National Newswatch

Erin O’Toole is looking for support in Quebec. Here’s why the Liberals hope he finds it

Sep 12 2020 — Chantal Hébert — Voters will get a glimpse at how incoming federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole fares on a tightrope when he holds his introductory meeting with Quebec premier François Legault on Monday. Over the first weeks of his leadership, O’Toole has sounded determined to break with some of the ways of his predecessors. Stephen Harper never wanted […]

Justin Trudeau is betting Canadians are craving an activist agenda. He may be misreading the public mood

Sep 5 2020 — Chantal Hébert — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes enough Canadians are craving for an activist post-pandemic agenda to earn the Liberals another mandate. But what if he is misreading the public mood? Come Sept. 23, the Liberals will gamble the life of their minority government on a throne speech that, if the advance billing is to be believed, […]

Will COVID-19 derail Canada’s action on climate change?

Apr 25 2020 — Chantal Hébert — Canada’s climate-change agenda was a casualty of the 2008 global financial crisis. Will history repeat itself post-pandemic? The 2008 storm hit as voters were headed to the polls in a federal election. One of its immediate consequences was to sweep the campaign carpet from under then-Liberal leader Stéphane Dion and his climate-change platform.