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A Senate clerk waits for the start of Question Period in the Senate chambers on Parliament Hill.
A Senate clerk waits for the start of Question Period in the Senate chambers on Parliament Hill.
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For Harper, re-election trumps holding fast to conservative values

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When news broke Tuesday evening that Wednesday’s Throne Speech would include action to close the gap between American and Canadian prices on consumer goods, the reaction from the commentariat was immediate and furious.