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Jul 4 2015 —

New GDP numbers for the month of April are causing economists to forecast a possible recession for Canada, but Finance Minister Joe Oliver doesn’t think the bad news will tarnish the Conservative brand as good fiscal managers heading into the election. “I think people understand the recent economic data is a result of external events,” […]

Jul 3 2015 —

Canada’s opposition leaders have blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government for failed economic policies that have put the country on the precipice of another possible recession. But Harper urged patience Friday, predicting that Alberta’s oil sector will “bounce back.” The sharp criticism came from NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau who, like Harper, […]

Jul 4 2015 — Paul Haavardsrud

Try as it might, the National Energy Board just can’t escape the climate change discussion. In his campaign trail unveiling this week of the Liberal Party’s new green agenda, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau singled out the country’s energy regulator for the part he believes it should play in curbing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Not long […]

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MPs’ pension bill, transgender rights bill and others left to die by Senate

Jul 3 2015 —

MPs and senators have vacated Parliament Hill for the summer, leaving behind the procedural drama and cranking up the barbecues as they head into the federal election campaign. The Senate rose on Tuesday after heated debate and “draconian steps” to force a vote over the controversial union finance disclosure bill, but also left behind a […]

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Stampeding for votes: Calgary mayor says Alberta may be in play in October

Jul 3 2015 —

The upcoming federal election is casting a cowboy-sized shadow over the Calgary Stampede as party leaders wrangle for votes. This happens every year as the top political gunslingers take verbal shots at each other during the week-long event. But there’s a different urgency this year with a pending federal campaign following the surprise victory by […]

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NDP lead slips slightly

Jul 3 2015 —

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1221 Canadian voters, just fewer than one third will vote NDP if the federal election were held today (32%) and this represents a drop from their high of more than a third noted last week (June 23 – 36%). At the same […]

Jul 3 2015 — Frank Graves

The political landscape appears to be shifting in subtle but important ways. The Liberals seem to have stopped the bleeding and are now statistically tied with the floundering Conservatives who are over 12 points back from their majority achievement in 2011. The NDP continues to hold on to a narrow but significant lead which would […]

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Jul 3 2015 — Aaron Wherry

“At the end of the day, we will not be judged on how efficiently we manage our budget, but on how effective we are as a legislative body,” Sen. James Cowan ventured this week, moments before the Senate concluded what was surely one of the least flattering terms in its history. “Review of legislation is […]

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How the once-mighty Tories have fallen

Jul 4 2015 — R.Michael Warren

At the beginning of this year Stephen Harper had all his ducks in a row for the fall federal election. Some Conservative insiders pressed Harper to call an early spring election, rather than waiting until October. Now the prime minister very likely wishes he followed their advice. Six months later, the Tory advantage has slipped […]

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Trudeau and Mulcair roast Harper on Stampede opening day

Jul 4 2015 — Rick Bell

Justin Trudeau sits back on the couch in a second-floor room of a conference centre in downtown Calgary. Downstairs, 825 people are ready to listen to him and to party on this first day of the Stampede. The scribbler asks Trudeau if he is up to the job he seeks. Does he have the smarts, […]

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Gunter: Honeymoon may be over for Notley and the NDP

Jul 4 2015 — Lorne Gunter

It’s gonna be a long four years until the next provincial election in 2019. If a new Mainstreet Technologies poll is to be believed, provincial voters are already questioning their choice on May 5. Less than two months out they would not re-elect the NDP. That’s got to be some sort of record for buyers’ […]

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What Stephen Harper’s speeches can teach us

Jul 3 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Political culture, like everything else, has been transformed by the communications revolution of the past few decades. Still, one relic remains as a political communications staple — The Speech. Press releases have been reformatted as “infographics.” Petitions gather names electronically. Political newsletters come as Facebook posts. MPs talk to their constituents through Twitter or email.

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Lindsay Lohan turns down role in Burger King commercial

Jul 4 2015 —

Lindsay Lohan isn’t being deluged with starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters — but she still has enough pride to turn down a humiliating Burger King commercial. The flame-haired actress was asked to wear a Spicy Chicken Fries box, smoke a chicken fry like a cigarette, and vamp a “spicy” monologue. “We were gob-smacked. It was […]

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