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By DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Page B4
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-- Public Policy Forum fellow and former Ontario deputy minister of infrastructure. His PPF report, Building the Future: Strategic Infrastructure for Long-Term Growth, was published last fall.What's the difference between government and a bank? As the old joke goes, they both take your money but only the bank gives it back.  FULL STORY arrow
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Healthy surplus isn't enough to drive economy, officials say space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, October 14, 2004 – Page A7
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-- The Finance Department brain trust loves to recount the gasp elicited from international counterparts at a conference some months ago with a simple graph setting out, in black and red, just how different Canada's fiscal situation is from other major industrialized countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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Throne Speech not presumptuous space
Canadians want Parliament to rise above partisanship, Clarkson reads
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By DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 – Page A7
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-- Twenty-five years ago this week, Canada's last minority government presented its only Speech from the Throne, and planted the seeds of its demise.Like Paul Martin, then prime minister Joe Clark had won a spring election. To read his Throne Speech now -- presented by Governor-General Ed Schreyer on Oct. 9, 1979 -- is to recognize how much has changed, and how little. And how inherently unstable a minority government can be.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals pushing Arctic agenda space
Throne Speech aimed at protecting sovereignty, sources say
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, October 4, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin's government will propose in tomorrow's Speech from the Throne a new Northern strategy aimed at protecting sovereignty over the Canadian Arctic through sustainable development initiatives coupled with efforts to build ''circumpolar'' co-operation with other northern nations, sources say.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clarkson's term extension shaping up to be hectic space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, October 1, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Adrienne Clarkson has known for about three weeks that she will be spending an extra year in Rideau Hall beyond the governor-general's traditional five-year term. Her problem since that meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin is that she's been doing a little less at Rideau Hall than she would like.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clarkson gets an extra year space
Facing an unstable Parliament, PM asks her to stay as Governor-General
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, September 30, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Adrienne Clarkson, the controversial Governor-General who will mark her fifth anniversary next week, will continue in her post until September, 2005, after being asked to stay on by Prime Minister Paul Martin, sources say.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ministers fear Throne Speech will underplay economic policy space
Ottawa will emphasize plans to act quickly on cities, national childcare, officials say
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By DREW FAGAN AND JANE TABER
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- The Martin government's second Speech from the Throne, with an emphasis on daycare and cities reflecting the leftward tilt of the Liberal campaign platform, is arousing concern among some ministers that not enough attention will be paid to the economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Regulatory differences hurt economy: panel space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, September 24, 2004 – Page A4
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-- A myriad of small differences in the way Canada and other countries regulate their products and services, from drug approvals to antiperspirant packaging, holds back Canada's trade-intensive economy and points to a need for greater cross-border co-ordination, according to a federal blue-chip panel.  FULL STORY arrow
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Brison to outline selloff today after project gets backing from cabinet ccommittees
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By DREW FAGAN AND JANE TABER
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- The Martin government is considering a massive selloff of federally owned buildings as a key step toward finding billions of dollars that can be diverted to health care, urban infrastructure and other core programs.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM pulls out a deal space
The medicare summit: $18-billion backroom accord caps stormy health-care talks
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By BRIAN LAGHI, CAMPBELL CLARK AND DREW FAGAN
Thursday, September 16, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin and Canada's premiers and territorial leaders struck a deal last night worth $18-billion over six years to reform medicare, after a day-long closed-door bargaining session, sources say.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM pulls out a deal space
The medicare summit: $18-billion backroom accord caps stormy health-care talks
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By BRIAN LAGHI, CAMPBELL CLARK AND DREW FAGAN
Thursday, September 16, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin and Canada's premiers and territorial leaders signed a deal early this morning worth $18-billion over six years to reform medicare after a day-long closed-door bargaining session.  FULL STORY arrow
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Medicare pact closer after backroom talks space
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By BRIAN LAGHI, DREW FAGAN, CAMPBELL CLARK
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- The federal and provincial governments were moving closer to a deal on health care in private backroom talks yesterday despite remaining wide apart in public.The provinces unveiled a revamped proposal -- $36.5-billion over six years -- that was triple the cost of Ottawa's plan.  FULL STORY arrow
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Premiers blast PM's 'silly' offer space
