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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, March 21, 2009 – Page A10
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-- If you want to hear the real story about the economy, you have to go down the laneway off the busy Toronto street, past the dead raccoon lying on the electrical transformer and into the old garage that has been helping kids grow up for nearly four decades.  FULL STORY arrow
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When the LCBO speaks, it's not just the liquor talking space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, March 19, 2009 – Page A4
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-- The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which peddles social responsibility along with shiraz, is becoming a trendsetter.This is going to take some getting used to. After all, the government-owned retail monopoly isn't that far removed from the days when customers had to sign for purchases that were brought out from a back room. It's got glitzy since then, but it remains a source of frustration to people who enviously eye the private liquor systems in other jurisdictions.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – Page A9
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-- Shari in Hamilton had a question for Dalton McGuinty. She said that she was seeing the effects of the recession all around her and that she was worried that social services were going to decline despite the higher taxes she has been paying.  FULL STORY arrow
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Campus buildings need fixing space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, March 14, 2009 – Page A13
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-- When Elizabeth Sisam contemplates students getting cutting-edge training for the knowledge economy, she has only to survey a landscape of aging buildings with substandard features to bring her back to reality.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario filling holes dug by PM's government space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, March 12, 2009 – Page A8
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-- It's awfully nice of Stephen Harper to be so optimistic about the state of the Canadian economy, but that's not the way it seems on the ground in Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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New players will force Liberals to change their game space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – Page A10
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-- Andrea Horwath huffed and puffed but, not surprisingly, the walls didn't come down.The new Leader of Ontario's New Democrats went hard at the Liberal government yesterday in her first tour in the spotlight.  FULL STORY arrow
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A new NDP face, yes, but new ideas? Maybe not space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Monday, March 9, 2009 – Page A8
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HAMILTON -- In selecting Andrea Horwath as their next leader, Ontario New Democrats have gone back to the future.Yes, she's youngish and she smiles a lot more easily than the guy she's replacing. But the 46-year-old Ms. Horwath is very much the match of outgoing leader Howard Hampton in practising the fire wagon politics that relishes uphill battles.  FULL STORY arrow
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Contenders kicking tires to replace a crushed Tory space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, March 7, 2009 – Page A1
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-- By the cruel, simple rules of politics, John Tory had to go.He couldn't unite the Progressive Conservative Party behind him and, as his crushing defeat in a by-election on Thursday illustrated yet again, he couldn't get elected. In his four years as Conservative Leader, Mr. Tory couldn't find the formula to oust Premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberals even when they looked vulnerable. He was a classy guy who was willing to work his tail off, but it wasn't enough.  FULL STORY arrow
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Steel layoffs hit Ontario at its core space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, March 5, 2009 – Page A8
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-- This one really hurts.The ''temporary'' shuttering of Stelco's Hamilton and Erie steel plants is a blow to the core of Ontario's economy. It may sound callous to the families involved, but this is worse than the loss of a shift at an auto assembly plan or the closing of a furniture factory. Steel has been central to the province's prosperity since the Hamilton Steel and Iron Co. set up shop in 1861. Its incorporation with four other companies into Iron and Steel Co. of Canada in 1910 gave Ontario the capacity to become a modern industrial economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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McGuinty learns it's not easy being green space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 – Page A9
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-- Dalton McGuinty has reason to consider the immortal words of Kermit the Frog that ''it's not that easy being green.''Consider his experience. Four years ago, for example, he set aside 720,000 hectares of land around the Greater Toronto Area as a greenbelt that would be off-limits to development. In doing so, the Ontario Premier succeeded where others before him had failed and stood up to pressure from developers who love the smell of asphalt in the morning.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, February 28, 2009 – Page A8
