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Politics Week: No Holiday Cheer As Conservatives Slow Votes

CANADA
(MNI) OTTAWA
  • Conservative opposition continues to push Liberals on housing squeeze and carbon tax, forcing late night procedural votes as holidays approach.
  • More sparring between federal government and oil-rich province of Alberta as Ottawa announces “Roadmap for the Decarbonization of Canada's Oil and Gas Sector” and Premier Danielle Smith criticizes the plan.
  • Angus Reid poll: Three-in-five (61%) Canadians choose the cost of living as the top issue facing the country.
  • House Speaker Greg Fergus apologizes for appearing at a Liberal event and a committee is reviewing if he showed inappropriate partisanship. (Fergus is a Liberal MP and it’s another flap shortly after the last speaker quit for inviting a former Nazi soldier to a Zelensky visit.)
  • Polling aggregator 338Canada shows Conservatives likely to win a majority government if an election were held now. Election is due in 2025 under a traditional four-year mandate but the Liberals rely on NDP to pass confidence motions and avoid an earlier campaign.
  • Sample headline: Tom Mulcair: Poilievre keeps scoring into the Liberals' empty net (CTV)
MNI Ottawa Bureau | +1 613-314-9647 | greg.quinn@marketnews.com
MNI Ottawa Bureau | +1 613-314-9647 | greg.quinn@marketnews.com

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