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GOP debate round 3: Here’s what you need to know about the Republican candidates

WASHINGTON —; There’s an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.

Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.

Here’s a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night’s main event on CNBC:

Donald Trump:

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Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, “You’re fired!”

A quick sketch:

-Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens

-Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania

-“The Donald” gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world

-Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012

-Starred in reality TV shows “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice”

Also of note:

The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign – and brags about that – but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September.

Might Trump be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense

Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration

-Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls ‘the good ones’ to return legally

-Impose high tariffs on imports from China and Mexico to demand better treatment of the U.S.

In a nutshell:

Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire.

WATCH ABOVE: Students and protesters are expected to give presidential candidate Donald Trump a rough ride as he holds a rally on Tuesday October 27. Jaclyn Driscoll reports.

READ MORE: Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, economy, foreign policy at Democratic Debate

Ben Carson:

Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie.

A quick sketch:

-Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother

-29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired

-First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head

-Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

-Enhanced his conservative cred with political remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast

Also of note:

Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on “incredible fairy tales.” He’s a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility and changed.

Might Carson be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation’s health care policy.

Perhaps no, if you’re looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama’s health care law to slavery.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Impose the same flat income tax on everyone

-Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

-Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

In a nutshell:

Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender.

Marco Rubio:

Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first.

A quick sketch:

-His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid

-Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree

-Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker

-Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat

-Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife

Also of note:

Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused several times in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights.

Might Rubio be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you think it’s time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead.

Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Reverse President Barack Obama’s diplomatic outreach to Cuba

-Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break

-Freeze federal spending except on the military

In a nutshell:

Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful.

Jeb Bush:

Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he’s a former Florida governor.

A quick sketch:

-Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb

-Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably

-Worked for father George H.W. Bush’s 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns.

-Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency

-Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case

Also of note:

Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he’s not his father or his brother, however: “I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience.”

Might Bush be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status

Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core

-Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe

-Block tax increases, although he won’t sign a no-tax-increase pledge

In a nutshell:

Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite.

READ MORE: Trump: Bush can’t run campaign, shouldn’t run country

Carly Fiorina:

Key features: She’s a businesswoman – a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who’s run for Senate but never held public office.

A quick sketch:

-Daughter of a law professor turned federal appeals judge and an abstract painter

-Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard

-In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board

-Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign

-Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010

Also of note:

She described secretly recorded footage in Planned Parenthood videos that does not exist and refused to acknowledge the mistake.

Might Fiorina be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Impose “zero-based budgeting” that evaluates each federal program’s spending annually

-Shrink the government work force and base federal workers’ pay on performance, not seniority

-Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming

In a nutshell:

Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP’s only female contender.

Ted Cruz

Key features: He’s a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight “Obamacare.”

A quick sketch:

-Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor

-Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law

-Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court

-Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office

-A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots

Also of note:

Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He’s formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He’s not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign.

Might Cruz be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama’s health care law at all costs.

Perhaps no, if you’re looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices

-Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage

-Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax

In a nutshell:

Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic.

Mike Huckabee

Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues.

A quick sketch:

-Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton’s hometown of Hope, Arkansas

-Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention

-Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007

-Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News

-A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense

Also of note:

Huckabee’s numerous books include a diet guide called “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,” published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight.

Might Huckabee be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage.

Perhaps no, if you’re a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Replace income tax with a national sales tax

-Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion

-Import lower-priced medicines from Canada

In a nutshell:

Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around.

READ MORE: Donald Trump disavows Super PACs, calls on opponents to do the same

chris Christie:

Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation badly damaged when several high-level aides were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback.

A quick sketch:

-Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily.

-Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey

-Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009

-YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens “idiots” or tell them to “shut up”

-Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in “Bridgegate” case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial.

Also of note:

Christie isn’t shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he’s talked about: his mother’s last words to him (“there’s nothing left unsaid between us”). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, “and not just the rhythm method,” even though he’s Roman Catholic.

Might Christie be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools.

Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job

-Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals

-For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost

In a nutshell:

Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor.

John Kasich:

Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor.

