National Newswatch

Why is Quebec cool to the legalization of marijuana?

Oct 17 2018 — Chantal Hébert — The sound of one hand clapping greeted the fulfilment of Justin Trudeau’s signature cannabis promise in Quebec on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, the Journal de Montréal, the province’s most-read tabloid, gave pride of place to not one but three scathing columns on the ills of the legalization of marijuana.

Trade agreement is unlikely to hurt Liberal fortunes

Oct 1 2018 — Chantal Hébert — If Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are defeated in next fall’s federal election, it will almost certainly not be on account of their management of the NAFTA file. Notwithstanding a poor initial reception in his home province, nor is the prime minister likely to lose Quebec over the concessions he made on the way to keeping Canada […]

Québec Solidaire has the Parti Québécois on the ropes

Sep 24 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Three years ago, millennial voters helped Justin Trudeau’s Liberals vault from a distant third place in the House of Commons to a majority government. Next Monday in Quebec, that same cohort could deal a lethal blow to the once mighty Parti Québécois. PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée spent the past month trying to restore his party’s […]

Quebec provides a warning that Scheer should be careful about making immigration a campaign theme

Sep 19 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives may want to push pause on plans to make immigration a signature federal campaign theme next fall long enough to take stock of the turn in the Quebec election conversation. Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault thought he was reaching for a low-hanging fruit when he embraced the issue. With less than […]

By campaigning to cut immigration, Quebec’s opposition parties are playing politics with their province’s future

Sep 10 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Among Canada’s larger provinces, none is greying faster than Quebec. For the first time in its modern history, the province is struggling with labour shortages. To varying degrees all its regions including Montreal are affected. Those shortages are projected to become more acute as the last of the baby boomers retire over the coming decade. […]

As the NDP’s fortunes slide, Singh battles to stay on top

Sep 7 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Were the federal New Democrats to conduct a leadership review this fall, Jagmeet Singh would likely be handed his walking papers. Over his first year as leader, he has presided over a steep decline in the party’s byelection fortunes. The New Democrat family is more divided today than it was on the day he won […]

NAFTA deal may be the last thing Philippe Couillard needs

Aug 29 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Every premier has a stake in the latest episode of the NAFTA political drama. But as a make-or-break round of Canada/U.S. negotiations unfolds in Washington this week, one stands more directly in the line of fire. Quebec’s Philippe Couillard already faces long odds as he campaigns for re-election on Oct. 1.

Andrew Scheer’s real problem in Quebec

Aug 27 2018 — Chantal Hébert — It is not a Maxime Bernier-led breakaway party that stands to most damage Conservative prospects in Quebec in next year’s federal election but rather some of leader Andrew Scheer’s own promises. In a keynote speech to his party’s national convention on Friday, Scheer laid out part of his 2019 battle plan. As expected, it borrows […]