National Newswatch

For NDP, slogans have changed but core narrative remains the same

Feb 18 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Jagmeet Singh’s keynote speech to the NDP weekend convention was his first major opportunity to start positioning the party for a general election that is barely 20 months away. Notwithstanding the contention of many New Democrats that the party’s last election platform missed the mark, the rookie leader’s speech fell well short of being a […]

Shifting provincial winds buffet Canada’s energy ambitions

Feb 9 2018 — Chantal Hébert — For the first time since Justin Trudeau’s government set out to put a national floor price on carbon emissions, there is a real possibility the government could have to implement its climate change policy without the co-operation of Ontario. On Thursday Caroline Mulroney joined Ontario Tory leadership rivals Doug Ford and Christine Elliott in a […]

Jagmeet Singh faces many hurdles as party gathers for convention

Feb 5 2018 — Chantal Hébert — It’s a divided NDP family that will gather in Ottawa late next week for the party’s first national convention under leader Jagmeet Singh. The last time the New Democrats got together two years ago in Edmonton, the issue of Thomas Mulcair’s leadership split the convention down the middle. He resigned after having lost a confidence […]

Mulroney name has some cachet, but will that be enough to propel Caroline into leadership role?

Feb 2 2018 — Chantal Hébert — To measure the high leap Caroline Mulroney will attempt should she, as expected, run for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, consider that she would have four months to do what Justin Trudeau accomplished over seven years. More than half a decade on the watch of two Liberal predecessors elapsed between the moment Trudeau […]

The web of politics is a tangled one

Jan 31 2018 — Chantal Hébert — This could be awkward. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is one of Justin Trudeau’s most effective allies on the Canada/U.S. trade front. And preserving NAFTA or as much of it as possible is the most significant item on the federal government’s mid-mandate plate. Now Mulroney’s daughter, Caroline, is exploring the possibility of running for the […]

Parliament’s MPs brace for a sex scandal of their own

Jan 29 2018 — Chantal Hébert — As MPs return to Parliament Hill this week, all parties are bracing for the possibility that a variation of the crisis that has engulfed the Ontario Tories could strike them. In matters of sexual misconduct no federal political organization can blithely assume it is bulletproof. Since Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown’s brutal fall from grace […]