National Newswatch

Senators, opposition set to challenge pot bill age limits, prison terms in committee

Apr 26 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Rules for the minimum age at which Canadians could buy pot, how many plants apartment-dwellers could grow, and lengthy maximum prison sentences could be challenged by Senators and opposition MPs as the government’s marijuana legislation passes through parliamentary committees. The chair of the House Justice Committee, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather (Mount Royal, Que.), defended the […]


Digital campaigns say they’ve convinced thousands to try to swing Conservative leadership contest to the centre

Apr 19 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — A network of amateur, online political campaigns is preparing to release a mock ballot for the Conservative leadership race to thousands of supporters in the party, in an effort to swing the contest away from candidates Kellie Leitch, Kevin O’Leary, and social conservatives in the race. Organizers behind the digital campaigns, involving websites, social media […]


Conservative leadership race enters ‘horse-trading phase’ and candidates are making deals

Apr 17 2017 — Abbas Rana — With the Conservative leadership campaign in the home stretch, candidates and their top strategists are now reaching out to Parliamentarians, rival leadership candidates’ campaign officials and supporters, and building alliances for second-, third-, and subsequent-ballot support as none of the 14 candidates is likely to win on the first ballot in this close contest. “The […]


Liberal MP Easter says Grits should switch approach on House rule changes to get legislative agenda moving

Apr 17 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Frustration is mounting among government backbenchers over the stalemate over potential House rule changes, and the resulting inability of the government to advance its legislative agenda, says one longtime Liberal MP, who adds that it might be time for the government to rethink its approach. “A fairly good number of Liberals that are frustrated—[I’m] frustrated […]


Conservative MPs criticize Gilmore for floating Conservative Party shakeup, take aim at his marriage to Liberal minister

Apr 12 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — A handful of Conservative MPs are challenging Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore’s cross-country discussion tour on the state of the Conservative Party, questioning Mr. Gilmore’s motives and experience with the party. However, several well-known conservatives say Mr. Gilmore is right to warn that the rhetoric coming out of the party’s leadership race misses the mark for […]


Conservative leadership results to indicate level of MPs’ influence in ridings, say Tory MPs

Apr 10 2017 — Abbas Rana — Conservative MPs who have endorsed any of the 14 leadership candidates are working aggressively to deliver their ridings to their preferred candidates in next month’s leadership vote because the riding-by-riding leadership election results will be seen as a measure of MPs’ influence in their ridings, say Conservative MPs. As well, if an MP’s chosen candidate […]

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Conservative MP Tilson tells O’Leary ‘to his face’ he won’t vacate his House seat

Apr 10 2017 — Abbas Rana — Five-term Conservative MP David Tilson informed Conservative Party leadership front-runner Kevin O’Leary at a private meeting last week that he would not vacate his seat for him if the businessman and reality-TV star won the party’s top job next month in Toronto. In an interview with The Hill Times, Mr. Tilson (Dufferin-Caledon, Ont.)—who is supporting […]


Opposition House leaders want new special committee to take over Commons rule changes study, vow to continue filibuster against Libs’ plan to ‘unilaterally rewrite’ playbook

Apr 5 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Conservative and NDP House leaders want the government to set up a new House committee to study its proposed sweeping changes to parliamentary rules and say they will continue to filibuster the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in the meantime. Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen (Portage-Lisgar, Man.) and NDP House Leader Murray Rankin (Victoria, B.C.), […]