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Don’t count on parliamentary progress after this scattershot election outcome

Opinion|By Les Whittington
A smooth-working minority Parliament, while not impossible, seems highly unlikely.
News|By Abbas Rana
'They had that big stick in their hand, which was the election call. They cannot call an election for at least the next year, without the opposition doing egregious things,' says pollster Greg Lyle.
News|By Neil Moss
Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism director Barbara Perry says there has been a 'perfect storm' that has led to the incidents of hate and violence that have been seen on the campaign trail.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O’Toole was not only battling the Liberals and the NDP in this election, he was also fighting his own party’s past, implicitly demonizing its former leaders as out of touch dinosaurs.
The breakdown of seats may be the same as the last Parliament, but the power dynamics are very different, and from the Liberal perspective it was a pivotal election, hardly inconsequential.
While many Canadians are relieved at having dodged the AUKUS bullet, it should be viewed as a strategic humiliation for the credibility of Canadian reliability, strength, and values.
The election may have been unnecessary. But it did not leave us more polarized or divided than ever before.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
However the electoral arithmetic works out, it will likely lead to much commotion but not much change in keeping with the sane and undramatic politics of Germany.
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News|By Abbas Rana
For the first time in the party’s history, a Conservative member has initiated a petition to call a referendum on the party leader. But, the Conservative Party’s president has questioned the online petition’s validity.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Within the coming weeks, there will be dozens of new MPs who arrive in Ottawa without a clear understanding of what an MP does.
Advance voting jumped as much as 19.5 per cent this election, and use of special ballots, the majority of which are filled out ahead of election day, increased by roughly 59.4 per cent.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
A number of dynamics are likely to play out that could see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take a bow before we are back at the polls again, and sailing will not be smooth for Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole.
News|By Neil Moss
Along with his time as House leader, the Liberal MP-elect served under the Wynne government as Ontario’s attorney general, minister of community safety and correctional services, and as labour minister.
News|By Neil Moss
'These are big shoes,' Yasir Naqvi said of previous MPs who represented Ottawa Centre, Ont.
News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau took the country to the polls but never offered a satisfactory reason for calling an election in the midst of the pandemic, says pollster Frank Graves.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
By furiously attacking Rebel News in the way he did, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unwittingly did a big favour for his nemesis.
Opinion|By David Crane
Promises are one thing, but successful implementation with promised results are quite another. High expectations without the capacity to deliver is the big risk.
Three arguments typically made against withdrawing military forces can be easily picked apart.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Every single MP, come Sept. 21, should be scheduling in their first trip to the nearest residential school search for unmarked graves, and every single MP should be in an Indigenous community on Sept. 30.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Justin Trudeau's Liberal government did an admirable job of handling the pandemic, and accomplished far more than its opponents give it credit for. It's not clear whether that will matter on election day.
News|By Neil Moss
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has spent 19 days in Ontario, compared to 17 days for Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and 20 days for NDP Leader Jagmeet SIngh.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
All signs are pointing to a Liberal government, with the only question being whether it will be minority or majority.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Let’s hope voters shelve their anger and zealousness and lend some clear direction for the next government as it tries to define Canada for the post-pandemic future.
Opinion|By Jay Cockburn
An upstart Conservative party leader putting on a friendly, faux-progressive face. He’s looking to take power, a struggling centre-left governing party stares down the barrel of a global crisis.
Opinion|By Bill Henderson
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.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
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.’
News|By 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.
News|By Alice Chen
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.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Despite the Liberals' clear self-interested manoeuvre in calling the election, the Conservatives and the NDP haven’t right now got enough Canadians either excited about or comfortable with change.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The anxiety of the pandemic, increased time spent online, and a former American president that platformed hate are all ingredients to a cauldron of white supremacy that’s about to boil over.
News|By Alice Chen
Experts say that left-leaning parties seem to have a foothold in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, but Yukon could be anyone’s game.
News|By Neil Moss
Former NDP staffer Cameron Holmstrom says some ministers have found themselves in unexpected re-election fights.
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