National Newswatch

Poilievre, Lewis to be fined $50,000 each for not attending third official leadership debate

Aug 2 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — The Conservative Party of Canada has confirmed that leadership candidates Pierre Poilievre and Leslyn Lewis will be fined $50,000 for refusing to attend a third official debate in Ottawa on Wednesday. “The rules of the race as set out by the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) stipulate clearly that all officially designated debates are mandatory. […]

Pierre Poilievre has raised more money from more donors than all his opponents combined

Aug 2 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has raised more money than all his opponents combined in the months of April, May and June. He also has more than twice the number of individual donations than Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison and recently disqualified candidate Patrick Brown altogether, according to the latest fundraising numbers […]

Poilievre promises to approve jets at Toronto’s Billy Bishop if plan is revived

Jul 21 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has announced he would approve any revived proposal to allow jets at Toronto’s City Centre airport if he becomes prime minister. The push years ago by Porter Airlines to allow jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport faced fierce opposition, primarily from waterfront resident organizations championed by local city […]

As ‘moderate’ Conservatives meet, suspicions of anti-Poilievre plotting grow

Jul 20 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — The main organizers of a conference of moderate Conservatives meeting in Edmonton next month to discuss policy ideas say the initiative is harmless. Others aren’t so sure, and see it as an effort that could potentially undermine presumed frontrunner Pierre Poilievre’s leadership. Centre Ice Conservatives, a group founded by Alberta businessman and former federal party […]

Justice Canada says it erred in withholding critical information from N.S. shooting inquiry

Jun 25 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — Justice Canada says it should have consulted the inquiry looking into Canada’s worst mass shooting in history instead of withholding critical information from them for nearly four months. This admission of fault came on Friday after the Mass Casualty Commission confirmed that it did not receive the entirety of RCMP superintendent Darren Campbell’s handwritten notes, […]

‘Misleading’ email from Poilievre camp may have led to ‘tens of thousands’ of duplicate memberships: opponents

Jun 14 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — The email, with the title ‘Membership status: incomplete,’ allegedly caused some panicked members to buy a second membership on Poilievre’s portal. “Do you know what’s going on???” This is an example of the flurry of messages sent to Conservative leadership hopeful Leslyn Lewis’ team by supporters who were left confused and panicked by an email […]

MP says so-cons should rank Pierre Poilievre as second choice. Pro-life groups disagree

May 31 2022 — Catherine Lévesque — Social conservatives are much more cautious about who they support, after having done so for Erin O’Toole who then pushed them to the sidelines. Will social conservatives play a role in Pierre Poilievre’s possible path to victory in the Conservative leadership race? Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, an advocate for social conservatives in the party, said […]