National Newswatch
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.

Sep 2 2015 — Paul Fairie

The Globe’s Forecast now predicts that the NDP are the most likely party to win the largest number of seats, with the party leading in 53 per cent of the simulations. This follows a string of seven consecutive national polls each showing a lead of between 1 and 10 percentage points for the New Democrats. […]

Sep 2 2015 —

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has become the first federal party leader to advertise on Instagram, but many of the comments on his three sponsored posts have disappeared. Facebook, which owns the photo-sharing social media platform, said the Tories started advertising through Harper’s Instagram account last Thursday.

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand signs the writs of election for the 42nd general election during a photo op in Gatineau, Que., on Friday, August 14, 2015. There are a total of 338 writs, one for each of the electoral districts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

No receipts? No problem: Taxpayers reimbursing parties for election expenses anyway

Sep 2 2015 — Jason Fekete

Federal political parties will be reimbursed tens of millions of dollars by taxpayers for their election expenses without having to provide any receipts or supporting documents detailing their costs – a situation Elections Canada calls an “anomaly” that must be changed. Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has called for changes to elections laws that allow […]

Sep 2 2015 —

Justin Trudeau’s new escalator-themed ad is raising eyebrows on social media. In the 29-second ad titled “Escalator: Harder to get ahead,” Trudeau walks in place on a downward moving elevator, in what he describes as a metaphor for “What’s happening to millions of Canadians in 10 years under Stephen Harper.”

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Sep 2 2015 — Yael Berger

Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada should run a deficit over the next few years in response to the country’s stagnant economy. Kevin Page, the former Parliamentary budget officer and Jean-Luc Pepin research chair at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday that when the economy is in trouble, it’s better to be in deficit […]

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Sep 2 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he will not be voting in the October federal election, despite his organization’s national campaign encouraging aboriginal people to do so. Bellegarde made the comments on CTV’s Power Play on Wednesday, admitting that his decision could contradict his messaging. “It could (contradictit) but I’m going to […]

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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 […]

John Milloy

We Sometimes Need to Have Messy Conversations During Elections

Sep 2 2015 — John Milloy

“The sanctity of life is one of our most fundamental societal values.” Although these may sound like the words of Pope Benedict or some right wing Conservative backbencher, they actually come from the February Supreme Court Judgement on assisted dying. Laws are a reflection of our society’s values. And in the case of assisted dying, […]

Frances Russell

On October 19 stand up for Canada

Sep 2 2015 — Frances Russell

The story goes that British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was once asked what the most challenging part of his job was. “’Events, my dear boy, events’” he supposedly replied. Macmillan’s quote – fictional or not – is certainly an apt description of Canada’s current marathon 2015 federal election. At 143 years, it’s the longest Canadian […]

jeffrey simpson

Too much fast talk in this era of slow growth

Sep 2 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

Canada has already entered a period of slower economic growth. Whether the country passed through a tiny recession or not in the first six months of the year is rather irrelevant. The next six months should be better, but for 2015 growth is likely to be only slightly better than 1 per cent. What happens […]


Understanding recession without saying the R-word

Sep 2 2015 — Don Pittis

“It is what it is.” That bit of popular wisdom contains so little information that the tongue-in-cheek rhetorical response must always be, “Truer words were never spoken.” But as so many analysts try to redefine yesterday’s Statistics Canada data to say Canada is not in recession after all, that truism may finally be useful. The […]

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