• Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau taking questions from reporters.

    Two new opinion polls this week provide the Harper Conservatives with some good news and some bad news.

    Let's start with the good news.

    According to Nanos Research's weekly brand rankings, more and more Canadians are picking Stephen Harper as their number one choice for prime minister.

    "For the fourth week in succession, the percentage of Canadians that rank Harper as their first choice for Prime Minister has risen. For the first time since January 18, 2014, Harper has numerically surpassed Trudeau on this measure although the numbers remain tight on the preferred PM tracking," pollster Nik Nanos wrote as part of an email release.

    "Thirty percent of Canadians said that Harper was their first choice as PM, compared to 28 percent for Trudeau and 18 percent for Mulcair. Harper on the PM tracking is up five points in the last four weeks. While Trudeau has been trending downward on this measure over the same period."

    Perhaps Harper's leadership on the Ukraine file has something to do with

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  • MP Eve Adams with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Conservative MP Eve Adams believes that she's being "pilloried in the media."

    In a series of media interviews on Thursday, the much-maligned Member of Parliament for Mississauga-South Brampton defended herself over allegations that she was bulldozing her way through a nomination process in the new riding of Oakville North Burlington.

    Specifically, Adams was responding to a letter by Oakville North Burlington riding association president Mark Fedak, who accused Adams of verbally abusing volunteers, telling a local contractor not to work with the local riding association, using taxpayer money to mail leaflets in Oakville — a riding that she currently doesn't represent — and using the Conservative Party database to access information about board members.

    "All Conservative members of Parliament were provided with CIMS access to the riding that they will be running in, to the riding that was approved they will be running in, in 2015, and that’s been the case for a number of months," Adams

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  • Former auditor general Sheila Fraser has joined the voices in opposition of the Fair Elections Act.

    Another day, another prominent voice is speaking out against the Conservative Party's Fair Elections Act.

    The Fair Elections Act — Bil C-23 — will, among other things, raise the limits on political donations, impose tougher penalties on those who break election rules, separate the administration of elections from the enforcement of election law, reduce Elections Canada's public information activities and eliminate 'vouching' for voters who lack proper identification at the ballot box.

    The last two measures have generated intense criticism from the opposition parties, the Assembly of First Nations, Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand, former federal chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley and chief electoral officers in British Columbia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

    On Thursday, it was former Auditor General Sheila Fraser's turn to attack the bill, suggesting that it could disenfranchise thousands of voters.

    "Elections are the base of our democracy and if we do

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  • A CTV report suggests Stephen Harper is under increasing pressure to strip Eve Adams of her Parliamentary Secretary role and to bar her from seeking the Tory nomination in Oakville.

    While Jason MacDonald the prime minister's communications director says punishing Adams is not in the cards, you have to wonder if that's the next step in this sordid affair that some are dubbing "love-gate."

    Adams, the current MP for Mississauga Brampton and the Parliamentary Secretary to the health minister, is aggressively seeking the Conservative Party nomination in Oakville North-Burlington where she now lives.

    Earlier this week, her fiance — Dimitri Soudas — was fired as the party's executive director for interfering in her nomination race.

    Dimitri Soudas, left, and fiance Eve Adams.And on Wednesday, there was a leaked letter from the Conservative Party's Oakville riding president to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, slamming Adams' and her behaviour.

    "It is with heavy heart that I fell I must write you directly with regard to recent actions

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  • Who is going to win the Quebec election?

    That's going to be the topic of an endless number of columns, political TV panels and radio talk shows over the next week.

    With just five days left in the campaign, the pollsters are suggesting that Philippe Couillard's Liberals are poised to reclaim the National Assembly. A new Forum Research poll, released on Tuesday, pegs the Liberals at 41 per cent in popular support, the Parti Quebecois at 29 per cent and the Coalition Avenir Quebec at 19 per cent.

    If you're pulling for Couillard, don't get too excited — not just yet.

    You'll recall that just days before the 2012 election, Forum predicted a "comfortable majority" for the PQ.

    In their final sampling before that election, they had the PQ at 36 per cent, the Liberals at 29 per cent and the CAQ at 25 per cent. The actual results were 31.9 per cent for the PQ, 31.2 per cent for the Liberals and 27.1 per cent for the CAQ.

    To be fair to Forum, they weren't the only ones to get it wrong.

