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“Conservatives move to revive faltering campaign after controversies” (The Globe and Mail)

Steven Chase and Adam Radwanski (The Globe and Mail): Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are retooling their election campaign after a series of missteps that has driven the Tories to third place in the polls. The changes come…


“Canadian military could help bring refugees to Canada, Mulcair says” (The Toronto Star)

Joanna Smith (The Toronto Star): New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said he’d be open to having the Canadian military transport Syrian refugees out of Turkey to help resettle them here more quickly. “Having more people on…



All-leader meeting needed to reach consensus on migrant crisis: Trudeau (CBC News)

Michelle Zilio (CTV News): Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is calling on the federal party leaders to put politics aside and hold an unprecedented meeting to reach a Canadians consensus on the Syrian refugee crisis. Trudeau…


“Canada’s refugee policies are mean and incompetent” (The Toronto Star)

Lorne Waldman and Lobat Sadrehashemi (The Toronto Star): Children are washing up lifeless on beaches and Canada has turned its back. This Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in recent memory…


“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…


“Refugee Mailouts From Tories Surface Online Amid Crisis In Syria” (The Huffington Post Canada)

Ryan Maloney (The Huffington Post Canada): The tragic image of a Syrian boy lying dead on a Turkish beach spurred difficult questions this week about whether or not Canada is doing enough for refugees in…


“Canada has lost its way as a compassionate country” (The Vancouver Sun)

Daphne Bramham (The Vancouver Sun): It was distressingly and tragically brought home by the image of a toddler, drowned off the coast of Turkey fleeing the Syrian civil war, that Canadians are no longer who we…


“Canada’s refugee policy questioned after Syrian boy’s drowning” (CBC News)

Mark Gollom (CBC News): The picture of Alan Kurdi, a Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, has heightened attention to Canada’s own contribution to accepting refugees from that war-torn area and other troubled regions. Critics say that…


“Conservatives grapple with the terrible death of a Syrian boy” (CBC News)

James Cudmore (CBC News): It seems it is Harper’s view that the drowning of Alan, his brother Galib and his mother Rehana — and the many more lost refugees — was not the result of…