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Leaders focus campaign stops on Ontario and Quebec, eschewing Prairies, Maritimes and the North

News|Neil Moss
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has spent 20 days in Ontario, compared to 18 days for Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and 20 days for NDP Leader Jagmeet SIngh.
Strategists and pollsters say they expected the focus to shift to the issue of a leader’s character at this point in the campaign calendar.
While we are proud of our conservation efforts and successes to date, we know that without stronger and more robust legislation and standards, we will collectively lose the fight to protect nature for future generations.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Windsor, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is in Sherbrooke, Que., and Nova Scotia, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is in London and St. Catharines.
Canada has a ‘blackout bureaucracy,’ says journalism professor Sean Holman, who debated the former Privy Council clerk this week on the role of access to information in Canada’s democracy.
First Nations electors have the political power to flip several ridings, but turnout among Indigenous voters is traditionally much lower than it is for the average population, and there is little evidence this election cycle will be different.
The provincial Greens' rise to become the official opposition in 2019 signals that P.E.I. voters are tired of 'politics as usual,' says one prof, which could translate into increased support for the Greens at the federal level.
News|Neil Moss
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has tried to recruit support from the centre, but it may have left the party vulnerable to a challenge on its right flank.
The Liberals have a conflicting track record, the Conservatives are sticking mostly to their older base, and the Greens are failing to capitalize on their opportunities, say experts and candidates.
Experts say that left-leaning parties seem to have a foothold in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, but Yukon could be anyone’s game.
More than 700,000 skilled tradespeople will retire by 2028, and Canada's efforts to replace them are falling short, warns a new report from the Royal Bank of Canada.
News|Neil Moss
Former NDP staffer Cameron Holmstrom says some ministers have found themselves in unexpected re-election fights.
Opinion|Sean Bruyea
Whatever party governs after election day, Canadians will need to be engaged. The best vehicles to involve Canadians on veterans’ issues are to hold either nationwide public hearings or strike a judicial inquiry with a sweeping mandate.
Opinion|Jay Cockburn
There's an upstart Conservative party leader putting on a friendly, faux-progressive face. He’s looking to take power. The struggling centre-left governing party stares down the barrel of a global crisis and the party leader's carrying the weight of past controversies. There's also a progressive third party, wildly popular with young people but not polling high enough to make it a real contender to win. The polling is so tight that nobody can predict who will form the next government. That was the U.K.’s 2010 election.
All signs point to Canada getting its version of a 21st century populist. The duration of its existence and prominence in Canadian politics is still unknown.
Let’s continue to think of all the lives that would have been better or made longer. Because pharmacare is the right thing to do.
On Sept. 20, one of the two largest Canadian political parties is likely to win the election. Both are supporting new nuclear infrastructure development. The victor will oversee a fund with up to $8-billion of our tax dollars available to help private-sector nuclear companies, originating mainly in the U.S. and the U.K., to develop their nuclear prototypes in Canada.
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Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan

Opinion|Sheila Copps
All signs are pointing to a Liberal government, with the only question being whether it will be minority or majority.
The 40-year tug of war for this uniquely politically engaged riding had a flame lit under it following the withdrawal of incumbent minister Catherine McKenna from political life.
Polls suggest a three-way race in Canada’s Pacific province, but it’s too early to say whether the NDP can cash in on election day.
Concern is skin deep: all the parties' climate platform policies are grossly insufficient, the climate villains are still in firm control, and any informed outsider would see a nation in deep climate denial.
If O’Toole does win on Sept. 20, he will wake up with a mounting pile of IOUs to people like François Legault, who will be telling him to ‘pay up.’
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