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Meet the Trudeau protege who might one day have his job

Sep 26 2022 — Andy Blatchford — OTTAWA, Ont. — Mélanie Joly’s political resume is longer than you might think — student activist leader, out-of-the-blue candidate who nearly became a big-city mayor and now Canada’s face on the world stage. The foreign minister’s career — which includes a high-profile Cabinet demotion — has elevated her into a cluster of Liberals who could […]

Biden’s Ottawa whisperer

Aug 22 2022 — Andy Blatchford — U.S. ambassador David Cohen has been tasked with repairing the U.S.-Canada relationship. First though, he has to help Canada get past Trump. President Joe Biden’s old friend David Cohen was settling into his new job when he was confronted by pimply, pulpy blobs festering in the U.S.-Canada relationship. “Something had to be done,” Cohen told […]

O’Toole blames China for Conservative election results

Jun 9 2022 — Andy Blatchford — Erin O’Toole says Chinese interference is to blame for the defeat of as many as nine Conservative candidates in the 2021 federal election. The former Conservative leader’s remark, made during a podcast this week, advances an unusually specific allegation at a time of widespread warnings about state actors trying to undermine Canada’s democratic process.

Behind Joly’s plan to modernize Canadian diplomacy

May 31 2022 — Andy Blatchford — Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada wants to better prepare its diplomats for an increasingly uncertain world. “Crises used to be something that happened every once in a decade — but now they’re happening every year,” Joly told POLITICO in an interview Monday evening. “We need to keep up with these challenging times.”

Pierre Poilievre promises to fire central bank governor

May 12 2022 — Andy Blatchford — The presumed frontrunner to win Canada’s Conservative Party leadership race is vowing, if he becomes prime minister, to fire the Bank of Canada’s governor. Pierre Poilievre made the threat to central bank Governor Tiff Macklem when asked Wednesday during a leadership debate in Edmonton about Canada’s red-hot inflation.

With the world watching Putin, Trump targets Trudeau

Feb 27 2022 — Andy Blatchford — “The tyranny we have witnessed in Canada in recent weeks should shock and dismay people all over the world,” Trump said Saturday night. Donald Trump fired up the Conservative Political Action Conference crowd Saturday night with a barrage of accusations directed at what would have been an unthinkable target just weeks ago: Canadian Prime Minister […]

Trudeau injects vaccine hesitancy into spotlight of Canadian election

Aug 15 2021 — Andy Blatchford — Justin Trudeau launched Canadians into an election campaign Sunday that on the surface gives voters a choice between competing visions for a post-pandemic Canada. But Trudeau also used his Day 1 words to shape the campaign’s subtext. Canada’s election, the Liberal leader suggested, could hinge on the philosophical clash between the vaccinated and the vaccine […]