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For rookie Liberal MP Arif Virani, his government's ambitious plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees - and the backlash it has engendered in the...

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Because this is Canada, the backlash begins in the most polite of fashions. But make no mistake, a backlash against Justin Trudeau's plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to this country is taking root and seems certain to build.

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The Conservatives' defeat on Oct. 19 will not go down in history as the worst electoral beating the party has ever endured, but it has driven Canada's conservative movement further into the political wilderness than at any other time in its recent history.

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When power flips in the capital, everything turns upside down. To the victor, the parade, the adulation, everything but the rose petals. To the vanquished, the freight entrance. And so it was Thursday when a jaunty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loped into his first caucus meeting to cheers and Stephen Harper returned to the House of Commons via the door reserved for recycling.

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A few weeks after receiving 70.2 per cent of the vote in the Sturgeon River-Parkland election race, Conservative MP Rona Ambrose received the nod to serve the Conservative Party of Canada as Interim Leader. Ambrose was first elected to Parliament in the 2004 federal election and served as Minister of Health in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government before the fall general election.

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Canada's progressive majority got its act together on Monday and ushered Stephen Harper out with a vengeance. In the process, they brought their own resolution to the problem of vote splitting on the left of the Conservatives, steamrolling the NDP to hand Justin Trudeau the first Liberal majority victory in 15 years.

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Conservative candidate Rona Ambrose will be returning to Ottawa to serve another run in the House of Commons after receiving 70.2 per cent of the vote in Monday’s federal election. Ambrose was first elected to Parliament in the 2004 federal election and swept Sturgeon River-Parkland Monday.

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Our neighbours to the south have a name for a late-campaign jolt, the legendary "October surprise." Here in Canada, this year, we have been visited by the "October ghosts" in the campaign's final hours. For Justin Trudeau, a stunning lapse in judgment by his campaign co-chair can cause real damage to a surging campaign, particularly in Quebec. Thursday, Trudeau was fighting off the ghosts of Liberal scandals past.

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The most passionate pushback on Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's twin hot-button election issues is coming from his own backyard. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi's outspoken criticism of the Conservative leader's court appeal on the issue of niqabs at citizenship ceremonies and the stripping of citizenship from convicted terrorists in many ways pulls back the curtain on the Alberta that elected him as mayor of its largest city and handed a huge provincial majority to New Democrat Rachel Notley.

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Candidates assemble on the stage ahead of Wednesday night's election forum. - Lucie Roy Photo videography by Stephen Dafoe About 55 residents and 10 media came...