Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Saturday that he remains open to getting rid of Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system if his party is re-elected, provided there’s more consensus on the issue — something he says was lacking in the past. Trudeau said, however, that he would not favour proportional representation as an alternative, saying the system […]
With victory Monday appearing increasingly unlikely, some within Erin O’Toole’s campaign are focusing on salvaging his leadership should Justin Trudeau win a third-straight election. The Conservatives are polling neck-and-neck with the Liberal party nationally, but those numbers don’t tell a full story.
The race remains very close nationally with the Liberals and Conservatives separated by a single point (32% to 31%). The NDP is at 21% unchanged for the past 3 days. The People’s Party is up to 6% while the Greens are at 2%.
The Liberal Party said Toronto candidate Kevin Vuong is no longer running under the party banner and won’t sit with the Liberal caucus if elected. Vuong, running in Spadina—Fort York, had been asked by the Liberals to “pause” his campaign after reports of a past sexual assault charge, which was dropped, surfaced in the media. […]Read More
Maybe we will have to wait for British Columbia after all. We made it! The last Saturday of this election campaign means the last tipping points analysis — at least until we have some results we can use to identify the actual tipping points.Read More
Jagmeet Singh criticized the COVID-19 pandemic responses of Saskatchewan and Alberta’s provincial governments as the federal NDP campaign focused on Conservative-held seats in the prairie provinces. Singh says people across the prairies are being hit extra hard by the fourth wave of the pandemic because their governments have failed them. “People should be angry at […]Read More
The vast majority of Conservative candidates are not disclosing their vaccination status, even as their party leader has championed vaccinations as key to getting through the pandemic. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has said if his party wins government, it would ensure the country’s COVID-19 vaccination rate goes above 90 per cent, but he is the […]Read More
With the 2021 federal election just two days away, it is still a tight race between the Liberals and Conservatives, according to the latest polling data from Nanos Research. The most recent Nanos Research’s nightly tracking data, conducted for CTV News and the Globe and Mail and released on Saturday, shows the two leading parties […]Read More
After more than a year of frustration with Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership, the United Conservative Party constituency board in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills has voted 27 to 1 in favour of launching a leadership review. “We just feel like there is a disconnect from voters and grassroots, we feel that there is actually a disconnect within caucus […]Read More
It is a very sad day in our political history as it was one-year-ago today that Canada lost former Prime Minister John Napier Turner. A remarkable man – with a special gift for friendship – he served as Prime Minister of Canada in 1984 and then as Leader of the Opposition, leading his party through […]
For an election that is largely about authentic leadership and trust, the news that a Liberal candidate has been asked to “pause” his campaign, while the party looks into a Toronto Star story that he was charged with sexual assault, is potentially a serious setback for Justin Trudeau.
Throughout this election campaign, I have written weekly round ups on Fridays at The Line. I’m not on the campaign trail, mind, and what I’ve tried to offer here are not daily gaffes or horserace analysis, but rather a sense of the overall themes of the election. This Friday’s blast will be the final summation […]
Could Justin Trudeau or Erin O’Toole survive a defeat on Monday? For different reasons, that’s unlikely in either case. Let’s start with the no-brainer involving the Liberal leader. Defeated prime ministers do not as a rule stick around to lead their party in opposition. Even if one wanted to stay put in a humbler role, […]
As is usually the case in Canadian federal elections, foreign policy issues have not figured prominently on the hustings. While Afghanistan and the two Michaels were briefly discussed during the campaign’s sole English-language debate, these issues concern the safety and wellbeing of Canadian citizens caught in the line of fire. Virtually no attention has been […]
The Press Gallery breaks down the situation in Alberta and how increasing criticism of Jason Kenney has hurt the O’Toole campaign.
If the polls are to be believed, we have all just wasted five weeks of our lives. An election that, in law, should never have been called, the reason for which has never been adequately explained, limped through a listless campaign on track to producing a Parliament remarkably like the one it was supposed to […]
Never mind all this election talk about “forward” and the future. What this campaign apparently needed in its final week was a blast from the past — several blasts, actually. As if by some unspoken agreement, the Conservative and Liberal campaigns decided to haul a couple of past prime ministers out of retirement and put […]
Canadians have never been more aware of the importance of digital technology than they are now after a pandemic that dramatically accelerated the pace at which millions of us shifted our activities online. Many things Canadians used to do ‘in person’ — from grocery shopping to medical appointments — are now done without ever leaving […]
In the final days of the federal campaign, all eyes are on the national polls, which show a tight race between the Liberals and the Conservatives (though some polls are tighter than others). On the Friday before the election, Nanos Research indicated that 31.9 percent of voters had the Liberals as their first choice, compared […]
If Erin O’Toole has a bad election night on Monday, the country is in deep trouble. The country is already in deep trouble. But it’ll get worse for all of us, even you non-Conservatives, if O’Toole can’t take at least some kind of victory back to his base after Monday. This isn’t personal. I do […]Read More
With the Leaders’ Debates behind us and just a short time until Canadians go to the ballot box, it’s more important than ever that all parties address an issue that has thus far been relegated to the sidelines when it should be the star of the show: how to grow the economy. James Carville’s “It’s […]Read More
Heading into the federal election campaign’s final days, the Liberal and Conservative parties are in a dead heat nationally in a race with an uncertain outcome. In the scramble for votes, the parties have all made gender-based appeals, hoping to capitalize on known or assumed differences between men and women to reactivate past supporters or […]Read More
Erin O’Toole may regret lavishing as much praise as he did on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney 11 months ago for his government’s pandemic-management skills. Especially since O’Toole seemed mostly unwilling to explain, modify or contextualize that praise to reporters at a Thursday morning press conference in Saint John, N.B.Read More
He was once cast as our knight in shining armour coming to our political rescue. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. He’s not out of the woods. Not yet. He gambles with COVID-19, we lose and many of his backers wonder how much longer they can hang in hoping for the bossman to get his […]Read More
The thrill is clearly gone in having Justin Trudeau as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. Now, at best, there is passive enthusiasm for Trudeau to remain in power and that is tainted by widespread fury-driven loathing of the Liberal leader on this campaign, which is hard to fathom given his two difficult years in the pandemic […]Read More
Another day, another gross invasion of privacy as a political candidate (and the travelling media circus) expropriated someone’s lawn for a photo op. Jagmeet Singh was in the Davenport riding, just west of Toronto’s downtown, to hammer home his party’s affordable housing plan. “Families can’t afford Justin Trudeau’s housing crisis and billionaire handouts any longer” […]Read More
Today in Canada’s Political History: Sir John A. Makes Greatest Political Comeback in Canadian History!
It was on this date in 1878 that Canada’s Father of Confederation led his party to perhaps the single greatest comeback in the history of our politics. After five years in political exile, imposed by voters due to his and his government’s role in the Pacific Scandal, Canadians were in a forgiving mood and re-elected […]Read More
As always on Art’s History we pause to mark the birthdays of all 23 of our Prime Ministers. Today, it is John Diefenbaker’s turn. John Diefenbaker was born on this date in 1895 in Neustadt, a small southern Ontario community, and moved west with his family while still a child. Soon after, he began his […]Read More
It’s a refrain heard during every election: polls have too much influence and should be banned as some disinform more than inform. The debate about the impact of scientific polls and their interpretation have on voters won’t soon be resolved. But one thing is clear in this campaign in search of a ballot question: a […]Read More
British presenter Piers Morgan will join News Corp and Fox News Media and host a TV show that will air in the U.S., Britain and Australia, the company said Thursday. News Corp executive chair Rupert Murdoch said Morgan, 56, is “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.” Murdoch added in a […]