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Liberal MPs criticize Hall Findlay’s lengthy attack on Murray’s cooperation proposal

Liberal MPs on Tuesday criticized Liberal leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay for a lengthy attack against MP and leadership contender Joyce Murray’s central campaign plank calling for electoral cooperation among the opposition parties to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives in the next federal election.


  
Trudeau clear front-runner in Liberal leadership campaign, but Murray’s got momentum

The $1-million that Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau has raised for his campaign since last October and a formidable list of establishment Liberals whose names are sprinkled through his list of more than 7,000 donors have not intimidated challenger and Liberal MP Joyce Murray, the only other candidate to show momentum since December.


  
Cabinet ministers fan out across Canada to sell Flaherty’s budget

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top Cabinet ministers, including heavyweight political ministers for the provinces and major cities, were fanning out Thursday night and Friday to begin selling the federal budget before the opposition parties had a chance to leave the starting gate.


  
Grit Party president Crawley says he has ‘full confidence’ in integrity of Lib leadership voters’ list

Liberal Party President Mike Crawley says he has ‘full confidence’ in the integrity of the voter list being established for the party’s leadership election, in the face of complaints from one of the candidate campaigns about irregularities.


  
Irregularities in Liberal leadership voter registrations being challenged by scrutineers

Irregularities in voter registrations for the Liberal Party leadership election are being challenged ‘big time’ as scrutineers for the seven remaining candidates are poring through the qualifications of tens of thousands of potential voters, says an official with one of the leadership campaigns.


  
It ain’t over till it’s over, Trudeau hasn’t won Liberal leadership yet, say Murray and Hall Findlay

Two Liberal leadership candidates whose profiles have grown significantly over the past week are challenging the media and punditry wisdom that Montreal MP Justin Trudeau has sealed a victory with four weeks remaining in the contest, and citing the Trudeau campaign’s last-minute appeal for an extension of the deadline for voter registration as evidence.


  
Garneau’s campaign admits phone survey didn’t comply with CRTC rules on political polling

Former Liberal leadership contender Marc Garneau’s campaign has admitted a contentious robocall telephone survey it conducted last week did not comply with federal caller identification rules for political polling.


  
U.S. Congressional watchdog says delays in F-35s could put costs of fighter jets out of reach

A U.S. Congressional watchdog monitoring the F-35 stealth fighter jet program is warning that persistent testing and development delays could take the sophisticated war plane’s price tag out of the reach of the U.S. military and partner countries, including Canada, that are backing the trouble-plagued project.


  
Most, including Quebecers, say Quebec should require well over 50 per cent to separate: Forum Research poll

Most Canadians, including a majority in Quebec, believe the province’s separation from Canada would require well over 50 per cent of the vote in a referendum on Quebec independence, a Forum Research survey has found.


  
Manning stands by decision to drop Flanagan from Manning Conference panel, says conservatives need to think before speaking, and need to own environmental issues

Reform Party founder recognizes conservative movement’s image problem with many Canadians and outlines strategy for change in annual conservative scouting report.


  
Canada ‘light years’ behind U.S. on data mining in election campaigns, time to catch up, say experts

NCC’s Stephen Taylor says Conservatives are getting ‘complacent’ and the Libs, NDP are catching up.


  
Bergen, Crockatt, Rempel say political parties don’t need quotas for female candidates, it's wrong

Conservative MPs Candice Bergen, Joan Crockatt, and Michelle Rempel talk about being female politicians at annual Manning Centre Conference.


  
Kenney recalls Dief’s historic 1958 majority election win, says Conservatives can win even bigger next time too

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Conservatives should stick to their guns with the kind of crime, refugee, and economic policies that won over swaths of new Canadians in the 2011 federal election.


  
Conservatives must be better at microtargeting voters and communicating ideas to win more seats: data experts

Using the 2011 election results and data from each riding, Politrain Consulting data expert Mitch Wexler tells Manning Centre Conference attendees that Conservatives would win 189 seats, the NDP would win 108 seats, and the Liberals would win 36 seats in the 2015 federal election with 30 new seats in the House of Commons.


  
Ron Paul a polarizing figure, but 'conservatives not afraid of self-examination,' says Manning on former U.S. Congressman's appearance at networking event

'People either love him or hate him,' says Manning Centre communications director Olivier Ballou, who credits the 50 per cent increase in student attendance to former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.


  
Environmentalists believe humans are a 'cancer' on the planet, says Sun TV's Levant

'Some environmentalists, they believe in the environment even more than they believe sometimes in people,' Ezra Levant told the Manning Centre conference on Friday, promoting his 'ethical oil' philosophy.


  
All 10 provinces plan to intervene in feds’ Senate reforms questions to Supreme Court

All 10 provincial governments have served notice at the Supreme Court of Canada they intend to intervene in the federal government’s reference asking for the court’s opinion on whether Parliament has the constitutional power to unilaterally limit Senate terms, hold elections to fill vacancies or even abolish the Senate entirely.


  
Justin’s got a juggernaut, but he’s not taking anything for granted in federal Liberal leadership campaign, say Trudeau backers

Liberal Party news that nearly 300,000 voting age Canadians have signed up to cast ballots in the party’s April 14 leadership election, with half recruited by leadership candidate Justin Trudeau’s army of volunteers, was sobering for the other candidates on Wednesday, even though Mr. Trudeau’s supporters on Parliament Hill warned against taking anything for granted.


  
Trudeau has federal Liberal leadership locked up, say Grit MPs, 'people want to see a leader they believe in'

Justin Trudeau has the Liberal leadership race locked up after rounding up the lion’s share of a new class of Liberal supporters who will be eligible to vote in the leadership election without actually joining the party, Liberal MPs say.


  
Conservative Sen. Duffy found one-page Senator’s living expenses form unclear, had to file it annually

The Senate residency form that Conservative Senator Mike Duffy originally claimed was confusing and led to what he said was a ‘mistake’ in claiming a Prince Edward Island summer cottage as his primary residence and allowing him to claim an estimated $30,000 since September 2010 as secondary residence expenses in Ottawa, must be filed every year, according to the detailed Senate rules about housing and travel expenses.


  
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Thursday, September 3, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Election 2015: Prime Minister Stephen Harper's rally in Ottawa Aug. 31, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Conservative Party's low-tax, balanced budget plan for the economy at a rally in Ottawa on Aug. 31.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Conservative Party's low-tax, balanced budget plan for the economy at a rally in Ottawa on Aug. 31.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Party campaign director of communications Kory Teneycke.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Sun Media's David Akin and the Conservatives' Jeremy Hunt say hi to Conservative supporters.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative candidate Royal Galipeau, running for re-election in Orleans, Ont.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Ottawa-area Conservative candidates have a laugh.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Party supporter.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative candidate Damian Konstantinakos, running in Ottawa Centre, Ont.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper greets supporters.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to Conservative Party supporters.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Conservative Party's low-tax, balanced budget plan for the economy at a rally in Ottawa on Aug. 31.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Party staffer Colin McSweeney.

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