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“The cost of mindless, heartless message control” (The Toronto Star)

Robin V. Sears (The Toronto Star): Politics is defined by dialogue. Successful politicians know how to listen, to respond respectfully and through that dialogue, learn. Some Canadian politicians’ increasing fascination with steely message discipline at…



“Stephen Harper facing countrywide pressure to take immediate action to admit more Syrian refugees” (The National Post)

Sarah Boesveld (The National Post): Prime Minister Stephen Harper faces a rising tide of political pressure to admit more Syrian refugees into the country immediately, with even a prominent critic of the massive 1979 airlift…


“Staff warned group not to publicize John Tory’s support for refugee efforts” (The Globe and Mail)

Joe Friesen (The Globe and Mail): Two months before Toronto Mayor John Tory personally donated money to sponsor a refugee family through a group called Lifeline Syria, his staff warned that the mayor could not…


“OFL urges blanket labour support for NDP; other unions urge strategic voting” (CTV News)

Joan Bryden (The Canadian Press): The Ontario Federation of Labour is throwing unequivocal support behind Tom Mulcair’s NDP in the federal election campaign. And OFL president Sid Ryan is urging the entire labour movement to…


“Mulcair is everyone’s target. Here’s how he plans to win.” (Maclean’s)

Paul Wells (Maclean’s): Mulcair is learning that higher hopes bring bigger obstacles. The NDP leader has become his opponents’ target much earlier than Layton ever did. Partly because there is more of the old-time backroom pol…


“Canadians want a new PM, poll suggests” (The Globe and Mail)

Daniel Leblanc (The Globe and Mail): The NDP is still leading the country in popular support, but the party’s high numbers in Quebec overshadow the fact it is losing momentum to the Liberal Party in…


“Trudeau reaches out to premiers” (The Toronto Star)

Robert Benzie (The Toronto Star): Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is trying to put federal-provincial relations on the front-burner of the election campaign. The day after the Star launched its Can We Talk? series to highlight important…


“Justin Trudeau takes infrastructure pitch to key GTA riding” (CBC News)

CBC News: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau elaborated on his $60-billion election campaign pledge to help municipalities build new infrastructure over the next decade, saying Friday that the public transit portion for projects would amount to $20 billion. The $20…


“Nenshi calls Ottawa’s response to Syrian refugee crisis ‘disgraceful'” (The Calgary Herald)

Reid Southwick (The Calgary Herald): Mayor Naheed Nenshi blasted the federal Conservative government Thursday for its handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, which has been symbolized in the media around the world by the image of…