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  • Conservative MP Eve AdamsYou have to believe that Tory MP Eve Adams' career prospects within the Conservative Party of Canada are pretty much dead in the water.

    The current MP from Mississauga Brampton is aggressively seeking the Conservative Party nomination in Oakville North-Burlington where she now lives.

    Earlier this week, her fiance — Dimitri Soudas — was forced out by the party for interfering in Adams' nomination race.

    And now, there's a leaked letter from the Conservative Party's Oakville riding president to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, slamming Adams and her behaviour:

    "It is with heavy heart that I fell I must write you directly with regard to recent actions by Eve Adams MP that I believe are both negatively impacting the internal workings of our local association and are beginning to take a toll on the brand of the Party," Mark Fedak wrote in the letter dated April 1.

    "I was originally going to write you about a specific matter after our last board meeting...Sadly things have only gotten worse."

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  • If Joe Cressy has his way, he's going to join the under-30 club of the New Democrats on Parliament Hill.

    But unlike some of the other NDP millennials, Cressey — who is running for nomination for the NDP in Toronto's Trinity Spadina — has a got a pretty impressive resume.

    Cressy was a senior advisor and Director of Campaigns for the Stephen Lewis Foundation where he worked with HIV and AIDS organizations in Africa. He was a local activist as a campaign coordinator for the Polaris Institute where he led the push for cities like Toronto to ban bottled water in municipal buildings.

    He's also got politics in his genes: both his parents were city councillors in Toronto in the late-seventies and eighties.

    Moreover, he was a protege of Jack Layton and Olivia Chow and was going to be the latter's deputy campaign manager for her mayoral run prior to his decision to run federally.

    Yahoo Canada News interviewed Cressy late last week. Here are some excerpts from that interview.

    Why he's running

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  • One of the emerging themes as we inch toward the 2015 federal election is that of a political leader's judgement.

    We saw a hint of this on Monday when Conservative Party Officials questioned Justin Trudeau's after the Liberal leader dropped an f-bomb at a charity boxing match over the weekend.

    Trudeau countered, questioning Stephen Harper's judgement over the sudden resignation of the prime minister's hand-picked Conservative Party executive director Dimitri Soudas. Soudas resigned on Sunday after allegations emerged of him interfering with a nomination battle in Oakville involving his fiance MP Eve Adams.

    "It's yet another example of this government in general, but Mr. Harper in particular, showing poor judgement in his appointments process. Whether its for senators or executive directors or chiefs of staffs," Trudeau told reporters on Monday.

    "This is just part of a pattern of a government that has shown itself incapable of putting the right people in the right place."

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  • To the chagrin of political reporters across the country, this is the final week of the Quebec election campaign.

    So far the campaign has brought us a flurry of racist comments, allegations of ties to corruption, suggestions of voter suppression, and stories of off-shore accounts.

    And then there's the topic du jour: Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard is accusing Pauline Marois and the Parti Quebecois of being "Machiavellian."

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    Citing a La Presse story as proof — which cites PQ sources — Couillard says that the PQ will pass the Charter of Values knowing it will be struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada, and use that rebuke to gain support for an independent Quebec. It's been a plan in the works, according to the La Presse and Couillard, since 2007.

    "We see their plan now. [The charter] has been an elaborate ploy from the beginning," Couillard told a Quebec radio station, according to the Montreal

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  • Pauline Marois arrives with women's rights activist Janette Bertrand during a campaign stop in Laval, Que.

    The head of the Muslim Council of Montreal is concerned about what he calls the "discriminatory" comments of some Parti Quebecois candidates in this election campaign.

    In an interview with Yahoo Canada News, Salam Elmenyawi discussed several recent incidences.

    He spoke about Jean Carriere, the former PQ candidate for Lafontaine who was forced to resign after a reporter found an old Facebook post of his which included an image of a half-naked woman with text that read "F#$% Islam." Elmenyawi also mentioned Gouin candidate Louise Mailloux who — according to the Montreal Gazette — had once described baptism and circumcision as rape and claimed kosher and halal foods fund religious wars.

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    And then he cited this story from CJAD Radio:

    Shawinigan PQ candidate André Beaudoin, in an interview published today in Le Nouvelliste,...said he's worried reasonable accommodation requests from Muslims could hurt Quebec's

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