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LINDSAY, ONT. -- It's a miracle! Left for dead many times in the past 16 months, there's a good chance that John Tory will be able to crawl out of the car wreck that is his political career and hit the road again.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, February 26, 2009 – Page A7
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-- To George Smitherman, the environmentalists who are praising him for his green-energy pledges but criticizing his plans to build new nuclear plants are ''conscientious objectors.''They don't get it, he says, that he is only able to get behind solar and wind power because he's confident that Ontario's mighty nukes are pumping out power day and night regardless of whether the wind blows or the sun shines.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario to allow green energy on the grid - but at what cost? space
New Liberal bill to boost producers of renewable energy such as wind and solar power
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – Page A7
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-- George Smitherman had the kind of day that a politician dreams about. Wearing a green tie for the occasion, Ontario's Energy Minister yesterday unveiled his long-awaited - and much-leaked - plan to transform the way Ontario generates and uses electricity and then basked in applause.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why is McGuinty allowing NW Ontario to be powered down? space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, February 21, 2009 – Page A12
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-- Now that Dalton McGuinty has professed a desire to ask the ''bigger questions'' about Ontario's economic crisis, here's one he might want to tackle:Why, after five years of his government, is northwestern Ontario going down the tubes?  FULL STORY arrow
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Memo to McGuinty: Remember the Pacer space
The Premier has no choice but to support Ontario's auto industry, but the cost - political and financial - could be steep
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, February 19, 2009 – Page A9
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-- Dalton McGuinty is hoping that Stephen Harper and Barack Obama can set aside a few moments today to talk about the auto industry because he knows the Ontario economy hinges on its fate.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, February 7, 2009 – Page A8
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NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. -- There is fresh evidence that the snowballing economic crisis is getting to Dalton McGuinty.How else to explain his assertion that ''there's never been a more exciting time to lead in Ontario?'' After all, this is a guy who got up yesterday morning to discover that 71,000 jobs disappeared in Ontario last month and who professes he has no idea when things will bottom out.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, February 5, 2009 – Page A9
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-- Dalton McGuinty was showing some ankle when he promised this week an ''explosion'' of green energy in Ontario that would create 50,000 jobs in the next three years.It was a typical bit of advance marketing from a Premier who is fond of pointing out paths to shining mountains on the horizon. But when he raises the hem of his dress a bit more in a couple of weeks, a lot of erstwhile critics will be willing to concede that he's on to something.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – Page A10
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-- Dalton McGuinty is a man of enthusiasms, the kind of guy who drives people crazy by talking about the latest fashionable pop-sociology book that he's just read.Five years ago, as a shiny new Premier of Ontario, he wanted to renew democracy and reinvent government. Much has happened since then but he remains a man on a mission. Now he wants the whole province - all the businesses and individuals within it - to reinvent itself.  FULL STORY arrow
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The door is open for NDP to do some serious building space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, January 31, 2009 – Page A13
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-- The controversy about the York University strike was raging when Cheri DiNovo showed why it's going to be hard for the New Democratic Party to govern Ontario again.Like other NDP MPPs, Ms. DiNovo was inundated with messages about the party's refusal to go along with legislation ending the strike by contract faculty and teaching assistants. A third of the messages were positive, but two-thirds of them were not. She chose to embrace those ones.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, January 29, 2009 – Page A8
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-- It's taken four prime ministers and an equal number of premiers but finally there's a sense someone is listening.The federal budget goes a long way to meeting Ontario's long-standing complaint that it isn't treated fairly within Confederation. Indeed, Premier Dalton McGuinty yesterday dropped the usual dour face he shows when discussing federal-provincial relations and admitted that ''we are making some real progress.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – Page A4
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-- There is one question that hangs over the messy, long-running labour dispute at York University: Where is the adult supervision?The 12-week strike by contract faculty and teaching assistants has unfolded like a pyjama party in the basement when the parents have gone out and the babysitter has fallen asleep. The kids really do intend to turn off the television and head to bed but they don't get around to it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario's back is to the wall space
Its industrial pillars crumbling, our most populous province is calling for relief. Will Ottawa listen?
