September 26th, 2021

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Singh sets his sights on prairie Conservative-held seats hit hard by COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

SASKATOON – Jagmeet Singh criticized the COVID-19 pandemic response of Saskatchewan and Alberta’s provincial governments as the NDP campaign focused its attention on Conservative-held seats in the prairie provinces. But despite battling blue incumbents, Singh kept his messaging targeted at Justin Trudeau during a stop in Saskatoon, saying the Liberal leader abandoned the provinces in ... Read More »

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Pandemic federal election campaign produces little enthusiasm for any party

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – A campaign that started with anger over Justin Trudeau’s decision to call an election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is ending amid anger over conservative premiers’ handling of the health crisis. The first wave of discontent appears to have sunk Trudeau’s hopes for a Liberal majority and even put in jeopardy ... Read More »

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Trudeau says he remains open to electoral reform if Liberals re-elected

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he remains open to getting rid of Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system if his party is re-elected, provided there’s more consensus on the issue — something he says was lacking in the past. Trudeau says, however, that he would not favour proportional representation as an alternative, because it “gives more weight ... Read More »

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Muslim Canadians call on politicians to take concrete action to fight Islamophobia

By Noushin Ziafati, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

LONDON, Ont. – Dareen Shilbayeh can’t stop herself from looking over her shoulder while out in public. The London, Ont., resident who wears a hijab says she’s been worried she’ll be targeted because of her faith ever since a Muslim family was killed in the city this summer. “Every corner I take, even at the ... Read More »

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Liberals cut ties with Toronto candidate after news of dropped sex assault charge

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

The federal Liberals say a candidate in downtown Toronto will no longer run under their banner after it came to light that he had previously faced a sexual assault charge that was later dropped. The party said Friday it had learned of the allegations against Kevin Vuong through a report in the Toronto Star a ... Read More »

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Social media strategies played important role in pandemic election: experts

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

Bakhtawar Khan excitedly waited, her friend holding two cellphones and a camera, for her turn to get a photo with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. The 20-year-old, like most people showing up to political rallies across the country, wanted to share the image with friends and followers on social media. “I feel like a lot of ... Read More »

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New Democrats put Tory-held Edmonton riding, with low vote turnout, in their sights

By Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – A young two-spirit M├ętis leader hopes he can deliver one of the biggest upsets of the election campaign, if he can persuade apathetic voters to head to the polls Monday. NDP candidate Blake Desjarlais has started a dynamic voter turnout drive to persuade thousands of Edmonton residents to register. The Edmonton Griesbach seat, ... Read More »

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Where the federal party leaders are on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

The main national party leaders’ scheduled public appearances for Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. All times are local. _____ Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Aurora, Ont. 9:00 a.m. — Announcement and media availability to follow. Exact location not provided. _____ Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole Dundas, Ont. 10:30 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. Campaign Office, 81 Highway ... Read More »

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Retired vice-admiral Mark Norman endorses O’Toole as ‘leader of substance’

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2021

ST. JACOB’S, ONTARIO – Retired vice-admiral Mark Norman, who was at the centre of a failed prosecution by the Liberal government in a politically heated case that ended his military career, has endorsed Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole ahead of Monday’s vote. In a 59-second video clip the Conservatives expect to share on social media Saturday, ... Read More »

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Conservative dropped as candidate over tweets says she is still the Tory choice

By Stephanie Taylor and Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press on September 17th, 2021

OTTAWA – A Conservative candidate dropped by the party over Islamophobic tweets she claims were faked says she is still running as the “confirmed” Tory candidate in the Toronto riding. The Tories dumped Lisa Robinson last week after the Beaches-East York Liberal incumbent, Nate Erskine-Smith, posted screenshots of Twitter posts allegedly written by Robinson. But ... Read More »

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Five things to know about Monday’s federal election day

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on September 17th, 2021

OTTAWA – After a 36-day campaign, millions of Canadians will get to decide Monday which federal party will govern the country through the fourth wave of COVID-19 and beyond. Here are five things to know about Monday’s vote: – There are just over 27 million eligible voters. Almost 6 million of them have already voted ... Read More »

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