Medicare summit, Day 1: Klein is gone and Martin is accused of math trickery as Ottawa values its plan at $58-billion
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By BRIAN LAGHI, DREW FAGAN, CAMPBELL CLARK
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- The federal government moved yesterday to fulfill Paul Martin's pledge to fix medicare for a decade with a 10-year plan it says would put $58-billion into provincial coffers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa set to offer $13-billion for health space
Several premiers criticize federal tactics as first ministers begin meetings today
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Monday, September 13, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Ottawa is offering the provinces a 10-year plan to shore up the health-care system, including about $13-billion through the first six years and annual 5-per-cent increases to keep up with inflation and soaring medicare costs, provincial officials have told The Globe and Mail.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadians put faith in premiers, poll finds space
But support divided on pharmacare plan
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, September 11, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Canadians have more faith in the premiers than Prime Minister Paul Martin to provide quality health care, but most have little confidence that Ottawa and the provinces will strike a deal at next week's summit to improve those services, according to a new poll.  FULL STORY arrow
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Optimism grows as health talks heat up space
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Friday, September 10, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Ottawa and the provinces intensified talks yesterday over the Liberal government's goal to set national ''benchmarks'' on how long Canadians should have to wait for certain medical procedures, amid renewed optimism after Paul Martin suggested he is willing to be flexible in the details of those targets.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin government looks at fund to move the sick around the country to reduce waiting times
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- The Martin government is considering a substantial fund to make it easier for patients to receive treatment outside their home province as Ottawa focuses on reducing wait times as its key goal at next week's first ministers meeting.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa puts transfer payments in play space
Officials signal willingness to boost funds for have-not provinces under health deal
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By BRIAN LAGHI, DREW FAGAN
Saturday, September 4, 2004 – Page A7
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OTTAWA -- As part of a deal to fix medicare, Ottawa is willing to discuss sweetening the equalization program that transfers financial help to the have-not provinces, provincial sources have told The Globe and Mail.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Ottawa is prepared to sweeten its election promise of billions in additional health-care dollars if the provinces agree to follow certain principles in spending the money, The Globe and Mail has learned.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN AND JEFF SALLOT
Tuesday, August 17, 2004 – Page A4
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OTTAWA -- Defeated Liberal cabinet minister Helene Scherrer will soon be named to a senior position in Paul Martin's office, senior sources close to the Prime Minister say.According to one scenario, Ms. Scherrer will take over as principal secretary from Francis Fox, adding a high-profile francophone to a PMO that some Liberals say is in need of more francophones at the top. Mr. Fox, a fluently bilingual Montrealer and former minister, reportedly wants out of the PMO pressure cooker for family reasons.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ouellet's legacy draws questions space
Some ex-colleagues say others played big role in improved postal service
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, August 13, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Behind the luxurious dining room on the executive floor of Canada Post's headquarters in suburban Ottawa is an anteroom that testifies to Andre Ouellet's legacy, a smoking chamber where he'd relax during the business day and puff on an expensive cigar.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM cool to national drug plan premiers proposed space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, August 13, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin poured cold water on the premiers' proposal for a broad-based national pharmacare program yesterday, suggesting concern about its affordability.Federal officials emphasized last night that Mr. Martin isn't dismissing out of hand the suggestion, made last month at the premiers' annual meeting, but noted that the Liberal government continues to focus on the creation of a public drug plan to cover catastrophic costs incurred by individuals and families.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tiff with Spain is the least of Canada's trade problems space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, August 12, 2004 – Page A4
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-- The U.S. Congress quietly approved a free-trade deal with Australia yesterday that provides, on Day 1, for mutual tariff-free access in almost all manufactured products. Meanwhile, a Canada-Australia pact is barely contemplated.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada opens door for missile shield space
Graham insists role in ballistic defence not inevitable despite new NORAD deal
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, August 6, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Canada and the United States have expanded military co-operation in a possible precursor to Ottawa joining the U.S. missile-defence program, though Defence Minister Bill Graham insisted yesterday that the Liberal government remains ''a long way'' from deciding whether to take that major step.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM's cabinet dilemma: How to balance city, rural representation space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, July 2, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin is expected to take about two weeks to name his cabinet as he ponders the challenges of putting together a regionally balanced team from a reduced caucus heavy with representation from the country's three major cities and Atlantic Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Regional animosity lives on space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, July 1, 2004 – Page A9
