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Chris Alexander suspends Conservative re-election campaign

Sep 3 2015 —

Conservative candidate Chris Alexander has suspended his campaign for re-election in the riding of Ajax, Ont., in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis. Alexander cancelled a Thursday morning media appearance and is returning to Ottawa to focus on his ministerial responsibilities. They include looking into a case brought to the forefront Wednesday after disturbing […]

Sep 2 2015 —

Amid what has been called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, the immigration minister says Canada has taken in “approximately 2,500″ Syrian refugees to date. “The numbers grow quickly through private sponsorship and government assistance. We also have brought over 20,000 Iraqi refugees,” Chris Alexander said.

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Drowned Syrian Boy Jolts Conservatives During Canada Election

Sep 3 2015 — Josh Wingrove

The death of a Syrian boy whose body washed up on Turkey’s shores has shaken Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party in the middle of Canada’s election. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander interrupted his campaign Thursday to return to the capital after the Ottawa Citizen reported the refugee claim of the boy, Aylan Kurdi, and his […]

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Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to discuss Syrian family case

Sep 3 2015 —

Federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Thursday he is meeting with officials to discuss the case of a Syrian family who drowned while trying to get to Europe. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehan died as they tried to reach Europe after their refugee application to Canada was rejected, said […]

Sep 3 2015 — John Paul Tasker

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper might be disappointed to learn that the most common questions about him are not about how well he’s managed Canada’s economy — or what he’s done to protect Canada from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Canadians, according to their internet searches, are much more interested in his personal life. […]

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Sep 3 2015 — Robert Benzie

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is trying to put federal-provincial relations on the front-burner of the election campaign. The day after the Star launched its Can We Talk? series to highlight important issues that have not yet received much attention in the Oct. 19 vote, Trudeau wrote to all 13 provincial and territorial premiers with suggestions […]

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Sep 3 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is calling for greater oversight over orders-in-council, saying the news that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has adopted 25 secret OICs is “chilling.” “These revelations … are deeply disturbing,” May said in an interview with iPolitics. “This constitutes a contempt of Parliament. It is not acceptable, ever, to have secret […]

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Sep 3 2015 —

“Despite Stephen Harper’s promise of balanced budgets, he has run eight straight deficits…” — Liberal Party news release distributed Tuesday. “Stephen Harper has run eight straight deficits.” — New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair on Twitter on Aug. 18. — Since the start of the election campaign, Liberals and New Democrats have made repeated allegations that […]

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The ghosts that haunt Campaign 2015

Sep 3 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Former prime minister MacKenzie King, the noted spiritualist and seance-holder, might have felt quite comfortable in this 2015 election campaign. It seems to be filled with ghosts. “He haunts us still” was the phrase affixed to Pierre Trudeau, even before he died in 2000. His presence is keenly felt these days, now that his son […]

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Justin Trudeau’s Liberals attempt risky rebranding

Sep 3 2015 — Robin V. Sears

When a brand is fading it is tempting for the marketers to tweak it or do a full re-think: a new flavour, maybe even a new product. But it is always risky. Coca-Cola launched a sweeter New Coke and got clobbered. Microsoft’s restyled Windows 8 was dead on arrival despite millions spent on development. And […]

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NDP all talk, little walk on its promises so far

Sep 2 2015 — Chantal Hébert

From a national childcare program to balanced budgets, the abolition of the Senate and the repeal of the Clarity Act, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has been making some hefty promises on the way to a leading position in voting intentions. But five weeks in the campaign, he has yet to demonstrate how a New Democrat […]

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Tories’ campaign strategy: Staying mum to avoid gaffes

Sep 3 2015 — Adam Radwanski

It has already become a familiar refrain from Conservatives in this federal election: Their candidates can’t speak to media, because they’re just too busy talking directly to voters. As a binary choice, this is highly dubious. No experienced campaigner in any party would deny that if local candidates have to pick between knocking on doors […]

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A tale of two economies, and what it means for the federal election

Sep 3 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

The word “recession” has officially entered the election-season lexicon. More realistically, we experienced a mini-recession, or “recessionette,” if you will. We had two quarters of negative growth (economics-speak for decline), but they were minor. And as of June, GDP bounced back, growing by 0.5 per cent. This allowed the three main parties to spin ferociously […]

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Trudeau aims at austerity-loving Thatcher fan Mulcair

Sep 3 2015 — David Akin

Thomas Mulcair and the NDP now have the undivided attention of the Liberal war room attack machine. “Which is it, Tom?” a Liberal release on Wednesday asked. “Karl Marx or Margaret Thatcher?” Once, when he was a cabinet minister in the Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest, Thomas Mulcair said he admired some of the […]

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Trudeau makes perpetual stimulus even worse

Sep 3 2015 — Anthony Furey

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will dig Canada even deeper into the perpetual stimulus rut. In the 2013 budget the Conservatives introduced the Building Canada Plan, a 10-year, $53-billion project the government describes as “the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in our nation’s history.” While the Conservatives made infrastructure commitments prior to the 2008 financial […]

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Can Trudeau think on his feet?

Sep 3 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Good Lord, how hard would it have been for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to simply say he disagrees with the controversial tweets of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton linking Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian veterans to Nazis and fascists? Burton, a Liberal, who initially defended his remarks, has since apologized to veterans and removed the […]

Sep 3 2015 — Andrew Jackson

Statistics Canada data confirm that the Canadian economy shrank in each of the first two quarters of this year, meeting the Harper government’s own definition of a recession as set out in its balanced budget legislation. The appropriate federal government policy response is to boost both private and public investment.

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Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension nullified

Sep 3 2015 —

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can suit up for his team’s season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for “Deflategate.” The surprise ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman came Thursday after more than one month of failed settlement talks between the NFL and its players’ union. Many legal experts believed the […]

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