National Newswatch

Conservatives say they’re about to set another new membership record

Jun 3 2022 — Hannah Thibedeau — Some Conservatives are predicting it will turn out to be the largest number of Canadians ever to join a political party at any one time in Canadian history. Multiple Conservative Party of Canada sources say that, since the current contest to choose a new party leader began, more than 400,000 people have either joined the […]

Conservative member attacking O’Toole’s leadership could be dropped from party council, president warns

Sep 30 2021 — Hannah Thibedeau — The president of the Conservative Party says party national council member Bert Chen’s sponsorship of a petition “attacking” leader Erin O’Toole puts him at risk of being dropped from the council. “When you hold an office in the party, there’s an expectation that your conduct is such that it doesn’t detract or harm the interests […]

Liberals won’t get their expected cakewalk, Conservatives say after week one

Aug 22 2021 — Hannah Thibedeau — During Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s first week, his campaign plane touched down at the Winnipeg airport, parking right next to the aircraft carrying his chief rival: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. “I can’t verify this, but we’ve been told it broke down already,” O’Toole joked with his campaign team. In a quest to move from Official […]

Who’s next? Provincial, territorial vaccination plans begin to take shape

Feb 20 2021 — Hannah Thibedeau — Vaccine deliveries are starting to ramp up again and Canadians everywhere are asking themselves the same questions: When will it be my turn? And how will I know? Each province has a phased plan for vaccine deployment which indicates when the various priority groups can expect to receive the shots. All provincial and territorial governments […]

Strategists warn of damage to Conservative Party brand as O’Toole-MacKay war intensifies

Jun 24 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — The war of words between the campaign teams of Conservative leadership candidates Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole over a claim that MacKay’s team stole confidential campaign data continues to heat up — and some party strategists are warning that the brawl threatens the Conservative brand itself. “A sleepy leadership has gotten bizarre and gone possibly […]

Décarie ‘surprised’ by rejection of Conservative leadership bid

Mar 2 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Social conservative Richard Décarie says he doesn’t know why the Conservative Party barred him from running for the party’s leadership — but points out that party officials asked him questions about his statements on hot-button social issues during the interview phase of his application. “I was very clear about what I said, and why I […]