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PMO sought political gain in prioritizing certain Syrian refugees: sources

Oct 8 2015 —

Sources tell CTV News that a temporary halt to the processing of some Syrian refugees was ordered earlier this year to make sure the types favoured by the Prime Minister’s Office were being prioritized. Department of Citizenship and Immigration insiders told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that PMO staff went through the files to […]

Oct 9 2015 — Christina Spencer

Less than two weeks before the end of a marathon election campaign, evidence is mounting that voters have decided to make it a two-horse race. A new poll by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia shows 33 per cent of decided voters nationally favouring the Conservative party, with the Liberals close behind at 31 per cent. Now […]

Oct 9 2015 — Josh Wingrove

The most likely outcome of Canada’s Oct. 19 election is a minority parliament, a result that may foster an alliance between Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats, the two main rivals to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. Whether such an alliance can last, and stave off a quick return to the polls, […]

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Oct 8 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The Liberals have caught up to the NDP in Quebec, as voters in the province increasingly see Justin Trudeau’s team as the party most likely to defeat the Conservatives, according to the latest Léger poll. The New Democrats’ massive lead in Quebec has steadily evaporated during the campaign, as growing numbers of strategic voters turn […]

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Oct 9 2015 — David Akin

If the NDP forms the next government, it will move to ban MPs from collecting speaking fees, Postmedia Network has learned. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair will release his party’s full platform Friday and that document will include a commitment to make what Justin Trudeau did during his first years as an MP — charge groups, […]

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What a Liberal government would look like

Oct 9 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

With Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper neck and neck entering the home stretch, one question now imposes itself: What kind of government are we likely to get if Trudeau becomes prime minister, assuming the Grits were to wind up in a position to implement most or all of their pledges? We now have, quite handily, […]


Harper on the niqab much more than mere distraction

Oct 9 2015 — Tim Harper

If Stephen Harper was just using the niqab as a political distraction in the dwindling days of this long campaign, that would be the most charitable description of this gambit that could possibly be found. If it was just a cynical ploy to avoid late-campaign scrutiny of his economic record, many of us would shake […]


How two women and a niqab sank the NDP

Oct 9 2015 — Michael Taube

Every election tells a story. Of all the stories that will be told about this year’s Canadian federal election, the NDP’s sudden rise and dramatic fall truly stands out. For several months, Tom Mulcair and the NDP were a serious threat to form the next government. They were either leading, or close to leading, in […]


Despite poll drop, Mulcair won’t budge on niqab

Oct 9 2015 — Anthony Furey

Tom Mulcair doesn’t seem too concerned with his major slip in the Quebec polls. “Quebecers know me,” the NDP leader told me in an interview Thursday. “They know that I’m not going to back down on a question of principle.” Mulcair opposes the Conservatives’ continued attempts to ban the niqab from citizenship oath ceremonies, even […]

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How Justin became Mr. Trudeau

Oct 9 2015 — Rick Salutin

A journalist I know who may have seen a few elections too many, was expressing aversion to Justin Trudeau early in the campaign. Trudeau’s resumé was skimpy yet he seemed to feel entitled to lead the country. “What people expect is at least some narrative in a candidate’s life,” he said. I’m not sure Trudeau’s […]


How Stephen Harper changed the character of Canada

Oct 9 2015 — Carol Goar

Canada has never had an election campaign like this. Not only its length is unprecedented and its cost record-breaking. For the first time in postwar history, one of the nation’s major political parties has dispensed with the inconvenient tradition of meeting voters. The Conservatives see no need to talk to Canadians who don’t support them. […]


Voting for a government that will create Canadian jobs

Oct 9 2015 — Don Pittis

If the federal government’s Economic Action Plan had lived up to its billing, Canada should be swimming in jobs right now. But as we study the last set of employment numbers before Canada’s national election — and the last big economic indicator likely to stick in voters’ minds — it is intriguing to consider what […]

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08:  (L-R) Journalist Dan Rather, writer/director James Vanderbilt, actress Cate Blanchett and actor/director Robert Redford attend AOL BUILD Presents James Vanderbilt, Robert Redford And Cate Blanchett "Truth and Duty" at AOL Studios In New York on October 8, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)

Dan Rather helped film about CBS scandal

Oct 9 2015 —

Dan Rather helped director James Vanderbilt on his movie “Truth,” about the story that led to the newsman resigning from CBS. “Dan was wonderful,” Vanderbilt told us at Wednesday’s Cinema Society screening at MoMA. “He opened his home and his mind to me. There’s the factual stuff, but even talking about ‘How did this feel?’ ”

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