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The EKOS poll: Vote-splitting in Ontario boosting Conservative hopes

Jul 31 2015 — Frank Graves

Summer is half over, the election could be launched officially as early as Sunday — which would make it the longest campaign in modern Canadian history — and our polling shows a political landscape on ‘pause’. There are, however, some interesting developments that set the stage for the campaign proper — which won’t really get […]

Jul 31 2015 — At Issue

The first debate is next week and the campaign could officially start any day now. Our At Issue panel gathers to discuss it all in a special midsummer edition.

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RU-486’s approval comes at bad time for Conservatives

Jul 31 2015 — Laura Payton

Health Canada’s approval of Mifegymiso, a drug used to end pregnancies, may come at a tricky time for the Conservatives — just days ahead of their expected election call. The New Democrats and Liberals have made their pro-choice policies clear, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in particular taking heat for promising all MPs in his […]

Jul 31 2015 — Rob Ferguson

The provincial government’s own internal polling suggests almost three quarters of Ontarians don’t like its plan to sell a 60 per cent stake in Hydro One. Polls released under a freedom-of-information request from the New Democrats show 73 per cent of respondents believe the Crown electricity transmission utility should definitely or probably stay in public […]

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Jul 31 2015 — Rob Ferguson

The extended 11-week federal election campaign Prime Minister Stephen Harper will trigger within days is going to ding taxpayers and political parties for a lot more than they budgeted. Here’s a breakdown of extra costs, from longer rentals of offices for Elections Canada in every riding to millions more in tax credits for political donors […]

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Open Government: Toward a Pan-Canadian Vision?

Jul 31 2015 — Don Lenihan and Suzanne Legault

Almost everyone is calling for greater transparency and accountability in our national government; and for more meaningful opportunities for democratic engagement, but what do these really mean? This election campaign is an opportunity to debate this. In this essay, two of Canada’s leading experts in access to information and citizen engagement set the stage by explaining, simply and clearly, what can and should be done to make Canada a world leader in Open Government.

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The irritating way Olivia Chow took the plunge

Jul 30 2015 — Rick Salutin

The NDP’s Olivia Chow took the plunge in a particularly irritating way this week when she announced she’s running against Liberal MP Adam Vaughn in a downtown Toronto riding. It felt like a bad omen for an election that hasn’t even begun and will drone on for over twice as long as usual. It wasn’t […]

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Olivia Chow’s return to federal politics surprised…no one

Jul 31 2015 — Michael Taube

She’s baaaaaaaaaaccckkk! Olivia Chow is back in the news. After resigning as a federal NDP MP last March, running a poor campaign to become Mayor of Toronto (finishing a distant third) and a brief sojourn as a visiting professor at Ryerson University, she’ll be running again for the federal NDP this fall. The Circle of […]

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Moving Day at the Maui TPP Ministerial

Jul 30 2015 — Peter Clark

Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. LAHAINA, Hawaii – Day two of the TPP Ministerial went late into the night. Indeed we are into round the clock negotiations in the race for the concluding  media conference scheduled for 1:30 PM  […]

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Harper can’t hide from his duty to the Senate

Jul 31 2015 — Paula Simons

“When a Vacancy happens in the Senate by Resignation, Death, or otherwise, the Governor General shall by Summons to a fit and qualified Person fill the Vacancy,” says our constitution. The word “shall” is an imperative, creating a clear legal obligation. Public cynicism about the Senate is widespread, thanks in part to the antics of […]

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Economic uncertainty could play to Harper’s strengths

Jul 30 2015 — Bruce Anderson

Last year, it didn’t look like this was going to be an election about the economy. Today, things may be changing. For the longest time, Conservative election planners imagined jumping into a writ with steady growth, good employment, balanced books and generous tax cuts. If not a prime minister voters could love, at least a […]

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Palliatives won’t save struggling post office

Jul 31 2015 — Carol Goar

Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau will pick up a few urban votes with their pledge to save what is left of door-to-door mail delivery. They will burnish their reputations as defenders of Canada’s public services. They will reinforce their images as fix-it men, set to reverse the damage Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done to […]

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Rumors continue to swirl around Ben Affleck’s alleged nanny affair

Jul 31 2015 —

Rumors about Ben Affleck’s alleged affair with his kids’ nanny Christine Ouzounian continue to rage despite his strong denials. Sources confirmed reports that Ouzounian was with Affleck and Jennifer Garner in the Bahamas when they announced their divorce on June 30. Ouzounian began working with Affleck and Garner’s three kids this spring, when he and […]

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