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Public servant investigated over political ‘Harperman’ song

Aug 28 2015 — Kathryn May

An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government. Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, was recently sent home on leave with pay while the government investigates the making of […]

Aug 28 2015 — John Paul Tasker

Tom Mulcair and the NDP are on the up and up. Well, if you believe the polls, that is. But unlike his main opponents, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau, his personal story is somewhat of a mystery to most Canadians. Google Canada has released the five most asked questions about Tom Muclair. CBC News has […]

Aug 28 2015 — At Issue

Things got heated this week on the campaign trail as the economy took centre stage and the three main parties ramped up the rhetoric around the D-word…deficit.

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As party leaders spar over deficits canadianeconomyand stimulus spending, they do so with good reason: the latest public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds vote intention at the end of the first month of the federal election campaign correlates significantly with Canadians’ personal economic circumstances. ARI’s analysis of survey data also shows roughly […]

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Papineau NDP riding association president quits over Lagacé Dowson nomination

Aug 28 2015 — Kalina Laframboise

The president of the Papineau New Democratic Party association has stepped down, citing “anti-democratic practices” in selecting a candidate for the riding during the federal election. Gaël Chantrel takes issue with the fact that the NDP selected candidate Anne Lagacé Dowson without holding a nomination period. Lagacé Dowson, a former journalist, ran for the NDP […]

Aug 28 2015 — Ben Spurr

A large and growing majority of Canadians support physician assisted death, a new poll has found, even as many of the country’s doctors report they would refuse to end a patient’s life. According to a Forum poll released Friday,77 per cent of the population believes in doctor-assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill, up […]

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Aug 28 2015 — Joanna Smith

Testimony and emails from the trial of Sen. Mike Duffy suggest the Prime Minister’s Office was invested in the outcome of a Deloitte report into his housing expenses, with the auditing firm still facing questions about the integrity of its investigation. Deloitte was the forensic accounting firm the Senate hired in 2013 to comb through […]

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Stephen Harper: Economic genius or flop?

Aug 28 2015 — Lawrence Martin

One day over lunch in Ottawa, Ralph Goodale, the warhorse from the flatlands of Saskatchewan, was stomping all over the Conservative record on economic management. The battering the economy had taken in the early months of 2015 was further evidence for the steadfast Liberal that Canadians had been fooled all along into believing the Tories […]

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Duffy trial takeaway: The PMO as rogue operation

Aug 28 2015 — Michael Harris

It may not be Rumpole of the Bailey, but the Perils of the Puffster are making one thing crystal clear: Stephen Harper has become a law unto himself. The evidence from the near past is damning enough: Found in contempt of Parliament; breaking his own elections law; sending unconstitutional legislation to the Supreme Court; passing […]

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Harper’s long road to re-election filled with potholes

Aug 27 2015 — Don Martin

Four weeks into the campaign and the best question for the Conservative leader has never been asked. Does Stephen Harper now regret launching his dreadful bid for re-election six weeks early? Battered by Mike Duffy trial revelations, bruised by Canada’s sagging economy and blindsided by an NDP which refuses to pay the traditional role of […]

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Trudeau’s ‘Trading Places’ spending spree

Aug 28 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Pinch me, I must be dreaming. I thought growing the economy “from the heart outwards” was the nadir of the Justin Trudeau school of economics, a bit of gibberish poorly cribbed from US President Barack Obama, who once mused on growing the economy “outward from the heart of the middle class”. Sadly, I would be […]

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Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair need to show some economic common sense

Aug 27 2015 — Bruce Anderson

There’s been plenty of talk about the federal deficit on the election campaign trail this week. But what do Canadians really want? What’s our preferred “fiscal policy”? When it comes to tax dollars, we’re looking for common sense. Spend what’s necessary to provide services – without spending so much that our taxes become unaffordable. Prime […]

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