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Trump’s unprecedented failure to concede expected to have ‘very little’ impact on Canada-U.S. relations, says Heyman

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'It's clear that everybody's already tilting in toward the next president,' said Mr. Heyman, who served as the U.S. envoy to Canada from 2014 to 2017.
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One-term former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks to The Hill Times about her life in federal politics and about her upcoming book, Can You Hear Me Now?, and she says she's not ruling out a return to the Hill.
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Anyone who raises questions about the Liberal government’s judicial appointment process is either ‘ill informed’ or playing ‘shameless politics,’ says Liberal MP James Maloney.
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Once the Biden administration takes over in January, the regular channels of communications between Canada and the U.S. are expected to open up and trade irritants to be resolved through proper negotiations.
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In low voter turnout elections, Get Out the Vote is even more important than it is in high voter turnout elections, says Mike McDonald, the former manager of Christy Clark’s successful 2013 election campaign.
An uncertain election result in the United States following four years of an unpredictable Donald Trump presidency have Canadian business groups hoping for a quick resolution.
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An exponential increase in the use of mail-in ballots has dramatically altered the dynamics of GOTV, a critical aspect of any winning election campaign, say current and former MPs and provincial candidates.
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It’s too late now to call a fall election, and spring is the most likely time for Canadians will go to the polls, say pollsters and some political players.
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'Ridings will receive the full equivalent of their candidate rebate for every election going forward,' says Cory Hann, the Conservative Party’s director of communications.
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'If Annamie Paul could win a riding on her own...that will really put wind in the sails of the Green Party movement in Canada,' says pollster Nik Nanos.
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One key issue to follow in this campaign is how Elections B.C. and political parties facilitate people’s ability to cast their votes, says NDP MP Jenny Kwan
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'We would encourage everyone to remain united on the Conservative values behind the one party that has a chance of defeating Justin Trudeau, and that's the Conservative Party of Canada,’ says two-term Conservative MP Mel
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Erin O’Toole told riding association presidents last week that the party will return election rebates to them. Some of the presidents want to know when the money will arrive.
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MPs from all parties are also watching the provincial election in British Columbia carefully to learn how to run a campaign in the midst of a pandemic.
Conservative Party members will be able to vote on the phone, online, mail-in ballots, or by drive-through, in ridings where in-person voting is not possible because of the pandemic, say Conservative sources.
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The Liberals should be careful about the ‘recoil effect’ as some of their supporters could back away if they vacate the political centre, says pollster Nik Nanos.
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Conservatives don't want a snap election in the fall but will be ready if one is called, say Conservative MPs.
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The Liberals do not want an election, but don't want to be seen 'pushed around' by opposition parties either, says Liberal political insider Greg MacEachern.
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Ya’ara Saks and Gary Gladstone want to be the next Liberal MP for York Centre. They may have to win three straight elections, and defeat a confident Conservative opponent, to claim the seat.
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Conservatives sources expect the party will allow members to vote by mail in nomination contests for the next election.
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‘We expect this to be a hotly contested nomination race, the reason being that York Centre is far from being a "safe Liberal seat,"’ says Rachel Willson, the last Conservative candidate in York Centre.
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Caucus endorsements in a leadership election only serve as a public relations tool to suggest momentum, says veteran Conservative political insider Tim Powers.
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'Any cabinet minister will be scared to say something or else it’s going to get leaked...government can't function like that,' says a former senior Liberal.
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Former chief fundraiser of the Ontario Liberal Fund Bobby Walman and Toronto fundraising executive Gary Gladstone are seriously considering seeking the Liberal nomination in York Centre.
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Justin Trudeau's Liberals should ensure they don’t end up in anymore ethical controversies, as these scandals lead people to think that it is ‘time for change,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.
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Bruce Heyman and other former Democratic ambassadors to Canada want the voter turnout of Americans living in Canada to at least double from six to 12 per cent in the November election.
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Some Liberal backbenchers say they're frustrated that their own government has lost goodwill because of the WE Charity scandal.
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All four leadership candidates are currently putting all their efforts in GOTV, as it’s ‘vital to the whole success of any campaign,’ says Steve Outhouse, campaign manager for the Leslyn Lewis campaign.
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'No one from our campaign, including our legal counsel, has been contacted about this investigation by any authorities or police organizations,' says Chisholm Pothier, a spokesperson for the Peter MacKay campaign.
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Campaign Life Coalition has signed up 30,000-40,000 members to help Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan, the two social conservative candidates, according to Jack Fonseca, director of political operations for the organization.
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The Liberal Party is consulting MPs and grassroots members to determine rules for candidate nominations in held and unheld ridings for the next election, says spokesman Braeden Caley.
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All four Conservative leadership campaigns are watching the voting process ‘like a hawk,’ to ensure nothing untoward happens in the leadership election vote, says former Conservative MP Brad Trost.

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