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Aug 27, 2015

Canada’s Liberals take gamble, propose deficits to boost growth

OTTAWA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Canada’s opposition Liberals,
trying to kick-start a sluggish election campaign, on Thursday
took a political gamble by proposing to run budget deficits to
help finance a major national infrastructure program.

The Liberals are now the only party to suggest going into
the red to help stimulate the economy. They trail the ruling
Conservatives and front-running New Democrats, who are both
promising to balance the budget.

Aug 26, 2015

Trailing in polls, Canada opposition Liberals attack main rivals

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s once-popular opposition Liberals, who are trailing in third place ahead of an Oct 19 election, shifted their fire to the first-place New Democratic Party on Wednesday as the two centre-left rivals battle to defeat the ruling Conservatives.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said the NDP, which has a narrow lead in recent opinion polls, was misleading voters with promises to increase spending while balancing the budget.

Aug 24, 2015

Canada PM tries to use market turmoil as election campaign tool

OTTAWA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper seized on global stock market turmoil on Monday to argue
voters should stick with his Conservative government in the Oct.
19 election, warning that the policies of his opponents would be
dangerous for the economy.

Harper’s ruling right-of-center Conservatives – seeking a
rare fourth consecutive mandate – have long prided themselves on
their handling of the economy, though the country is teetering
on recession due in large part to low oil prices.

Aug 21, 2015

Gloomy poll on scandal raises election pressure on Canadian PM

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s election campaign took another hit on Friday when an opinion poll showed most people do not believe he was unaware of an ethics scandal involving several close confidants.

The ruling Conservatives, seeking to extend a decade-long hold on power in the Oct. 19 election, are campaigning as a string of awkward revelations arise from the fraud and bribery trial of Senator Mike Duffy, once a close Harper ally.

Aug 19, 2015

Scandal questions dog Canada PM on the election campaign trail

OTTAWA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper struggled to shake off an ethics scandal dogging his
re-election campaign on Wednesday as the criminal trial of a
former ally threatened to erode voter support and cover-up
allegations spread to his chief of staff.

The crisis is one of the most serious to hit Harper’s
right-of-center Conservatives, who are seeking to extend a
near-decade in power in the Oct. 19 election. Amid an uproar
over revelations in the trial, involving dubious expenses filed
by a Conservative senator, polls show the party is likely to
lose its majority in the House of Commons, and might even be

Aug 17, 2015

Scandal of Canadian PM’s ex-ally dominates election campaign

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s ruling Conservative party is trailing the two main opposition parties for the first time, according to a poll, as a high-profile bribery and fraud trial involving a former Senate ally to the Prime Minister overshadowed election campaigning.

Stephen Harper has struggled to distance himself from the months-long criminal trial of Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, who was appointed by Harper and was once a key party fundraiser, as former key aide Nigel Wright testified for a fourth day.

Aug 14, 2015

Ex-aide to Canada PM says directed Senate how to handle scandal

OTTAWA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper’s aides were so concerned about the fallout of an ethics
scandal involving a high-profile Conservative senator that they
took tight control of Senate actions to try to limit the damage,
a court heard on Friday.

Emails released during the third day of testimony by
Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, at the fraud and
bribery trial of Senator Mike Duffy showed Wright and other
aides directing actions in the Senate, the upper chamber of
Canada’s Parliament, to try to quell an uproar in 2013 over
C$90,000 ($68,700) in dubious expense claims made by Duffy.

Aug 13, 2015

Expenses in Canada Senate scandal likely legal: PM’s ex-aide

OTTAWA, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper’s aides forced a political ally to repay expenses he was
probably entitled to because they wanted a damaging ethics
scandal put to an end, Harper’s former chief of staff testified
on Thursday.

Conservative Senator Michael Duffy is on trial for bribery
and abusing expense claims in a high-profile case that could
hurt the governing Conservatives in the runup to Canada’s Oct.
19 election. The Conservatives, in power since 2006, are seeking
a rare fourth consecutive term.

Aug 13, 2015

Canada PM unaware of payment made to quiet ethics scandal – ex-aide

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not know that in order to quiet an ethics scandal his former chief of staff had secretly repaid expenses claimed by the senator at the heart of the affair, the ex-aide testified on Wednesday.

The trial of Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, who is accused of receiving a bribe and abusing expense claims, comes as Harper campaigns ahead of Canada’s Oct. 19 election. Opposition parties say the affair shows voters should end the Conservatives’ near 10-year grip on power.

Aug 12, 2015

Canada PM could get election shock when ex-aide appears at trial

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A former top aide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper could reveal potentially damaging details about a corruption scandal as he takes the stand on Wednesday at a trial that threatens to eclipse the ruling Conservative’s re-election bid.

Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, is the highest-profile witness to testify in the months-long trial of Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, who is accused of receiving a bribe and abusing expense claims two years ago.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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