National Newswatch

Teck Frontier oilsands project pits Trudeau’s climate credibility against concerns for Alberta’s economy

Feb 8 2020 — Alex Ballingall — Like most everyone with a stake in the quagmire of Canadian climate politics, Colleen Thorpe does not know if the Liberal government will approve the Teck Frontier oilsands project. But she sure is worried it will. The executive director of Équiterre was among a host of Quebec environmentalists who met Monday with key cabinet ministers […]

Jagmeet Singh admits things looked bad for the NDP before this fall’s election

Dec 20 2019 — Alex Ballingall — Even Jagmeet Singh, a politician who carries himself as the embodiment of positivity, admits things were bleak for his New Democratic Party — very bleak, indeed. At the outset of the 43rd federal election, Canada’s national social democratic party faced the prospect of annihilation. One source describes meetings in late summer where officials discussed how […]

Justin Trudeau slams Doug Ford as he lays out ‘down payment’ for pharmacare and better health services

Sep 23 2019 — Alex Ballingall — Billing himself as the antidote to health cuts by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to make a $6-billion “down payment” towards a national pharmacare program and improved access to family doctors and mental health services. Speaking to reporters during a campaign stop in Hamilton Monday, Trudeau said as prime minister […]

The (small) Green Machine: How the Green party election campaign is gearing up for its biggest chance yet

Aug 1 2019 — Alex Ballingall — At a certain point this summer, Kim Hughes admits, things started to look “pretty overwhelming” for the Green Party Riding Association of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. In a place that, like pretty much everywhere else, has never elected a Green candidate to the House of Commons, there was a deluge of people that wanted to run. At its […]