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What to watch for as Trudeau unveils his new cabinet today

Nov 20 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet today — an expanded team of ministers to steer the minority Liberal government’s legislative priorities and work to calm regional tensions. The new front bench will be larger in size than the last 34-member cabinet. Trudeau already has confirmed the revamped cabinet will have gender parity. […]

Scheer’s messaging on abortion cost him votes on both sides of the debate, say observers

Nov 2 2019 — Kathleen Harris — ‘The … socially conservative voting bloc was in absolute dismay’ – Hanna Kepka, Campaign Life Coalition. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s attempt to reconcile his views on abortion and same-sex marriage may have cost him votes among Canadians who see themselves as “progressive” — but some say it also eroded his support among social conservatives. Dogged […]

Chile withdraws as APEC summit host as riots, protests continue

Oct 30 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Readout from call between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Chilean counterpart doesn’t mention APEC. Chile is dropping plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade summit as it struggles with riots and mass protests over economic inequality. Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced Wednesday that his country would not host the forum, which was […]

Trudeau, Scheer dodge questions, trade barbs on final push to election day

Oct 19 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Two leaders vying to be the next prime minister of Canada repeatedly dodged questions from reporters today, with Justin Trudeau refusing to speak about electoral reform or post-election scenarios and Andrew Scheer deflecting calls for an explanation on allegations his party orchestrated a smear campaign against a rival political party. Instead, the Liberal Leader reverted […]

Scheer suggests Liberals could decriminalize hard drugs, despite Trudeau’s denial

Oct 17 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer today again raised the spectre of a re-elected Liberal government decriminalizing hard drugs. During an interview with Toronto’s CP24, Scheer pointed to last year’s Liberal Party policy convention, which saw some grassroots Liberals push for sweeping decriminalization as a way to promote harm reduction and curb overdose deaths. “Justin Trudeau was […]

Trudeau acknowledges Tories could win, accuses them of running ‘dirtiest’ campaign ever

Oct 16 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau today acknowledged the Conservatives could win Monday’s election — and accused the party of winning support by running one of the “dirtiest, nastiest” election campaigns in Canadian history. Surrounded by 29 Quebec candidates at an event at Montreal’s Botanical Garden Wednesday, Trudeau appealed to Quebecers to support his party and elect […]

Scheer vows to stop illegal border crossings

Oct 9 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to end illegal border crossings by asylum seekers entering Canada outside official points, and says his government would focus on economic immigration and helping to protect the refugees in greatest danger. Holding a campaign event this morning at Roxham Road in Quebec, an unofficial border crossing that has become […]