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-- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper need only glance at the July 1 survey produced by the Centre for Research and Information on Canada to know where his election campaign went off the rails. And Liberal Leader Paul Martin need only glance at it to know that he faces a huge challenge in governing a Balkanized country.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin rules out coalition space
The election: Remarkable newcomers head for the Commons and PM says he'll make his minority work
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By CAMPBELL CLARK AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin said yesterday there will be no talks toward a formal coalition with the NDP or other opposition parties, insisting he has a ''stable'' minority government and can move forward on his Liberal agenda.  FULL STORY arrow
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How Martin came back from brink space
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Paul Martin told an old friend last summer -- a Tory of long political experience -- that his advisers thought a historic landslide of 220 seats was within his grasp. And his golfing partner that day didn't disagree.  FULL STORY arrow
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How Martin came back from brink space
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Paul Martin told an old friend last summer -- a Tory of long political experience -- that his advisers thought a historic landslide of 220 seats was within his grasp. And his golfing partner that day didn't disagree.  FULL STORY arrow
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ANALYSIS: Today's election will be historic if, as expected, smaller political parties for the first time reap about a third of the votes cast, DREW FAGAN writes
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, June 28, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Voters could go to bed tonight still not knowing which party has won the election, but it already seems clear which have lost: the Liberals and the Conservatives.The country's two dominant parties appear destined, unless every election-eve poll is wrong, to win between them no more than two-thirds of the ballots cast.  FULL STORY arrow
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How the Liberals came to grips with Tory tide space
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, June 26, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The mood was downcast nine days ago when the Liberal Party's senior strategists gathered for their 7 a.m. meeting in the election ''war room'' two blocks from Parliament Hill. The morning papers arrayed around them were brutal, suggesting Liberal Leader Paul Martin was headed for defeat.  FULL STORY arrow
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With the election three days away, a new poll shows the main parties neck-and-neck. The implication: a deeply fractured Parliament
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, June 25, 2004 – Page A1
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-- LIBERALS: 32%, CONSERVATIVES: 31%, NDP: 17%Ontario: Liberals: 38%, Conservatives: 34%, New Democrats 20%The Liberals and Conservatives are in a virtual dead heat heading into Monday's election -- a situation likely to produce a deeply fractured Parliament and the most unstable government Canada has had in decades.  FULL STORY arrow
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Arar commission focuses on Harper's comments space
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By DREW FAGAN AND COLIN FREEZE
Thursday, June 24, 2004 – Page A8
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OTTAWA -- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper found himself the sudden focus of attention at the Arar inquiry yesterday, after his intimations that he'd been told by Canadian authorities that Maher Arar's deportation ''was appropriate'' brought forth demands that he testify about what he knows.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals take six-point lead space
The election: Tories lose ground, Harper considers a new tack, and a coveted group of voters speak up
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, June 22, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Liberal Party has vaulted back into the lead in the federal election, apparently helped along by the Conservatives' campaign troubles, according to a new poll conducted over the weekend.  FULL STORY arrow
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Election about the importance of being earnest space
Less to fight about than there appears as leaders strive for show of sincerity
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, June 21, 2004 – Page A6
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-- And so, the most important election in Canadian history -- to quote Liberal Leader Paul Martin -- may come down to who hates child pornography most. Or, more precisely, whether the Liberals or the Conservatives are most adept at appearing to be sincere about the issue.  FULL STORY arrow
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Conservatives 32%, Liberals 29%, poll shows space
Key to victory lies with party able to get the vote out, Ipsos-Reid president says
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, June 19, 2004 – Page A4
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-- The federal election campaign appears headed toward a close finish as voting patterns stabilize after this week's leadership debates, with the Conservative Party holding a slight lead over the Liberals.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper works on Quebec votes space
To ensure voice for province, Harper won't rule out a cabinet that includes senators
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Friday, June 18, 2004 – Page A9
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MONTREAL, OTTAWA -- Stephen Harper wouldn't close the door yesterday to appointing a non-elected Quebecker to a Conservative cabinet, as backroom manoeuvring accelerated over the makeup of a possible government.Mr. Harper, campaigning in Quebec yesterday, refused on several occasions to rule out reaching into the Senate or into the private sector to ensure a voice for the province in a Conservative government.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals target Klein, Mulroney space
Liberal attack ads invoke his name as a scare tactic
