National Newswatch

‘It’s definitely in the top quadrant’: election campaign one of dirtiest in recent history, say political insiders

Oct 14 2019 — Abbas Rana — With the 2019 election in the home stretch and both parties still running neck and neck in national polls, some political insiders are describing the current campaign as one of the dirtiest in recent history, which was also predicted months in advance by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. “It’s probably in […]

More political hits like blackface controversy might be unsustainable for Grits, say Liberals

Sep 30 2019 — Abbas Rana — With both leading national parties expected to unleash their best “bombshell” research on each other in the coming days, some Liberals are worried they cannot afford to take any more major hits, saying self-inflicted wounds have already damaged the Liberal brand and “crushed” the enthusiasm and morale of the rank-and-file-party members, riding executives and candidates. […]

Time reporter Kambhampaty says she learned of Trudeau’s brownface use from ‘gossip’ among Vancouver school’s community

Sep 25 2019 — Abbas Rana — The U.S.-based Time Magazine reporter who broke the story about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing brownface at an Arabian Nights-themed party in Vancouver says she learned about the existence of the picture from ongoing gossip among the Westpoint Grey Academy community. “I had heard about it as a source of gossip in Vancouver community and, […]

Liberal, Conservative campaigns ‘at war,’ Scheer ‘vigorously swinging to land a punch’ on Trudeau: pollster

Sep 18 2019 — Abbas Rana — The Liberal and Conservative campaign teams are “at war” trying to unsettle each other, and the possible minority Parliament that could result could be dysfunctional, carrying “significant instability,” says a high-profile pollster. “The war rooms are at war with each other,” said Nik Nanos, chief data scientist and founder of Nanos Research. “If it’s a […]

Opposition leaders expected to push Trudeau’s ‘emotional buttons’ on SNC-Lavalin to make him look ‘arrogant, out of touch, entitled,’ says pollster Lyle

Sep 16 2019 — Abbas Rana — With the SNC-Lavalin controversy back in the news, one of the country’s leading pollsters expects the opposition leaders to go after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail and in the leaders’ debates to push his emotional buttons and to get a reaction that will make him  look “arrogant,” “out of touch” and “entitled,” […]

‘NDP in serious difficulty,’ Greens could win more seats than NDP; and Grits and Conservatives poised for a ‘quite ugly, bare knuckles fight,’ says pollster Graves

Sep 9 2019 — Abbas Rana — While the Liberals and Conservatives are poised for a “quite ugly, bare knuckles” fight and the NDP vote declines across the country, the benefactor could be the Greens, who could win more seats than the New Democrats, says a veteran pollster. But another seasoned pollster says it’s too early to predict the Green Party’s rise […]

Montreal Liberals predict party will appoint replacement for outgoing MP Nassif over nomination contest

Sep 2 2019 — Abbas Rana — With Liberal MP Eva Nassif “pushed out” and the election call only days away, Quebec Liberal insiders are speculating the party will appoint its preferred candidate and not hold a nomination contest in Vimy, Que., to replace her. Veteran Montreal Liberal insiders interviewed for this article said that one key reason the party leadership “pushed […]

Deepak Obhrai’s son among deep field of expected candidates for Conservative nomination in Calgary Forest Lawn

Aug 26 2019 — Abbas Rana — A crowded field of candidates is emerging in the Conservative nomination contest for the safe and coveted riding of Calgary Forest Lawn, which became vacant earlier this month after the death of seven-term MP Deepak Obhrai, the party’s nominated candidate there for the upcoming election. Obhrai’s son, Aman Obhrai, is among as many as 10 […]

Liberals trigger ‘national electoral urgency’ clause to bypass nomination rules, 10 weeks from election

Aug 12 2019 — Abbas Rana — With the next federal election only 10 weeks away and about 100 ridings without nominated candidates, the federal Liberals have triggered a “national electoral urgency” clause that allows the party to bypass the nomination process and appoint candidates directly, making some would-be candidates nervous they might not get a fair shot in the nomination contests. […]

Despite Greens’ rising popularity, NDP and Bloc more likely to hold balance of power in next House: pollster Lyle

Jul 15 2019 — Abbas Rana — Although the Green Party is recording historic highs in public opinion polls and has made recent gains in a byelection and some provincial elections, pollster Greg Lyle predicts the New Democrats and the Bloc will likely be more influential if a minority government is elected in October’s federal election. “We take it with a grain […]

Ford’s Ontario cuts, drop in SNC-Lavalin media coverage, return of female support helping Libs, but it’s still a ‘coin toss,’ say pollsters

Jul 8 2019 — Abbas Rana — After weeks of attracting low support in national public opinion polls, the Liberals are starting to bounce back chiefly because of Ontario Premier Doug Ford government’s controversial cuts in social services, the dissipation of media coverage on SNC-Lavalin affair, closer scrutiny of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and the return of women support back to the […]

Liberal MP Tan’s wife eyes party nomination in wake of his decision not to seek re-election to ‘spend time with family’

Jul 4 2019 — Abbas Rana — Dr. Xinglai Laura Huang, wife of Liberal MP Geng Tan, who works as a scientist at Environment Canada, is seeking the Liberal nomination in their riding, Don Valley North, in Toronto. Rookie Liberal MP Geng Tan unexpectedly announced last month that he won’t seek re-election in the fall to “spend more time with his family,” […]