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Stephen Harper running out of tricks to win back Canadian voters

<i>Gerald Caplan is an Africa scholar, a former NDP national director and a regular panelist on CBC's</i> Power & Politics<i>.</i><p>Is Stephen Harper kaput? Is his goose finally cooked? It sure looks that way.<p>According to the latest polls, only 27 per cent to 31 per cent of Canadian voters intend to vote for his …

Toronto the kingmaker: A handful of GTA ridings will likely decide the election

Two long weeks ago, on the first full day of this campaign, before the debate and Duffy and Justin Trudeau’s cardiac economics, Stephen Harper, the …

Canada

The unlikely rise of Arthur Hamilton, the Conservative Party’s top lawyer

It's 10 a.m. on a sunny Sunday in April, and the Hamilton clan's Jaguar pulls into the church parking lot. The twin seven-year-old boys race outside and have to be told to stop and look for cars.<p>Arthur Hamilton, a partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, is a devout evangelical Christian. Faith …

Canada

Notley blasts Harper for comments calling NDP government ‘a disaster’

Rachel Notley won't stand for being dissed by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.<p>The new Alberta Premier upbraided Mr. Harper on Thursday for comments he made on the federal campaign trail calling her provincial NDP government "a disaster."<p>Ms. Notley told reporters that such a swipe at her …

Video: Hits, misses and surprises from the federal leaders’ debate

The Globe and Mail | <br>Show Description<p>Globe columnist Adam Radwanski rates the federal leaders' performances during the first election campaign's first debate.<p>More from this section<p>Editor's Picks<p>Add to Watchlist<p>We've run into a glitch. Please try again later.

Elections

Conservatives overwhelmed voters, NDP connected in pre-writ ads: poll

A new poll shows the extent to which Stephen Harper's Conservatives overwhelmed their rivals with television advertising leading up to last weekend's official start to the federal election campaign.<p>But it also suggests that, to the extent that Canadians saw other parties' ads, the efforts of Thomas …

Trudeau’s aggressive debate performance gives Liberals a glimpse of hope

On Thursday morning, Justin Trudeau stood in a Toronto boxing gym, taping his hands and opining about the importance of being able to both deliver and take punches. Then, for the benefit of photographers and TV cameras, he got into the ring and sparred for a couple of rounds with the gym's owner.<p>If …

Justin Trudeau ducks questions about endorsing former Conservative MP Eve Adams

Justin Trudeau is brushing off questions about his endorsement of former Conservative MP Eve Adams, who defected to his Liberal party but failed to win a nomination for the Oct. 19 election.<p>The morning after the first leaders' debate, Trudeau waded into Finance Minister Joe Oliver's …

Mulcair ‘thrilled’ with first debate, lays out conditions for future ones

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says he's thrilled with his performance in his first national election debate – which is good news for him as it could end up being his only English debate during the entire 11-week campaign.<p>His team is studying two dozen proposals for more debates, but he has said he …

Canada

Trudeau took a picture with a topless woman? Yawn

Roughly one half of the adult population — all women, and some men — have these things called “breasts,” which, in Ontario, people are allowed to …

Canada

The debate by the numbers: who said the most words, who used his own name and what leader loves to be clear?

<i>From a transcription of the Maclean’s magazine election leaders debate in Toronto on Thursday night.</i><p><b>Total words spoken by each participant during the</b> …

Canada

Like father, like son: Kenney says Justin Trudeau’s ‘arrogant anti-Alberta attitude’ is as bad as Pierre Trudeau’s

CALGARY — Jason Kenney says Albertans have not forgotten the disastrous national energy program of the 1980s and says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s …

Canada

Wynne goes after Harper at Bill Blair campaign launch

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne continued to weigh in on the federal election campaign Saturday, this time reaching into the history books to attack Prime Minister Stephen Harper.<p>Wynne compared the Conservative leader to Canada's first prime minister, implying that the transcontinental railway never …

Wynne implies transcontinental railway wouldn’t have been built if Harper was PM in 19th century

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne continued to weigh in on the federal election campaign Saturday, this time reaching into the history books …

Canada

‘Democracy is too important to be left to the politicians’: Elizabeth May has a small party but a big voice

SIDNEY, B.C. • In the late 1950s, just as The Mouse That Roared took off, the satirical story of a tiny country that brings a nuclear-armed U.S. to …

Canada

What next for the leaders, after their first debate?

<b>Can Trudeau build momentum?</b><p>If Justin Trudeau had underwhelmed in the debate, his Thursday morning photo-op sparring at a Toronto boxing gym would have looked ridiculous in retrospect. As it turned out, it at least fit into a day in which the Liberal Leader seemed to fight his way back into a …

Mulcair, Trudeau to start campaign slow as Harper tours in Tory plane

The three major party leaders' campaigns will operate at different tempos next week as rival teams of political operatives settle in for a race that still has more than 70 days left.<p>Stephen Harper, whose party has by far the largest war chest, will start using the Conservative plane in week two, …

Canada

Harper dodges questions on whether he believes Canada is in a recession

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is sidestepping questions about whether he believes the Canadian economy is in a recession, a point he appeared to concede during a televised debate with three other party leaders.<p>The declaration of a recession is an issue that could be written off as semantics. …

Canada

Tories take credit where little is due: Government overstates its ability to influence economy

Conservative leader Stephen Harper says “the wrong leader will do real harm” to Canada’s economy and his government “has the proven experience to …

Economy

CBC Radio

Use the links below to download a file.<p><b>The fight for the Franco-Ontarian vote</b><p>On the latest episode, Radio-Canada's Claudine Brulé breaks down the …

Canada

A welcome and overdue proposal for fixing the federal equalization program

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is making a splash with his latest rounds of criticism about the federal equalization program. Wall thinks that …

Canada

Mulcair’s change from Angry Tom to Smiling Tom left opening for Trudeau in debate

You only had to look at the smile glued on Tom Mulcair’s face Thursday night to see this election is different from the ones that came before …

Canada

‘I’m not denying that’: Six key exchanges from the first leaders’ debate

Stephen Harper. (Canadian Press)<p>Harper: “I’m not denying that.”<p>The economic portion of the debate focused largely on the Conservative record, with the leaders throwing out contradictory numbers to suggest things are either better or worse than Canadians have been led to believe.<p>At one point, Mr. …

Canada