A quick sketch:

-Son of a Pennsylvania mailman

-Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio’s Senate

-Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver

-Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget

-Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010

Also of note:

Kasich opposes President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio’s Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says “real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives” are more important than ideology.

Might Kasich be for you?

-Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor.

-Perhaps no, if you don’t want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Allow some immigrants in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine

-Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage

-Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education

In a nutshell:

Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around.

Rand Paul:

Key features: He’s NOT Ron Paul. That’s his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian.

A quick sketch:

-Helped in his father’s campaigns from age 11

-Raised in Texas, settled in his wife’s home state of Kentucky

-Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor

-Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office

-Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans’ phone records

Also of note:

Rumors aside, he wasn’t named for “Atlas Shrugged” author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him ‘Rand.’ But he is a fan.

Might Paul be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you’re upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens’ private communications.

Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve

-End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception

-Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote

In a nutshell:

Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.

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Onion Lake Cree Nation chief charged with assault

A Saskatchewan First Nations leader who has garnered a lot of attention after a victory in federal court will be heading back to court on a completely different matter. Chief Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation has been charged with a number of offences, including two counts of assault.

Mounties say the charges stem from a complaint made on May 18. The alleged incident took place at a home on Onion Lake.

He is also facing charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats to damage property.

Police say Fox was arrested Monday without incident and will be in Onion Lake provincial court on Dec. 16.

READ MORE: Sask. reserves not required to post finances pending court challenge

Last Friday, a federal court judge ruled that the Onion Lake Cree Nation, along with four other First Nations, doesn’t have to open its books to the public pending a challenge to the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

Meaghan Craig contributed to this story.

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5 reasons why Habs have won 9 straight games

The Montreal Canadiens are on the brink tying an NHL record, as one of only three franchises to start a season with 10 consecutive wins.

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The Habs enter Tuesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena with a 9-0 record, the first team in NHL history to start the year with nine straight regulation victories. A victory on Tuesday would see the Canadiens join the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres as the only teams to start a season with 10 straight wins.

So why are the Canadiens so hot?

Carey Price: The goaltender is coming off an MVP season and hasn’t missed a beat. In seven starts, Price leads the league in wins and is top in shutouts (2). He’s has a 1.29 goals against average and a .961 save percentage and has only given up nine goals in seven games.

Improved special teams: The Habs have posted a 90.9 penalty-kill percentage and are eighth in power-play efficiency at 22.9 per cent. Last season, the team was 23rd with an efficiency of 16.5 per cent.

Lines are working: All four lines are contributing so far this season. No longer does Max Pacioretty have to carry the load, as the third and fourth lines are adding to the scoring including Torrey Mitchell, who has three goals to start the season. The addition of Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann has added size to the second and third lines. Nine different players have scored so far this season.

Out in front for good: In nine games, The Habs have only trailed a team for less than three minutes. As NHL长沙桑拿 points out, the Canadiens played 324 minutes without giving up the lead. The deficit only lasted two minutes and 57 seconds.

Schedule: The Canadiens have faced at least two teams that have been off to a slow start this season. Facing the lowly Leafs twice in nine games may have helped the Habs to continue their winning ways, not to mention the Buffalo Sabres, who have won just two games.

Global’s David Shum contributed to this post.

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HHB CEO can’t promise Macdonald Bridge will always open on time – Halifax

HALIFAX – The CEO of Halifax Harbour Bridges, HHB, said he is not surprised the Big Lift on the Macdonald Bridge has run into major issues.

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Steve Snider said HHB is working to regain confidence from commuters after a series of missteps last week. The bridge did not open on time last Monday due complications from replacing the first deck segment. It also did not open on time last Friday after difficulties with moving the gantry. In addition, two speed bumps on the bridge have led to longer waits on the bridge and more frustrations from drivers as a result.

On Tuesday, HHB announced it will re-commence nighttime closures on the Macdonald Bridge. Closures had been temporarily halted on the bridge while HHB re-assessed the work of the contractor, American Bridge Company.

