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‘They’re really riled up here’: Conservatives circling Goodale’s lone Liberal seat in Saskatchewan

‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says the 31-year MP Ralph Goodale. 
Unlike in the last election, none of the major party leaders has promised to try and balance the budget within a four year mandate during this campaign.
'Milton is a changing town. It’s a growing town, and the voice of Milton needs to change too,' says Liberal candidate Adam van Koeverden.
Polls show the sovereigntist party fighting for second-place in Québec behind the Liberals.
High-profile MPs and ministers are hitting the road to help shore up campaigns in other ridings.
The Conservative plan to scrap the stress test for mortgage renewals won praise, but another pledge to sell federal property is a head-scratcher.
‘I am part and parcel of Edmonton Mill Woods,’ says the natural resource minister.
The $535-million pledged won’t cover all of the costs of the Liberals’ promised daycare reforms.
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The NDP’s downsized leader’s tour could be a sign of things to come for future contests.
Justin Trudeau rides the bus as the Liberals contend with a ‘distance’ between high-flying Trudeau and average joes.
Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
The award-winning author and Senator from New Brunswick weighs in on his newest book, and his time in the Senate.
It’s not yet clear how Mario Dion’s report will affect public opinion, but the Liberals and Conservatives had roughly equal support in a poll that finished the day before it was released.
More than half of Canadians polled said they have seen a political ad during or in the few days before the pre-election period kicked in.  
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a series of formal apologies on behalf of the government over the past few years for its mistreatment of Canadian minority groups and those fleeing persecution in the past.
“He actually serves a purpose for the Liberals if he’s not careful,” says pollster Greg Lyle.
Conservative rival Peggy McLean was on the ballot provincially last year, but was only named the party’s candidate on July 18 after the nomination contest winner was disqualified.
Housing, seniors, and climate change are raised often by constituents, but Public Service Minister Carla Qualtrough and other Liberal MPs say their own records will be more important to voters this time than in 2015.
The second time was the charm in the race to replace outgoing MP David Tilson, after the party disqualified the winner of an earlier nomination race for undisclosed reasons.
The committee has decided not to take any action in response to the Senate Ethics Officer's report, which found Don Meredith had sexually harassed Senate staff.
The government is still ‘assessing options,’ says Trade Minister Jim Carr's office, but those close to the file don’t expect any action before the election.
The largest group in the Senate could ‘disintegrate into a number of pieces’ if the ISG chooses a new leader, says ISG Sen. Stephen Greene.
The NDP says it's temporarily pausing its advertising campaign and will be back before the end of the month, but the Liberals and Conservatives are continuing to run dozens of social media ads.
Unifor, the group’s biggest backer, and Conservative rival Canada Proud will both run political ads during the new pre-writ period established by the Liberal government.
The Liberals also surpassed the Conservatives nationally for the first time in a year in polls by the Toronto firm.
A mid-term Throne Speech and a new batch of legislation wasn't necessary, says Liberal MP John McKay: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'was doing what he said he would do.'
‘This is just not right. And it would not be tolerated, if you did this to an animal, you’d get in trouble with the law,’ says outgoing Liberal MP Frank Baylis.
Many achievements and blunders enshrined in legislation are ancient history in the minds of voters, who cast their ballots based on the next thing you can do for them, say politicos and pollsters.
The drama isn’t over for bills on a tanker ban, solitary confinement, or environmental assessments, even after they passed into law.
'This mischaracterization of Mr. Cooper’s actions is blatantly untrue,' says a letter from the MP's legal team.
The prime minister said construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin this summer. He was less clear about whether more pipelines will be needed, or how the government will recover the cost of the Trans Mountain.
The Senate passed four priority government bills back to the House with amendments late last week.

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