National Newswatch

Conservatives, Liberals set new fundraising records ahead of election year

Jan 30 2019 — Eric Grenier — Canadians are opening their wallets to the major parties ahead of the federal election; the Conservatives, Liberals and Greens set new records in the fourth quarter of 2018 for fundraising outside of an election year. According to numbers released by the Conservatives last week, the party raised $7,343,817 in the last three months of 2018 […]

In Quebec, Conservatives are hoping Liberals can’t fight city hall

Jan 24 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Conservatives want to pick up seats in Quebec in October’s federal election and are lining up veterans of municipal politics to get them. The latest name added to that list is Robert Coutu, who was announced on Tuesday as the Conservative candidate in the riding of La Pointe-de-l’Île on the island of Montreal. Coutu, […]

Why the Liberals can’t afford to ignore rural Canada

Jan 15 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Trudeau government created a new ministerial portfolio in Monday’s federal cabinet shuffle. That suggests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau felt his government had a blindspot heading into October’s federal election: a lack of focus on rural Canadians. Scott Brison’s decision to leave the Liberal cabinet and retire from politics prompted Monday’s shuffle and left a […]

Why Justin Trudeau will be spending a lot of time in B.C. in 2019

Jan 9 2019 — Eric Grenier — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in British Columbia today, a province that could play a significant role in a Liberal victory in October’s federal election — or form an integral part of a path to government for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives. Trudeau is in Kamloops to speak at two separate events: a party fundraiser and a […]

How the upcoming federal byelections could make history

Jan 2 2019 — Eric Grenier — It’s an election year in Canada. The country will head to the polls in October to render judgment on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, either giving it a second term or sending it packing after four years in office. But some voters will get a chance to offer their own verdicts much sooner. At least […]

Justin Trudeau’s byelection record puts him in the murky middle

Dec 3 2018 — Eric Grenier — If you’re looking for clues on what to expect in next year’s federal election, byelections are a good place to start. Yes, individual byelections can hinge on local issues and well-known candidates, making it perilous to draw broader conclusions from the results. But they’re also the only moments between general elections when real voters are […]