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Election 2019

Pulling Butts off the bench too early may cause Liberals to commit a foul

News|By Tim Powers
When he stepped down before, Gerald Butts wasn’t meant to be sentenced for an eternity to purgatory. However, timing is everything, whether in politics or sport, and he is back on the field a tad too early.
While most pollsters say it ‘makes sense’ that recent polls conflict over a Liberal or Conservative lead, some call for better transparency and stronger editorial rules on reporting on the horse race.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business led in groups lobbying MPs as June’s 1,446 reported communications halved the total reported in May.
Despite its many virtues, with an aging population, a growing deficit, and limited immigration, it would be hard for anyone to govern Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hollow catchphrases and platitudes are not enough. Anti-racism efforts are a substantive issue that merit the same rigorous and nuanced debate and diligence as any other crisis facing our country.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump may only be getting rolling as he bets his anger-based, divisive election blitz can overcome his historically low popularity ratings come November 2020.
Election 2019
'People [have] come back to the Bloc … they support us with volunteers, they support us with their money, so everything is on track,' says Bloc MP Rhéal Fortin.
An overview of the electoral map heading into the 2019 election.
On Tuesday, they head to Winnipeg to discuss Indigenous issues, and later this week, will be in Calgary for energy and trade talks. 
News|By Beatrice Paez
Thanks to economic stagnation, the hyper concentration of wealth, and a brewing cultural backlash, Canada’s political climate is ripe for populist forces that mirror the experiences of the U.S. and the U.K. to gain traction, says Frank Graves of EKOS Research. But other politicos disagree.
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 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.
Provincial premiers' attack on carbon tax help entrench the Tory base support, but has yet to wield large support from swing voters.
The days when most Canadian Sikhs could be counted on to vote Liberal could be over, experts say.
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.
‘Parties effectively get to choose the pool of people who will become Members of Parliament,' says Paul Thomas, based on Samara’s recent analysis of 6,600 candidates between 2004 and 2015.
It’s up to the prime minister to decide if he ‘wants to go into the next election arresting Indigenous communities and leaders,’ says the Squamish Nation council’s Dustin Rivers.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
If the Greens are truly looking to make inroads, they should not be soliciting tired advice from politicos of yesteryear.
News|By Neil Moss
Conservative and NDP MPs say chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance was 'following orders' coming from the PMO and the defence minister.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The provincial NDP critic says inquiry is 'only going to increase opposition to energy development in Alberta,' with one expert calling it attempt to put a 'chill' on activism in Canada.
News|By Palak Mangat
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is touring key ridings in Quebec this week currently held by New Democrats.
The Liberals also surpassed the Conservatives nationally for the first time in a year in polls by the Toronto firm.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has a new issues manager in her office.
News|By Abbas Rana
If the current voting trends continued until election time, the Green Party could win 14 seats, says EKOS president Frank Graves. But he also says if progressive voters choose to vote strategically to prevent the Conservatives from forming government, they could vote for the Liberals.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
In politics, time management matters, or as Benjamin Franklin once put it, 'Lost time is never found again.' So the parties better get at it.
News|By Abbas Rana
Suh Kim, national chair of the Liberal Green Light Committee, served as Ontario co-chair of the Green Light Committee for the 2015 election cycle.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It's our new Trumpian politics. It goes something like this. You get a famous name to make a controversial allegation against a well-known public figure and hope that it lights up Twitter.
Plus, Warren Kinsella is added to the Green Party's war room, and Pierre Pettigrew is named Asia Pacific Foundation board chair.
News|By Beatrice Paez
There’s an inherent tension at play between journalism’s interest in news value and the public interest, says Elly Alboim, former CBC News Hill bureau chief, who doesn't think debates should be treated as a 'journalistic exercise.'
News|By Palak Mangat
Max FineDay of Canadian Roots Exchange says it's up to parties to articulate clear visions about how they're going to advance reconciliation.

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