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| December 10, 2014
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What happens when oil prices go down instead of up

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Luck plays a part in any political career. Napoleon famously asked of a general recommended to him for his military prowess: "so he is good -- but is he lucky?"

A barrel of oil that was selling in the US$110 range last summer, now sells for less than US$70. That was not the future Stephen Harper and his ruling Conservatives expected when the party leader touted Canada as an energy superpower, based on massive petroleum reserves -- the world's third largest after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela -- locked away in the bitumen sands of Alberta.

But there is good news for the Conservatives in the bad news.

Lower gasoline and heating oil prices will put money into the pockets of strapped Canadian workers, helping to drive up consumption and employment.

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| December 8, 2014
December 8, 2014 |
The purpose of the Conservatives' Bill C-21 -- the so-called "red tape reduction act" -- is to eliminate one regulation for every regulation created; the one-for-one rule.

Harper's election reforms make voter suppression easier

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In the name of clamping down on "voter fraud," the Conservatives have brought in election reforms that will actually make it easier for voter suppression to go undetected in the future.

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| December 5, 2014

Not Rex: The big con of Harper's public service ads

The Harper government has spent over half a billion dollars on public service ads!

Wait, the Harper government doesn't believe in public service. What gives?

Columnists

Stage is set for more voter fraud in next election

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If you're a low-level political operative, the conviction of Conservative party staffer Michael Sona for his role in the robocall scandal may well have deterred you from committing voter fraud in the future.

But if you're a high-level political operative, the outcome of Sona's trial probably left you emboldened.

With a federal election looming, the stage is set for more voter fraud. But this time there's very little chance we'll ever find out about it, due to changes the Conservatives have made in Canada's election laws.

What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC

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The CBC, and particularly CBC Radio, is easily Canada's most important cultural and public interest institution.

I say this not so much as someone who worked at the Corporation during the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s but, like so many other people, a kid who was brought up in a home that was always watching and listening to the CBC.

Residing in a small village in Nova Scotia, we greatly appreciated the voices and images, ranging from Clive Gilmore's 40-year run of Gilmour's Albums on radio to the hard-nosed journalism of Norman DePoe on TV.

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Changes to Live-in Caregivers Program harm workers

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Immigration Minister Chris Alexander's changes to the Live-In Caregivers program will harm caregivers. So, several groups have united in opposition to the changes to show a united front.

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