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Karl Nerenberg | Justin Trudeau gets attention just for being himself, and, especially, standing fully clothed in a swimming pool. Even smart folks can wax enthusiastic about the callow and shallow Liberal leader.
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Karl Nerenberg | The Harper government will introduce a Fiscal Update that includes tax cuts, mostly of the boutique kind. First, it will table the next budget implementation bill that will likely have some surprises.
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Karl Nerenberg | NDPers proposes a program to create a million child care spaces at the end of eight years, costing the federal government $1.90 billion. It’s a big number; but they argue it will boost the economy.
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Karl Nerenberg | The war against the Islamic State may seem like a 'noble' exercise. It happens, however, as the result of a series of bad policies that started with the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
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Karl Nerenberg | Prime Minister Harper will announce an expanded military role for Canada in Iraq on Friday. Even some Conservatives have doubts about that, and it is politically tricky for both the NDP and Liberals.
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Karl Nerenberg | The Conservatives voted down an NDP motion that would have given the Speaker the authority to compel government MPs to stick to the subject in QP. NDP loss -- what about the impact on public opinion?
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Karl Nerenberg | The NDP's motion to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour was an opportunity to talk about poor Canadians. Conservatives touted their economic record. Some Liberals gushed over their leader.
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Karl Nerenberg | The House is in session and politicians will have to deal with actual legislation. Some say such 'substance' doesn't matter; winning votes is all about image. The NDP will try to prove them wrong.
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Karl Nerenberg | To take a poll and then base political coverage on the results is bottom-feeding journalism and bad for a healthy, policy-based democratic dialogue. It happens too often in Canada.
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Karl Nerenberg | Polls put the Liberals ahead nationally, with the NDP in third place. Polls based in Quebec tell a very different story about the federal voting intentions of francophone Quebeckers.
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Karl Nerenberg | NDP MPs housed Parliamentary staff in Montreal and elsewhere. Other parties want to make this into a scandal. Not much there; except, perhaps, for what NDPers said to the Clerk of the Commons.
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Karl Nerenberg | Ontario NDP Leader Horwath precipitated an election over a budget with which many NDP supporters agree. Trudeau's federal Liberals joined Harper's troops to attack Mulcair's NDP on a tiny thing. Why?