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With pre-election summer looming, Conservatives hang on to their lead

Jun 17 2019 — Eric Grenier — When this election year kicked off, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were on track for victory in the fall federal election. Now, as parliamentarians prepare to head home after this week’s expected adjournment of the House of Commons, they’ll return to a very different political landscape. It’s one that favours Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives — and it’s one […]

Maxime Bernier was a top Conservative fundraiser before he left the party

Jun 12 2019 — Eric Grenier — Before Maxime Bernier left it to start his People’s Party, he was one of the Conservative Party of Canada’s top fundraisers — but most of the money he brought into his riding association came from contributors who lived in other parts of the country. The annual financial return for the Beauce Conservative riding association shows […]

For Andrew Scheer, matching Doug Ford’s victory of a year ago won’t be enough

Jun 7 2019 — Eric Grenier — Numbers show there aren’t enough voters in ‘Ford Nation’ to win the election for Scheer on their own. A year ago, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives secured a decisive victory in Ontario’s provincial election. In the process, they laid out a roadmap for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives to follow in this year’s federal election: win the same […]

Former PQ minister Réjean Hébert considering a run for federal Liberals

Jun 4 2019 — Eric Grenier — Réjean Hébert, a former Parti Québécois cabinet minister, is ready to turn the page on the sovereignty debate and is seriously considering a run for the federal Liberals in October’s federal election. Hébert, who served as Quebec’s minister of health during the brief PQ government of Pauline Marois from 2012 to 2014, told Radio-Canada that […]

Andrew Scheer has an Ontario problem – and it could be Doug Ford

May 29 2019 — Eric Grenier — Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party is struggling to make inroads in Ontario, the battleground province that’s likely to decide October’s federal election. He might have Ontario Premier Doug Ford to thank for that. Multiple polls suggest Ford and his Progressive Conservative government are deeply unpopular, just one year after ousting Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals from office. While […]

What didn’t happen in the N.L. election — and why that matters

May 18 2019 — Eric Grenier — There was no shortage of interesting results from Thursday’s election in Newfoundland and Labrador. It produced the province’s first minority government in nearly a half century. The House of Assembly will be a fragile kaleidoscope of red, blue, orange and grey. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians could be voting again sooner rather than later. But also noteworthy […]

Voters are opting for change at a rapid clip — and that’s bad news for Justin Trudeau

May 16 2019 — Eric Grenier — Not since the Great Depression disrupted sitting governments across the country has any prime minister presided over a period of such sweeping political turnover as Justin Trudeau has ahead of October’s federal election. Another government could be added to the tally if Dwight Ball’s Liberals fail to secure re-election in today’s vote in Newfoundland and […]

Contradictory polls agree on one thing: Dwight Ball’s Liberals are in trouble

May 10 2019 — Eric Grenier — Liberal Leader Dwight Ball entered the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election as the frontrunner. He might now be entering the campaign’s final week as the underdog. Over three days, three polls were published — each offering a different picture of the race. One showed Ball and the Liberals with a commanding lead, while another gave […]

How a Green breakthrough could redraw the electoral map

May 9 2019 — Eric Grenier — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May doubled the size of her Green caucus this week. That still leaves her 10 MPs short of official party status and a long way from holding the balance of power in the House of Commons. So what would it take to get her there — and what would that cost […]

Green byelection breakthrough should worry Trudeau, Singh

May 7 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Greens are storming the islands. Could the mainland be next? Paul Manly made history in Monday’s federal byelection in Nanaimo–Ladysmith, winning the Vancouver Island riding and securing the Green Party its second seat in the House of Commons. The breakthrough is a shot across the bow of both the New Democrats and Liberals, two […]