National Newswatch

Mainstreet tracking poll has Liberals-Conservatives deadlocked, NDP cresting over 18%

Oct 17 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — Only days out from Monday’s election, the Liberals are holding a small, statistically insignificant lead over the Conservatives, with the NDP cresting over 18 per cent, according to the newest polling numbers from Mainstreet Research. Results from the firm’s daily tracker phone survey released Thursday show that 31.9 per cent of leaning and decided respondents […]

Tories eye sweep in Saskatchewan as Liberals seek gains and NDP looks to maintain footholds

Oct 1 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — Saskatoon Conservative candidate Kevin Waugh says his party is setting a simple and ambitious target for Saskatchewan come election day later this month: a clean sweep. Waugh, who’s seeking re-election in Saskatoon-Grasswood, said palpable anger towards the Trudeau government, namely over energy policy and carbon pricing, could pave the way for a blue sweep in […]

Liberals drop marginally in new Mainstreet Research poll

Sep 20 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The Liberals, Tories and Greens have all fallen slightly in Mainstreet Research’s latest national polling numbers, while the NDP, Bloc Québécois and People’s party enjoyed moderate bumps in support. These latest survey numbers, though, only capture roughly one day of polling since the emergence of photos and videos of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wearing blackface […]

Liberals say Wilson-Raybould involved in developing DPA amendments

Aug 16 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government says former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was intimately involved in developing Criminal Code amendments permitting deferred prosecution agreements, despite her suggestion to the ethics commissioner they were “rushed” to fit in the 2018 budget implementation bill. Pierre Olivier-Hebert, a spokesperson for Finance Minister Bill Morneau, told iPolitics the suggestion […]

Bernier in dead heat with Tories in his Quebec riding

Aug 9 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is running neck-and-neck with the Conservatives in his southeastern Quebec riding, suggests a new Mainstreet Research poll for iPolitics. Bernier, a one time cabinet minister and Conservative leadership candidate, was the choice of 28.7 per cent of respondents in the phone survey of 640 voters in Beauce, though the Tories […]

Garneau says feds expected to make decision on $4-billion high-frequency rail line this year

Feb 26 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government is offering little more than vague generalities on the future of a proposed $21-billion high-speed rail line for southern Ontario, though is expected to make a decision on what’s seen as a rival plan to build a dedicated passenger track for the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor sometime in 2018. Transport Minister Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount, […]

Quebec’s lobbyist registry best in Canada, though all struggle in key transparency metrics: study

Sep 7 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Most public lobbying registries in Canada are lacking pivotal disclosure requirements, leaving Canadians in the dark about the scope and cost of lobbying campaigns targeting government officials, suggests a new report. In an assessment released on Tuesday, the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a non-profit aiming to help institutional investors improve corporate governance, […]

Liberals expect to make department spending reviews permanent

Jul 5 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government is planning to repeat a round of audits of federal departments and agencies promised in this year’s budget in future years as well, putting multiple government institutions in the crosshairs annually. Jean-Luc Ferland, press secretary to Treasury Board President Scott Brison (Kings-Hants, N.S.), said the three departments selected for review this year […]

Taxpayers spent more than $600K for Electoral Reform Committee report Liberals dismissed

Jun 28 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Parliamentarians spent more than $600,000 and 200-plus hours compiling a 333-page report recommending major changes to the country’s voting system that was largely rejected by the Trudeau government within hours of its release, new House of Commons statistics show. The Special Committee on Electoral Reform, convened by the House to study and consult on prospective […]

Ex-languages commissioner Fraser says Liberals waited a year to begin search for his replacement

Jun 14 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Graham Fraser says the Liberal government waited until 2017, after he’d already left his extended term as languages commissioner, to really begin the search to replace him, despite being reminded of the impending vacancy a year before, raising renewed concerns about the sluggish pace of governor-in-council appointments under the Liberals. Mr. Fraser, who left the […]

Calls for appointment reform grow, as ethics chief investigates PM while he weighs her future

Feb 1 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Critics are renewing calls for reforms to the appointment process for parliamentary watchdogs, as Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson begins her investigation into the prime minister’s use of a private helicopter in the Bahamas over the holidays, while the Liberal government weighs her future in the position. NDP ethics critic Alexandre Boulerice […]

Feds’ plan to change budget process riles opposition

Nov 9 2016 — Marco Vigliotti — Opposition MPs are expressing concern over the Liberal government’s planned overhaul of the budget estimates process, saying promised changes could curb the amount of time available to scrutinize important data. The Liberals have been discussing plans to improve the financial planning framework for the government by better aligning the main estimates, which establish departmental budgets […]