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Thousands of Americans 'Wake Up Canadian'

(Newser) - Thousands of foreigners living in Canada, most of them Americans, woke up this morning to discover they were Canadians, the Toronto Star reports. A new law is granting citizenship to the sons and daughters of Canucks who lost their native status by leaving the country. "It's a strange thing...

Separatists Make Comeback in Quebec Vote

Once-moribund party's victory revives talk of breakup of Canada

(Newser) - Voters in Quebec gave a small majority to the Liberal Party last night, providing premier Jean Charest with his third election victory. But the big winner of last night's vote, reports the Gazette of Montreal, was the Parti Québécois—which advocates an independent Quebec. Once written off for...

Canadian Opposition Moves to Sink Righty Gov't

Harper's Tories in rout weeks after re-election

(Newser) - Canada’s main opposition parties have reached an unprecedented deal to topple the Conservative government, only weeks after it won re-election, reports the Globe and Mail. PM Stephen Harper infuriated rivals by attempting to end public support for political parties under the veil of an economic stimulus bill. The Liberals,...

Canada's Liberal Leader Resigns
Canada's Liberal Leader Resigns

Canada's Liberal Leader Resigns

'I failed,' admits Dion after election drubbing; successors line up

(Newser) - Stéphane Dion, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party, announced his resignation yesterday after leading his party to one of its worst ever results in last week's election. The Quebecker said he would remain in office until his successor is chosen, the Globe and Mail reports. Dion is the first...

Canada Returns Conservative Minority Government

Harper's party grabs more seats but still falls short of a majority

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been re-elected to form a minority government. Harper's Conservative party boosted the size of its minority in yesterday's Canadian election but fell a dozen seats short of a majority, Reuters reports. The opposition Liberals slumped to their lowest share of the popular vote in...

Canada Votes Amid Financial Upheaval

Harper leads, but global crisis clouds election's finish

(Newser) - Canadians vote today in the country's third election in four years, and polls predict a second minority government for Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister. But while his Tories have led Stéphane Dion's Liberals throughout the campaign, the global financial crisis—during which Toronto's stock exchange has dropped 20%...

Canada Heads for an Early Election
Canada Heads for an Early Election

Canada Heads for an Early Election

PM set to dissolve parliament; snap poll likely on Oct. 14

(Newser) - The Canadian parliament is set to be dissolved after the prime minister and opposition leader failed in their a final compromise attempt, reports the Globe and Mail. Stéphane Dion, the leader of the Liberals, told reporters PM Stephen Harper asked his party not to oppose any legislation for a...

Afghanistan Could Sunder Canadian Government

PM Harper aims to extend combat mission

(Newser) - Canada could face an early election if a political gamble by PM Stephen Harper over the country's role in Afghanistan fails, the Globe and Mail reports. Harper's Conservatives will introduce tomorrow a motion to extend Canada's presence in Afghanistan, and Harper warned an opposition leader that it will be a...

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