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, June 18, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Liberals are dragging former Tory prime minister Brian Mulroney into the election fray, in a change of tactics aimed at attacking Stephen Harper's fiscal plan.In a new advertising offensive, the Liberals charge that Mr. Harper would turn back the clock to the high-deficit years under Mr. Mulroney with a plan that spells disaster.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper talks of transition of power space
Newly confident Conservative Leader now speaks openly of winning majority
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Thursday, June 17, 2004 – Page A4
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NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. AND OTTAWA -- Stephen Harper spoke confidently yesterday of the transfer of power in Ottawa from the Liberals to Conservatives, as the federal bureaucracy gears up its own planning for a possible change of government.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 – Page A4
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-- They are Ontario cities that were solidly Liberal in the past three elections, but they're the next focus of Liberal Leader Paul Martin's campaign, and that speaks volumes about the growing troubles he faces.  FULL STORY arrow
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Debate exposes key differences on protecting minority rights space
Leaders split deeply on rights as campaign endgame begins
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By HEATHER SCOFFIELD AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- The second round in the pre-election debates exposed deep differences between the front-runners, with Liberal Leader Paul Martin and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper locking horns over how to protect minority rights, how to improve child care, and how Canada should run its foreign policy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Debate exposes key differences on protecting minority rights space
Martin puts focus on Charter but can't slow Harper's surge
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By HEATHER SCOFFIELD AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- The second round in the pre-election debates exposed deep differences between the front-runners, with Liberal Leader Paul Martin and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper locking horns over how to protect minority rights, how to improve child care, and how Canada should run its foreign policy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tories edge ahead in new poll space
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, June 15, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Conservative Party has taken a narrow lead in the federal election campaign and appears headed toward winning a solid minority government amid weakening support for the Liberals, according to a new poll.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada's heritage is at risk, Liberals warn space
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, June 14, 2004 – Page A4
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-- A Conservative government would eviscerate Canadian culture by ending its fundamental protections and leaving control of the airwaves to the likes of global media baron Rupert Murdoch, the Liberal Party charges.  FULL STORY arrow
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Voters face 'profound choice,' Martin says space
In a blazing salvo, the Liberal Leader warns Canadians face a stark contrast
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, June 12, 2004 – Page A1
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TORONTO -- Down in the polls and acknowledging he could be defeated, Liberal Leader Paul Martin sought to turn his campaign around yesterday by charging that the Conservatives would reverse the Liberals' most important successes of the past decade.  FULL STORY arrow
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Confident Harper talks majority space
The Liberals: Martin plans to emphasize his successes as finance minister and let the anti-Harper ads speak for themselves
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By DREW FAGAN, CAMPBELL CLARK
Friday, June 11, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- As new Liberal ads attack the credibility of Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Paul Martin is expected to take a different tone today by placing renewed emphasis on his years of success as finance minister -- bending to concerns that the Liberal campaign has unwisely steered clear of the party's record in office over the past decade.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, June 10, 2004 – Page A7
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SAVANNAH, GA. -- He came to the G8 summit of major industrialized nations hoping for a political boost in a tightly fought campaign, and he got just what he needed.Unfortunately for Prime Minister Paul Martin, who has 18 days left in a 36-day campaign to win over voters, it's U.S. President George W. Bush whose campaign got new momentum -- from the unanimous United Nations resolution on Iraq.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bishop lashes Martin for abortion stand space
Liberal Leader's 'moral incoherence' a 'source of scandal,' Calgary prelate says
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By STEVEN CHASE, KIM LUNMAN, AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 – Page A4
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OTTAWA and SAVANNAH, GA. -- The Roman Catholic bishop of Calgary is publicly rebuking Prime Minister Paul Martin for what he calls scandalous ''moral incoherence'' on abortion, an issue that has quickly become the hottest subject on the election campaign trail.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. fears unstable Canada space
The election: Martin meets Bush amid concern about minority rule; Tories face uproar on hate crime
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By DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 – Page A1
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SAVANNAH, GA -- The U.S. government is becoming increasingly concerned about political indecision in Canada, fearful that a prolonged period of minority government uncertainty would complicate resolution of crucial bilateral issues such as Canadian participation in the ballistic missile defence program.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEVEN CHASE, DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, June 8, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin decided yesterday not to go to Washington to attend the state funeral of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, two days after his letter of condolence raised eyebrows about whether he is distancing himself from the United States during a hard-fought election campaign.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals reach out to women, Quebec space