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Saturday, January 24, 2009 – Page A17
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-- There is something of Ontario's recent history in the story of Raul Arancibia's life.The 53-year-old forklift operator was laid off last May when his employer of 18 years, Canac Kitchens, took a look at the flat-lining U.S. housing market and opted to consolidate its production at a plant in North Carolina.  FULL STORY arrow
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GM, Chrysler's first priority is working with U.S. government space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – Page A8
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-- In those feverish days before Christmas when it looked like some Detroit auto makers were going down the tubes, everybody talked about building ''a bridge to Obama'' by supporting the firms until a new U.S. government took office.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Friday, January 16, 2009 – Page A6
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-- Does the Ontario health system really need hundreds of millions of new dollars to function effectively? The unions representing the province's hospital workers think so. They want the government to shell out another $550-million for hospitals on top of planned budget increases to prevent the loss of 5,000 jobs and nine million hours of patient care.  FULL STORY arrow
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Angry over strike, York students assemble online space
Sick of 'being used as bargaining chips' in 10-week-old job action, university students and parents start to protest on Facebook
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 – Page A7
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-- Dagmar Kanzler's patience ran out last week.For 10 weeks, her 19-year-old son's studies have been idled by a strike at York University, and it suddenly became clear to her that it was never going to be settled. On Sunday, with her son's help, she set up a Facebook site and a blog to urge a resolution of the bitter labour dispute involving contract faculty, tutorial assistants and graduate assistants.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tory's new song: He's got a ticket to riding space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, January 10, 2009 – Page A8
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LINDSAY, ONT. -- John Tory was thinking to himself as he rode through central Ontario yesterday that politics is a funny business because it contains a lot of ''incredible chapters'' that can't be predicted.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Friday, January 9, 2009 – Page A7
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-- John Tory will get his opportunity for political redemption when he announces today that he's found a way to get back into the Ontario Legislature.The Progressive Conservative Leader will reveal this morning at a news conference in Lindsay that Laurie Scott will resign her seat in the rural Haliburton region so that he can contest it in a by-election. The announcement will mark a new stage in Mr. Tory's struggle to lead the Conservatives from the floor of the legislature, but his critics doubt it will allow him to regain the support of the party's rank and file.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, January 8, 2009 – Page A9
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-- You know the routine. You bring home something from the store - perhaps a new toy or a small electronic item - and you nearly get a hernia or slice your hand open trying to split the clamshell blister package that surrounds it. Then you throw the whole mess of plastic and cardboard into the garbage or recycling bin and forget about it.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 – Page A7
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-- In an economic war, the first victim is transparency.The first cheques are ready to be cut for a couple of the troubled Detroit-based auto makers but, despite promises to the contrary, we're no closer to knowing what they plan to do with the money and how they intend to operate once they get off the critical list. This is not reassuring.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Monday, January 5, 2009 – Page A7
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-- It's time for Dalton McGuinty 2.0.The world that sustained the Ontario Premier in his first five years in office has changed utterly and he will have to change, too.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Monday, December 29, 2008 – Page A6
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-- The only certain thing about the battle shaping up on the edge of Algonquin Park is that the green side will win. The question, however, is which green side will be the victor?  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, December 20, 2008 – Page A14
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-- It appears that John Tory and his family will be celebrating New Year's Eve on Jan. 9.That's the charitable explanation for the admission yesterday by the leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party that he won't be able to meet his self-imposed deadline of Dec. 31 for identifying just how he planned to get a seat in the legislature. Shift the calendar a few days and the problem is solved.  FULL STORY arrow
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McGuinty needs guerrilla-warfare moxie to protect auto-sector jobs space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – Page A12
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-- Everybody says they don't want the same-old, same-old now that the Detroit Three auto makers are about to be pulled back from the edge of the cliff.  FULL STORY arrow
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On this day, the Canadian way was better space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, December 13, 2008 – Page A6
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-- The American way is to thrash everything out in public and then have trouble doing anything.The Canadian way is to do everything privately and then surprise the world with success.  FULL STORY arrow
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What exactly does Detroit want? They won't say space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, December 11, 2008 – Page A9
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-- Sure, the potential bailout of the Detroit auto makers is about economics. But it's also about politics and, like many things political, it lurches forward unpredictably and cloaked in obscurity.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 – Page A12
