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Back in the saddle…

By Joe Jordan      

Over the next few months, the parties will test and refine their communications strategies, all the while adjusting to what the other parties are, or are not, doing. Calm and reasoned discourse will be in short supply and any correlation between impact and anger has already left town.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. The Liberals are probably enjoying the chaos on either side, but they get complacent at their peril, writes Joe Jordan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—In an era of perpetual electioneering you could be forgiven for assuming that the last fall session before the next election would resemble a slow and seamless crawl toward the status quo, but you’d be wrong. Regardless of the previous levels of partisan activity, elections are the Red Bull at the party and, given our starting point, I think there might be some vodka involved as well.

Pakistani envoy urges Canada, world to be ‘more forceful’ with India on ‘humanitarian disaster’ in Kashmir

Pakistan has ‘regularly’ raised the issue with Canadian counterparts, says Raza Bashir Tarar, but the ‘festering’ situation in the ‘highly charged’ region is only getting worse.

Powerful Senate committee owes public answers on harassment plans, Meredith report, say Independents

Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.

First debate a dress rehearsal PM hopefuls needed to prepare for prime time, say pundits

One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.

Savoie’s new ‘magnum opus’ book argues federal public service has been ‘knocked off its moorings’

News|By Mike Lapointe
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.

Arctic policy framework released ‘last minute’ ahead of October election, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.

Canada formally joins Arms Trade Treaty as experts urge cancelling Saudi LAV deal over Yemen war

The experts from various institutions lauded Canada's accession to the Arms Trade Treaty but said much work still needs to be done.

Elections Canada expects 30,000 expat voters in this election, Perrault says 

News|By Palak Mangat
Election Canada is also reinforcing its efforts to reach younger and first-time voters, opening 121 offices at 109 post-secondary campuses spanning 86 ridings.

Riding to watch: Liberals, NDP face off on affordable housing battlefield in wavering Parkdale-High Park

Incumbent Liberal MP Arif Virani and NDP opponent Paul Taylor are both selling their housing platforms in Parkdale–High Park, Ont., where homelessness is a growing issue.

More parties, more polls, and voter ‘malaise’: tracking 2019 trickier, pollsters say

'People are waiting, they’re more and more strategic about their vote as well, so we feel like that last weekend is becoming extremely important,' says Léger’s Christian Bourque.
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