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Oct 20, 2015

Canadian PM’s low-energy campaign didn’t see depth of voter anger

CALGARY/OTTAWA (Reuters) – When outgoing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the longest Canadian election campaign in more than a century in August, he announced “this isn’t a popularity contest.”

Unfortunately for Harper, who lost Monday’s election to the opposition Liberals, it was just that. The 78-day marathon allowed voters to decide they no longer liked the ruling Conservatives and ditched them after almost a decade in power.

Oct 14, 2015

Brothels, shackles and marijuana feature in Canada election ads

OTTAWA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper on Wednesday defended an election ad that claimed his
main rival wanted to set up brothels – the latest in a series of
hard-hitting commercials that have marked the campaign.

Harper’s Conservatives, trailing in the run-up to the Oct.
19 election, are running newspaper ads aimed at ethnic
communities that claim the opposition Liberals want to legalize
prostitution and open brothels, and also make it easier to sell
marijuana to children.

Oct 14, 2015

Canada’s fractious opposition leaders face pressure to cooperate

OTTAWA (Reuters) – In the final week of Canada’s election campaign, the leaders of the opposition Liberals and New Democratic Party are locked in a fierce and divisive battle for the same centre-left votes.

Behind the scenes, however, insiders from both parties tell Reuters there will be huge pressure on the leaders to forge some sort of a power-sharing agreement after the Oct. 19 vote rather than risk a deadlock and another election.

Oct 8, 2015

Canada opposition raps PM over delayed refugee processing

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s opposition parties, seeking to end a near-decade of Conservative rule in this month’s election, blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday after it emerged officials had delayed the processing of some Syrian refugee claims.

Harper came under pressure last month to let in more refugees when it emerged that relatives of a Syrian toddler whose drowned body washed up on a Turkish beach had wanted to emigrate to Canada.

Oct 5, 2015

Canada election shifts attention to trade deal as race narrows

OTTAWA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Trailing in second place with two
weeks left before Canada’s election, Conservative Prime Minister
Stephen Harper announced a new trade deal on Monday that largely
protects the key agricultural voting bloc, putting pressure on
opponents who had hoped to have more to attack.

Harper touted the Trans Pacific Partnership as a good deal
that offers only limited access to Canada’s politically
important farm industry.

Oct 5, 2015

Canada says Pacific trade deal offers limited access to dairy market

OTTAWA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Canada said on Monday that a major
trade deal agreed by 12 Pacific nations would only allow limited
access to protected Canadian domestic dairy and poultry markets,
a politically sensitive issue ahead of the Oct 19 election.

Officials said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would
offer up just 3.25 percent of the Canadian dairy market and
around 2 percent of the poultry market over five years.

Oct 3, 2015

Canada opposition NDP blasts rival in bid to regain lost ground

OTTAWA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The leader of Canada’s New
Democratic Party, trailing in the race to replace the
Conservatives in Oct. 19 elections, tried on Friday to regain
lost ground in its main stronghold by attacking his chief rival.

Opinion polls show the New Democrats of Thomas Mulcair –
which started the campaign strongly – could come in third
nationally and shed one-third of its seats in the predominantly
French-speaking province of Quebec.

Oct 2, 2015

Canada opposition NDP: would not feel bound by Pacific trade deal

OTTAWA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s main opposition party
said on Friday that if it won an Oct. 19 election, it would not
feel bound by the terms of a major Pacific trade deal the ruling
Conservatives are negotiating in the United States.

The New Democrats, currently trailing third in the polls,
said in a letter to Trade Minister Ed Fast that the
Conservatives had no public mandate to take part in talks on the
12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Oct 1, 2015

Canada Conservatives buoyant over election, see boost in votes

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s ruling Conservatives, buoyed by polls showing they are starting to break away in the run-up to the Oct. 19 election, predict they will do even better than forecast given their past ability to beat polls that underestimate voter support.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, seeking a rare fourth consecutive term, had 34 percent support in an Angus Reid poll released on Thursday, compared with 27 percent support for the rival Liberals and New Democrats.

Sep 29, 2015

Autos key to driving Pacific trade deal over finish line

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA, Sept 29 (Reuters) – For auto parts
manufacturers in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the fine print
of a Pacific trade deal negotiators aim to wrap up this week
could make or break an export industry boom built up over the
last 20 years that is now worth $60 billion.

Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the
Trans-Pacific Partnership begin meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday
and are on the cusp of sealing the biggest trade deal in a
generation, cutting trade barriers and setting common standards
for 40 percent of the world economy.

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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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