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-- Jim McCarter wants to make it clear that when he sends out his teams of auditors, he's not simply looking at dollar signs - and he offers a story to show that he sets his sights higher.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 – Page A12
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-- The Ontario government has backed away from a controversial proposal to limit the number of passengers that novice teenage drivers can carry.Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said yesterday that he decided to withdraw a provision that would have prohibited G2 (or intermediate) drivers from transporting more than one unrelated teenaged passenger for the first year of their licence.  FULL STORY arrow
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As the wheels fall off Ontario's economy, MPPs should stay on job space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, December 6, 2008 – Page A15
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-- It was just four months ago that economists at the TD Bank asked whether the wheels were falling off the Ontario economy. The answer is in and it's a resounding, ''Yes.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 – Page A10
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-- Dalton McGuinty had said that any efforts the Ontario government made to trim spending would be ''largely symbolic.'' So let's take him at his word.The first item in the spending restraint package announced yesterday would limit salary increases for MPPs to 1.5 per cent a year. Now, there's a symbol.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 – Page A8
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-- The first thing out of Dwight Duncan's mouth after last week's federal economic update was that he was looking forward to working in partnership with Ottawa to deal with Ontario's mounting economic problems. It was pretty much the least controversial thing the Finance Minister could say about a document that seemed designed to stick pins into people's eyes.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, November 29, 2008 – Page A16
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-- Here's an intelligence test drawn from real life.Your employer offers you a reasonably generous pay raise every year for four years, but asks that you accept the terms by a certain date. If you don't accept it, the offer will be withdrawn and a discounted offer put on the table.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 27, 2008 – Page A7
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-- As John Tory edges closer to his self-imposed deadline to get back into the Ontario Legislature, his hold at the top of the Progressive Conservative Party has become more tenuous than ever.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 – Page A10
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-- The kids aren't all right. In fact, more than 100,000 kids aren't all right and are furious with the Ontario government's proposed restrictions on their driver's licences.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, November 22, 2008 – Page A10
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-- George Smitherman is sticking with his plan to build new nuclear power reactors even though the odds against them coming in on time and on budget are lengthening. The question is whether this is common sense or a stubbornness that will cost Ontario taxpayers billions of dollars.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 20, 2008 – Page A15
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-- The president of General Motors Corp. was moaning this week about the ''financial chasm that has opened up before us'' in recent months. Dalton McGuinty will understand his anxiety.The looming potential collapse of the Detroit-based auto makers is presenting Mr. McGuinty's government with its biggest crisis in its five years in office. It's bigger by far than the $5.6-billion deficit that greeted the Liberals after their 2003 election. There were a few bad moments there, but the problem was eventually licked with a massive tax increase and by soaring taxation revenues.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 20, 2008 – Page A1
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TORONTO and OTTAWA -- Chrysler Canada Inc. has asked Ottawa and Ontario for $1-billion in financial assistance to help it survive through the auto crisis - the only one of the Canadian units of the Detroit Three that so far has specified how much it is seeking.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 – Page B1
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TORONTO -- The General Motors of Canada Ltd. pension funds had a shortfall of $4.5-billion as of last November - before the stock market collapse - creating a massive financial headache for the Ontario government and pension cuts for retired employees if the company falls into bankruptcy protection.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – Page A8
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-- The indignities keep on coming. As if it weren't enough that Ontario has been relegated to have-not status, news arrives that Newfoundland is planning a provincewide party next March to celebrate that it has stopped receiving equalization payments.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, November 15, 2008 – Page A10
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-- In the morning, Dalton McGuinty was warned about looming social disintegration. In the afternoon, he was given a heads-up about the perils of economic collapse. Everywhere he looked, there was someone with a begging bowl. What's a premier to do?  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 13, 2008 – Page A14
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-- Floyd Laughren laughs when he's asked about the sudden willingness of Canada's leaders to embrace budget deficits.''I think I've seen the movie,'' he says. And he's got the scar tissue to prove it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, November 8, 2008 – Page A8
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-- Dalton McGuinty returned from China yesterday to an Ontario that is vastly different from the one he last saw two weeks ago.It's different psychologically. While the Premier was away chasing investments, Ontario was put on the welfare rolls by being named a have-not province under the merciless but absurd formula that governs the federal equalization scheme. That news hits hard at Ontario's sense that it's the big brother in the Canadian family that will always be there for the younger siblings. The usually provocative Danny Williams of Newfoundland was merely being descriptive when he called Ontario ''a weaker sister'' of Confederation.  FULL STORY arrow
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Former Ontario Liberal brain is Obama's gain space
