Early federal election rumours build

Liberal hawks, like those of a generation earlier, are heatedly debating a snap election call. Not entirely surprising, since have not seen a decade since the ’50s when a government has not been forced by events, or decided to seize a strategic advantage, and called an early election. The Liberal hawks’ arguments are getting stronger. Neither of their opponents is ready, and each will likely be stronger a year from now. The Federal Court and Donald Trump have both just stuck a finger in the Prime Minister’s eye. This is…

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Bear tranquilized, removed from Ottawa’s downtown ByWard market

Ottawa police says a bear that roamed one of downtown Ottawa’s busiest neighbourhoods on Thursday morning is on its way out of the city. Const. Amy Gagnon says the bear was first reported in the ByWard Market shortly before 3:30 a.m. Police established a perimeter around the animal and shut down a block of the market as conservation officers tried to tranquilize it. PHOTOS Ottawa police says a bear that roamed one of downtown Ottawa’s busiest neighbourhoods on Thursday morning is on its way out of the city. Police close…

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It’s not all about their base: Canada’s 2019 election will hinge on these voters

Opinion: Entrenched partisans won’t choose the next government, it’ll be the moderates in between—and the people who influence them Voters make their way in and out of the polling station at the Mary McCormick Recreation Centre, in Toronto’s Davenport riding, during the 42nd Canadian general election October 19, 2015 in Toronto. (Ian Willms/Getty Images) Bruce Anderson is the chairman of Abacus Data and Summa Communications, and has been a prominent pollster, communications counsellor and political analyst in Canada for many years. He has worked on election campaigns for both the…

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Political right faces rift after Bernier quits Conservative Party

The Canadian political right is facing its biggest rift since it unified behind the Conservative Party of Canada 15 years ago, with Quebec MP Maxime Bernier vowing to create a new party that threatens to split the movement in the next federal election. On the first day of the Conservative policy convention in Halifax, the former leadership contender announced he was leaving the CPC and unleashed a scathing attack against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who narrowly beat him in last year’s leadership race. Standing by himself at a news conference…

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Federal NDP ended 2017 deep in the red, filings show

Annual return shows NDP ended the year with negative net assets of $3.1 million So far in 2018, the NDP under Jagmeet Singh has raised $2.2 million. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) 633 comments The federal New Democratic Party’s financial health deteriorated last year, with the party’s balance sheet showing it finished 2017 deeper in the red than it has been for at least 16 years. The annual financial return, filed with Elections Canada, shows the party finished the year with assets worth $6.2 million and with liabilities totalling $9.3 million, leaving the party with negative…

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