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World 27 Sep 2015 | 8:20 PM

Insight - Canada election may be so close that it leads to political instability

OTTAWA (Reuters) - With Canada’s three main political parties all getting around 30 percent support in polls, the odds of a period of political instability after the October 19 election are rising.

World 25 Sep 2015 | 10:55 AM

Rivals accuse Canadian PM of pushing ban on veils to win votes

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's two main opposition leaders accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election debate on Thursday of trying to win votes by pushing a ban on Muslim women's face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.

World 17 Sep 2015 | 3:30 AM

Canada New Democrats vow to hike corporate taxes, run surpluses

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party said on Wednesday it would raise the corporate tax rate to 17 percent from the current 15 percent in its first term in office if it wins the Oct. 19 federal election.

World 15 Sep 2015 | 2:55 AM

Balanced budget for Canada's Harper overshadows corruption trial

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (Reuters) - Good news about the economy propelled Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the campaign trail on Monday, with an earlier-than-expected budget surplus overshadowing the trial of a former aide for influence peddling.

World 15 Sep 2015 | 1:10 AM

Former aide to Canada PM goes on trial, adding to scandal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A former aide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper went on trial for influence-peddling on Monday, adding to the scandal that has helped undermine the ruling Conservatives ahead of an October election.

World 27 Aug 2015 | 1:45 AM

Trailing in polls, Canada opposition Liberals attack main rivals

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's once-popular opposition Liberals, who are trailing in third place ahead of an Oct 19 election, shifted their fire to the first-place New Democratic Party on Wednesday as the two centre-left rivals battle to defeat the ruling Conservatives.

World 02 Aug 2015 | 12:50 PM

Canada PM set to call Oct 19 election, focus on sluggish economy

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.

World 31 Jul 2015 | 8:30 AM

Canada's election campaign seen starting Sunday

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Speculation mounted on Thursday that Canada's election campaign will formally begin on Sunday, with the governing Conservatives planning a Montreal rally on Sunday evening at which Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to speak.

World 18 Mar 2015 | 12:25 AM

Canadian Conservative MP apologises over anti-niqab comments

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A legislator with Canada's governing Conservatives apologised on Tuesday for saying Muslim women who do not want to remove their face-coverings when taking the citizenship oath should "stay the hell where (they) came from."It was the second embarrassing backtrack this month by the ruling Conservatives as they gear up for an October election that they have signalled they will centre around the economy and the fight against what they call "jihadist terrorism."

World 12 Mar 2015 | 10:05 AM

Canadian PM's comments on Muslim veil set off Twitter flurry

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Twitter users turned to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for tongue-in-cheek fashion advice on Wednesday, the day after he said the niqab, a face covering veil worn by some Muslims, was rooted in an "anti-women" culture.