Feds get ‘some’ credit for economic success, but cautioned on deficits, including $28.5-billion this year

The Bank of Canada’s first interest-rate hike in seven years is seen as a good indictor of the economy, and the government gets some—but limited—credit.


Trudeau’s 14-seat majority could ‘easily’ be reduced to minority ‘or worse’ in 2019, say opponents, but Liberals still 12 points ahead

The 14 Liberal MPs who won their ridings by 2.5 per cent or less in 2015: Nick Whalen (St. John’s East, Nfld. 1.4%); Denis Lemieux (Chicoutimi-LeFjord, Que. 1.4%); David Graham (Laurentides-Labelle, Que. 2.4%); Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec, Que. 1.9%); Leona Alleslev (Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond, Que. 2.1%); Mike Bossio (Hastings-Lennox and Addington, Ont. 0.5%); Bob Nault (Kenora, Ont. 1.6%); Arif Virani (Parkdale-High Park, Ont. 1.8%); Julie Dabrusin (Toronto-Danforth, Ont. 2.2%); Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre, Alta. 1.2%); Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre, Alta. 2.2%); Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alta. 0.2%); Jati Sidhu (Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, B.C. 2.3%); and Dan Ruimy (Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, B.C. 2.5%).
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In 2019, the Conservatives and the NDP will target the 14 seats where the Liberals won by 2.5 per cent or less in the last election.

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    The House of Commons and the Senate have adjourned for the summer break. The House is scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 18, and the Senate is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Tuesday , July 25 , 2017

    July 25-27 at Evraz Place, Regina, Sask., First Nations chiefs, elders, women, and youth from across the country will gather in Regina, under the theme “Our Priority: Our Children, Our Future,” to discuss First Nations priorities and set strategic direction for the coming year at the AFN’s annual national gathering. AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde will deliver his opening address, and regional leaders, cabinet ministers, and others will attend and address the assembly. More information is available on the AFN website at

    Saturday , July 29 , 2017

    The Honda Celebration of Light is one of Vancouver’s largest festivals, attracting 1.4 million people to food, music, and fireworks. The fireworks happen Saturday, July 29 (Japan), Wednesday, Aug. 2 (United Kingdom), and Saturday, Aug. 5 (Canada).

    Wednesday , August 2 , 2017

    On Aug. 2, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on families, households, marital status, and language, for Canada, its provinces and territories, municipalities, and many more detailed levels of geography. A media lock-up will be held 12 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EST. Reporters are asked to confirm their presence by contacting Statistics Canada’s Media Hot Line at 613-951-4636, by July 11.

    Wednesday , August 2 , 2017

    The party will hold a debate in Victoria, B.C. 6-8 p.m. Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. In order to vote for the leader, you need to become a member of the NDP no later than Aug. 17. Online voting begins Sept. 18 and a leader will be announced no later than Oct. 29.

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