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O’Toole releases platform promising reduced emissions, foreign competition for airlines and telecoms

Jun 10 2020 — Brian Platt — The platform does not propose a timeframe for balancing the budget, but O’Toole says he will review both taxes and spending to determine how to get there. Conservative leadership contender Erin O’Toole has released a 50-page policy platform that includes promises to achieve net-zero emissions in the oil and gas sector, allow foreign competition for […]

As Trudeau defends political parties using wage subsidy, Tory leadership hopefuls slam their own party

May 25 2020 — Brian Platt — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defends political parties making use of the federal COVID-19 wage subsidy, Conservative leadership candidates are slamming their own party for taking the money. The federal Conservatives, Liberals and NDP have all said they applied for the wage subsidy due to a steep drop in political donations, and have already received […]

As talk grows that some provinces could reopen earlier than others, Trudeau urges national coordination

Apr 18 2020 — Brian Platt — With some provinces well ahead of others in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal officials are urging national coordination when it comes to easing physical-distancing restrictions and reopening the economy. Although no provinces have said they plan to imminently jump ahead in lifting restrictions, there is growing talk in some places — particularly […]

Canada looking to prepare ‘surge’ force, use cellphone data to contain COVID-19

Apr 11 2020 — Brian Platt — Federal and provincial health officials are recruiting small armies of staff and examining technology options such as cell phone location data as they ramp up Canada’s capacity to do contact tracing. Contact tracing involves searching out recent contacts of anyone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, and monitoring those contacts for symptoms and the potential need […]

O’Toole would criminalize blocking ‘critical’ infrastructure, allow police to clear blockades without injunction

Feb 20 2020 — Brian Platt — Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says that as prime minister, he would introduce legislation to designate ports and major railways, highways and bridges as critical national infrastructure and to make it a criminal offence to block them, even without a court injunction. He also says he would declare a general policy that police should clear […]

How the Conservatives’ Leadership Contestant Questionnaire could derail Richard Décarie

Jan 30 2020 — Brian Platt — As Conservative leadership hopefuls prepare their applications to formally enter the race, they must fill in the party’s 42-page questionnaire. The Leadership Contestant Questionnaire requires candidates to declare they accept “the policies, principles, goals and objectives” of the Conservative Party. But the document could also be the tool used to ban controversial social conservative candidate […]

Conservative leadership race loses another high-profile potential candidate as Candice Bergen bows out

Jan 30 2020 — Brian Platt — Manitoba MP Candice Bergen has decided not to launch a bid for the Conservative leadership after considering the matter and consulting with colleagues. It means yet another high-profile potential candidate has dropped out of contention, following announcements last week from Jean Charest, Rona Ambrose and Pierre Poilievre. Earlier this month, Bergen had decided against a […]

Former Conservative Party staffer prepares to enter leadership race as the ‘so-con’ candidate

Jan 22 2020 — Brian Platt — ‘All the so-cons are mobilizing behind me because I’m the only candidate who is running that actually represents their values.’ he social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and has a network forming behind […]