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

Oct 6 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 6 2015 —

The Conservative Party appears to have pulled ahead of the Liberals by a substantial margin when looking at support nationally, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The Mainstreet Research/ Postmedia poll, conducted on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, shows the Conservatives with 37 per cent support across the country compared to 29 per cent […]

Oct 6 2015 —

Stephen Harper hit the hustings Tuesday morning touting a landmark trade deal, and new money to pay for any ill effects the agreement will have on the domestic auto sector. The Conservative leader announced a $1-billion package to help the auto industry cope with the repercussions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after unveiling a similar $4.3-billion […]


`Orange Crash’ Leaves Trudeau the Top Rival to Harper in Canada

Oct 6 2015 — Josh Wingrove

Canada’s New Democratic Party is hoping to capitalize on opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact to reverse a slide in polls that’s seen Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau emerge as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top election rival. Tom Mulcair’s NDP now sits in third place in national polls after spending the first half of […]


Stephen Harper cannot be trusted: former Newfoundland and Labrador premier

Oct 6 2015 —

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams is once again using his political heft to encourage voters to elect anyone but Stephen Harper. Williams is describing the Conservative leader as a “masterful political strategist” who cannot be trusted. Williams, who served as a Progressive Conservative premier from 2003 to 2010, says conservatives should think twice […]

Oct 6 2015 —

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he would consult both Parliament and the provincial premiers before ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He also says he’s looking for more information on the compensation packages that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is offering to Canadian auto parts makers to ease their transition to the deal’s new tariff structure. […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Kyle Bakx

A Calgary oil forecaster has a positive message to a beaten down oilpatch, as he expects prices to start recovering in the next year. However, the recovery will be subdued, with only marginal gains as global oil supply begins to fall and demand continues to rise. FirstEnergy’s commodity analyst, Martin King, delivered his analysis to […]

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Oct 6 2015 —

The Harper government forged a partnership with a major Canadian accounting association, formalizing it as an adviser to the Canada Revenue Agency, at the same time as the group was fighting the CRA in court to shield the files of multimillionaires who had stashed money offshore. Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay trumpeted the alliance in November […]

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Oct 6 2015 —

While it’s possible no party will win a majority in the Oct. 19 federal election, Canadians don’t appear to have a preference for who would head any coalition government if the current opposition parties tried to form one. Forty-five per cent of those asked in a recent Mainstreet Research poll said they would approve of […]

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If Trudeau is the bridge, Harper is the wedge

Oct 6 2015 — Margaret Wente

Stephen Harper’s worst fear has come true. After nearly a decade in power and a marathon campaign, the biggest challenge to his leadership turns out to be a Trudeau. A Trudeau with all the camera appeal and physical giftedness of his father, but without the towering intellect. A hugely energetic politician with an adorable young […]


Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi takes on Tory agenda of fear

Oct 6 2015 — Gillian Steward

There’s one debate we won’t see during this election campaign but if it were to happen it would without doubt be the most riveting. That would be a debate between Stephen Harper and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. No one on the campaign trail has so far challenged Harper on his scapegoating of Muslims in order […]


The barbaric cultural practice of election pronouncements

Oct 6 2015 — Neil Macdonald

There’s a low-frequency thrumming in the background of this election campaign – the political equivalent of the tension track used in movies to provoke anxiety and foreboding. If this election was indeed a movie, we would probably now be watching monochrome images of bewildered Canadians clutching their children while some sinister, shifting shape takes form […]


Tories of all persuasions will be happy selling the TPP

Oct 6 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the matter of the just-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the political benefits and the potential costs are divided unevenly among the parties competing for government in the upcoming election. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper took a risk by pursuing a major trade agreement in the midst of a campaign. He could not, under any scenario, guarantee […]


The TPP election ball is in Mulcair’s court

Oct 6 2015 — Lawrence Martin

First, the caveats. Remember the hoopla surrounding the European free-trade agreement a couple of years ago. Biggest trade deal ever, etc. That accord has yet to see the light of day. It still awaits ratification. The Pacific Rim deal’s text isn’t even finalized. After concurrence is found on that, the pact will have to be […]


In international trade, it’s not really all about exports

Oct 6 2015 — Andrew Coyne

As always when the subject is free trade, the debate is between rival camps of protectionists. Barely had he announced the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, widely referred to as a “free trade agreement,” before Stephen Harper was boasting of his success in keeping trade unfree. In the dairy industry, he bragged, Canada had […]

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Will the TPP survive Congress?

Oct 6 2015 — Peter Clark

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have led to an agreement. The talks were declared finished and a success by the 12 participating countries after a marathon five-day ministerial meeting in Atlanta. The final package delivered by the TPP Ministers is very extensive. Amb. Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, said it is more than just an […]

Oct 6 2015 — Tom Brodbeck

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau continued his bogus claims over the weekend, with a fresh round of TV ads, that Canada’s middle class is losing ground economically, that jobs are disappearing and that earnings are frozen. In fact, Statistics Canada data clearly shows the opposite, including a middle class whose net worth has grown faster than […]

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Oct 6 2015 — Heather Mallick

“I’ve always kind of hated films about climate change,” says Naomi Klein as she begins narrating This Changes Everything, Avi Lewis’s documentary on the growing local pushback against climate-changing pollution. “Is it really possible to be bored by the end of the world?” No. Maybe. Here in the West, we’re fascinated by climate’s most obvious […]

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Nicole Kidman not invited to daughter’s Scientology wedding

Oct 6 2015 —

Nicole Kidman was not invited to daughter Isabella Cruise’s wedding last month, and the Australian actress had no idea the nuptials — a secret Scientology ceremony — were even happening. We’re told devout Scientologist and proud father-of-the-bride Tom Cruise did attend the wedding at London’s Dorchester Hotel, despite reports he wasn’t there, and sources tell […]

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