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Swing ridings with high visible minority populations will tilt 2019 federal election, says politicos

Nov 20 2017 — Abbas Rana — Some 41 “swing” ridings with visible minority populations of 50 per cent or more, including five constituencies in the Greater Toronto Area that have 80 per cent or more visible minorities, will be key battlegrounds for all major parties in the 2019 election, say politicos. “These ridings will elect the next government,” said rookie Conservative […]

Ethical issues dogging Morneau could become a major credibility problem for Liberals by 2019 election, say some Grits

Nov 20 2017 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should take proactive action to deal with the ethical issues involving Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his chief fundraiser Stephen Bronfman because it could slowly erode the Grits’ political capital and goodwill with voters and become a major credibility problem in the 2019 election, say some Liberals.

Singh-led NDP could prove to be ‘double whammy’ for Liberals in 2019, could ‘siphon off’ significant chunk of votes

Oct 16 2017 — Abbas Rana — The Liberals are concerned that the Jagmeet Singh-led New Democrats would “siphon off” a significant chunk of votes from them in the 2019 election, creating three-way races across the country that would be a “double whammy” for the ruling party trying to hold off the Conservatives, and, at the minimum, could reduce them to a […]

Liberal, NDP MPs resign from Canada-Myanmar Parliamentary Friendship Group after chair notifies members about pro-Myanmar government rally on the Hill

Oct 2 2017 — Abbas Rana — One Liberal and an NDP MP resigned from the Canada-Myanmar Parliamentary Friendship Group after Conservative MP Bruce Stanton, chair of the friendship group, sent out an email informing members about a pro-Myanmar government rally, adding the Myanmar community would “greatly appreciate your attendance and support.” First-term Liberal MP Chandra Arya (Nepean, Ont.), and five-term NDP […]

Harder calls for independent oversight of Senators’ expenses two years after AG’s report, says current structure ‘inherently flawed’

Sep 25 2017 — Abbas Rana — The government’s top player in the Senate says it’s time the Upper Chamber finally acts on Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s 2015 recommendation to establish an independent oversight of Senators’ expenses and replace the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee as the “ultimate authority” on Senators’ expenses because the structure is “inherently flawed” and raises an appearance of […]

Potential Liberal candidates in Scarborough-Agincourt waiting to see if Chan’s widow will run for nomination

Sep 25 2017 — Abbas Rana — Two weeks after Liberal MP Arnold Chan died after a battle with cancer, potential candidates are waiting to hear if his widow, Jean Yip, a former Queen’s Park staffer, plans to run for the coveted nomination in Scarborough-Agincourt. “If she decides to run, I don’t think anyone would challenge her,” said Toronto city councillor, Jim […]

Election 2019 campaign unofficially underway, expect ‘sharpened eyes’ on Liberals this fall, say opposition MPs

Sep 18 2017 — Abbas Rana — The mid-point of the Liberal government’s four-year mandate arrives this fall, and the 2019 election campaign is already unofficially underway. With their new leaders, the Conservatives and the NDP are promising a heightened level of government scrutiny in the fall sitting of Parliament starting this week. “The day of spin and celebrity shots, selfies of […]

Ex-NDP MP Peter Stoffer diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sep 15 2017 — Abbas Rana — A popular former Nova Scotia NDP MP, who worked tirelessly during his 18-year parliamentary career to promote the causes of Canadian veterans, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Peter Stoffer, who represented Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, N.S., (a riding that has held various names), between 1997 and 2015, told The Hill Times on Sept. 15 that he was […]

Alberta Liberals to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Kang

Sep 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — The Alberta Liberal Party is planning on conducting interviews with current and former Liberal staffers following allegations of sexual harassment from former Alberta Liberal staffer Kirstin Morrell against former two-term Alberta MLA and now MP Darshan Kang to find out if there are any more complaints. Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said in a statement […]

Liberals want input from MPs on nomination challenges, Mendès says most want ‘outright protection’

Sep 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — Liberal MPs say the party brass is seeking input from them on nomination rules for held ridings for the 2019 election, and have asked them to provide concrete proposals by scheduling in-person or teleconference meetings with top Grit officials. At last week’s two-day Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C., top party officials, including president Anna […]

Sexual harassment in politics gets more coverage, but no more prevalent than elsewhere in society, say insiders

Sep 4 2017 — Abbas Rana — The stories of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual relationships on Parliament Hill make national headlines more frequently than other workplaces because politicians are under constant media spotlight, but it does not mean the problem is more severe on the Hill than elsewhere in Canada, say political insiders. “I don’t think there’s any more sexual harassment […]

Amid accusations of sexual harassment, embattled Liberal MP Kang resigns from Liberal caucus

Aug 31 2017 — Abbas Rana — Embattled Liberal MP Darshan Kang, facing sexual harassment accusations from two different women, is resigning from the Liberal caucus. In a statement released Thursday evening, Mr. Kang (Calagry Skyview, Alta.) said he’s stepping down to focus on clearing his name. “Effective immediately, I am resigning from the federal Liberal Caucus,” Mr. Kang said in a […]

Former staffer levels new sexual harassment allegations against Darshan Kang

Aug 31 2017 — Abbas Rana — A former staffer has stepped forward with explosive new allegations of sexual harassment against embattled Liberal MP Darshan Kang, saying he repeatedly groped and kissed her throughout her 13-month tenure in his Calgary constituency office. Kirstin Morrell, who worked for Mr. Kang (Calgary Skyview, Alta.) between 2011-12, when he was sitting in the Alberta Legislature, […]