National Newswatch

Another Green breakthrough leaves the party wondering what might have been

Apr 24 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Greens are celebrating a historic breakthrough in Prince Edward Island today after Tuesday’s provincial election. They’re also experiencing a pang of disappointment. It’s a familiar feeling for Greens across the country. The party has long been unable to deliver at the ballot box the support that has showed up for it in public opinion […]

With 6 months to go, Justin Trudeau is up against history

Apr 21 2019 — Eric Grenier — Half a year is a long time in politics, but when you’re trailing in the polls it might not feel like it’s long enough. That’s where Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government finds itself with six months to go before the fall federal election. And when past prime ministers have been in this spot before, it generally […]

For Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP, the dial isn’t moving fast enough

Apr 9 2019 — Eric Grenier — The gap between Alberta’s United Conservatives and New Democrats might be closing by inches, but Rachel Notley needs the polls to move by miles in order to have a good shot at re-election on Apr. 16. That isn’t happening — and the first post-debate polls indicate that last week’s verbal sparring is unlikely to move […]

With Wilson-Raybould and Philpott, the Commons’ crew of Independent MPs enters uncharted territory

Apr 6 2019 — Eric Grenier — A ‘schism’ of independents? A ‘motley’, perhaps? How about an ‘insurrection’? With the ejection of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus this week, the number of independent MPs in the House of Commons has exploded. Coupled with the other MPs representing an array of ‘unrecognized’ parties ranging from the secessionist to the […]

Atlantic Canada goes from stronghold to point of vulnerability for Liberals

Apr 3 2019 — Eric Grenier — Atlantic Canada was where the first domino of the SNC-Lavalin affair toppled in public — when Nova Scotia cabinet minister Scott Brison decided to resign his post. It’s also where the Liberals have taken the biggest hit from the scandal’s fallout. What was once the party’s most formidable electoral stronghold has now become one of […]

Votes in B.C. and P.E.I. give the Greens two shots at making history

Mar 27 2019 — Eric Grenier — The stars could be aligning for the Green Party of Canada to catch a lucky break — and just in time for October’s federal election. A federal byelection in the B.C. riding of Nanaimo–Ladysmith gives the Greens a chance to make a pre-election breakthrough. Nanaimo–Ladysmith is one of the party’s target ridings and the byelection […]

Singh’s Quebec strategy has the NDP fishing in a small pool

Mar 14 2019 — Eric Grenier — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh knows he needs to do something to rekindle his party’s relationship with voters in Quebec. But his source of inspiration suggests his ambitions are anything but lofty. He unveiled the opening act of his plan on Monday, when he named Alexandre Boulerice as the party’s deputy leader and charged him with […]

How to follow the polls in a tumultuous election year

Mar 12 2019 — Eric Grenier — With little more than seven months to go before the October election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are trailing Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives in the polls. Their chances of winning re-election are no better than a coin-flip. But a month ago, the Liberals were in a strong position to secure a second term in office. Things can change […]

First post-SNC-Lavalin polls look bad for Trudeau Liberals

Feb 21 2019 — Eric Grenier — The fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair is only beginning to rain down on Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government but it seems to be having an impact — one that could put the Liberals on track to defeat in this fall’s federal election. The controversy surrounding allegations about political interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, […]