Ministers paint Conservative 'moral vision' as potential danger to rights, national unity
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By DREW FAGAN, DANIEL LEBLANC AND JANE TABER,
Monday, June 7, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- A stumbling Liberal Party is reaching out to women voters and changing its Quebec strategy, hopeful that the spectre of a Conservative government likely to disrupt the country's ''social peace'' will turn the tide as the election campaign approaches the midway point.  FULL STORY arrow
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32-31: Liberals cling to lead: poll space
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, June 5, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The federal election is an intense two-horse race with the Liberals and Conservatives in a dead heat as the Liberal Party continues to stumble in the pivotal battleground of Ontario, a new poll suggests.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM plans $5-billion in daycare space
Left-leaning Liberal platform would add 300,000 child-care spaces across Canada
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By CAMPBELL CLARK AND DREW FAGAN
Thursday, June 3, 2004 – Page A1
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WINDSOR, ONT, and OTTAWA -- The federal Liberals will unveil a left-leaning platform today, including a $5-billion promise to create 300,000 licensed child-care spaces and a Pearsonian foreign policy that will open a wedge with the Conservatives.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tories aim for tighter links to U.S. space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, June 3, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Conservative Party is expected to propose that Canada and the United States deepen their ties by moving toward a European-style economic relationship.A version of the Conservative platform, which is to be released on Saturday, states that Canada should ''enhance our NAFTA relationship with the United States.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Surging Conservatives taken by surprise space
Tory says chance of forming government was not 'reasonably expected' by anyone
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By DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 – Page A5
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-- The Conservatives' sudden surge toward potentially forming a government has caught the party brass off guard, posing a big challenge for a smooth transition after 10 years of Liberal government.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Conservative Party has drawn even with the Liberals in the crucial battleground of Ontario as Paul Martin's campaign nosedives, suggesting that either party could emerge from the June 28 election leading a minority government.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, May 31, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Jean Chretien closed his last Liberal caucus retreat last summer with a vow: ''I will do everything to make sure that the new leader will have the best conditions possible to win a fourth consecutive Liberal majority government.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper: Let MPs deploy military space
Tory plan comes as MacKay raises spectre of working with Bloc to maintain minority
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Monday, May 31, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- A Conservative government would give Parliament the right to authorize deployment of Canadian troops to combat and peacekeeping zones under a military package that Stephen Harper will present today.A buoyant Mr. Harper kicks off an aggressive electoral assault on Ontario with the announcement in the military community of Trenton of a $1.6-billion defence package that would see the number of troops rise to 80,000 -- up from the 52,400 that currently make up the forces.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper: Let MPs deploy military space
Tory plan comes as MacKay raises spectre of working with Bloc to maintain minority
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Monday, May 31, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- A Conservative government would give Parliament the right to authorize deployment of Canadian troops to combat and peacekeeping zones under a military package that Stephen Harper will present today.A buoyant Mr. Harper kicks off an aggressive electoral assault on Ontario with the announcement in the military community of Trenton of a $1.6-billion defence package that would see the number of troops rise to 80,000 -- up from the 52,400 that currently make up the forces.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM to unveil Third World initiatives space
Martin to tell G8 of deals to finance programs for health, economic growth
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, May 29, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin plans to unveil international deals he helped forge to finance a final push to eradicate polio and speed Third World development when he takes a break in the middle of the election campaign for the G8 summit of major industrialized countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals stung by McGuinty backlash space
Martin focuses attack on Harper following lacklustre reception on voters' doorsteps
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By CAMPBELL CLARK, JANE TABER, DREW FAGAN
Saturday, May 29, 2004 – Page A1
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CALGARY, OTTAWA -- Paul Martin stepped up the rhetoric against Stephen Harper yesterday, accusing him of hiding his real agenda, amid strong signs Mr. Martin's Liberal Party has lost ground as the campaign's first week draws to a close.  FULL STORY arrow
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Chrétien loyalists sidelined as bitter Liberal rift endures space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, May 27, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Martin government's prospects of victory have been threatened by deep Liberal divisions that are not abating during the election campaign as Chretien loyalists remain on the sidelines, sources say.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin to unveil health-care platform space