Campaign strategist Axelrod, a veteran of McGuinty's race for premiership, brings Canadian experience to U.S. president-elect's camp
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Friday, November 7, 2008 – Page A17
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-- Barack Obama is way more familiar with the north side of Chicago than the northern part of the continent. But the U.S. president-elect does have a link with this country through his campaign strategist, David Axelrod, who also helped Dalton McGuinty prepare for his successful 2003 election in Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, November 6, 2008 – Page A9
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-- Liana Salvador is determined to get a good education but it's a close thing whether she will drown in debt before she gets it.The 24-year-old has an undergraduate degree in biology from McMaster University, but she has found it's not even useful in getting a good summer job. And so, like many university grads, she has gone back to school - in her case, the nursing program at Ryerson University - to get the skills the job market demands.  FULL STORY arrow
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Province attains have-not status as auto sector sinks
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008 – Page A1
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TORONTO -- Ontario's Finance Minister tried to play it down, saying it wasn't unexpected and that it wouldn't last for long anyway.But Dwight Duncan's calmness couldn't hide the historic impact of yesterday's news that his province will, for the first time, join the list of Canada's welfare cases. The revelation that Ontario will receive $347-million from the federal equalization scheme in the fiscal year starting April 1 - a year earlier than expected - is confirmation that a fundamental realignment of the economic forces in Canada has occurred.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, November 1, 2008 – Page A14
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-- Jim Watson's career gives added meaning to the old saw about what goes around, comes around.A decade ago, he was sitting in the mayor's chair in Ottawa dealing with the ''gruesome'' reality that the Ontario government was running roughshod over his budget by forcing the city to pay for public transit, ambulance service, welfare and social housing. The premier of the day, Mike Harris, had promised - it was a ''pinkie swear,'' the ultimate bond among school kids - that cities caught in this downloading of costs wouldn't be hurt because the province would take back an equal amount in education costs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, October 30, 2008 – Page A15
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-- Ontario Attorney-General Chris Bentley says his federal counterpart is being ''unprofessional'' in criticizing his comments about anti-crime legislation.The Attorney-General's remarks were prompted by a letter sent on Tuesday by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson in which he accused Mr. Bentley of making ''misleading comments'' in the legislature the previous day.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 – Page A11
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-- Chris Bentley was quieter yesterday. Under fire for a second day about why a man with a violent past was roaming Toronto with a gun in his hand, the Ontario Attorney-General stopped talking about the evil empire in Ottawa that was preventing him from making the streets safe.  FULL STORY arrow
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Have some respect: leave the politics out of it space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 – Page A14
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-- It shouldn't be that hard. A young woman out for a smoke is gunned down and, if you're a politician with an impressive title, all you have to do is express sorrow and anger in roughly equal measures.  FULL STORY arrow
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It's time to revisit this environmental law space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, October 25, 2008 – Page A8
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-- There are some fashions and fancies of the 1970s that haven't survived. Think of platform shoes, wide lapels, opulently curly hair and mood rings, and then add to the list the belief that governments can fundamentally protect the environment.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, October 23, 2008 – Page A4
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-- Dalton McGuinty is taking a political gamble that voters are no longer horrified about budget deficits.His Finance Minister, Dwight Duncan, said yesterday that he will be $500-million short in balancing the books this fiscal year.  FULL STORY arrow
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Premiers to Canadians: We feel your pain space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – Page A6
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MONTREAL -- There were only two reasons Canada's premiers expended great amounts of jet fuel yesterday to fly across the country and lock themselves in a room to talk about the economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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It seems likely Duncan will consider running a deficit space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, October 18, 2008 – Page A12
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-- There's a drinking game sweeping U.S. university campuses in which participants have to down a shot every time they hear John McCain or Sarah Palin utter the words ''maverick'' or ''earmarks.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Opportunity knocks for Ontario space
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Thursday, October 16, 2008 – Page A15
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-- Danny Williams and Dalton McGuinty both have grievances against the federal government, but they have pursued them in different ways. The question now, as Stephen Harper goes back to Sussex Drive, is which one of them has been smarter.  FULL STORY arrow
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He bets the House, wins minority space
Canadians give the Tories a stronger mandate to steer the country through stormy economic times, but deny Harper total command
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL AND TU THANH HA
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 – Page A1
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-- Stephen Harper's gamble to win a majority government came up short yesterday as Canadians voted for a third minority government in four years.Mr. Harper's Conservatives, showing unexpected strength in Ontario, were returned to office with a considerably stronger minority than they won in the 2006 election, a victory that came largely at the expense of the Liberals, whose popular vote matched a historic low.  FULL STORY arrow
