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Mulcair plans to ask Tory MPs to vote against Harper govt's Fair Elections Act

TORONTO - The New Democrats are targeting Conservative MPs in their latest attempt to stop the Harper government's controversial proposed overhaul of election laws. The opposition party announced a plan Tuesday to publicly approach certain Tories over the coming days to convince them to vote against the Fair Elections Act — which NDP Leader Tom Mulcair described as an attempt by the prime minister to "roll the dice in his favour for the next campaign."

Mulcair takes aim at Fair Elections Act as party gears up for next election

HALIFAX - NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says with 18 months to go before the next election, he's focusing his party's sights on the federal government's Election Act overhaul, saying the hotly debated legislation should receive more scrutiny because it could undermine the rules of democracy. Mulcair, in Halifax on Saturday for a provincial NDP convention, said the governing Conservatives are more interested in restricting the right to vote than giving people something to vote for.

Thomas Mulcair says focus of next election will be the Fair Elections Act

HALIFAX - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says with an election 18 months away, he's focusing on the federal government's election act overhaul. He says the hotly debated legislation should be the focus of the next campaign because it could undermine the rules of democracy. Mulcair says the governing Conservatives are more interested in restricting the right to vote than than giving people something to vote for.

Mulcair says he's only federal leader eligible to vote in Quebec election

OTTAWA - NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he's the only federal leader eligible to cast a ballot in tomorrow's Quebec election. Mulcair says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau cannot vote because he no longer lives in Quebec, despite representing a Montreal riding. The NDP leader says he voted in an advance poll for Geoffrey Kelley of the province's Liberal party, who Mulcair says is a long-time friend who he considers a social democrat with deep NDP roots.

Mulcair faces grilling on NDP use of parliamentary resources for partisan ends

OTTAWA - A procedural foul-up by the NDP has left leader Tom Mulcair facing a Commons committee grilling over his party's alleged use of parliamentary resources for partisan purposes. The Conservatives took advantage of the fact that the NDP had fewer than 25 MPs in the House of Commons early Thursday to force a snap vote on a motion from Tory MP Blake Richards.

Quebec, federal government reach deal on job-training funding program

OTTAWA - The federal government and Quebec have reached an agreement on job training right before a probable election call in the province. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Quebec Labour Minister Agnes Maltais made the announcement at separate news conferences Tuesday afternoon. Ottawa and Quebec reworked a current labour market deal that will be valid for six more years. It will have the same funding but be subject to more conditions.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Job Grant could become Quebec election issue

MONTREAL - Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair warned Friday that the Conservative government has risked making its Job Grant program an issue in the Quebec election by going ahead without the province. Mulcair called the decision to proceed without Quebec short-sighted considering that Premier Pauline Marois appears poised to call an election. "We find it a shame that Quebec is being left out of the agreement," the New Democratic Party leader told reporters after a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Job Grant could become Quebec election issue

MONTREAL - Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair warned Friday that the Conservative government has risked making its Job Grant program an issue in the Quebec election by going ahead without the province. Mulcair called the decision to proceed without Quebec short-sighted considering that Premier Pauline Marois appears poised to call an election. "We find it a shame that Quebec is being left out of the agreement," the New Democratic Party leader told reporters after a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade.

Politicians criticize York siding with student who snubbed working with women

OTTAWA - Federal MPs of all political stripes took a Toronto university to task Tuesday for siding with a male student who requested that he be excused from participating in a group project with women. The York University student, whose name has not been released, cited religious grounds for the request. His religion is unclear. Sociology professor Paul Grayson originally rejected the man's request that he be allowed to skip a group project last fall; the student went on to meet with his female classmates as scheduled.

Mulcair predicts Northern Gateway a non-starter, no matter how NEB rules

OTTAWA - Tom Mulcair predicts the Northern Gateway pipeline will never be built, even if it passes environmental muster. Indeed, the NDP leader says the controversial project should have been vetoed outright, without wasting public money on an environmental assessment. The National Energy Board is poised to release Thursday the results of its environmental review of Enbridge's proposed $5.5-billion pipeline to carry Alberta oilsands bitumen to the northwest Pacific Coast for export to Asia.
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