Improvements in home care expected to have central role in party's proposal
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By CAMPBELL CLARK AND DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 – Page A4
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SAINT JOHN and OTTAWA -- Liberal Leader Paul Martin is expected to propose an expansion of home care as part of a strategy to reduce hospital costs and provide better quality of life for patients when he unveils his multibillion- dollar health-care platform today.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper not likely to make Martin's Day space
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 – Page A5
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-- He walked out of Rideau Hall on a bright Sunday afternoon having launched a federal election campaign and proclaimed that voters face a stark choice between the Liberal Party's inclusive Canadian values and an ''American-style'' right-wing opposition loyal solely to ''market forces.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin chasing Trudeau's ghost space
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, May 24, 2004 – Page A5
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-- He played fair and he courted the West, but Prime Minister Paul Martin may learn on June 28 that no good turn goes unpunished.Before he took office, his camp foresaw an election that played out like Pierre Trudeau's first run in 1968: a romp to majority victory after the successful handover within the Liberal Party from a shopworn prime minister (Lester Pearson) to a dynamic new leader.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadians find Grits most capable to govern, poll finds space
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, May 24, 2004 – Page A5
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-- The Liberal Party is viewed clearly as the most capable of providing a strong government, but it has an uphill struggle to convince Quebeckers that it looks out for the province's interests, according to a Globe and Mail/CTV poll.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals rattled by decline in Ontario space
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By CAMPBELL CLARK , DREW FAGAN, JANE TABER
Saturday, May 22, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Liberal confidence in Prime Minister Paul Martin's plan to call an election tomorrow was shaken yesterday as party support in opinion polls took a drop, including a substantial dip in Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tough times for the PMO space
The architects of Martin's rise to power knew how to win; their toughest task now is to survive the string of recent crises, JANE TABER and DREW FAGAN write
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By JANE TABER AND DREW FAGAN
Saturday, May 22, 2004 – Page A3
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OTTAWA -- Just before 8 o'clock on Thursday morning, the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Tim Murphy, placed a call to an Ontario MP.Mr. Murphy, according to Liberal sources, informed the MP that Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan was about to announce changes to the $1-billion gun registry. The MP had been a critic of it for years.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals losing the initiative on health care space
Tories, NDP gaining ground in pivotal election issue, new Globe/CTV poll finds
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, May 22, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Most Canadians think the Martin government is calling an election for cynical reasons of self-interest, a Globe and Mail/CTV poll suggests. It finds voters divided over which party provides the best plan to deal with the top issue, health care.  FULL STORY arrow
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Poll finds voters jaded and volatile space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, May 21, 2004 – Page A1
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin is heading into an election campaign facing a skeptical public that generally believes the Liberal Party is corrupt, and that the nation's interests would be best served by a minority government or even a change of the party in power.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN AND JANE TABER
Thursday, May 20, 2004 – Page A7
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OTTAWA -- The federal government plans to announce a package of changes to the controversial gun registry today, including a commitment to cap annual costs and eliminate fees.Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, who is responsible for the package, is to make the announcement this morning in her home city of Edmonton, accompanied by Treasury Board President Reg Alcock.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JANE TABER AND DREW FAGAN
Thursday, May 20, 2004 – Page A5
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OTTAWA -- Dr. Atkins' diet craze has hit the Liberal campaign plane: Prime Minister Paul Martin is serving up low-carbohydrate meal options to reporters and strategists travelling with him during the five-week campaign that is expected to begin Sunday.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, May 20, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Martin government appears on track to win a solid majority in the election expected to be called Sunday, but just a small change in fortunes in the key battleground of Ontario would plunge the Liberals into minority territory, according to a new Globe and Mail/CTV poll.  FULL STORY arrow
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Cabinet squabble stalls overhaul of gun registry space
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By JANE TABER AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- A package of reforms aimed at revamping the $1-billion gun registry has been before cabinet for more than a month, stalled by ministerial wrangling, although a last-minute push is under way to try to announce changes within days.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bono's perfect pitch in harmony with PM space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, May 13, 2004 – Page A4
