National Newswatch

Charter of Rights architects — including Jean Chrétien — condemn Doug Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause

Sep 14 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Former prime minister Jean Chrétien, retired chief justice of Ontario Roy McMurtry and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow — political heavyweights instrumental in the creation of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause — are condemning Ontario Premier Doug Ford for using the controversial measure to overrule a provincial court. In a joint statement to the Star on […]

Conservatives attack Trudeau for taking ‘personal’ day

Jun 26 2018 — Alex Ballingall — The personal is political. So, too, the “personal day.” At least that seems to be the case after the partisan dogfight in Canadian politics veered into the prime minister’s work-life balance on Monday. The Conservative party suggested on Twitter that Justin Trudeau takes too much time off, using his office’s public itinerary as fodder for […]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s rough ride

Jun 22 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Jagmeet Singh was supposed to be in Chicoutimi. Headlines heralded the arrival of all three major party leaders to the riding north of Québec City last week, just days before a federal byelection. Singh, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer were actually expected to appear at the same event: the opening leg […]

Investigation clears Green Party Leader Elizabeth May of workplace harassment

May 10 2018 — Alex Ballingall — The Green Party announced Thursday that a third-party investigation concluded accusations levelled against longtime leader Elizabeth May do not constitute workplace harassment. The allegations, first reported by the Toronto Star in January, came from three former party employees, who accused May of creating a toxic work environment in the party with behaviour that included yelling […]

Jagmeet Singh expected to address controversy over harassment allegations against NDP MP

May 2 2018 — Alex Ballingall — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to address a simmering controversy in the party’s federal caucus on Thursday, after Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir alleged an unnamed staff member accused him of harassment because of his views on carbon pricing. Singh called for a third-party investigation in February, after Quebec MP Christine Moore emailed the NDP […]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh ‘absolutely’ condemns political violence

Mar 21 2018 — Alex Ballingall — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh categorically condemned political violence on Wednesday, and said he won’t attend any event where he knows someone will advocate violence as a political tool. “Let’s make it really clear. I think it’s an important question. I condemn political violence absolutely, no question about that. It’s something that’s unacceptable. It divides people. […]

Two of Elizabeth May’s bullying accusers pull out of Green party investigation

Feb 21 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Two former Green party staffers who accused Elizabeth May of workplace bullying say they won’t participate in an investigation launched last month because they don’t trust it is being conducted independently. Vanessa Brustolin and Diana Nunes separately emailed their decisions Wednesday to the lawyer hired by the party to investigate their allegations, citing concerns with […]