National Newswatch

‘She is killing the party’: New Green executive candidates won’t commit to supporting Annamie Paul

Jul 27 2021 — Alex Ballingall — The vast majority of those vying for spots on the Green party’s most powerful governing body either oppose Annamie Paul’s leadership or won’t say whether they support her. The lack of public backing from candidates for the Greens’ federal council raises questions about whether challenges to Paul’s leadership will continue, despite her claims she is […]

Annamie Paul must ‘take ownership’ of MP’s defection if she wants to keep her job, former leadership rival says

Jul 9 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Annamie Paul’s chief rival in last year’s Green leadership race says the embattled politician can save herself from party operatives trying to oust her — if she takes responsibility for the loss of a Green MP who defected to the Liberals. In an interview with the Star, Dimitri Lascaris said he believes Paul can “rehabilitate […]

Ottawa is putting up almost $200 million to help a Mississauga company mass produce vaccines

May 18 2021 — Alex Ballingall — The federal government will pump more than $190 million into the expansion of a Mississauga medical facility to boost Canada’s capacity to make specialized vaccines in the coming years, the Star has learned. The money is meant to cover roughly half the cost of a $400-million project to expand facilities owned by Resilience Biotechnologies, which […]

Recording captures Green leader venting frustration with party executives: ‘I really am struggling to understand why this is happening’

Apr 30 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Green Leader Annamie Paul vented frustration with how top party officials were preventing her from making key decisions in the first months of her leadership, according to an audio recording of an internal meeting that was obtained by the Star. The recording from Feb. 11 is the first direct evidence that Paul agrees with more […]

Senior Green officials are sabotaging the first Black woman to lead a Canadian political party, ‘disgusted’ insiders say

Apr 7 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Green Leader Annamie Paul is facing obstacles inside her party that threaten her success as Canada’s first Black political leader, according to several Green insiders and a top member of her political circle. Over her first six months as leader, Paul has endured “significant resistance” from high-ranking officials on the Green party’s most powerful governing […]

Conservative MP David Sweet resigns as committee chair after travelling to the U.S. during the holidays

Jan 4 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Conservative MP David Sweet is stepping down as chair of a parliamentary committee after he travelled to the United States and stayed there “for leisure” without informing his party whip, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s office said Monday. Sweet, the MP for the Hamilton-area riding of Flamborough—Glanbrook, is the latest Canadian politician to face repercussions for […]

Remember Justin Trudeau’s trip to the Aga Khan’s private island? Joe Biden’s new ‘climate czar’ John Kerry was there too

Nov 24 2020 — Alex Ballingall — The next U.S. president’s newly-named “climate czar” has a notable holiday connection with Justin Trudeau: they were together on the prime minister’s controversial trip to the Aga Khan’s private island in 2016. Former American Secretary of State John Kerry was among the spiritual leader’s guests over the holidays that year, as first reported in 2017, […]