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Untested legal options could give feds ways to intervene on Bill 21

OTTAWA — National party leaders' reluctance to intervene in a court challenge to Quebec's controversial Bill 21 may have left the erroneous impression that there's nothing the federal government can do to try to stop the law that bans teachers, police and certain other public servants from wearing religious symbols at work. The Quebec government has, after all, invoked the Constitution's notwithstanding clause to prevent its secularism...

Trudeau, Scheer hit the road again for second full week of federal campaign

OTTAWA — After a day off the campaign trail Saturday, Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer are on the road again today. Trudeau is promising a new policy announcement in the middle of a residential subdivision in Brampton, Ont. Scheer is spending much of the day in Prince Edward Island, where he'll make a promise of his own in a park by the...

Promise tracker: What the parties are pitching on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the federal election campaign on Sept. 11. Liberals Sept. 20: Ban all military-style assault rifles and work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns. Create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and have a two-year amnesty while the program is being set...

Where the party leaders are Sunday

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Sunday, Sept. 22. All times are local.   Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau TBA   Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer TBA   NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh TBA   Green Leader Elizabeth May Victoria, B.C. 6 p.m. — Royal B.C. Museum, 675 Belleville St. (fundraiser with candidate Racelle Kooy)   People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier TBA The Canadian Press

Baby on board: Scheer’s campaign is a family affair

TORONTO — Not yet two months old, Georgia Hubick is already a frequent flyer. Georgia is travelling with her mother, Kenzie Potter, on the Conservative campaign tour. In just seven days, Georgia has been to more than a dozen cities and towns in seven provinces, while her mom continues as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's chief political adviser. "A lot of people see her get...

Bank of Canada making effort to lie low during federal election campaign

OTTAWA — The economy is a top concern for Canadian voters and the Bank of Canada, an authority on the issue, will be largely silent during the federal election campaign. The quiet is deliberate. The central bank says it wants to avoid making any possible impact — or the appearance of an impact — on the political contest. "As a neutral and politically independent organization, we aim to...

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May are continuing on the campaign trail today while the leaders of the bigger parties take a break from the road. Singh is to be in Toronto campaigning with Andrew Cash, a former NDP MP who's trying to take back his Davenport seat from the Liberals. They're starting with a discussion on precarious work at...

Elections Canada spending big on social media as part of voting information push

OTTAWA — Elections Canada is committing to some big social media ad buys as it seeks to inform citizens about how to exercise their democratic rights in the federal election. Over the last three months, the agency responsible for running national elections has spent more than $150,000 on advertisements on Facebook, about half of that coming since the beginning of the writ period on...

Trudeau was only one in dark makeup at 2001 party but nobody took offence: attendee

VANCOUVER — A man who attended an "Arabian Nights" gala held by a private school in Vancouver says no one besides Justin Trudeau attended in skin-darkening makeup, but no one else there was dressed as Aladdin. Wayne Hamill, who is white, says he doesn't recall anyone expressing any offence over Trudeau's costume or "brownface" makeup at the time. Hamill went to...

Greens propose carbon-free public transit as part of transportation strategy

CALGARY — The Greens say they want Canada's public ground transportation to be carbon-free by 2040. Party leader Elizabeth May says to get there, the country needs to rapidly shift away from gasoline-powered transportation. The Greens' national transportation strategy puts rail at the centre, with light rail and electric bus connections. May says that responds to a finding of the Inquiry into Missing...

After blackface scandal, what’s next? Five things about the campaign to come

OTTAWA — The discovery that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wore brown- and blackface on more than one occasion as a younger man has rocked the federal election campaign to its foundations. As Canadians begin thinking ahead to the Oct. 21 vote, here are some things to keep in mind in anticipation of what could come next. It's early days yet. Campaigns matter, according...

Ontario Liberal leadership candidates weigh in on Trudeau blackface scandal

TORONTO — The majority of the candidates to become the next Ontario Liberal leader say they are glad Justin Trudeau has apologized for wearing blackface. Mitzie Hunter and Michael Coteau, who are black, both say what the federal leader did was wrong, but this is a teachable moment and should spark important discussions. Steven Del Duca criticizes Trudeau's actions, but says his...

Promise tracker: What the parties are pitching on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the federal election campaign on Sept. 11. Liberals Sept. 20: Ban all military-style assault rifles and work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns. Create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and have a two-year amnesty while the program is being set...

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh highlights pledge for universal drug coverage

ESSEX, Ont. — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh highlighted his universal pharmacare pledge today, saying everyone should have access to the medications they need. The New Democrats are proposing to spend $10 billion a year to ensure that all necessary medication is free at the point of care. Singh, who was in the southern Ontario town of Essex, near Windsor, says the...

Trudeau pledges tougher gun control as he tries to get campaign back on track

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to ban all military-style assault rifles as part of a broader gun-control plan that will also take steps towards restricting and banning handguns. Trudeau is making the pledge in Toronto as he tries to get his campaign back on track after apologizing for wearing blackface years ago. The Liberals also pledge to work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict — or ban — handguns. Trudeau is making the...

Ontario Liberal caucus will soon drop to five as Lalonde wins federal nomination

OTTAWA — Ontario's provincial Liberal caucus will soon drop to five, after one of its members won the nomination to run for an Ottawa seat in next month's federal election. Marie-France Lalonde was named late Thursday night as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Orleans, the same riding she currently holds provincially. A spokeswoman says Lalonde is expected to resign...

Where the party leaders are Friday

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Friday, Sept. 20. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released.   Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Toronto, Ont. 10:30 — Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites, 175 Wynford Dr. (announcement and availability)   Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer Saint John, N.B. 9 a.m. — University of New Brunswick, 100 Tucker Park Rd. (announcement and availability) Saint Andrews,...

Conservatives promise to spend $1.5 billion to buy new medical imaging equipment

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to spend $1.5 billion to buy new medical imaging equipment for facilities across the country. Scheer says a Conservative government would buy MRI and CT machines to replace aging ones, which he says would reduce wait times for those tests. He cites a Conference Board of Canada report that found there...

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