Canada Politics News Roundup For Sunday, September 17, 2012

Here’s a selection of our key news headlines on the eve of the Canadian Parliament’s return for the fall session. It’s going to be another acrimonious session. But the real bad news is that a new Harris-Decima poll gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives a 7-point lead over Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats. But there’s also good news. If you’re a progressive activist, that is. First, Kitchener Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth is expected to attempt to reopen to abortion debate.  Second, patent protection has emerged as a contentious issue in the next round of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) talks.

The roundup:

Hoping for a changed tone in Parliament? Don’t hold your breath

Canadian parliament resumes with another budget fight looming

5 issues that will dominate the fall session of Parliament

Conservatives edge NDP as Parliament returns, poll says

Prison guards hold demonstration to protest spending cuts, overcrowding

A Failed War On Drugs, A Failed War On Crime

Enbridge faces $68,000 fine for not inspecting pipeline branch in Ohio

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offending his own supporters: Hume

Drug patents a hot issue in Canada-EU trade talks

Newfoundland fertile ground for NDP

3 Canadian Embassies Close In Middle East Due To Security Concerns

CAW pushing for deal with Ford in contract talks with automakers

Canadians oppose drug patent extension in Canada-EU trade deal: POLL

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Obert Madondo

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.