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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
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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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| April 20, 2015

What has happened to Canada?: Speaking with Omar Khadr from prison

In May 2013, my son Kiran and I boarded a plane from Amsterdam to Toronto with a dual purpose. First, after months of exchanging letters with Omar Khadr, we were going to visit him in Millhaven Institution, where he was incarcerated following 11 years of mistreatment in Guantanamo Bay. Secondly we wanted to understand why Canadian citizens allowed this ongoing atrocity.

What had happened to this country with once high standards on human rights?

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April 20, 2015 |
Tomorrow's federal budget may deliver a surplus but it will fall short on delivering solutions to many of the problems Canadians are facing.

How can progressives stop Harper this federal election?

The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

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rabble.ca and Canadian Dimension will be hosting renowned cognitive linguist and author George Lakoff in Toronto this Saturday April 18 for an inspiring all-day symposium. For tickets to this exclusive event, please register here.

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| April 16, 2015
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