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-- It is, by most accounts, less a friendship and more a strategic partnership - one that Bono has developed with a handful of international leaders, especially Paul Martin and the British duo of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada to push world on AIDS space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, May 13, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The federal government will now press other Western nations to follow its lead in providing a big boost for the global fight against AIDS, a commitment that brought rock star Bono to Ottawa yesterday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bono backs Martin's AIDS push space
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By DREW FAGAN AND STEPHANIE NOLEN
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA and JOHANNESBURG -- The Martin government will double its support for the major international AIDS fund today, a decision that is drawing rock star Bono to the Ottawa symposium where the Prime Minister will make his second major announcement in the fight against AIDS in three days.  FULL STORY arrow
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Leaders begin campaign countdown space
With election call likely within two weeks, NDP eyes PM's vow to recruit more women
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, May 10, 2004 – Page A4
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-- NDP Leader Jack Layton plans to attack Prime Minister Paul Martin today over his record at bringing female candidates into the Liberal fold, as the three national leaders begin the countdown to an election campaign that could begin in 10 days.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa hits foreign fish 'pirates' space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, May 7, 2004 – Page A1
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-- The Martin government vowed yesterday to crack down on foreign fishing ships it accuses of catching endangered species illegally, but the sudden publicity over the boarding of five vessels just beyond Canada's 200-mile limit brought charges of electioneering.  FULL STORY arrow
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Honour for Boutros-Ghali sparks debate space
Naming to Order of Canada fuels questions about role in UN during Rwandan genocide
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, May 6, 2004 – Page A6
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-- The federal government announced yesterday that it is giving a rare honour to former United Nations secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, sparking renewed controversy over his flawed leadership during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bush backs open border for beef space
Raises hopes mad-cow crisis will end soon
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, May 1, 2004 – Page A1
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George W. Bush committed himself yesterday to getting the border open to Canadian cattle as quickly as possible, raising hopes that the mad-cow crisis will soon be over as he sent Prime Minister Paul Martin home with a small political gift.  FULL STORY arrow
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Poll points to election in early summer space
June 28 circled as Liberal support stalled in Quebec
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By BRIAN LAGHI, CAMPBELL CLARK AND DREW FAGAN
Saturday, May 1, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA, WASHINGTON -- Federal Liberals are looking toward an early summer election, with the hope their support in Quebec will soon match a bounce among Ontario voters that appeared in a new poll, putting the party back in majority-government territory.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM's plan pushes UN to sidelines space
Martin proposes new global leaders' forum on eve of White House meeting with Bush
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, April 30, 2004 – Page A1
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WASHINGTON -- Prime Minister Paul Martin pressed forward yesterday with his plan for a global-leaders forum to solve the world's thorniest problems, giving short shrift to the United Nations as he did so.  FULL STORY arrow
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Decision to join missile shield already made, opposition says space
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By STEVEN CHASE AND DREW FAGAN
Friday, April 30, 2004 – Page A6
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OTTAWA; WASHINGTON -- Opposition parties accused the Martin government of hiding its agenda to embrace the U.S. missile defence shield after revelations the Liberals have agreed to sign on to a project that paves the way for participation in the broader program.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin government will sign Bush's missile-warning program space
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, April 29, 2004 – Page A1
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WASHINGTON -- The Martin government has agreed to sign on to an aerospace early-warning system for North America, smoothing the path for almost certain participation in the U.S. missile defence shield -- but the Liberals had hoped to keep it under wraps until after a federal election expected in June.  FULL STORY arrow
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Delegation, expectations large for Washington visit space
Cross-border pollution among the issues on the agenda when Martin, Bush meet
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By DREW FAGAN
Thursday, April 29, 2004 – Page A12
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WASHINGTON -- It's the epicentre of global power, but the Oval Office isn't all that big and that's posing a problem for tomorrow's meeting between Prime Minister Paul Martin and U.S. President George W. Bush. Or, more precisely, for their two delegations.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 – Page A7
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-- As the Liberal cabinet gathered at 24 Sussex Dr. last night to discuss legislative priorities and election strategy, there were those who might be forgiven for worrying about themselves first and foremost. The slump in Liberal support nationally has translated for some into newfound vulnerability in the coming election. Ottawa Bureau Chief DREW FAGAN highlights five ministers at risk of defeat.  FULL STORY arrow
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By HEATHER SCOFFIELD AND DREW FAGAN
Monday, April 26, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- Paul Martin will gather with his cabinet over dinner tonight to discuss the timing of the federal election, and he'll be able to boast of the support of an unlikely new ally: former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.  FULL STORY arrow
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Martin, Bush urged to discuss 'NAFTA plus' space
