• Premier Jean Charest, left, Pauline Marois and François Legault. (CBC Photo)A Quebec journalist has taken umbrage to the political commentary coming from the rest of Canada.

    Sophie Durocher of Journal De Montreal, accuses the English-media of portraying the three major candidates as "narrow-minded racists," "red-necks" and xenophobic.

    Durocher singles out the National Post's Chris Selley, Andrew Coyne and Johnaton Kay, suggesting that by insulting the candidates, the trio is insulting the entire population of Quebec.

    In fairness to the 'Anglo' media, Quebec politicians have given us a lot to work with.

    During this campaign, one party leader — Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec — compared Asian kids to Quebec kids.

    "If you have kids they'll tell you [the Asian students] are always first in class. One of my sons was telling me, 'Yes, but they have no life,"' Legault told reporters according to The Canadian Press.

    [ Related: Talk of sovereignty, promoting French culture is bad for Quebec’s economy ]

    This is a political campaign where a Quebec mayor

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  • Liberal Senator Joyce Fairbairn's battle with dementia is sadly turning into a battle of political gamesmanship.

    On Monday afternoon, Conservative senator David Tkachuk, announced that in mid-August he learned that Fairbairn, 72, wouldn't be coming back to work in September because of her "dementia, Alzheimer's."

    On Monday evening, the Ottawa Citizen's Glen McGregor and Jordan Press advanced the story, suggesting that the Liberal leadership in the senate allowed Fairbairn to vote on legislation for four months even though she was declared legally incompetent.

    "Fairbairn's geriatric psychiatrist diagnosed the senator with dementia of the Alzheimer's type and declared her legally incompetent in February, according to a letter sent to Senate officials by her niece, Patricia McCullagh.

    It is unclear when the Liberals knew about the diagnosis, but by April, the top aide to Liberal Senate leader James Cowan had co-signed a declaration giving him and Fairbairn's niece power of care,

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  • People walk beside a damaged building in Old Havana August 20, 2012.Right-leaning Canadians often like to paint New Democrats as 'communists.'

    This time a prominent NDP MLA from British Columbia did it himself.

    During a talk show on a Punjabi radio station last week, New Democrat MLA Jagrup Brar said he enjoyed his holiday to Cuba and praised the communist nation's health care, education and social systems.

    Needless to say, the governing Liberals are having a field day with this.

    On Monday, the Christy Clark Liberals released a statement accusing Brar of being "communist-infatuated."

    "This [interview] begs the question, does [NDP leader] Adrian Dix agree with Brar that state-run everything is the right model for British Columbia, or will Dix distance himself from his communist-infatuated MLA?" reads the statement.

    The press release includes a full-translated transcript of Brar's interview with Radio-India.  It also includes a provocative quote from outspoken Liberal MLA Bill Bennett who says the New Democrat has "given us a glimpse into the secret

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  • While the national media myopically focuses its attention on the Quebec election, this week, two other elections could also have significant ramifications to Canada's political landscape.

    On September 6, voters in Kitchener-Waterloo and Vaughan will head to the polls in two provincial by-elections.

    These are not your typical by-elections.

    If the Liberals win both, they will form a virtual majority government for the first time since the October 2011 provincial election. If the Tories or NDP win just one, then it's back to the status-quo: a dysfunctional legislature trying to manage Canada's largest economy.

    The gravity of the by-elections has some at Queen's Park wondering if they could spell the end for either Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty or Tory chief Tim Hudak.

    "The fortunes of two leaders are tied to the votes," the Sun News Network's Christina Blizzard wrote recently.

    "If PC leader Tim Hudak can't hold on to Kitchener-Waterloo, there'll be pressure within the party for him to

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  • The story of a Canadian senator, his much younger wife, and a disturbance on an Air Canada flight that ended with her in jail is garnering international attention.

    23-year-old Maygan Sensenberger, the wife of 69 year old Senator Rod Zimmer, was arrested Thursday after the flight crew of an Air Canada flight bound for Saskatoon called ground crews to say Sensenberger was causing a ruckus.

    Update: Sensenberger was released after a court appearance Monday afternoon on the conditions that she not drink or have any contact with her husband. Zimmer was also present in court, but didn't speak to the media. She is charged with endangering the safety of the aircraft and causing a disturbance.

    According to court documents obtained by CBC News, Sensenberger is accused of uttering threats against her husband and for threatening to take down the plane.

    Scott Wright, a witness who was on the plane, however, told CBC that the whole incident was blown out of proportion.  He claims that Sensenberger was

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  • It's another election campaign — this time in Quebec — and another round of opinion poll bashing.

