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Althia Raj is The Huffington Post Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief. Before joining HuffPost in 2011, Althia worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered Parliament Hill on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media and producing for CTV and for CBC Radio's The House. She is a weekly 'power panel' contributor to CBC's Power & Politics with Evan Solomon. She can also be frequently heard and seen on CTV's Question Period, CPAC's The Week with Mark Sutcliffe, CBC The National's At Issue panel and CBC radio stations across the country. She can be found on Twitter under @althiaraj and on Facebook.
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Jim Karygiannis' Former Liberal Riding Association Donor Lists Reveal Questionable Patterns

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Questionable donation patterns to a Liberal riding association have not been investigated by the Commissioner of Elections Canada or the Liberal Party of Canada, information given to The Huffington Post Canada suggests.

HuffPost reported Wednesday about Harbhajan Singh, a bundler who collected donations from members of the South...

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Parm Gill Supporter Denies Wrongdoing After Liberal's Donation Given To Tories

(112) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 7:54 PM

A Tory supporter who used to collect donations for the Liberal party is expressing indignation at suggestions that he has done something wrong.

Etobicoke, Ont., resident Harbhajan Singh previously raised funds for a Liberal MP in Scarborough–Agincourt but now works with Conservative Parm Gill, the incumbent MP for Brampton North....

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Parm Gill Tory Donation Shows Up On Liberal Supporter's Credit Card

(140) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:30 PM

BRAMPTON, Ont. — A faithful Liberal supporter is accusing Conservative MP Parm Gill of charging his credit card for a substantial donation without his knowledge — actions he thinks the RCMP should investigate.

Jagdish Singh is a long-time Liberal donor who lives in Brampton, Ont., on the...

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Ruby Sahota, Liberal Candidate, Incensed At Tory Parm Gill's Name Game

(163) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 5:58 PM

parm gill ruby sahotaConservative incumbent Parm Gill, left, is running against Liberal Ruby Sahota, right, in Brampton North.

A Liberal candidate is accusing a Conservative MP of lying about her views in a pamphlet in which he attacks a former political foe with the same first name.

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Yes, There's A Way Harper Could Testify At Duffy's Trial

(29) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 11:37 AM

OTTAWA — The decision on whether or not Stephen Harper testifies at Sen. Mike Duffy's fraud, breach of trust, and bribery trial could ultimately rest with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair or Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

But first, he would need to be subpoenaed and called to testify, and Mulcair or...

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Eve Adams: Office Email In Ashley Madison Leak 'Not Me'

(66) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:54 PM

Liberal MP Eve Adams can’t seem to catch a break.

After leaving the Tories to join the Grits, only to lose a contested nomination race in a Toronto riding, the soon-to-be former MP now finds her office email address listed as a potential customer of Ashley Madison,...

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Nigel Wright Explains Email About 'PM' Knowing He 'Personally Assisted Duffy'

(92) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 6:15 PM

So, what did "personally assisted" mean?

Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, was on the stand again Wednesday for a sixth day of cross-examination by Sen. Mike Duffy's lawyer.

Under questioning from Donald Bayne, Wright was asked what he meant in a May 14, 2013, email in...

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Duffy Trial: 8 Things We Learned Monday

(85) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:02 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, was in the witness box for the fourth day Monday. Under intense cross-examination from Mike Duffy’s lawyer, Donald Bayne, Wright revealed several interesting and significant details.

Duffy, the former broadcaster and Conservative senator from Prince Edward Island,...

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Thomas Mulcair Is A Ruthless Dictator Like Harper, Says Green MP Who Left The NDP

(280) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 12:30 AM

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is just as dictatorial as Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, says New Democrat turned-Green MP Bruce Hyer.

In a Facebook post Sunday, Hyer said that if voters handed Mulcair and the NDP a majority government this fall, Canadians would be on their way to enjoying...

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22 More Things We Learned From The Mike Duffy Trial

(49) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 2:37 AM

Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was on the stand Thursday for his first day of cross-examination in the trial of former Conservative senator Mike Duffy.

Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges involving fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to...

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24 Things We Learned From Nigel Wright's Emails In The Mike Duffy Trial

(153) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 3:42 AM

Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, took the stand Wednesday as a Crown witness against former Conservative senator Mike Duffy.

Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges connected with his inappropriate Senate housing and living expenses, and a $90,000 payment Wright gave...

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Federal Election 2015: May Says Mulcair Is Allowing Harper To Avoid Broadcasters' Debate

(117) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 8:11 AM

OTTAWA — Green party Leader Elizabeth May is blasting NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair for failing to keep his word and participate in the English-language television leaders’ debate.

Speaking to The Huffington Post Canada on Tuesday, May said the only way Conservative Leader Stephen Harper can avoid showing...

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Morgan Wheeldon Speaks Out About Being Forced To Resign As NDP Candidate

(134) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 6:08 PM

A former NDP candidate who was forced to resign on Sunday is defending his reputation.

Nova Scotia resident Morgan Wheeldon told The Huffington Post Canada Tuesday that he isn’t ready to say he resigned when the party forced his hand.

Wheeldon, 33, is featured in an item...

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Harper Gave A Much Different Answer On 'Good To Go' In 2013

(130) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper may face more questions on the campaign trail this week about what was meant by "good to go."

Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright — who will be taking the stand Wednesday in Mike Duffy's criminal trial — suggested in emails in 2013 that...

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Morgan Wheeldon, NDP Candidate, Resigns After Israel Remarks Surface

(313) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 5:06 PM

An NDP candidate whose controversial comments about Israel and Canada were featured on a Conservative attack website has resigned.

On Monday, NDP senior campaign adviser Brad Lavigne confirmed Morgan Wheeldon had been given the boot: "Our position on the conflict in the Middle East is clear,...
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Stephen Harper Denies He Said 'Good To Go' To Nigel Wright About Mike Duffy Cheque

(205) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 2:06 PM

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is denying he told his former chief of staff Nigel Wright he was “good to go” with a $90,000 payment to embattled senator Mike Duffy.

Harper, who was campaigning in Ottawa Sunday, was asked about Duffy’s fraud, breach of trust and bribery trial resuming this week.

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Stephen Harper Cites Linda McQuaig Oilsands Comments To Criticize NDP

(192) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 12:23 PM

The NDP would wreck Canada’s economy and should never get into power, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said Sunday.

Harper, who was announcing new security-related measures in Ottawa, told reporters he wanted to address something that had come up over the weekend and that he thought was “pretty important and shouldn’t...

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Justin Trudeau's Maclean's Debate Performance Reassures Liberals

(196) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:22 PM

TORONTO — Any nerves Liberals had before the Maclean’s leaders’ debate on Thursday were replaced with relief after party leader Justin Trudeau stood his ground in the two-hour showdown.

Approximately 200 people who packed a community hall in the riding of Eglinton–Lawrence Friday morning were all smiles.

Facing off...

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Hans Marotte, Quebec NDP Candidate, Faces Questions About Views On Palestinian Intifada

(62) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:52 PM

TORONTO — An NDP Quebec candidate, best known as a celebrated separatist who scaled the cross atop Montreal’s Mount Royal to showcase his support for the province’s language law Bill 101, is now under fire for his apparent support of the first Palestinian intifada.

In his 1990 book, Un Pays...

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Trudeau On Bill C-51 Stance: 'Perhaps It Was Naive'

(54) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 1:26 AM

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday that his position on the Conservative’s anti-terrorism Bill C-51 may have been “naive.”

The Liberals supported the legislation in Parliament but have pledged to scrap controversial portions of it, if elected government come October. Speaking at the Macleans’ leaders debate Thursday, Trudeau...

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