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He bet the House, wins minority space
Canadians give the Tories a stronger mandate to steer the country through stormy economic times - but they deny Harper total command
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL AND TU THANH HA
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 – Page A1
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-- Stephen Harper's gamble to win a majority government came up just short yesterday as Canadians voted for their third minority government in four years.Mr. Harper's Conservatives, showing unexpected strength in Ontario, were returned to office with a considerably stronger minority than they won in the 2006 election, a victory that came largely at the expense of the Liberals, whose popular vote was at a historic low.  FULL STORY arrow
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He bet the House, wins minority space
Canadians give the Tories a stronger mandate to steer the country through stormy economic times - but they deny Harper total command
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL AND TU THANH HA
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 – Page A1
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-- Stephen Harper's gamble to win a majority government came up just short yesterday as Canadians voted for their third minority government in four years.Mr. Harper's Conservatives, showing unexpected strength in Ontario, were returned to office with a considerably stronger minority than they won in the 2006 election, a victory that came largely at the expense of the Liberals, whose popular vote was at a historic low.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Flaherty's riding, Liberal finds one issue most taxing space
One man won't forget the Tories' broken promise on income trusts - and he doesn't want voters to forget either
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, October 11, 2008 – Page A9
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WHITBY, ONT. -- Brent Fullard says that it's not personal, that he's not in a grudge match with Jim Flaherty.Well, you decide.Two years ago, Mr. Fullard was bolted out of early retirement by the Conservative government's change of heart on income trusts. Appalled at the move to begin taxing the popular investment vehicle in 2011, he founded a protest group to counter Mr. Flaherty's defence of the move.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, October 9, 2008 – Page A8
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-- A year ago, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty had - if you'll pardon the expression - his bum in a bowl of butter.His world looked good. His government had just won re-election with undiminished strength thanks to a spectacular belly-flop by the Progressive Conservatives.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 – Page A5
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-- The Conservatives' popularity in Ontario is sinking like a stone, perhaps about as fast as the provincial economy, and yet Stephen Harper is unrelentingly remote from the province that could make or break his majority.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Friday, October 3, 2008 – Page A6
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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT. -- Dalton McGuinty and Jean Charest are friends. They call each other by their first names and they spend a lot of hours working together on issues. Their cabinets have even sat down together to see what they can do in common.  FULL STORY arrow
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With all eyes on Wall Street's meltdown, bleak outlook for Ontario slips under the radar space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, October 2, 2008 – Page A7
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-- Dwight Duncan should rush out this morning and buy a lottery ticket because he's on a roll.It would be farfetched to say everything is breaking for Ontario's Finance Minister, but he clearly caught a wave this week. In ordinary times, he would have been under fire for days if faced with a report that basically says the province's economy is rusting out and all he had for a rebuttal was economic data that showed it was simply at a standstill.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario's road to a law cutting toxic chemicals gets its first bump space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 – Page A6
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-- The Ontario government is plugging away on its plan to bring a measure of order to the way toxic chemicals are used. It should be a no-brainer when front pages are filled with horror stories about bisphenol A and melamine, but that's not the way laws are created.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why McGuinty's 'fairness campaign' has failed space
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Saturday, September 27, 2008 – Page A12
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-- If you want a way of judging how Dalton McGuinty's ''fairness'' campaign is going, you need look no further than the election platform on which his federal cousins are running.  FULL STORY arrow
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'Dougs' take warning: Curious George is keen on green space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, September 25, 2008 – Page A10
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-- George Smitherman has been travelling. In what he calls ''the full curious George,'' Ontario's new Energy Minister spent the summer finding out how they handle the task of keeping the lights on in Spain, California, Denmark and Germany and he has returned with a bundle of new ideas.  FULL STORY arrow
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McGuinty ready to fight for the spoils of 'have-not' status space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 – Page A8
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-- You know you've stepped closer to the edge of the cliff when the Premier of Ontario is begging the federal government not to change the rules of its welfare scheme because he wants some of the loot.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, BRIAN LAGHI, AND CAMPBELL CLARK
Saturday, September 20, 2008 – Page A9
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TORONTO, FARNHAM, QUE. and HEADINGLEY, MAN. -- Stephen Harper says there is no need for a bailout of Canada's chartered banks and he is urging Canadians not to panic in the face of the U.S. financial crisis.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper refuses to seek Ritz's resignation space
