National Newswatch

Is a pandemic a bad time for leadership politics?

Mar 24 2020 — Eric Grenier — Leadership is at a premium these days, as countries around the world take action to fight the spread of COVID-19. But a number of parties in Canada have come to the conclusion that a pandemic is no time for leadership politics. In the last few days, three provincial leadership races have been postponed or delayed […]

As governments grapple with COVID-19, what’s the role for the opposition?

Mar 21 2020 — Eric Grenier — The daily swirl of press briefings by health officials, new announcements by government leaders and reports on the latest public spaces, businesses or borders being closed leaves little opportunity for the opposition parties to get a word in. That’s assuming they have anything to say, or a platform on which to say it. Across the […]

As COVID-19 anxiety increases, so is Canadians’ trust in institutions: poll

Mar 17 2020 — Eric Grenier — In an atmosphere of heightened fear over the spread of COVID-19, a new poll suggests that Canadians are also becoming more trusting in official information sources and feel their governments at both the provincial and federal levels are doing a good job handling the crisis. The survey by the Angus Reid Institute was conducted between […]

Despite calls from some candidates for a delay, Conservative Party won’t change leadership deadline

Mar 16 2020 — Eric Grenier — The Conservative Party says it will not change the timetable for its leadership contest, despite calls from some candidates to postpone an upcoming deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the party praised some candidates for making the difficult decision to suspend campaign activities, it said in a press release Monday that it’s “confident that […]

Poll finds health care top issue in most provinces – and most governments don’t get a passing grade

Mar 13 2020 — Eric Grenier — A new survey shows that health care remains a dominant issue in most provinces across the country — but Canadians are giving their provincial governments mixed grades on how well they’re handling their health care systems. The quarterly survey by the Angus Reid Institute interviewed 5,043 Canadians between Feb. 24 and 28, providing detailed results […]

Ontario Liberals face some big challenges — and one huge opportunity

Mar 7 2020 — Eric Grenier — Steven Del Duca is poised to win the Liberal leadership and challenge a vulnerable Premier Doug Ford. The Ontario Liberal Party chooses its new leader today. All indications suggest that person will be Steven Del Duca. The former cabinet minister will take over a party facing some serious challenges. Despite that, he also might very […]

As the Democratic field shrinks, so do the chances of a contested convention

Mar 5 2020 — Eric Grenier — To avoid a contested convention and block the path of Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination, the field of contenders needed to get smaller and the vote of Democratic moderates had to coalesce behind one candidate. In less than a week, both of those requirements have now been fulfilled. Former vice-president Joe […]

Dozens of People’s Party riding associations deregistered

Feb 24 2020 — Eric Grenier — Dozens of electoral district associations affiliated with the People’s Party of Canada have been deregistered by Elections Canada for failing to meet their reporting requirements, just months after the party contested its first general election. The PPC captured just 1.6 per cent of the overall vote in the October election and elected not a single […]

Can anyone catch up to Bernie Sanders now?

Feb 22 2020 — Eric Grenier — Sen. Bernie Sanders has solidified his position as the front runner in the Democratic primaries and will face his next test today in the Nevada caucuses — as rivals like former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren hope for a much-needed boost to their troubled campaigns. Sanders goes into Nevada after tying former […]