Canadian and U.S. business associations entreat PM, President ahead of meeting
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By DREW FAGAN
Monday, April 26, 2004 – Page A7
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-- Two major Canadian and U.S. business organizations are joining forces to press Paul Martin and George W. Bush to kick-start a ''NAFTA-plus'' agenda at their White House meeting this Friday, a step the Prime Minister is considering.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bush visit out space
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By DREW FAGAN
Saturday, April 24, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Prolonged uncertainty over the timing of a Canadian election has eliminated any possibility of George W. Bush making a state visit to Canada during his presidential term, Washington suggested yesterday as Prime Minister Paul Martin prepares for his own trip to the U.S. capital next week.  FULL STORY arrow
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National security policy to broaden strategy space
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By DREW FAGAN
Friday, April 23, 2004 – Page A4
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-- The federal government intends to press forward with two major initiatives with the United States -- a new ''smart-border'' strategy and closer alignment of maritime anti-terrorism efforts -- as part of a new national security policy to be released next Tuesday.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM summons cabinet to talk about election space
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By JANE TABER, DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 – Page A6
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OTTAWA -- Paul Martin heightened election speculation yesterday by summoning his cabinet to an extraordinary dinner meeting next Monday at 24 Sussex Dr., where the Prime Minister is expected to get a reading on whether to hold a spring vote or wait until fall or even next year.  FULL STORY arrow
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Expectations are limited for PM's visit to U.S. space
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 – Page A5
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin will seek to step lightly on Canada-U.S. relations in his two days in Washington next week, emphasizing multilateralism and global development issues in his single speech as he goes to the White House for the first time and meets a who's who of U.S. Congressional leaders.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRIAN LAGHI AND DREW FAGAN
Saturday, April 17, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA and TORONTO -- Provinces gave a cautious thumbs-up yesterday to Paul Martin's plan to upgrade the health-care system with new measures and more cash even as they warned Ottawa to tread softly on their responsibility to deliver the services.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM plans to offer provinces new deal on health space
They'll get billions if they spend them on Ottawa's priorities
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By BRIAN LAGHI, DREW FAGAN AND JOHN IBBITSON
Friday, April 16, 2004 – Page A1
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OTTAWA -- The Liberal government is preparing to unveil a health-care initiative that would provide the provinces with billions of dollars in additional funding in return for a pledge to spend it solely on steps that Ottawa sees as key to improving the system.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM to meet Dalai Lama in a 'spiritual frame' space
Martin, exiled Tibetan leader to join regular interfaith meeting in Ottawa
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By MICHAEL VALPY, DREW FAGAN
Thursday, April 15, 2004 – Page A6
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TORONTO, OTTAWA -- Paul Martin yesterday got his wish for face time with the Dalai Lama in a ''spiritual frame.'' The organizers of the exiled Tibetan leader's visit to Ottawa agreed to have him meet the Prime Minister at the residence of the capital's Roman Catholic Archbishop.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ignore the polls, Liberals told space
Party eager for 'head-to-head contest' with Tories, Martin strategists tell MPs
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By JANE TABER AND DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 – Page A6
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin's strategists told Liberal MPs yesterday to ignore disappointing public-opinion polls and that they are eager for a ''head-to-head contest'' with the Conservatives and their ''radical, far-right agenda that is consistently out-of-sync with Canadians.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Billions in defence spending expected in Martin's speech space
Funding for search-and-rescue aircraft, supply ships anticipated in N.B. address
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, April 13, 2004 – Page A4
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-- Prime Minister Paul Martin is expected to announce tomorrow multibillion-dollar purchases for the military, including ships to facil itate overseas missions and search-and-rescue aircraft for use at home.  FULL STORY arrow
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By DREW FAGAN
Wednesday, April 7, 2004 – Page A8
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-- Canadians who shivered through winter shouldn't yet dream of domestic sun, sand and surf, but Prime Minister Paul Martin has grown interested in the decades-long campaign to turn the Turks and Caicos Islands into Canada's Caribbean sanctuary.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM plays the waiting and dating game space
White House visit, G8 summit, poll numbers don't add up to spring vote, observers say
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By DREW FAGAN
Tuesday, April 6, 2004 – Page A4
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-- The Martin government is giving growing consideration to delaying an election until the fall as the window for a spring vote closes amid weak polling numbers.Sources say that Prime Minister Paul Martin is expected to meet with United States President George W. Bush on April 30. The trip could involve an overnight stay, because the Prime Minister may also meet with congressional Republican and Democratic leaders on April 29. Mr. Martin and Mr. Bush discussed the meeting in a telephone conversation on Saturday morning.  FULL STORY arrow
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