Sep 30, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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Even though former Conservative leader Joe Clark is the youngest prime minister in Canadian history, most remember him as ”Joe Who?”
Earlier in the current federal election campaign, the NDP referred to Finance Minister Joe Oliver as ”Joe Where?” as he hadn’t been in the spotlight much.
He emerged Tuesday to the repeated question ”Where have you been?”
Joe Oliver
Oliver says the focus has been his Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence and getting the confidence of voters so he can hopefully remain MP.
The riding was a Liberal stronghold for decades before he won it in 2011 by about four-thousand votes.
Local polling is showing lawyer Marco Mendicino leading for the Liberals and Oliver second.
The NDP is running former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thomson.
Fresh economic data has Oliver smiling though.
He says news that the economy grew 0.3% in July signals ”we are on the move.  The economy is growing.
He also says the government’s within its rights to be conducting business during an election.
He rejects suggestions the continued pursuit of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership is a violation of the ”caretaker convention” that’s supposed to limit government activity during a campaign.
Oliver argues when there’s a matter of importance of urgency that deals with in the national interest, then it’s appropriate for a government to act.
Trade Minister Ed Fast’s in Atlanta for negotiations with speculation a T-P-P deal could be reached by Friday.
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