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Sep 4 2015 —

Amid accusations that Canada’s refugee application system is too bogged down in red tape, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander says his ministry is doing all it can to speed up the process. Appearing on CTV’s Canada AM Friday, Alexander said changes are already underway to reduce the wait time for those escaping conflict in the Mideast. […]

Sep 4 2015 — Chris Hall

Stephen Harper wants Canadians to see the big picture, the one beyond the photo of Alan Kurdi’s lifeless little body face-down on a beach in Turkey. The Conservative leader says the big picture is not just that a three-year-old’s life should end so tragically trying to escape Syria with his family across the Mediterranean in […]

NDP Justice critic Francoise Boivin reacts to the Supreme Court of Canada decision on assisted suicide following question period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, February 6, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

An NDP government would review secret OIC’s: Boivin

Sep 4 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson

An NDP government would review a series of secret orders in council adopted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government and, if necessary, overturn some of them, says New Democratic Party justice critic Françoise Boivin. Boivin said an NDP government will take the secret orders in council, first reported by iPolitics Wednesday, out of the safe, […]

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PC Leader Patrick Brown wins byelection, seat in the legislature

Sep 3 2015 —

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has won a seat in the Ontario legislature in a byelection four months after winning the party leadership. Longtime Progressive Conservative MPP Garfield Dunlop resigned his Simcoe North seat this summer so Brown could run. Brown won the party leadership in May and resigned his federal seat in the nearby […]

Sep 4 2015 — Peter O'Neil

A former federal Tory cabinet minister from B.C. is calling on the Harper government to massively increase Canada’s refugee intake to relieve the crisis gripping Europe – or risk facing the wrath of Canadian voters in October. Pat Carney’s intervention comes as Immigration Minister Chris Alexander suspended his own campaign for re-election to deal with […]

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Sep 4 2015 — James Cudmore

Any illusion the story of poor dead Alan Kurdi wouldn’t feature heavily on the Conservative campaign trail was shattered Thursday morning with the arrival at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel of the morning paper. There, on the front, was a profoundly sad photo of the lifeless little body of the three-year-old refugee washed up on […]

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Canada has lost its way as a compassionate country

Sep 4 2015 — Daphne Bramham

It was distressingly and tragically brought home by the image of a toddler, drowned off the coast of Turkey fleeing the Syrian civil war, that Canadians are no longer who we think we are. If this were our imagined country, three-year-old Alan Kurdi might have been safely playing at home in Coquitlam. But an urgent […]

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Migrant crisis suddenly the biggest issue in the election campaign — and Harper’s on the high wire

Sep 3 2015 — John Ivison

Talking to a Liberal friend Wednesday evening, we mused on whether the progressive vote would eventually coalesce around one or other of the opposition parties. “There is another scenario,” he said. “The complete collapse of the Conservative vote.” I said I thought this was unlikely, given the party’s apparently rock-solid voting base. But each passing […]

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Mulcair’s nanny-state agenda

Sep 4 2015 — Tom Brodbeck

NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s vow to expand mandatory contributions to the Canada Pension Plan is just the beginning of what Canadians can expect from the NDP’s nanny-state agenda if they form government. The question is, are Canadians ready for it? Mulcair announced Thursday that if the NDP wins the Oct. 19 election, his party will […]

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NDP success cause for concern

Sep 4 2015 — Michael Taube

Why the NDP are winning, and why we should be concerned. The federal election is still six weeks away. Many things can, and will, happen before we vote on October 19. Yet, with each passing day, the possibility of a new government led by NDP leader Tom Mulcair simply refuses to fade away. There’s no […]

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A brief history of deficit hysteria

Sep 4 2015 — Rick Salutin

2400 B.C.: The king of Lagash, part of ancient Sumerian civilization in what is now Iraq, declares a general cancellation of debts. Peasants have come under great economic pressure with the rise of agriculturally based empires. It is the peasants who panic and the monarch who gives them relief, showing that debt hasn’t yet become […]

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Limp-along economy could hobble Harper campaign

Sep 3 2015 — Don Martin

Stephen Harper was borderline euphoric when Statistics Canada declared Canada was only in a mini-recession, which was likely over even before the campaign began. The Conservative leader, whose personal warmth usually ranges between sea ice and permafrost, was energetically warm and animated as he declared the red-inked charts were actually good news. His ability to […]

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FILE - SEPTEMBER 3:   According to reports September 3, 2015, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman overturned the NFL's  and commissioner's Roger Roger Goodell's  four game suspension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after he was accused of having knowledge of deflating footballs. FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 13:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after a loss turnover the Green Bay Packers during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lyin’ Tom Brady proves that cheaters do win

Sep 4 2015 —

Teflon Tom Brady got himself a free pass when his four-game NFL suspension was overturned Thursday. Just because Judge Richard M. Berman ruled in favor of your appeal does not mean that you are not guilty in the court of Roger Goodell and the NFL, or in the court of public opinion. If you are […]

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