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A new poll states the Conservatives and the NDP are neck-and-neck

The federal Conservatives and New Democrats are statistically neck-and-neck, according to a new poll released Monday, the same day the fall session of Parliament will begin.

A poll from Nanos Research reports the NDP has the support of 30.4 per cent of Canadians, while the Conservatives have 32.5 per cent. The Liberals, in third place, have 24.6 per cent support, and the Bloc Quebecois and Green Party have 5.8 and 5 per cent each.

The federal perception of Stephen Harper’s leadership has also improved, as the Prime Minister experienced a 20-point jump from polling conducted two months earlier.

Due to a shift in undecided voters, according to CTV News, Harper scored a 93.4 per cent on the Nanos leadership index, nearly double the score of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who had a score of 48.

The leadership index is comprised of key qualities, including trust, competence, and vision for Canada amongst federal party heads. 

Extraditing Luka Rocco Magnotta will cost $375,000

The extradition of accused killer Luka Rocco Magnotta, from Germany, is expected to cost Canadian taxpayers close to $375,000.

Federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press reveal this estimate, which includes flight expenses for the Canadian Forces CC-150 Polaris Airbus, and catering and hotel services for authorities. 

Magnotta was arrested in Berlin in June, and faces several charges for the killing and dismemberment of visiting Chinese student, Jun Lin.

A Department of National Defence spokesperson said the final cost of bringing the 30-year-old back to Canada will be confirmed in the coming weeks. 

TIFF’s big winner

David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, bringing the 11-day festival to a close.

The film stars Bradley Cooper, who plays a mentally unstable teacher that moves back in with his parents, and befriends a young widow, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. Due for a Nov. 21, 2012 release, the movie also stars Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker, and was based on a dark, comic novel by Matthew Quick. 

Ben Affleck’s Argo was the first runner-up for the public prize, but both films have been received a strong amount of Oscar buzz for the coming year. Will Playbook be the next The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious or American Beauty? Time will tell, but Harvey Weinstein is certainly on board for the ride.


Joanna Adams writes about news and entertainment for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at @NowStarringTO


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