    This past weekend, it was Quebec Liberal leader Jean Charest's turn.

    Charest lashed-out at pollsters, claiming a Leger Marketing study that showed his party languishing in third place, was just wrong.

    "The polls are not reliable. The polls are not reliable, and they've never been. How many times do we have to demonstrate it?" Charest said during a campaign stop, according to the Globe and Mail.

    "We just had an election in Alberta where the day before the vote one party had a 10 point lead and the next day the other party wins by 10 points. Are you going to tell me that was the margin of error?"

    The Alberta election not withstanding, Canadian pollsters have actually been very accurate over the past few elections.

    Nevertheless, Charest's rantings raise an important question: Whether the polls are accurate or not, how much do they influence voters' intentions?

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  • The CRTC announced Friday that they have fined the Guelph Federal Liberal association $4,900 for violating federal robocall rules.Sixteen months after the federal election, there's finally been a ruling on the robocall scandal in Guelph.

    No, they haven't caught the infamous Pierre Poutine — this is about a different robocall scandal involving the Liberal Party.

    On Friday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that they have fined the Guelph Federal Liberal association $4,900 for violating federal robocall rules.

    "The Notice of Violation involved Robocalls made on April 30, 2011, which did not comply with the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules.," notes a press release by the CRTC.

    "The violations involved a pre-recorded message sent by the Association that failed to identify on whose behalf the call was made; provide necessary call-back information; and display the originating telephone number or an alternate number where the originator could be reached."

    According to PostMedia News, the Liberal robocall recording was about Conservative candidate Marty Burke's position

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  • Ezra Levant of the Sun News Network had a lot to say about "St. Jack" in his Wednesday broadcast.Are all the Jack Layton tributes and commemorations becoming a little too much?

    Not surprisingly, the Sun News Network's Ezra Levant believes they are.

    On a Wednesday night segment during Prime Time, Levant rehashed some of his old complaints about Layton's funeral last year.

    "Canada descended into a pathetic week of national grieving led by the media party and especially the CBC," he said.

    "It was a brazen attempt to beatify Jack Layton to turn him into a secular saint; to elevate his political views into a kind of national myth. It was all stage managed."

    [ Related: Layton's family brings upbeat message to memorial ]

    The right-leaning commentator then turned his attention to this week's media coverage of the one-year anniversary of Layton's death, calling it an extension of  the "funeral porn."

    He also railed against a CBC myopic of Layton, currently in production, suggesting it's nothing more than a taxpayer funded NDP campaign ad.

    And, in typical Levant fashion, Levant goes

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  • Canada's lack of customs and border resources could be contributing to Iran's nuclear build-up, according to a report by PostMedia News.

    PostMedia has obtained a copy of a Canada Border Services Agency's counter-proliferation intelligence section report, from last October, which suggests that CBSA is understaffed and may have been missing some shipments intended for Iran's nuclear program.

    "The number of CBSA staff dedicated to export control are very limited (approximately 53 staff members)," the paper notes.

    "The number of export shipments that the dedicated export teams must target and examine is overwhelming (8,000 to 10,000 per day)."

    [ Related: Iran expands nuclear capacity underground ]

    The report claims CBSA officers did successfully halt approximately 30 shipments from going to Iran since July 2010 — 14 were seized and 2 were referred to the RCMP for investigation.

    The seized shipments included "prohibited (listed) goods, or involved prohibited (oil refining and gas

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  • Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper rides an all-terrain vehicle at the Carcross Desert near Carcross, Yukon on the first day of his annual tour of northern Canada. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
    Maybe we can call the latest political 'controversy' involving Stephen Harper ATV-gate.

    During their week-long visit to the north, Harper and his wife Laureen inadvertently rode into the middle of an ongoing debate about the use of all-terrain vehicles in the Yukon's delicate ecosystems.

    According to iPolitics, the Harpers' off-road adventure through sand dunes near Whitehorse on Monday has touched a nerve with local environmental activists, who have spent years trying to keep all-terrain vehicles from tearing up the territory's "pristine wilderness."

    "It's hard to blame Mr. Harper," Ken Taylor, head of the lobby group Trails Only Yukon, told iPolitics. "He comes up here and he doesn't know Carcross from Carmacks," he added, referring to the Yukon town Harper visited.

    [ Related: Harper leaves room for mining near North's new park ]

    Taylor continued, telling iPolitics that his handlers should have been aware of the territory's debate over ATVs.

    According to the National Post, "the issue

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