Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is drawing smaller crowds at recent events because the campaign is urging volunteers to focus on mobilizing the vote in preparation for election day, a campaign spokesman says. “We are pushing all our volunteers and supporters to knock on as many doors as they can over this last week. I think it’s all […]
NDP allege Liberals are spreading lies that a candidate is dying. That’s “utterly false,” Liberals say.
It’s an end-game allegation of electoral dirty tricks that seems destined to dishearten the voting public regardless of whether it turns out to be true or not.
An Ottawa-area Conservative candidate has apologized for removing roadside third-party election signs he claimed were illegal. Walter Pamic, who is running in the riding of Kanata-Carleton, was allegedly caught on video removing a “vote strategically” sign from among several other signs on a grassy roadside. In the video, a man can be seen arriving in […]
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she would drop the idea of creating a provincial pension plan if Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau becomes the next prime minister. Wynne says she couldn’t convince the Harper government to enhance the Canada Pension Plan, so her government introduced an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan that would mirror the CPP, essentially […]Read More
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Doug Ford, turned up to support Stephen Harper at the Conservative Leader’s morning campaign stop in Toronto. Their arrival at a 200-person event was hailed by host Ted Opitz, a local Conservative candidate seeking re-election. Mr. Opitz welcomed “two great sons of Etobicoke” just before Mr. Harper […]Read More
Crowd cannot believe their ears as Conservative MP for Oakville, Terence Young, fear-mongers citizens by claiming Trudeau will mandate brothels, the selling of women and drug stores in neighbourhoods.Read More
Freed journalist Mohamed Fahmy lashed out at Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday, accusing him of washing his hands of his case when intervention with the highest levels of the Egyptian government was most needed. Speaking at a news conference in Toronto, Fahmy said he initially refused to believe Harper was not bringing his full […]Read More
New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair is vowing to defeat Conservative Leader Stephen Harper at the first opportunity, even if it would risk triggering another election on a Speech from the Throne he has yet to read. “Yes, I will vote against Stephen Harper,” Mulcair said Tuesday in Oshawa when asked whether he had already made […]Read More
Stephen Harper will not be prime minister if the Conservatives win a minority government, Gilles Duceppe said Tuesday, adding his voice to those who have already confirmed they will try to immediately topple Harper should that scenario arise. The Bloc Quebecois leader also proposed several changes to the country’s election system he said would make […]Read More
This election is a referendum on Stephen Harper and Canadians look ready for change. But are they just rejecting the politics of fear or are they getting ready to choose something else? Many of these voters feel the country has been pulled off course; and they want their Canada back. The long campaign is turning out […]
It seems that there is always something new under the Quebec federal sun. In the last election it was the NDP’s orange wave. In this one, it is an unprecedented four-way battle between the New Democrats, the Liberals, the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois. Its unpredictable outcome could tip the balance next Monday and alter […]
Many Canadians see Governor-General David Johnston as a nice man who greets foreign dignitaries, reads a speech from the throne that others write for him and hands out awards. But a week from today, they may learn how important a role he plays in the life of the nation.
After winning just one Manitoba riding in 2011, Liberals could dominate as support turns away from Tories
The Liberal collapse in the last election, left the party with just one MP in Manitoba, a province where it used to hold 12 of 14 seats. But it looks an extremely good bet that the last man standing in 2011, Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux, will have company on the weekly flight to Ottawa […]
How Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are closing in on these key Calgary ridings. Three hundred people crammed into the former neighbourhood restaurant, transformed into a campaign office. Inside the old Tropical Corner, it was equatorially muggy. The Liberal leader’s right-hand wave revealed a noticeable armpit sweat stain. Another throng was there for Justin Trudeau […]
After turning the legal system into a partisan battleground, it is no surprise to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper making crime an election issue. The country has never been safer, with crime rates at historic lows, yet the Tory campaign paints a nation at risk. Conservative pamphlets decry evidence-backed safe-injection sites, regulated prostitution as envisioned […]
On October 5th 2015, twelve Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the USA, Vietnam) concluded nearly eight-year long negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”). It is said to be the largest regional trade agreement (“RTA”) in history, constituting 40% of the world GDP. The TPP […]
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that covers nearly 40 per cent of world GDP, wrapped up years of negotiation earlier this month. The TPP immediately emerged as an election issue, with the Conservatives trumpeting the deal as a source of future economic growth, the Liberals adopting a wait-and-see approach (the specific details […]
Justin Trudeau has announced that the Liberals “won’t set a specific emissions target” for greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. His reasoning is that, “what we need is not ambitious political targets. What we need is an ambitious plan to reduce our emissions in the country.”
Having pretty much trounced the NDP in the last couple of weeks by squeezing the “progressive” vote, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals started the final week of this long campaign aiming for the affections of those who once called themselves Progressive Conservatives. The Liberals put out endorsements Monday from the likes of Bill Casey — […]
Ahead of every close election, it’s tempting to predict our political future by recalling our history of hung parliaments. Here, Ontario may be of service to the country — more than Conservative Leader Stephen Harper imagines. With Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats plotting about toppling the Tories, here’s a voter’s guide — […]Read More
Less than a week out to the election, here’s a thought: Can the Tories survive anything other than an outright majority win? If they lose at the polls, or win a minority that’s toppled, can the party hold together?Read More
With several neck-and-neck races in the Ottawa area, you have to wonder whether the Tories and Pierre Poilievre might be second-guessing the heavy-handed decision to shut out some well-known potential candidates. A recent poll showed Poilievre’s pick in Nepean — his former assistant, Andy Wang — is running a close second to Liberal candidate Chandra […]Read More
In responding to last year’s terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised his government would not over-react, but also would not under-react, to the ISIS terrorist threat. Unfortunately his government proceeded to do just that. The over-reactions are well known: a new, sweeping speech offence; citizenship revocation; a complex law making almost everything a security […]Read More
It’s been a complicated federal election campaign, but as we approach next Monday’s vote, it boils down to simple math. In this election, there are 338 ridings at stake, 121 of them in Ontario. Of those, 52 are in the Greater Toronto Area, with 25 in the city of Toronto proper. And perhaps most significantly, […]Read More
Canadian democracy has, we are told, been maliciously undermined at Citizenship and Immigration, and the department’s top public servant is determined to set things right, on behalf of the Canadian people. Deputy Minister Anita Biguzs has declared herself “deeply concerned.” What has happened, she says, is an ethical erosion of the very cornerstone of the […]Read More
I want to take a sabbatical from voting. I’ve cast a ballot 25 times in every federal, provincial and municipal election and referendum in my lifetime. I wish I could take a pass without it blemishing my perfect attendance record. None of the leaders, platforms nor local candidates has won me over. In fact, each […]Read More
Amanda Lang has left CBC to pursue another opportunity in television, says a memo to staff. CBC Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire says Lang also plans to “devote more time to her writing” and notes she’ll publish a book next fall.