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Three things the Ontario Liberals must do to rebuild

Jul 4 2022 — Andrew Perez — When I headed out early in the morning on election day, June 2, I had a spring in my step. I was confident that Toronto Centre would return to the Liberal fold after the votes were counted that evening. But as I criss-crossed working-class neighbourhoods in Toronto Centre, knocking on doors and encouraging identified Liberals […]

Pierre Poilievre is racking up the most endorsements in the CPC leadership race. But will it matter?

May 2 2022 — Andrew Perez — Since the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) kicked off its 2022 leadership contest earlier this year, much of the media’s coverage has centred around the remarkable crowds that Pierre Poilievre’s campaign continues to attract. The media’s singular fixation on the enormous crowds he has been able to amass in communities — big and small, urban […]

Liberal-NDP pact creates opening for Jean Charest

Apr 11 2022 — Andrew Perez — Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a pact reached by the Liberal Party and the NDP on March 22 that will see both parties agree to a Supply and Confidence Agreement until Parliament rises in June 2025, much ink has been spilled on what this sudden development will mean for the political fortunes of both […]

Tories must fix internal divisions to avoid fracturing again

Feb 22 2022 — Andrew Perez — Three weeks ago, Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole was ousted in an unprecedented vote triggered by his own caucus, according to the terms of the Reform Act. Since then, much has been written about all that ails the Conservative party and the future of the Canadian conservative movement more broadly. Since forming more than 18 […]

The unrecognized role of a parliamentary secretary

Jan 5 2022 — Andrew Perez — Late last month, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) unveiled the government’s new roster of parliamentary secretaries that will support Justin Trudeau’s 38-member cabinet in the 44th Parliament. But even those who follow the minutiae of Canadian politics could not be blamed for missing the announcement. The Dec. 3 news release dropped late on a Friday, […]

The Conservative challenge with a ‘civil liberties caucus’

Nov 8 2021 — Andrew Perez — In the aftermath of the Sept. 20 federal election, media and political pundits have unsurprisingly been focused on the more pressing stories dominating the news cycle: stories that, for the most part, have not included Erin O’Toole’s Conservative party. But that all changed last Thursday with bombshell news – initially reported by The Hill Times […]

Trudeau’s new cabinet falls short on regional representation

Nov 3 2021 — Andrew Perez — The imagery surrounding the unveiling of Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet last week was fitting in many respects and stood in stark contrast to the swearing-in of the prime minister’s first ministry six years ago. On that sunny November morning in 2015, Trudeau’s rookie cabinet strolled through the grounds of Rideau Hall as a team, smiling […]

Minority Parliaments are here to stay. Now let’s make them work

Oct 1 2021 — Andrew Perez — Since last week’s federal election resulted in the second Liberal minority government in less than two years, pundits and journalists alike have taken to social media and opinion columns to proclaim Canada’s 44th general election was unnecessary. And why not? After all, the Liberal minority government had not yet reached the two-year mark, and faced […]

The PPC’s rise demands more thorough coverage by news media

Sep 15 2021 — Andrew Perez — Since this late-summer election kicked off one month ago, the campaign’s biggest surprise to date has been the meteoric rise of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC). An Ekos poll from Sept. 9 pegged PPC national support at a whopping 11.2 per cent, with the party garnering impressive support in Alberta (19 per cent), Quebec […]

Trudeau, O’Toole, and Singh are embracing left-wing populism

Sep 13 2021 — Andrew Perez — Now in its final week, there has been no overarching theme characterizing this late-summer election campaign. Instead, the campaign has been dominated by a mishmash of disparate issues — pandemic management, vaccine passports, Afghanistan, child care, two-tier health care, affordability, climate change, abortion, and now gun control.

Does Erin O’Toole’s surge signal the return of Red Toryism?

Sep 2 2021 — Andrew Perez — As this year’s federal election finishes its crucial third week, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s party continues its surprising, albeit steady, rise in the polls, attracting strong support in almost every region of the country. Two weeks ago, he entered this campaign as the unmistakable underdog, with expectations of his electoral prospects so low that some […]