From deficits to devolution, the Globe’s team of political journalists give you the low down of what to watch for across the country this year.
In federal politics:
Conservatives: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is undoubtedly glad to put 2013 behind him. Dogged by a scandal in the Senate that reached far into his office, his party’s popularity has slipped well behind that of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, who are also gaining the edge in fundraising. But Mr. Harper’s Senate problems did not end with the flipping of the calendar. Criminal charges could be coming against people who he, himself, appointed. And the opposition parties will not stop pulling at the threads of the controversy until they are convinced there is nothing more to unravel. That leaves the Conservatives hoping that the bright lights of the 2014 economy will outshine the gloom that has befallen them. The Canadian dollar is down, the Americans are in recovery mode, and the deficit is targeted for elimination – all of which presages good news for Canadian pocketbooks. So Mr. Harper’s job, in this year before the next federal election, will be to convince swing voters to keep their eyes on the fiscal positives and away from the other less savoury issues that will be swirling around Parliament. (by Gloria Galloway in Ottawa)