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U.S. comic Sarah Silverman endorses Canadian NDP candidate

Oct 4 2015 — Ben Spurr

Actress also tweets support for Thomas Mulcair and the New Democrats — a possible breach of election law prohibiting foreigners from influencing voters. American comedian Sarah Silverman made an unexpected foray into Canadian politics on Sunday, when she praised NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and urged voters to support one of the party’s candidates in British […]

Oct 4 2015 —

A last-minute sprint toward a historic trade agreement turned into yet another marathon negotiating session, as a few lingering issues including Canadian dairy repeatedly delayed an announcement of a deal Sunday. As a result a planned news conference to announce the deal was rescheduled — from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., then 8 p.m., and […]

Oct 4 2015 —

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau staged a massive rally Sunday in Brampton, Ont., where he positioned himself as a builder of bridges to counter Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s habit of dividing the country. Speaking in a local sports and entertainment complex, Trudeau said it was time to end the Conservative government’s practice of pitting Canadians against […]

Oct 3 2015 — Ben Spurr

Public health experts are slamming Stephen Harper’s assertion that marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco, saying the remark has no basis in scientific fact. The Conservative leader made the comment the morning after the final debate of the election campaign Friday night, during which he criticized Justin Trudeau’s proposal to legalize the drug. Asked by […]

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Oct 4 2015 —

Stephen Harper says voters have a choice on Oct. 19 between lower or higher taxes. The Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada made his first visit to the province since 2012, a brief campaign stop in Bay Roberts yesterday. PC candidates Deanne Stapleton, Mike Windsor, Marek Krol, and Lorraine Barnett made the trip to […]

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Former Tory aims to take out his old friend in Nova Scotia

Oct 4 2015 — Tim Harper

Liberal Bill Casey says he’s not running against his longtime friend, Conservative Scott Armstrong. Instead, he says, he’s running against what Stephen Harper is doing to this country. Armstrong says Casey has disappointed him. He finds the situation “awkward,” and he thinks his old buddy is running a vendetta against the Conservative leader. This is […]


Trudeau easily survives debate traps

Oct 4 2015 — David Akin

There’s as good a chance as there’s been all month that Justin Trudeau and the Liberals will come out on top in this election. And if that happens, we may look back and say the debates were the catalyst that propelled his return to his boyhood home at 24 Sussex Dr. For Conservatives and New […]

Bob Hepburn

Why Stephen Harper has no fear of strategic voting

Oct 4 2015 — Bob Hepburn

Stephen Harper must smile to himself every time he reads articles about how Liberal and NDP supporters plan to vote strategically to defeat him and his Conservative candidates. He is smiling because the reality is Harper has no real fear that a successful, unified assault on Tory candidates will materialize. That’s because, as past close […]

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Are Liberals, NDP too nice to beat Harper?

Oct 4 2015 — Heather Mallick

Most governments run countries according to what they favour, what they like to see in citizens, events and projects. Canada used to be that way, like an affable dad. Ottawa giddily approved bridges and highways, urged criminals to mend their ways, listened to wild-eyed scientists warning about bugs eating our forests and summers getting mysteriously […]


Where they stand

Oct 4 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

This election matters: Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair have different visions of Canada. The conventional wisdom that all politicians are the same and it doesn’t matter who we elect is flat out wrong in this closely contested federal election race. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are proposing very […]


Republican tactics working for Harper

Oct 4 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

Donald Trump says he does not want Syrian refugees in the United States. “They could be, listen, they could be ISIS (Islamic State).” If 200,000 came, that’d constitute a “200,000-man army.” Stephen Harper is not so crude but his message is similar. “We cannot open the floodgates and airlift tens of thousands of refugees out […]


Harper hatred not as widespread as they say

Oct 4 2015 — Lorne Gunter

With just two weeks to go in the federal election (and after almost exactly two months of official campaigning already completed), just one thing is clear: If Canadians were given the choice of None of the Above, the Plague On of Them party just might win. If the hatred of Prime Minister Stephen Harper were […]


Niqab ban not a big deal

Oct 4 2015 — Anthony Furey

It’s time to put the niqab issue into perspective. The misplaced rhetoric is getting out of hand. Late last week Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said on a radio program: “This is unbelievably dangerous stuff.” Only he wasn’t referring to the wearing of the niqab itself – a full face veil certain Muslim women choose to […]

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