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| April 24, 2015

The five biggest outrages from the Conservative budget

Among the many galling, short-sighted, and ultimately destructive components of this federal budget, here are five that stand out.

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| April 21, 2015
Stephen Harper in Saskatoon, March 2015
| April 21, 2015
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| April 21, 2015
Finance Minister Joe Oliver in January 2015 (CC 2.0)
| April 21, 2015

Budget 2015: Three things you need to know before you read Harper's budget

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Today the Harper government will announce its budget. Here's three things you need to know first.

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| April 21, 2015

Trudeau says yes to Liberal-Conservative silent partnership

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With a federal election scheduled next October 19, the current outlook is that it will produce a minority parliament. While it is possible for either the NDP, the Conservatives, or the Liberals to win an outright majority, none of the three have been polling in majority territory.

Without a majority winner, the party that elects the most members of Parliament will be asked to form a government.

If the Conservatives win more of the 338 seats to be contested than any other party, Stephen Harper can stay on as prime minister -- unless the opposition parties chose to defeat his minority government on a motion of confidence. The earliest opportunity to do that would be the Speech from the Throne that opens a new session of parliament.


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Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Afghanistan in 2009, enjoying a Tim Hortons cof
| April 20, 2015
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