National Newswatch
May 28 2022 — Lucas Powers

‘Get It Done’ campaign song part of a sweeping branding effort by PCs. What’s in a song? For Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, there is a lot, apparently. This election is the second time the PCs were the only Ontario party to hit the trail to the sound of an original ditty written for the campaign. […]

Team Canada players raised ‘concerns’ about match with Iran before it was cancelled: Canada Soccer

May 27 2022 —

Players on Canada’s men’s soccer team raised concerns about a controversial friendly match against Iran — and Canada Soccer confirms that pushback factored into its sudden decision to cancel the event. “Canada Soccer heard those private concerns and took them into consideration as part of the decision-making process,” wrote Canada Soccer in a media statement. […]

May 27 2022 —

Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino will table new firearms legislation on Monday, according to his colleague Justice Minister David Lametti. On the Monday, May 30 “notice paper” — the document where MPs and ministers signal plans to soon table bills and motions — Mendicino has given notice of a new bill titled “An Act […]

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May 27 2022 —

Canada’s western premiers are meeting in Regina on Friday and they are demanding “sustainable” health-care funding from the federal government. The annual meeting of provincial and territorial leaders from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut was virtual in 2021. At a media availability Friday morning, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and British […]

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May 27 2022 — Catharine Tunney

The federal government has given RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki new marching orders to boost recruitment, review the Mounties’ use-of-force techniques and ask officers to move quickly to remove firearms from potentially dangerous situations of intimate partner violence. In a new mandate letter sent by Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino Friday morning, the top Mountie is […]

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May 27 2022 —

M. Dion, qui est ambassadeur du Canada en Allemagne depuis 2017, continuera donc sa carrière de diplomate canadien en Europe. Son mandat à Berlin devait prendre fin cet été. Le poste d’ambassadeur du Canada dans la capitale française est vacant depuis presque un an. Dans les coulisses, on s’explique mal pourquoi le gouvernement Trudeau a […]

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May 27 2022 —

Those concerned about inflation, economic recovery lean heavily toward re-electing PCPO. As a general election campaign in Canada’s most populous province enters its final week, Ontarians themselves are preoccupied with their costs of living. And on this critical issue, no major party leader appears to have the enthusiastic endorsement of the electorate. The latest data […]

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Featured Ink

YouTube is where autodidacts like Poilievre find rabbit holes

May 27 2022 — Andrew MacDougall

As far as warning signals go, a politician announcing they watch YouTube channels “late into the night” is a big one. Hard to ignore, really. Because the pandemic has shown us that “YouTube” plus “late night” is more often a recipe for falling down a rabbit hole than enlightenment. (See: Taylor-Greene, Marjorie) What to make, […]

Pierre Poilievre’s Pit Bull–Policy Disconnect

May 27 2022 — Don Newman

Journalists covering the race for the leadership of the federal Conservative party have had one of the problems that had been perplexing them resolved. Since the race started, many of the reporters who have known Pierre Poilievre since he became an MP in 2003 have had to adjust to his presentation as a candidate. They […]

Can the Minister of Fisheries protect Canada’s Fish?

May 27 2022 — Alexandra Morton

On February 22, 2022, the Director of the DFO Aquaculture Management Division signed a draft letter to – Marine Finfish Aquaculture operators in British Columbia instructing them to pay for their licences, which expire in a matter of weeks, before Fisheries Minister, Joyce Murray, decides whether to renew them.  There is a lot of pressure […]

Would Poilievre fund a Fox News Canada?

May 27 2022 — Max Fawcett

It’s not often coups get planned in broad daylight, much less with coverage by the media, but that seems to be what’s unfolding in Hungary right now. In a special meeting of the U.S. Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, America’s aspiring autocrats are taking lessons from Europe’s most successful one: Viktor Orbán. […]

Quebec could again play kingmaker in a Conservative leadership race

May 26 2022 — Konrad Yakabuski

Despite electing just a handful of Conservative MPs, Quebec has played a deciding role in recent Tory leadership campaigns. Both Andrew Scheer, in 2017, and Erin O’Toole, in 2020, successfully courted single-issue Tories in the province to win their respective leadership races. Mr. Scheer wooed Quebec dairy farmers, vowing to protect supply management; Mr. O’Toole solicited […]

The Emergencies Act under scrutiny

May 27 2022 — Wesley Wark

Canadians remain starkly divided by the Trudeau government’s use of the Emergencies Act to end the trucker convoy protests. According to a recent poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, Liberal voters overwhelmingly supported the use of the act (79 per cent) while a majority of Conservative voters were against it (51 per cent, with […]

May 26 2022 — Paul Wells

It’s not great when the two high points of a debate are the moments when the video signal from Laval cuts out. Looks like the Conservative Party of Canada hasn’t mastered the internet, any more than three of its leadership candidates have mastered French. Three or four: Patrick Brown was sometimes surprisingly effective, sometimes incomprehensible. […]

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May 26 2022 — Robyn Urback

I’m with Conservative leadership hopeful Pierre Poilievre: fire the gatekeepers. Banish them from Canada. As Mr. Poilievre says, it’s time to make this country the “freest on earth,” and the only way to do that is through an incoherent collection of restrictions on certain individuals, groups or institutions, such as banning the Bank of Canada […]

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May 26 2022 — Andrew Coyne

Here are some of the things certain candidates for Conservative leader think, or want Conservative voters to think, threaten Canada and Canadians. Candidate Pierre Poilievre warns his followers that the government of Canada “has been spying on you everywhere. They’ve been following you to the pharmacy, to your family visits, even to your beer runs.” […]

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May 26 2022 — Ken Boessenkool

Jason Kenney made the most common mistake. He mistook Alberta’s conservative disposition — our propensity to delight in what is present — for conservative ideology. Alberta has a disposition to appreciate the present while preserving traditions. We have a healthy skepticism of radical change. It’s a key reason we take so bloody long to change […]

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May 26 2022 — Althia Raj

Conservative leadership challenger Pierre Poilievre shifted his policy on Bill 21 — the Quebec law that bars those wearing religious symbols from holding certain public-sector jobs — during the party’s French-language debate Wednesday. Poilievre had tried to side-step the topic before. The only Quebec MP backing him, Pierre Paul-Hus, had assured Quebec reporters that Poilievre […]

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May 25 2022 — Tim Powers

Prior to the pandemic, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was arguably the most powerful and influential conservative leader in Canada. Andrew Scheer, when he was federal opposition leader, had Kenney campaign for him in Ontario, while at the same time staying away from Ontario Premier Doug Ford. When Erin O’Toole was seeking to replace Scheer, he […]

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Entertainment Plus

Oilers knock off Flames in OT to advance to Western Conference final

May 27 2022 —

The Edmonton Oilers are off to the Western Conference final. Connor McDavid scored at 5:03 of overtime as the Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Thursday to win their second-round playoff series 4-1. The Edmonton captain fired his seventh goal of the post-season past Jacob Markstrom off a pass from Leon Draisaitl to send […]

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