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Singh would not support Conservatives if NDP holds the balance of power after fall election

If the fall election results in a minority government and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds the balance of power, he says he would not support the Conservative Party's agenda. Singh's comments came in response to a video of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer from 2005. In the video, Scheer is seen delivering a speech in the House of Commons detailing the reasons for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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The Conservatives are calling the Liberal's move a sign of "desperation'. Nonetheless, the video prompted many responses from people who vehemently disagree with Andrew Scheer. Jagmeet Singh is trying to prop up his party who many feel will do poorly at the polls in the election.

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Pompeo attacks Chine for detaining 2 Canadians during Ottawa visit

Canada will have the support of the United States until the two Canadians detained in China "are returned to their families," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised Thursday while on a visit to Ottawa.

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Pompeo says the U.S. is 'focused' on helping release detained Canadians in China

The U.S. government is working "diligently" to help release the two Canadian men detained in China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday while on a visit to Ottawa.

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The Chinese will not be pleased by Pompeo's words. They have recently made public remarks towards Canada, urging them not to meddle and today's meeting will do nothing to de-escalate tensions. We will wait and see whether or not any progress was made towards the ratification of NAFTA 2.0.

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Liberals shut down motion to allow Ethics Commissioner to testify

Liberal MPs flexed their majority in a House of Commons ethics committee Wednesday by rejecting an opposition bid to further probe the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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Nathaniel Erskine-Smith was the lone Liberal to vote in support of the motion to allow Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion to testify. Opposition MPs called on the Prime Minister to respect the rule of law and torched the coziness of SNC-Lavalin's relationship with the Canadian government.

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Trans Mountain Pipeline mobilizes workforce to start pipeline expansion

The federally owned Trans Mountain Corporation said Wednesday it has issued "notice to proceed" directives to construction contractors, mobilizing the workforce it needs to expand the pipeline.

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The controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project will have shovels in the ground by the end of 2019. The Prime Minister will welcome this news on a day where opposition MPs have the spotlight to call him out for inappropriately pressuring his former attorney-general and justice minister.

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Singh would not support Conservatives if NDP holds the balance of power after fall election

If the fall election results in a minority government and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds the balance of power, he says he would not support the Conservative Party's agenda. Singh's comments came in response to a video of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer from 2005. In the video, Scheer is seen delivering a speech in the House of Commons detailing the reasons for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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The Conservatives are calling the Liberal's move a sign of "desperation'. Nonetheless, the video prompted many responses from people who vehemently disagree with Andrew Scheer. Jagmeet Singh is trying to prop up his party who many feel will do poorly at the polls in the election.

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Ex-NDP MP Pierre Nantel will run as a Green Party candidate in the fall

The Quebec MP, elected under the NDP banner in 2011 and 2015, announced today that he would run for the Green party in his riding of Longueuil–Saint-Hubert, located across the St. Lawrence from Montreal. On Friday, the NDP removed Nantel as its candidate in Longueuil–Saint-Hubert after claiming to have confirmed reports that he was in negotiations with another party about running for them.

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The NDP's odds in Quebec continue to get worse as they lose an MP to the Green Party. Elizabeth May said she has been speaking to Nantel for about a year and today's announcement was the culmination of those discussions. Next up for Nantel: win his seat, this time as a Green.

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Tom Mulcair: An 'unseemly performance' by ethics committee

Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair discusses the ethics committee voting down a motion to hear from Mario Dion on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Airdate: Aug 21, 2019

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Scheer promises to make EI maternity, parental benefits tax-free

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will make Employment Insurance maternity and paternity benefits tax free, if his party wins the next election.

Airdate: Aug 20, 2019

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Conservatives offer media outlets cheaper access to Scheer's campaign tour

The Conservative Party is offering media organizations a reduced price to cover Andrew Scheer's campaign ahead of the upcoming federal election.

Airdate: Aug 19, 2019

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Environmental charities warned that saying climate change is real could be seen as partisan

Elections Canada warned some environmental charities that promoting climate change as real or an emergency during the upcoming federal campaign could be deemed partisan activity.

Airdate: Aug 19, 2019
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The international community will turn its attention towards Biarritz, France this weekend as leaders of the G7 countries arrive for deliberations amidst global economic uncertainties. The Prime Minister is expected to urge his counterparts to ramp up the global fight against climate change.

On the campaign trail: NDP MP Niki Ashton will hold a press conference on the Hill this afternoon calling on the government to provide better healthcare services to the Island Lake region. Meanwhile, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is in Sault Ste. Marie for a funding announcement.

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The House of Commons Ethics Committee, on which the governing Liberals hold the most seats, voted down a proposal by opposition parties to further probe the SNC-Lavalin affair. The proposal would have involved hearing from federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion and up to nine witnesses (who have not been identified) who have been prevented from offering some testimony because of cabinet confidentiality. www.theglobeandmail.com

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