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Scheer promises $20,000 fines for politicians who violate ethics laws

Oct 16 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today that a government led by him would introduce penalties for politicians found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act. “For breaking the Conflict of Interest Act not only once, but twice, Justin Trudeau faced absolutely no consequences. That’s because there are no consequences attached under the law,” Scheer […]

Loblaws wanted too much information for $25 gift cards, privacy commissioner finds

Oct 16 2019 — Sophia Harris — Canada’s privacy commissioner has concluded that Loblaws initially requested too much personal information from some customers before they could collect their $25 gift card — offered to make up for the company’s bread price-fixing scandal. After a five-month investigation, commissioner also ruled that because Loblaws later revised its request to clarify the precise data it […]

Facing a possible wipeout in Quebec, Singh evokes Jack Layton’s legacy

Oct 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Jagmeet Singh returned to the childhood home of former NDP leader Jack Layton today, promising to build on his legacy in Quebec while trying to dispel fears the party could be pushed off the province’s electoral map in Monday’s election. While the New Democrats are experiencing a late surge in the polls nationwide, they are […]

Trudeau acknowledges Tories could win, accuses them of running ‘dirtiest’ campaign ever

Oct 16 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau today acknowledged the Conservatives could win Monday’s election — and accused the party of winning support by running one of the “dirtiest, nastiest” election campaigns in Canadian history. Surrounded by 29 Quebec candidates at an event at Montreal’s Botanical Garden Wednesday, Trudeau appealed to Quebecers to support his party and elect […]

How minority governments work — and what happens when they don’t

Oct 16 2019 — Aaron Wherry — The results of the federal election of 2019 should become more or less clear sometime after 10 p.m. ET Monday night, give or take a few recounts in particularly close races. Typically, election nights end with a declaration that the party that won the most seats is the “winner.” But winning the most seats isn’t […]

Scheer touts ‘100 Day Action Plan’ as he asks voters for a Conservative majority

Oct 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer carried on with his “100 Day Action Plan” campaign theme Tuesday, promising to negotiate an interprovincial trade agreement with the premiers to eliminate internal trade barriers that he said stand in the way of prosperity. Speaking to reporters in Quebec City, Scheer promised to convene a meeting with premiers shortly after […]

Ooops. Liberal Windsor West candidate posts photo of ballot on Twitter

Oct 15 2019 — — Liberal candidate Sandra Pupatello may have violated the Canada Elections Act by posting a photo of her ballot. Pupatello, running in Windsor West, posted a photo of her completed ballot on Twitter Saturday, saying “I did it! I voted for me!” and tagging the Liberal Party of Canada in Ontario Twitter account.

The Legault factor: How Quebec’s premier is influencing the federal election campaign

Oct 15 2019 — — At the outset of the federal election campaign, Premier François Legault gave strict marching orders to his party: don’t get involved. It was decreed that no minister, no backbencher, not even riding office staff, would be allowed to stump for a federal candidate, let alone weigh in on a federal issue. In explaining his decision, […]

Trudeau rallies support in NDP stronghold riding of Hamilton Centre

Oct 14 2019 — — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made a campaign stop in Hamilton Monday afternoon as part of a six-stop tour through southern Ontario. He addressed local supporters alongside Liberal candidate for Hamilton Centre Jasper Kujavsky. With just one week left until the federal election, Trudeau decided to set aside time to rally support in a stronghold riding […]

Trudeau deflects coalition questions as NDP enjoys bump in polls

Oct 14 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau deflected questions this morning about the prospect of future alliances in a minority Parliament as the federal election campaign heads into the critical final week. With just seven days to go, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party is enjoying momentum in the polls, has openly been floating the idea of working […]