National Newswatch

New Quebec poll shows it’s still a two-way Liberal-CAQ race

Aug 16 2017 — Philip Authier — A new poll shows the struggling Parti Québécois has made up some ground in voter intentions, but Philippe Couillard and François Legault are still waging a fierce battle for first place. As Quebec’s political season kicks off after a summer hiatus with party leaders already focused on the 2018 election, the poll shows the trend […]

Angry anglos file complaints against Trudeau for French only answers in Quebec

Jan 18 2017 — Philip Authier — Three formal complaints have been filed against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the Commissioner of Official Languages for refusing to speak English to a Quebec anglophone Tuesday in Sherbrooke. “Yes, we have received complaints,” said commission spokesperson Nelson Kalil. “We’ll be taking a look. “We would be investigating the PCO’s (Privy Council Office) involvement and […]

Expect a rough and tumble political scene in 2017

Jan 4 2017 — Philip Authier — Politics in Quebec and Canada are never dull and 2017 will be hopping with events — many connected to replacing party leaders who failed or retired. Among the first things to watch for will be Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s latest attempt to jump start his government and set in motion a vision he can use […]

Quebec Liberals tried to shake Grinch image in 2016

Dec 26 2016 — Philip Authier — When it comes to significant political stories in 2016 it would be hard to beat the come-from-behind election victory of Jean-François Lisée as leader of the Parti Québécois. But as was the case in 2014, the year was also marked by stories about political ethics. In Quebec, no party was spared from allegations — many […]

Does the NDP have a future in Quebec without Tom Mulcair?

Apr 24 2016 — Philip Authier — Pronounced in French or English, it doesn’t sound pleasant either way. When New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair appeared on Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle talk show this month, he was asked how he felt after party members spurned his leadership at a convention in Edmonton a few days earlier. “C’est une saloperie, on […]

NDP plans media blitz in Quebec as support slips

Oct 9 2015 — Philip Authier — In politics it’s known as damage control, and the New Democratic Party is badly in need of it. Hoping to take advantage of families getting together for the Thanksgiving weekend and talking about the election, the NDP has launched a media blitz in Quebec to try and woo back those voters who have strayed – […]

New poll has Liberals ahead of Conservatives in Mount Royal; NDP ahead in Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Sep 24 2015 — Philip Authier — The federal Liberal candidate in the riding of Mount Royal is running away with the race and the Conservatives could be shut out again, a new poll suggests. And in another ferocious Montreal electoral battleground, this one in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, New Democratic Party candidate Maria Mourani is leading her Liberal opponent by a narrow margin, but […]

NDP, Liberals tied for lead on Montreal Island: poll

Sep 2 2015 — Philip Authier — The New Democratic Party is hanging on to its 2011 vote share on the island of Montreal but is in a virtual tie with the Liberals, who have gained since the last federal election, a new poll shows. The same poll says the two parties that have traditionally had problems making inroads in Montreal, the […]