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National Column: Power shift turns Ottawa on its head

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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Local News

Ambrose selected as Conservative interim leader

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. […]

Local News

Ambrose to return to Ottawa

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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National Column: October ghosts’ haunt Liberals, Tories

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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National Column: Fighting politics of fear in PM’s backyard

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. […]