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Afghanistan’s likely fall: Taliban look to take over country after troop withdrawal

By Gwynne Dyer      

Kabul may fall in a lot less than six months. The Taliban already hold at least half the country and they are currently taking new districts literally every day.

Canadian soldiers pictured in Afghanistan in 2018. The last German, Italian, and British troops left Afghanistan last week, and the U.S. is leaving now. The northern provinces that are now falling to the Taliban so fast are the areas they never controlled during their last time in power. They will not just win quickly this time. They will win completely, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Department of National Defence

LONDON, U.K.—Five times in the past two weeks, government soldiers in Badakhshan and Takhar provinces in northern Afghanistan have fled across the border into Tajikistan after clashes with Taliban militants. They didn’t lose the firefights, and they’re not cowards; 1,600 trained soldiers–over 100 a day–just fled abroad to avoid further combat. Nobody wants to be the last man to die in a lost war.

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House Speaker election could force 338 MPs to rub shoulders in Ottawa amid COVID’s fourth wave

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 4:19 PM ET
House rules say MPs have to elect a Speaker before they can reintroduce the hybrid sitting system that allows them to participate virtually.

‘Sharper knives out earlier’ to bring down O’Toole after election defeat, say some Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
It would be a mistake to change the party leader after every election loss, say some Conservative MPs and political insiders.

Among 18 defeated incumbents, British Columbia, Ontario see most unseated MPs; Conservatives drop nine incumbents, Liberal lose eight

At least 18 ridings saw incumbents lose their contest this election, with the most Conservatives taking the fall, at nine, followed by eight liberals, and one Green MP.

PM snap election call faces challenge by Democracy Watch in Federal Court

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Democracy Watch is seeking a Federal Court ruling that would prohibit the prime minister from calling a snap election, unless a vote of non-confidence in the government occurs before the fixed election date.

Signs point to mid-October return for Parliament, full agenda for government

A budget bill, media reforms, and the conversion therapy crackdown could lead the Liberals’ fall agenda.

Liberals call for collaboration in minority Parliament, while O’Toole fends off challenges

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Liberals were on track to win 159 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 33, the NDP 25, and the Green Party two, as ballots from the Sept. 20 federal election were still being counted last week.

Alberta energy sector has opportunity with two Liberal MPs elected in province, say lobbyists

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Liberal MPs Randy Boissonnault and George Chahal were elected in Alberta ridings in the 2021 federal election, providing the largely Conservative province with more clout in Ottawa, according to some lobbyists.

With slight seat gain, NDP has potential to hold ‘balance of power’ in new Parliament

News|By Matt Horwood
The New Democrats could play a role in Parliament similar to one they played in the 1960s, when they pushed Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to enact progressive policies like Medicare and the Canada Pension Plan, say st

Increasing tally of early voters adding new dimension to campaign calculus

Advance voting jumped as much as 19.5 per cent this election, and use of special ballots, the majority of which are filled out ahead of election day, increased by roughly 59.4 per cent.
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