National Newswatch

Harper didn’t address ‘batty’ Poilievre policies in endorsement: former cabinet ministers

Jul 28 2022 — Ian Bailey — Two Stephen Harper-era cabinet ministers say his endorsement of Pierre Poilievre for the leadership of the Conservative party failed to address the candidate’s “batty” economic policies. Lawrence Cannon, a Quebec lieutenant and foreign affairs minister under Mr. Harper, and former environment minister Peter Kent are supporting Jean Charest, the former Quebec premier, in the leadership […]

Stephen Harper’s endorsement a boost for Pierre Poilievre’s leadership bid, Conservative Senate leader says

Jul 27 2022 — Ian Bailey — Stephen Harper’s endorsement of Pierre Poilievre for the Conservative Party leadership is a boost for the Ottawa MP that will particularly sway party members who have been on the fence about supporting him, the Conservative Senate leader says. “So far, this is the biggest and most important endorsement,” Don Plett said in an interview on […]

Conservatives need to veer to moderate middle: Former B.C. premier

Jul 21 2022 — Ian Bailey — Pierre Poilievre is likely to pivot to the political centre if he wins the Conservative leadership this fall, says former British Columbia premier Christy Clark. “I think that most politicians, when they finish their leadership race, change a little bit,” said Ms. Clark, who led the BC Liberal Party – a coalition of federal Conservatives […]

Bill Morneau memoir will be tough on Trudeau says ghostwriter

Jul 8 2022 — Ian Bailey — The award-winning novelist who helped former finance minister Bill Morneau craft his memoir says the results are going to be tough on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Where To from Here: A Path to Canadian Prosperity is set to be published in January by ECW Press, based in Toronto. “I am a little hesitant to give […]

Critics need to accept change in the Conservative Party, says former Mulroney cabinet minister

Jun 27 2022 — Ian Bailey — A veteran cabinet minister under Brian Mulroney says the evolution of the Conservative Party is an inevitability that some critical veteran party members should accept. Elmer MacKay made the comment Monday, responding to concerns expressed by former Conservative senator Marjory LeBreton and prime minister Brian Mulroney about the direction of the party during the current […]

Patrick Brown expresses concerns about Conservative MPs’ talk with soldier facing charges over vaccine-mandate criticism

Jun 24 2022 — Ian Bailey — Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown is expressing concern that Tory MPs met this week with a Canadian soldier facing military charges for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine mandates while in uniform as well as a spokesman for the convoy that blockaded Ottawa in the winter. Mr. Brown said he hoped MPs received guarantees that the […]

Conservatives investigating allegations of membership irregularities by Patrick Brown campaign

Jun 16 2022 — Ian Bailey — The federal Conservative Party is investigating allegations that Patrick Brown’s leadership campaign has been reimbursing the membership fees paid by individuals who agreed to join the party. The allegations have been detailed in a complaint filed by the campaign of Ottawa MP Pierre Poilievre, one of the leadership rivals to Mr. Brown, the mayor of […]

Pierre Poilievre draws crowds, but that isn’t crucial for winning, Conservative leadership rivals say

Apr 8 2022 — Ian Bailey — The crowds turning out for rallies held by Pierre Poilievre as he seeks the federal Conservative leadership are not crucial to winning the race, say rival camps, who insist there are less flashy ways to gather the support required for victory. Alberta MP Michelle Rempel Garner said other past Conservative leadership candidates, such as Kevin […]

Candice Bergen’s move into Stornoway cost federal government $19,404, though she will move out in a few months

Mar 21 2022 — Ian Bailey — The federal government paid almost $20,000 to prepare for Candice Bergen’s move into Stornoway, the official residence of the Official Opposition leader, though she holds the role on an interim basis and will need to vacate the home in a matter of months. According to a summary of transition costs provided by the National Capital […]

Jean Charest says he’s opposed to Bill 21 and favours more oil and gas production

Mar 10 2022 — Ian Bailey — Launching his campaign to lead the federal Conservatives, Jean Charest says he is opposed to Quebec’s controversial religious-symbols law, and also favours more oil and gas production, including new pipelines. The former Quebec premier outlined both positions and others on Thursday during an interview in Montreal, ahead of travelling to Calgary to kick off his […]

Patrick Brown considering run for Tory leadership

Feb 24 2022 — Ian Bailey — Patrick Brown, the mayor of Brampton, Ont., and a former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, is considering a run for the leadership of the federal Conservatives subject to the rules of the competition, says a city spokesperson. Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre is the only declared candidate in the race to succeed Erin O’Toole, but […]