Tory Leader stands by minister despite 'embarrassing' situation, faces new controversy over allegedly racist remarks by MP's aide
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, CAMPBELL CLARK AND BRIAN LAGHI
Friday, September 19, 2008 – Page A8
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TORONTO, TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUE. -- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper tried yesterday to shut down one controversy involving a loose-lipped cabinet minister but quickly found himself caught up in another.Mr. Harper refused to seek the resignation of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for making light of the listeriosis deaths of 17 Canadians in recent weeks, saying the comments were an embarrassment but did not undermine the minister's work on the crisis.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper says he'd protect Quebec's on-air identity space
Cold-cut quip puts minister in hot water
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, BRIAN LAGHI AND CAMPBELL CLARK
Thursday, September 18, 2008 – Page A1
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TORONTO, CHICOUTIMI, QUE., KITCHENER, ONT.. -- Stephen Harper has offered a symbolic carrot to Quebec cultural nationalists, promising to enshrine the francophone representation on the body that regulates Canada's airwaves.The promise, which the Conservative Leader unveiled in a speech in Chicoutimi last night, would see the job of chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission alternate from English to French speakers, while the two vice-chair jobs would be held by one English speaker and one French speaker.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper says he'd protect Quebec's on-air identity space
Cold-cut quip puts minister in hot water
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, BRIAN LAGHI AND CAMPBELL CLARK
Thursday, September 18, 2008 – Page A1
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Opposing parties will 'sabotage' economy, Harper says space
Rivals say Tory Leader playing down market turbulence
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, BRIAN LAGHI, CAMPBELL CLARK
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 – Page A1
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TORONTO, SHERBROOKE -- Stephen Harper warned yesterday against giving opposition parties too much power in the next Parliament, saying they would ''sabotage'' his Conservative government's efforts to keep the economy stable.The Conservative Leader said that times of economic uncertainty require the presence of a strong government. He did not advocate for a Conservative majority, but he did warn of opposition party obstruction in a minority Parliament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Don't throw in the towel, Harper urges Canadians space
Says crash would have happened by now
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 – Page A1
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TORONTO, OTTAWA AND ST. JOHN'S -- Stephen Harper has tried to soothe fears that Canada is headed into a recession.The Conservative Leader acknowledged yesterday that there are significant problems in the United States, where a credit crisis is devastating major financial institutions, but he said he wouldn't ''throw in the towel'' yet on the Canadian economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Anti-poverty activists find dose of reality goes a long way space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Monday, September 15, 2008 – Page A12
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-- The subject today is political smarts and why some people have them and some people don't.And based on the past week's evidence it has nothing to do with whether you're someone scratching out a living or an executive pulling down more than $200,000 a year.  FULL STORY arrow
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Party leaders cry foul over gas prices as Harper makes deregulation pledge space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, STEVEN CHASE, GLORIA GALLOWAY, JANE TABER AND DANIEL LEBLANC
Saturday, September 13, 2008 – Page A11
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HALIFAX , ST. JOHN'S, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL -- Stephen Harper says a Conservative government would open up Canada's corporate sector, including its airline and uranium-mining industries, to more foreign investment.The promise to remove long-standing caps on foreign ownership came as party leaders vied to show that they understood the pain consumers in many parts of the country were feeling after gas prices rose sharply overnight Thursday.  FULL STORY arrow
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In his sharpest attack yet, Harper says the Liberal environmental platform would destroy jobs and undermine national unity
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL, STEVEN CHASE, GLORIA GALLOWAY, JANE TABER
Friday, September 12, 2008 – Page A1
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TORONTO, MONTREAL, SAINT JOHN -- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says the proposed Liberal carbon tax would plunge Canada into a catastrophic recession and reignite the battles over national unity.''It [would] wreak havoc on Canada's economy, destroy jobs, weaken business at a time of global uncertainty,'' he told a business audience in Montreal in his harshest attack yet on the Liberals' centrepiece proposal to tax the use of fossil fuels while reducing income taxes.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, September 11, 2008 – Page A9
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BARRIE, ONT. -- There is an air of mystery surrounding John Tory these days as he seeks to resuscitate his political career.He's the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party but he hasn't got a seat in the Ontario Legislature, and he can't say when he will have one. He says he still hopes to have one by the end of the year, but there is no transparency to his work and so we have to take him at his word.  FULL STORY arrow
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McGuinty's sad refrain on the problem of fairness space
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008 – Page A9
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-- Dalton McGuinty is clearly having trouble dealing with Albert Einstein.For months, the Ontario Premier has been quoting the physicist's remark that the definition of insanity is ''doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'' And yet here is he again, trying for the third time in four years to get federal politicians to listen to his argument that Ontario isn't getting a fair shake within Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, September 6, 2008 – Page A12
