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Liberals rebound in polls, Nanos says women giving Grits lead over Conservatives

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Nanos polls since the election have consistently shown a double-digit advantage for the Grits among female voters.

Polls from Nanos Research chair Nik Nanos, left, show the Liberals holding a steady advantage over the second-place Conservatives as of mid-way through November, despite a barrage of controversies tied to the party or the government. Liberal MP Raj Grewal was one of several Liberals who pointed to the strong economy as a reason for voter confidence in the government, while Conservative MP Lisa Raitt, her party's deputy leader, said the Conservatives would be working to build a policy ahead of the 2019 election that would win back voters. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, The Hill Times file photographs

Liberal MPs are pointing to a strong economy and more generous Canada child benefit program to explain their party’s surge in the polls since mid-October, while one pollster is pointing to a steady advantage among female voters for the Grits, despite a deluge of negative news headlines and withering opposition attacks.

Argentina, Chile, DRC, Hungary, and Madagascar say they backed Canada’s UN Security Council bid, but closest allies are silent

News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Canada needs to protect Arctic sovereignty to confront emboldened Putin, say MP and expert

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP John McKay says there will be 'incursions and intrusions and aggressive actions taken increasingly in the Arctic' by Russia.

New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.

StatsCan to share monthly death data, says official

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not be able to make a determination as to whether those deaths were the result of something, but other analysts might be able to look at those questions,' says Jeff Latimer of Statistics Canada.

Next Conservative leader must stop internal sniping before it becomes a ‘cancer’ that will destroy the party, say political insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
‘Unity is the way to go’ should be the marching orders from the new leadership to all Conservative Party members, says Keith Beardsley, former deputy chief to former prime minister Stephen Harper.

House staff say remote voting app could be ready by September

News|By Palak Mangat
Conservative MP Corey Tochor says the new application is the most expensive way to vote. A House official says the app has been developed using existing staff and budgets.

Stalled Liberal agenda awaits fall return of Parliament

The time is ripe for the Liberals to strike a deal on pharmacare, says former Liberal adviser John Delacourt.

Government spending tops $392-billion, and counting, for 2020-21

Spending by Employment and Social Development Canada has risen by $74-billion compared to last year.
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