National Newswatch

Scheer says Conservatives would support legislation to protect LGBTQ Canadians

Sep 30 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says a Conservative government would “support and introduce” legislation that “protects LGBTQ Canadians,” but didn’t specify if that would include amending the Criminal Code to ban conversion therapy. The promise to ban the practice—seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, often through religious counselling—was a commitment from the […]

Trudeau and Singh speak about blackface scandal

Sep 24 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has now spoken to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to apologize personally to his opponent over photos and a video of him in blackface and brownface. Both leaders were in the Vancouver area Tuesday. Trudeau started in Burnaby, B.C., which is Singh’s home riding, and was scheduled to have a rally in […]

Trudeau calls video, photos of him in blackface and brownface ‘unacceptable’ and ’embarrassing’

Sep 19 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says that the three separate instances of him wearing either brownface or blackface makeup that have emerged in the last 24 hours are “absolutely unacceptable,” and “really embarrassing.” The visuals coming to light have thrown the party’s re-election campaign into major damage-control mode, with Trudeau admitting that he was “embarrassed” and […]

Green Party says its ‘inadvertent’ disclosure of voters’ personal info ‘not a serious issue’

Sep 18 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The Green Party of Canada says that after speaking with Elections Canada, it believes that “inadvertent” disclosure of voters’ personal information in a series of campaign training videos is “not a serious issue.” On Tuesday the party removed the videos, which were publicly accessible from its website, after CTV News discovered that they contained real […]

Battle for the left: May says Singh needs to ‘show up’

Sep 7 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Fresh off a week of fierce accusations between the federal Greens and New Democrats, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May isn’t backing down from the fight for progressive voters, offering some unsolicited advice to her opponent: “show up.” In the first of a series of leaders’ interviews on CTV’s Question Period, May spoke about the ongoing […]

Conservatives unveil campaign slogan, new TV ad as election call nears

Aug 23 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The Conservatives have revealed what will be the party’s main message to voters during the 2019 federal election campaign: “It’s time for you to get ahead.” In a new television ad launching Monday but exclusively provided to CTV News in advance, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer delivers the affordability-focused message that the party says will be […]

The biggest politics headlines of the summer so far

Aug 18 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Have you been dock-side or tied up with your family over the last few summer months, or just taking a hiatus from political news? With the fall federal election call just weeks away—here’s’s recap of the biggest political headlines of the summer so far.