. A steep drop in the price of West Texas Intermediate crude in August is prompting finance officials to revise their estimates for the rest […]

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Aug 31 2015 — Glen McGregor

Just 13 Conservatives seeking election across the country responded favourably to requests for interviews made by the Citizen to determine whether the party has truly clamped down on candidates’ availability to the media. The Citizen emailed interview requests to 318 nominated candidates who are listed on the Conservative Party website. Ten candidates declined the request […]

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A shoe-leather newsman, and our own Deep Throat

Sep 1 2015 — Lawrence Martin

Spring, 2013. Journalist Bob Fife gets a phone call from a senior ranking Ottawa player. He has a story tip. They meet mid-afternoon for 45 minutes in an out-of-the-way coffee shop in Ottawa’s east end. The source, palpably nervous, says there’s something the hard-edged CTV reporter should know about the Senate expenses scandal. Mr. Fife […]


Why ‘Angry Tom’ is the hardest leader to hate

Sep 1 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

At 6:30 Sunday night, my six-year-old daughter Zara skipped off to her room with an evil gleam in her eye. Five minutes later, she came down to the dinner table with a word written on her arm — “in permanent marker!” — MULCAR. “I can’t vote yet but if I could …” she said, her […]


Fear factor now haunts Conservatives

Aug 31 2015 — Chantal Hébert

Poor Finance Minister Joe Oliver! Is it any wonder that he had initially booked himself to speak at two of Toronto’s private clubs in the middle of a busy election season? How else was he supposed to reassure his corporate friends that he is not just a nominal federal finance minister? As the economy took […]

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The federal election may continue well beyond Oct. 19

Sep 1 2015 — Richard Gwyn

Maclean’s Magazine’s recent description of this election as “the most exciting ever” was dead on. Never before have three national parties all had a reasonable chance of becoming the next government. No political event in a long time has so captivated Canadians as did the subject of wrong-doings in the Senate. One aspect of this […]


Trudeau’s deficit flip-flop, grist for Harper’s mill

Sep 1 2015 — David Akin

Justin Trudeau is in a flip-flop pickle, the first party leader in this election campaign who finds himself taking not one, not two, but three different positions on what appears to be a top-of-mind issue for many voters. And, boy, did Stephen Harper have fun with that one to kick off his Monday morning at […]


Oakville mayor’s comparison of vets to Nazis takes us to dark place

Sep 1 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

When Oakville Mayor Rob Burton tweeted that unarmed, former Canadian soldiers hired to provide private security for Prime Minister Stephen Harper were comparable to Adolf Hitler’s Brownshirts and Benito Mussolini’s Blackshirts, he didn’t just insult our veterans. He insulted the memory of everyone who died in the Holocaust — up to 11 million people, six […]

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: TV personalities Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker attend Keith Urban's performance on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on August 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

The ‘Today’ show is making ‘GMA’ nervous

Sep 1 2015 —

NBC’s “Today” show — in second place since Ann Curry was unceremoniously dumped three years ago — is surging back into contention with ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America.” And “GMA” is in a tizzy. An inside source told me, “It’s causing panic and nervousness at ABC. The result is ‘GMA’ is having more live guests, […]

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