“They provided us detailed schedules of their work plan. They went through it in detail. Both our engineers and our consultants were satisfied there was no reason to not permit the contractor to move ahead with nighttime closures,” Snider said.

Snider said HHB received a detailed root cause analysis of last week’s late openings. He said one item identified was traction rods during the replacement of the first deck segment. He declined to identify the other root causes.

A decision to close the bridge this upcoming weekend has yet to be reached. Snider declined to explain the criteria the contractor would fulfill to receive a green light for a weekend closure.

The Big Lift is expected to be complete by fall of 2017. Snider dismissed the idea officials were too optimistic about how smoothly the project would run, instead emphasizing there have only been two major delays.

“Our plans were such that we would have no late openings. I believe late openings of several minutes is not to be unexpected. Delayed openings of greater duration, that’s a disappointment. I’m not surprised that we’ve run into major issues ok? But you don’t plan to have major issues, you plan to avoid major issues,” he said.

“I can’t stand here today and promise you there will not be any more late openings. But we are sure as heck working towards and striving for no more late openings. Our performance and our action will have to speak for us in terms of re-gaining the confidence of our customers.”

American Bridge Company was also responsible for the renovations done to the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver. In August 2015, commuters there also saw delays related to the bumps on the bridge. Snider dismissed comparisons between the two bridges.

“The bridges are different. The way the gantry is moved here, my understanding is it’s different from the way the gantry is moved on the Lion’s Gate,” Snider said.

Snider said the contractor may have to pay penalties if the project is not completed on schedule.

Despite the challenges of last week, Snider said he has confidence in the American Bridge Company.

“They were challenged when they went to move the gantry. It was a steep learning curve. They’ve learned a lot. They’ll be able to take this and make use of it when they replace the next segment,” he said.

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Manitoba’s Candice Bergen joins interim leadership race

OTTAWA —; Manitoba Conservative Candice Bergen is joining the race for interim leadership of the Conservative party.

Bergen, who served in two junior cabinet posts, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and won re-election last week.

WATCH: Global News declares Candice Bergen in Portage-Lisgar riding

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She was also the MP responsible for shepherding the bill that ultimately killed the long-gun registry, a point of political pride for her party and an experience she said makes her well-suited for the task of rallying the battered Conservative caucus in its new role as Official Opposition.

She said the bill initially was viewed as something only extreme, right-wing men were behind, but as its champion she was able to change that perception — and her party needs a change now as well.

“Taking that bill through, changing the tone on it, it was a very difficult issue and I was able to communicate it in a reasonable way and garner a lot of support around the country and even within other party caucus members,” she said in an interview.

“I’m known to be very tough, but I’m not just fair, I’m reasonable. And I think that’s an important quality that I bring.”

Also in the running for the job — which comes with an $80,000 pay bump and the Opposition leader’s residence at Stornoway — are Erin O’Toole, Rob Nicholson and Diane Finley.

Bergen, who worked as party organizer before she sought election and travelled the country during the recent campaign to help out returning and rookie candidates, said caucus knows she has their back.

“We got the message that it is time for a fresh face but at the same time we need to send a message to Canadians that we are still Conservatives,” she said.

“And for those Conservatives who believe in lower taxes, balanced budgets, in being a strong voice on a world stage, this time is still a time for us to send that message.”

While Bergen says she only speaks a little French, she’s committed to having as a deputy leader someone who is fluent in that language to ensure questions are posed properly.

The Conservatives are expected to choose an interim leader at their first post-election caucus meeting scheduled for next week, though Conservative senators have scheduled their own meeting ahead of that gathering.

Defeated MPs have been invited to the Nov. 5 meeting, though many are in Ottawa this week cleaning out their offices and don’t expect to return.

It’s unclear at this point whether only members of Parliament will be able to vote or whether senators have a say as well, due to a disconnect between the party’s constitution and a new piece of legislation that sets out rules on party issues such as leadership.

Equally unclear is whether Stephen Harper, who resigned as party leader following his defeat last week, will show up for the caucus meeting.

He is still sitting as MP for the riding of Calgary Heritage, but has told some colleagues he intends to keep a low profile.

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