National Newswatch

For the next leader of the Greens, the hard part comes next

Oct 3 2020 — Eric Grenier — Whoever wins the Green Party leadership race today takes over a job that might have looked a lot better when it became available a little under a year ago. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic turning Canadians’ attention away from climate change and to matters of public health and a future economic recovery, the next leader […]

Running an election in a pandemic is complicated — especially when politicians are the ones at risk

Sep 17 2020 — Eric Grenier — With O’Toole and Blanchet in isolation, leaders need to evaluate their appetite for risk. Across the country, election authorities are making plans to hold mid-pandemic elections while keeping voters safe. But with two federal party leaders now self-isolating after being exposed to COVID-19, just how safe might a campaign be for the politicians doing the […]

Erin O’Toole courted the right of the Conservative Party and won

Aug 24 2020 — Eric Grenier — Early in the Conservative leadership race, Erin O’Toole identified an opening to Peter MacKay’s right. It presented a narrow path to victory for him — particularly for a candidate who had run as a consensus-building moderate in 2017’s contest — but it was his best shot at winning. And it worked.

People’s Party of Canada paying leader Maxime Bernier $104K salary

Aug 21 2020 — Eric Grenier — After raising just over $2.6 million in donations but failing to win a single seat in the October 2019 election, the People’s Party is paying its founding leader, Maxime Bernier, an annual salary of $104,000 this year. The party made the disclosure on Friday, as it spelled out the details of its annual filings with […]

What’s behind the Bloc’s election gambit

Aug 14 2020 — Eric Grenier — Why would Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Québécois, be willing to defeat the Liberal government and send the country to the polls in the midst of a pandemic? He says he’s seen enough. If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Katie Telford, the prime minister’s chief of staff, don’t resign over […]