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Election 2021

Party leaders head into highly anticipated English-televised leaders’ debate tonight, Trudeau had ‘good night’ in French leaders’ debate, says Turnbull

By Christopher Guly       

The prime minister was the prime target in last night's French-language debate and will be again tonight at the English-language televised leaders' debate.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, pictured on Sept. 8, 2021, at the French-language televised leaders' debate. Screen capture image photograph courtesy of CPAC

With the Liberal Party he leads tied at 33 per cent with the Conservative Party in a Postmedia-Léger poll, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had “a good night” in Wednesday’s main French-language leaders’ debate at the Canadian Museum of History, says Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

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AFN’s call for Indigenous voters to be election ‘kingmakers’ challenged by lack of voter enthusiasm, say chiefs and politicos

News|By Matt Horwood
First Nations electors have the political power to flip several ridings, but turnout among Indigenous voters is traditionally much lower than it is for the average population.

Rising support for far-right People’s Party unlikely to trouble Tories, say strategists and experts, as O’Toole makes a pitch for the centre

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has tried to recruit support from the centre, but it may have left the party vulnerable to a challenge on its right flank.

Green Party targets Prince Edward Island seats in rare campaign trip by leader Annamie Paul

News|By Matt Horwood
The provincial Greens' rise to become the official opposition in 2019 signals that P.E.I. voters are tired of 'politics as usual,' says one prof, which could translate into increased support for the Greens at the federal

Youth turnout may be stronger than expected this year and the NDP are reaching them the best: politicos

News|By Alice Chen
The Liberals have a conflicting track record, the Conservatives are sticking mostly to their older base, and the Greens are failing to capitalize on their opportunities, say experts and candidates.

Northern races heat up as candidates vie to succeed Qaqqaq, Bagnell

News|By Alice Chen
Experts say that left-leaning parties seem to have a foothold in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, but Yukon could be anyone’s game.

International students struggle to come to Canada amid COVID-19 variant concerns, says Universities Canada president

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The number of international students may rise this year compared to 2020, but travel restrictions related to COVID-19 variants may be a roadblock, according to Paul Davidson, the president of Universities Canada.

Trades worker shortage getting worse as politicians promise more construction

More than 700,000 skilled tradespeople will retire by 2028, and Canada's efforts to replace them are falling short, warns a new report from the Royal Bank of Canada.

Cabinet record could help or hinder at-risk ministers in Quebec, Ontario

News|By Neil Moss
Former NDP staffer Cameron Holmstrom says some ministers have found themselves in unexpected re-election fights.

The race for Parliament Hill: Liberals, NDP jockey to fill void left in Ottawa Centre

The 40-year tug of war for this uniquely politically engaged riding had a flame lit under it following the withdrawal of incumbent minister Catherine McKenna from political life.
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