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“Mulcair brushes off premiers’ concerns, hopeful he can convince them on promises” (CTV News)

Michelle Zilio (CTV News): NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is brushing aside premiers’ concerns about some his key election promises, including Senate abolishment, the party’s child-care plan and his commitment to balance the books. Speaking to…

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“In the pipelines’ path: Canada’s First Nations lead resistance” (The Montreal Gazette)

Christopher Curtis (Montreal Gazette): “I think when push comes to shove, if the Mohawk nation comes together to fight this thing, you’re going to see a hell of a force in the path of that…


“RCMP charge Syrian officer accused of torturing Maher Arar” (CBC News)

Editor’s Note: While this news may not seem overtly “political,” it is an important first in Canada. Torture a Canadian, says the RCMP, and consequences must follow. CBC News: RCMP have laid a charge in absentia against a Syrian…



“Harper feeling the wrath of Streisand Effect as efforts to silence artist make ‘Harperman’ song go viral” (ThinkPol.ca)

ThinkPol.ca: Efforts by the Harper government to silence a protest song about ousting Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has caused the song to go viral, according to Youtube viewer statistics.” “Between the June 22, 2015, when…


“Mood of the electorate worsens as perceptions about the economy deteriorate” (Abacus Data)

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“Federal Election 2015: Kathleen Wynne Goes After Thomas Mulcair” (The Huffington Post Canada)

Mohamed Omar (The Huffington Post Canada): After months of sparring with Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is taking aim at Thomas Mulcair. At a rally with federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in…


“Thomas Mulcair’s Clarity problem” (Maclean’s)

Editor’s note: When explained the Clarity Act, more Quebecers support rather than oppose it, and the NDP’s position on this issue is deeply unpopular outside of Quebec. Martin Patriquin (Maclean’s): Mulcair’s otherwise strong debate was…


Notes on the Maclean’s National Leaders Debate

Opinion/Analysis: Olivier Jarvis Lavoie [11:40 PM EST on August 6, 2015] Prime Minister Stephen Harper generally held his own. Anyone at all disposed to buy what he sells probably came away satisfied with his performance,…


“Staff convinced a seething Stephen Harper not to launch full-on public assault on Supreme Court: new book” (The National Post)

Mark Kennedy (The Ottawa Citizen): ‘The nadir of Stephen Harper’s prime ministership came not during the Senate expenses scandal, but in the spring of 2014, when he got himself into a very public dust-up with…