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Pipeline leaks 500,000 litres of produced salt water in northwestern Alberta

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - An energy company says a pipeline from a gas facility has been shut down after it leaked an estimated 500,000 litres of produced saltwater in northwestern Alberta. Produced water is a byproduct of oil and gas development. Calgary-based NuVista Energy Ltd. says staff identified the leak on Monday through the company's pipeline monitoring system. The Alberta Energy Regulator...

Jason Kenney: MLAs encouraged to stump for Scheer on own time and dime

CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is encouraging United Conservative legislature members to help oust Justin Trudeau's Liberals in the Oct. 21 federal election. He commends those who have already gone to help out in swing ridings outside the province on their own time and dime. Kenney says he'll be taking some trips outside Alberta to drum up investment and he may help out some...

Alberta group urges women to get more confident talking about politics

OTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views. The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That...

Jagmeet Singh kicks off NDP election campaign in southern Ontario

LONDON, Ont. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh began his party's election campaign in southern Ontario by promising to tackle drug and health-care costs and climate change by going after big business and the wealthy. Singh appeared in London, Ont., minutes after Justin Trudeau met with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette in Ottawa to dissolve Parliament and launch a 40-day election race. The NDP leader...

Federal election campaign underway with leaders in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau began his bid for re-election Wednesday by framing the next 40 days as a time for Canadians to make a choice: whether they want more of his sunny ways or a return to the gloomier days he says are characteristic of life under a Conservative government. But clouding over his optimism was the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given...

Liberals hope Trudeau’s campaigning energy makes 2019 a repeat of 2015

OTTAWA — Canada's 2019 federal election could wind up looking a lot like the 1972 cliffhanger — the last time a Trudeau asked Canadians for a second mandate after the first blush of Trudeaumania had dissipated. But if Liberals play their cards right, party strategists are hoping it will end up more like a replay of 2015, with Canadians choosing to continue moving forward with Justin...

Conservative campaign seeks to step out from Harper’s shadow, but not that far

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals would like you to believe that if he's elected prime minister, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be just like his predecessor Stephen Harper. The federal Conservatives take that as something of a compliment. Harper built the modern Conservative party, continues to be its biggest fundraiser, and today there are six likeminded premiers across the country. Conservatives also...

NDP leaning in to Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity, targeting resources strategically

OTTAWA — As Liberals and Conservatives prepare to launch their well-funded election machines to fight for the highest political office in the land, federal New Democrats are taking a much less ambitious approach: try to outperform lowered expectations. The party will run a national campaign, with promising a full roster of 338 candidates. But with fewer resources than its two main political rivals, the...

Star recruits, big departures: Notable names in and out of the 2019 campaign

OTTAWA — Parties try to recruit star candidates to take down veteran MPs, show they're serious about governing if they win, and demonstrate that they're renewing themselves. Here are some of the federal parties' big catches this campaign: Liberals Steven Guilbeault (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Founding member of Equiterre, a major Quebec environmental organization. Sandra Pupatello (Windsor West, Ont.): Former Ontario cabinet minister from...

Platform promises set to flow in earnest as campaign officially kicks off

OTTAWA — Federal parties have spent weeks laying the foundations for their campaign and the promises they intend to make to address a suite of issues they believe are at the tops of voters' minds. You've likely already heard references to what is to come: The cost of living is too high, so we'll make it easier for you to manage...

‘Renewed’ Bloc Quebecois launches nationalist, Quebec-only election campaign

QUEBEC — The Bloc Quebecois is pitching itself to voters as a renewed party represented by a fresh generation of young candidates ready to fight exclusively for Quebec's interests in Ottawa. Party leader Yves-Francois Blanchet was in Quebec City today to launch the Bloc's campaign, which will only field candidates in the province's 78 federal electoral ridings. Blanchet says Quebecers have flirted with the Conservatives, the...

The Latest: Federal party leaders kick off election campaign

OTTAWA — The latest developments as federal party leaders kick off campaigning for the Oct. 21 election (all times Eastern):   1:30 p.m. Andrew Scheer says it's time to elect a government that helps Canadians get ahead, telling supporters at an outdoor rally in Trois-Rivieres, Que., that the countdown to getting rid of the Trudeau government is officially underway. Scheer says Justin Trudeau will...

Trudeau to launch Liberal election campaign in Vancouver, just like in 2015

VANCOUVER — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is kicking off his election campaign in his second home of British Columbia, just like he did in 2015. Four years ago, Trudeau was on a plane headed for Vancouver when then-prime minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. Trudeau will headline another West Coast campaign launch this evening in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, a...

Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet sheds “goon” image

MONTREAL — Voters will see a smiling Yves-Francois Blanchet on campaign posters throughout Quebec during the federal election campaign that got underway Wednesday. But not so long ago, the Bloc Quebecois leader was best known for his rants and fiery temper. The former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister in Pauline Marois's government earned the nickname "goon" for his defence of his leader against a mutiny from PQ members in 2011....

Five issues the parties are ready to fight over as campaign begins

OTTAWA — Here are five issues the major federal parties have been preparing to fight this election over. Climate change Liberals and Conservatives seem eager to campaign on the Trudeau government's signature environmental policy: the price on carbon-emitting fuels in provinces that don't have equivalent systems of their own. It applies in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, and the Liberals have said...

Tories turn to Bryan Adams’ songwriter for election campaign theme

TORONTO — The Progressive Conservatives have turned to Bryan Adams' longtime hitmaker Jim Vallance to pen their campaign song. The guitar-driven tune is packed with Vallance's trademarked pop-rock zeal, as a chorus of voices belt lyrics that include: "A brand new day, a better way, it's time for you to get ahead." A bilingual version offers the second and last...

Jagmeet Singh looks to defy the odds again on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh is no stranger to beating long odds — which is good, since taking over the Prime Minister's Office this fall seems the unlikeliest of outcomes for  the leader of the federal New Democrats. The energetic former criminal lawyer, who cuts a striking silhouette in his tailored suit, long beard and colourful turban as he rides his collapsible bike around Parliament Hill, captured the country's...

Scheer’s middle-class roots make him ‘perfect foil’ to Justin Trudeau for Tories

OTTAWA — It was a hot August day in 2003 when Conservative campaign manager Hamish Marshall first learned not to underestimate Andrew Scheer. It was Scheer's wedding day and Marshall was a guest, sitting at a table with a few well-to-do Regina businessmen, when talk about Scheer's future began. At the time, the 24-year-old Scheer had recently moved to Saskatchewan and was working at an insurance company,...

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