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Liberals, Conservatives playing in politically ‘dangerous field’ by using racism as tool to mobilize their support bases, says Nanos

Apr 29 2019 — Abbas Rana — The governing Liberals and opposition Conservatives are playing in a politically dangerous field by using the divisive issue of racism as a tool to mobilize their support bases for the next election, which could backfire resulting in “mutually assured destruction” for both federal parties, says a leading political analyst. “We’re seeing an increase in weaponization […]

Anxious Liberals want Grits to fill all-important national campaign director position soon

Apr 22 2019 — Abbas Rana — With the next election day only six months away and the campaign unofficially underway, the federal Liberals have yet to officially name a national campaign director which is creating some anxiousness among party members eager to get started, say Liberals. “We’re not getting clear directions from the party,” said one long-time Liberal in an interview […]

MPs, political insiders question ‘endgame’ of former cabinet ministers Philpott and Wilson-Raybould

Apr 15 2019 — Abbas Rana — Jane Philpott may legitimately feel aggrieved by her and Jody Wilson-Raybould’s expulsions from the Liberal caucus, but both former cabinet ministers should be careful how they pick and choose their future political fights with the Liberal Party because people have already started to raise questions about their endgame, say Liberal MPs and political insiders. “What […]

Re-election calculus, base politics key reasons for Liberals to seek DPA for SNC-Lavalin: political analysts

Apr 15 2019 — Abbas Rana — Even after sustaining a serious political hit as a result of the most damaging scandal in his four-year mandate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are still not ruling out the controversial possibility of offering a deferred prosecution agreement to SNC-Lavalin because the 78 electoral seats in Quebec are critical to the Liberals’ re-election strategy, say […]

Toxic fallout from SNC-Lavalin scandal causing ‘enduring’ damage to Trudeau’s brand, but don’t count Liberals out just yet, say pollsters

Apr 8 2019 — Abbas Rana — The toxic fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair has shaken the government to its core, but it’s still not a foregone conclusion the Liberals will lose the next election because the issue alone is not enough for the opposition parties to win in October and opponents will have to prove they are a government in waiting […]

‘We’re really getting important now’: in midst of ongoing SNC-Lavalin saga, Trudeau reaches out to caucus, sets up caucus relations office

Mar 22 2019 — Abbas Rana — After losing two cabinet ministers, his top adviser, and the country’s top bureaucrat over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to be more accessible to his MPs, and has set up a caucus relations office amid griping from his backbenchers that he needs to do a better job of communicating with them.

PM Trudeau needs to ‘reset the tone,’ hire a PMO caucus liaison, and be more accessible to his Grit MPs, say Liberals

Mar 18 2019 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is still reeling over the resignation of two cabinet ministers for his handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy and one backbencher who recently openly criticized his leadership style, needs to “reset the tone” in his management style of the 179 Liberal MPs by having a two-way meaningful communication, creating and empowering […]

SNC-Lavalin saga ‘unsettling’ and ‘confusing’ for Liberal caucus, damages the party especially in suburban and rural ridings: Liberal MPs

Mar 11 2019 — Abbas Rana — As the SNC-Lavalin saga drags on with no end in sight, one Liberal MP is urging former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, and his other caucus colleagues to bring any outstanding issues to the caucus and hash them out “within the family,” as MPs say the public airing of grievances by the two […]

‘Nervous’ Liberal MPs awaiting Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, as SNC-Lavalin controversy causes fissures in party, say Grits and pundits

Feb 25 2019 — Abbas Rana — Liberal MPs and staffers say they are nervously awaiting to hear former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s version of the “truth,” and response to numerous unanswered questions about the SNC-Lavalin affair that are causing fissures in the party when she appears before the House Justice Committee this week. In interviews with The Hill Times last week, […]

SNC-Lavalin controversy and Wilson-Raybould’s resignation ‘serious concern’ for Liberal MPs, Hill staffers, and Liberal insiders

Feb 18 2019 — Abbas Rana — The unfolding SNC-Lavalin affair is causing “serious concerns” among Liberals worried about the perception that the governing party has one set of rules for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inner circle and his home province Quebec, and another for the rest of the county, with some Liberals raising questions about the unity of the Liberal caucus. […]

Liberal base ‘less than enthusiastic’ as Trudeau prepares to defend four-year record to ‘volatile electorate,’ say Grit insiders

Feb 4 2019 — Abbas Rana — The federal Liberals made history by leaping from third place to winning a majority in 2015, but the upcoming October election will have totally different dynamics than the last time, including a volatile electorate, new party leaders and positions, and a lack of enthusiasm amongst some key players in the Liberal Party base who feel […]

Former Grit MP Kania, who was also a top Liberal organizer, eyeing Conservative nomination in Brampton South

Jan 28 2019 — Abbas Rana — A former Brampton Liberal MP, who was the outreach director for the successful Liberal leadership campaigns of Stéphane Dion in 2006 and Michael Ignatieff in 2008, is seeking the Conservative Party’s nomination in Brampton South, Ont. Andrew Kania did not respond to interview requests last week, but the Brampton South Conservative riding association president Parminder […]

Yellow Vest, other protesters could be wild card in next federal election, says Nanos

Jan 21 2019 — Abbas Rana — Social media platforms are making it much easier for protesters to express their nasty and sometimes hate-filled rage with today’s federal political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has faced recent death threats on Facebook. But a leading pollster is warning that Canadians should expect more such disruptions at the governing party’s rallies and […]