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Preliminary data shows nearly 3 million tuned in to French debate, more than double 2015’s ratings

The viewership for the Leaders' Debates Commission's French debate was more than double the viewership for the TVA debate, preliminary data shows, and higher than the 2015 French consortium event.
There have been 26 shootings in the riding in this calendar year.
A robust mental health policy promise could help sway millennial and female voters, polls show.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
'I’m hoping I can earn the trust of residents of Ottawa Centre again,' says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who narrowly won the riding for the first time in 2015.
The $14-billion deficit for fiscal year 2019 adds to the total federal debt, which now sits at $696.5-billion.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
As the campaign rolls on into its second week, The Hill Times takes a look at what the campaigns and party leaders have done to date.
Recent reports on the industry don't deal with issues like firm size and employee talent levels, which are crucial to understanding an evolving industry, says BIOTECanada's Andrew Casey.
The experts from various institutions lauded Canada's accession to the Arms Trade Treaty but said much work still needs to be done.
Universities and colleges see infrastructure and research as key ways they can tackle climate change.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost the second of two key Brexit votes Wednesday, thrusting British politics into further chaos. His push for an election was defeated; a two-thirds majority is needed.
The July meeting was the 33rd time in the past six months BCE has lobbied the government.
RightNow, an anti-abortion group formed in 2016, says it is looking to flip 50 seats to anti-abortion candidates.
Indigenous leaders say climate change, restorative justice, and housing are top election issues. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the AFN will release its electoral priorities on Sept. 9.
Experts say a few ridings in and around Toronto could be most impacted by Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault's decision not to recommend moving the election date, which overlaps with a Jewish holiday.
A recent Ipsos poll shows Conservatives in the lead with female and millennial voters. Pollsters are cautioning restraint when interpreting its findings.
Sikhs have long been called 'power brokers' in Canadian politics for the ability of Sikh political activists to deliver delegates in nomination and party leader races on the local, provincial, and federal level.
The days when most Canadian Sikhs could be counted on to vote Liberal could be over, experts say.
As internationally mediated talks between the Venezuelan regime and opposition break down, lawmakers and experts are skeptical about the path forward, and are divided on Canada's role in solving the crisis.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Lawn Summer Nights at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling club brings together Hillites for a night of good-natured competition and ridiculous outfits to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Though U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft was in Calgary, the U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party was still filled with food and fun.
Immigration has been a hot-button wedge issue in past years, but its impact on the 2019 federal election could depend on how many people cross between border points this summer.
The Chinese buzzing is the first move of its kind against a Canadian ship.
MPs and experts say an Australian report on the 'existential risk of climate change' should lead to it being viewed as a national security threat.
At the most recent Arctic Council meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opposed the Council taking a strong tone on climate change.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Ms. Bennett addressed northern food insecurity and the MMIWG report in an email exchange with The Hill Times.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The Hill Times' annual Party on the Hill brought politicos together for the last big party before the October election.
Some provinces and municipalities have already banned plastic bags, but adding certain single-use plastics to a federal list makes it easier to co-ordinate across the country, advocates say.
In a wide-ranging interview, the environment minister also says she hopes Japan will respond to outreach efforts and sign on to the Ocean Plastics Charter at this month’s G20 summit.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The 2019 Labatt Election Brew Off was held at the National Arts Centre in support of Equal Voice. Labatt donated $25,000 to Equal Voice in honour of Liberal MP Nick Whalen's winning Belgian Wit beer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's U.S. counterpart and principal diplomatic contact is U.S. President Donald Trump. So far, they have spoken more than 30 times since November 2016.
If successfully elected, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have an opportunity to effect change, say observers, but must clear financial, infrastructure hurdles.

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