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-- Tim Murphy learned to live with the elephant in the room.Every working day from mid-2004 to early 2006, he dealt with the fact that Paul Martin had fallen short of getting a majority in Parliament and that every policy and tactical move had to be assessed for whether it would ensure his government lived or died.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Stephen Harper is good news for McGunity space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, September 4, 2008 – Page A11
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-- Dalton McGuinty says he is trying to behave like a model preschool kid in his dealings with Stephen Harper.Never mind that he wasn't given a heads up about the Prime Minister's bailout of Ford Motor Co. of Canada or even invited to the announcement yesterday in Windsor. And never mind that Ontario took flak from Ottawa for months for its ''old-fashioned thinking'' in giving aid to Ford so it could reopen an engine plant and rehire 300 workers.  FULL STORY arrow
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America's political bullhorn is big, but no big deal space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Saturday, August 30, 2008 – Page A7
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-- Eddie Goldenberg remembers how much attention he paid to U.S. politics when he was helping to direct Jean Chretien's re-election bid eight years ago.Not much, actually.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario seeks to tweak media's 'human-rights filter' space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, August 28, 2008 – Page A7
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-- Ontario has overhauled its human-rights system, but the question that remains is whether Mark Steyn is still in trouble. The answer isn't clear yet, but he would be wise to keep his lawyers on speed-dial.  FULL STORY arrow
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Another crisis, another low-key McGuinty response space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 – Page A10
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-- There's a new entry in the Dalton McGuinty Anti-Populist Hall of Fame.It comes in the wake of the explosion at a Toronto propane supplier that unnerved a lot of people who aren't used to mushroom clouds in their neighbourhoods.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, August 23, 2008 – Page A4
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GUELPH, ONT. -- The Stone Road Mall at high noon on a glorious summer's day may not be the best time to test the political temperature of a city. But even brief conversations with shoppers more concerned about beaches and backyards than by-elections make it clear that the old axiom about all politics being local is taking a bit of a drubbing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Two not-so-easy riders on a political road trip space
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By MURRAY CAMPBELL
Thursday, August 21, 2008 – Page A8
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-- It's not just two guys lurching around Southern Ontario in the first splendid week of a rainy summer. With politicians, it's never that simple.It's a wonder that Stephen Harper and Dalton McGuinty didn't bump into each other in the past few days. They were both in Hamilton to hand out cheques and they were both in Mississauga and Kitchener-Waterloo to remind voters what a swell job they were doing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Be ready for fall election, Harper warns space
All bets are off on fixed voting date as PM backtracks on promise to wait until October, 2009; decision expected within weeks
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By CAMPBELL CLARK, BILL CURRY AND MURRAY CAMPBELL
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 – Page A1
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OTTAWA and HAMILTON -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper set a collision course for a fall election yesterday, indicating he has given up on the fixed date his government wrote into law and will decide in a few weeks whether to call a national vote.  FULL STORY arrow
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Phantom of the Liberal Party stirs back to life space
Dismissed by some as a forgotten name, former kingmaker Kennedy feels fall election is 'highly likely' and is gearing up accordingly
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Saturday, August 16, 2008 – Page A4
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-- Gerard Kennedy was just settling into a conversation about his political future when two men nearby, a bit worse for wear on some substance or other, started rolling around on the ground and punching each other.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saskatchewan lawyer with enviable record brings new hope to Ontario where Six Nations dispute drags on
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Thursday, August 14, 2008 – Page A4
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TORONTO -- Michael Bryant calls it ''the new normal.''It's a handy phrase that was popularized after the World Trade Center attacks to summarize the fear that the world had entered a period of massive instability.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, August 7, 2008 – Page A8
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-- You can file this one away in the category of things that end with a whimper and not a bang.The final report of David Ramsay's one-man quest to help small manufacturers has been quietly posted on a couple of Ontario government websites. There were no news conferences, not even a release. It was just dumped there without fanfare on a long weekend.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario struggles to decide whether or not it exists space
A sense of regional grievance is a big help, when a province is fighting for a fair share of taxpayers' dollars
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Saturday, August 2, 2008 – Page A15
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-- Dalton McGuinty was doing a favour for reporters afflicted with summer-brain stupor.''Here's the news,'' the Ontario Premier said, helpfully, after a speech late last month. ''Ontarians are coming together to more effectively assert themselves in the face of an unfairness caused by the financial arrangements between us and Ottawa.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, June 28, 2008 – Page A12
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-- The news release dropped like a large rock into the stagnant pond that is Queen's Park in the last few days before the Canada Day weekend. It said that Ontario's Fairness Commissioner was releasing a report on, well, fairness.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, June 26, 2008 – Page A12
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