National Newswatch

‘Only a Conservative government can keep this country united,’ Scheer says amid internal party divisions

Nov 29 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will continue to make the case for leading the party into the next election, despite unrelenting calls for his resignation. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Mr. Scheer announced that Leona Alleslev, an ex-Liberal who crossed the floor last year, will be stepping into the role of deputy leader. Mr. […]

Trudeau says climate change a unifying priority in divided Parliament

Oct 23 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians expect their next Parliament to develop strong climate measures and to address pervasive concerns about the cost of living. In his first press conference since winning a minority government on Oct. 21, Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) told reporters gathered at the National Press Theatre on Oct. 23 he intends […]

‘My ancestors did not survive 300 years of slavery to feel like I had an overseer’: systemic change needed at Equal Voice after three racialized women fired, say women’s rights advocates

Aug 5 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Some women’s rights advocates are casting doubt on whether Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization that seeks to increase gender diversity in politics, can effectively represent racialized women in the wake of its recent decision to fire three young women of colour who say they were brought in to address institutional blindspots. The non-profit group founded […]

Pollsters split on poll aggregators’ use of data, but do caution ‘buyer beware’ for the public

Jul 29 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Several Canadian pollsters are divided on whether poll aggregators can repurpose their data without consent, though some are concerned with how all the numbers get packaged for public consumption. The work of poll aggregators has come under renewed scrutiny after veteran pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research recently got into a Twitter scrap with CBC’s […]

Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts and ‘ordered’ populism, says Graves

Jul 22 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts that will test the country’s immunity from Trumpian-style populism, says one leading pollster, but other politicians and political observers say while there are worrying signs, it has limited appeal. Thanks to economic stagnation, the hyper-concentration of wealth, and a brewing cultural backlash, Canada’s political climate is […]

Lobbying watchdog says glitch in system skewed volume of registrations

Jun 26 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tenure in office has undoubtedly brought a surge in lobbying activity, but a glitch in the registry’s system resulted in an overrepresentation of the number of lobbyists actively registered, says the commissioner. In its 2018 annual report, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying (OCL) indicated there were 9,084 lobbyists registered […]

Kenney’s Alberta win both good, bad for Trudeau, Scheer, say strategists

Apr 17 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney’s victory may deliver the political boogeyman Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to ward off the federal Conservatives, but it will also further test his—and the official opposition’s—ability to manage dynamics with the provinces, say political observers. Tuesday’s election capped the end of Alberta’s four-year flirtation with the NDP and return to […]

‘Civil wars’ are ‘incredibly damaging’: Trudeau boots Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from caucus

Apr 3 2019 — Beatrice Paez — After weeks of being hounded with allegations of political interference in judicial affairs, sparked from within his own party, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday expelled former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus, citing a breakdown in trust. Speaking to the national Liberal caucus in an emergency meeting on Tuesday […]

Butts’ exit could help government wield more effective defence strategy in SNC-Lavalin affair, politicos say

Feb 20 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Gerald Butts’ resignation as the prime minister’s most trusted adviser could be an attempt for the Trudeau government to mount a more effective defence against allegations that senior officials exerted pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, according to political observers. Mr. Butts’ departure as the prime minister’s principal secretary, […]

Wilson-Raybould’s resignation a ‘time bomb’ for Grits, says ex-Liberal aide, while Justice Committee chair says he’s open to hearings

Feb 13 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet Feb. 12 amid allegations of PMO interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin could be a ticking “time bomb” for the government, says a Liberal pundit, while the chair of the House Justice Committee says the committee could be a venue to air out the affair that has rocked Prime Minister […]

NDP ‘disheartened’ at party’s decline in Quebec, but messaging in line with voters’ priorities, says NDP MP Dubé

Feb 8 2019 — Beatrice Paez — The federal NDP could be facing a big uphill battle in Quebec, with a recent poll suggesting their favourability has plummeted into single-digit territory. A recent Léger survey suggested that the NDP is lagging considerably behind with eight per cent of support in Quebec, while the Liberals lead with 39 per cent. The Conservatives and […]

‘I would respectfully suggest to Tom Mulcair that he button it up,’ Robinson says Mulcair’s swipes at Singh ‘inappropriate’

Jan 25 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Former veteran NDP MP Svend Robinson, who wants to make a federal political comeback, says it is inappropriate for ex-leader Tom Mulcair to take public swipes at NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, especially when the party is taking a political beating. “I have great respect for Tom Mulcair. … I would respectfully suggest to Tom Mulcair […]