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Updated: Progressive Senate Group folds, but leader hopes to claw back to official status

'Trudeau made it clear that he wanted our group gone from the Senate'—ex-Liberal Senator Percy Downe.
The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.
The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 
'Once the legislation gets passed the House of Commons, they think they are done,' says the outgoing Senator of some influential government bureaucrats and politicians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has re-committed to the TMX pipeline, amid fierce criticism from Alberta and Saskatchewan's conservative premiers of his government's environment and energy policies.
'There may well be a message to this to the main parties, that slagging each other will only take you so far,' says Greg Lyle.
‘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.
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.

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