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Harper on Quebec public service niqab ban: ‘We will do exactly the same thing’

Oct 7 2015 —

While other party leaders accuse the Conservative campaign of stirring up divisions over the niqab, Stephen Harper is standing behind his promise to consider forbidding federal civil servants from wearing face-covering veils. On Wednesday, the Conservative Party leader said, if elected, his government would examine a Quebec bill that imposes a similar ban on provincial […]

Oct 7 2015 — Kathryn May

Public service experts are scratching their heads over Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s statements this week that he will look at banning the wearing of niqabs in the federal service. At a campaign stop in Saskatoon Wednesday, Harper repeated his intention, if re-elected, to consider federal legislation modelled on Quebec’s Bill 62, introduced by the provincial […]

Oct 7 2015 —

Stephen Harper’s proposed ban on federal civil servants wearing niqabs ricocheted down the campaign trail Wednesday, drawing condemnation from opponents and Muslim groups. He says Conservatives are examining Quebec’s Bill 94, which requires Muslim women or others who wear face coverings to remove them if they want to work in the public sector — or […]

Oct 7 2015 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Liberals continue to edge upward, NDP downward. In our latest horserace numbers, the Conservatives have 33% across the country, the Liberals 32%, and the NDP 24%. For both the Conservatives and Liberals these are the best levels of support we’ve seen since the election started; for the NDP, it is the lowest number we’ve seen.

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Liberal candidate says divisive politics spurred vandals to deface signs

Oct 7 2015

A Liberal candidate in London, Ont., is blaming what he calls a divisive political atmosphere for spurring vandals to deface his election signs with ethnic slurs. Khalil Ramal, who is running in London-Fanshawe, says up to 35 of his signs have been vandalized throughout the riding. A photo posted online shows the words “ARAB scum” […]


Conservatives announce new parental benefits under employment insurance

Oct 7 2015 —

The Conservatives are announcing added parental leave benefits under employment insurance, including extending the length of time mothers and fathers would have their jobs protected. Party leader Stephen Harper said Wednesday a Tory government would provide up to 18 months of job protection for new parents, up from the current federal Labour Code provisions that […]


Conservative odds of winning up; NDP’s drop to lowest so far

Oct 7 2015 —

Our election forecast, based on recent polls and historical data, projects the likelihood that a given party would win the most seats, if an election were held today. Our algorithm was designed in consultation with political scientist Paul Fairie (read more about how it works). This page will be updated frequently with new polls. Scroll […]

Oct 7 2015 —

Montreal’s La Presse is endorsing Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the 2015 election. In an editorial published this morning, the newspaper says Trudeau is ready to lead the country. The editorial says it’s time for a change after nine years of Conservative rule. It says both the NDP and the Liberals are viable options — but […]

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Oct 7 2015 —

A New Democrat government would commit $4.8 billion over the next eight years for aboriginal education, party leader Tom Mulcair pledged Wednesday as he unveiled his indigenous peoples platform. Mulcair promised to forge a new relationship with aboriginal governments during an appearance at a special election campaign forum hosted by the Assembly of First Nations. “For […]

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The NDP are losing, and why

Oct 7 2015 — Warren Kinsella

The NDP seems to be losing. How come? By the time you read this, their barrage of anti-Trudeau attack ads may have put them back in contention. And perhaps Thomas Mulcair had a good showing in that final French-language debate, and he clobbered Stephen Harper. And maybe the party has figured out a way to […]


Mulcair’s TPP strategy born of necessity in waning campaign

Oct 7 2015 — Tim Harper

That screeching sound is the great, careening, orange juggernaut hitting the brakes on the race to the centre. Instead, in the waning days of the 2015 election campaign, Tom Mulcair has returned to the NDP of yore, opposing a major trade deal, citing union statistics to back his case, conjuring memories of Liberal John Turner’s […]


Stephen Harper’s trade-deal bet unlikely to pay off

Oct 7 2015 — Robin V. Sears

Successful campaigns are framed by simple, even simplistic messaging. The message is usually more resonant if it crystallizes a popular policy commitment. But nuance doesn’t usually work, as Ed Broadbent discovered in Canada’s first free trade election. “Strong, proud and dumb,” is how many Harper haters would translate the government’s uninspiring slogan, more of a […]


Appeasing dairy and chicken farmers blights an otherwise good trade deal

Oct 7 2015 — Don Cayo

This week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is a good one — indeed, it’s essential — if Canada is to continue to prosper through trade. But one narrow aspect of this broad deal the Conservatives are clamouring to take credit for is, in fact, a massive sellout of consumers’ interests. It’s the supply management provision that “saves” […]


Trade deal gives Notley’s NDP a case of laryngitis

Oct 7 2015 — Graham Thomson

It might not be the shortest news release ever from an Alberta government, but it’s got to be close. Just 40 words in two sentences — pretty much a tweet — from Alberta’s minister of agriculture and forestry, Oneil Carlier. The topic: the Alberta government’s response to Canada signing on to the monumental trade deal […]

Oct 7 2015 — Heather Mallick

Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney really makes a person think, but not in a good way. He was caught tweeting praise of an Iraqi refugee boy’s “perfect unaccented English.” “I simply found it remarkable that a youngster who did not speak a word of English a year ago has learned so quickly that he sounds like […]

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Oct 7 2015 — Lorne Gunter

In the 1980s, Nova Scotia’s premier was John Buchanan an intelligent, beguiling politician of whom it was once said “he is a tough man to disbelieve even when you know he’s lying.” In Alberta in the ‘90s, it was Ralph Klein. Despite his personal foibles, Klein was so good at populist, retail politics he almost […]

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