National Newswatch

The last Dipper standing: Boulerice on the job he faces and the NDP’s plans to rebuild, ‘it’s going to be a challenge’

Nov 6 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — As the lone New Democrat MP left in Quebec after last month’s election, Alexandre Boulerice says he feels a bit like the last village of resistance against the Romans, invoking the popular French comic Asterix le Gaulois which satirizes the fight of a few against an invader’s onslaught. He’s joking, but from his perch as […]

Tossed Tory candidate ‘changes everything,’ with two-way fight shaping up in Burnaby North-Seymour

Oct 9 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — A key battleground B.C. riding has become a two-way race between Liberal incumbent Terry Beech and a former NDP MP mounting a comeback, after “appalling” homophobic comments from the beleaguered Conservative candidate finally got her booted from the party’s slate last week. With the nomination deadline now past, Heather Leung’s removal as candidate has left […]

Vancouver Granville race a ‘toss-up,’ as Wilson-Raybould’s rivals urge voters not to pick someone ‘on the outside’

Oct 2 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — It’s the waning minutes of a public forum in Vancouver, and the tense dynamic at play in a B.C. battleground is captured in a single question directed at ex-Liberal minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who is taking on her former party as an Independent in a bid to keep her Vancouver Granville seat. Eighteen-year-old Sam Shuster—who days […]

More candidates could drop out after Sept. 30 deadline, PPC, Greens lead pack so far

Sep 25 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — The People’s Party of Canada and the Green Party have had the most declared candidates step aside over the last couple months—with reasons ranging from a candidate’s family member being charged with murder, to offensive online comments, to personal reasons, though many remain unexplained—and more candidates could drop out after the Sept. 30 nomination deadline.

Pakistani envoy urges Canada, world to be ‘more forceful’ with India on ‘humanitarian disaster’ in Kashmir

Sep 18 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — As the world looks on, Kashmir is in the midst of a “humanitarian disaster,” says Pakistani High Commissioner to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar, who is calling on Canada and the international community to be “more forceful” in efforts to push India to ease its crackdown in the disputed region. More than a month has passed […]

Say yes to the feds: voting patterns show group understands ‘legislative responsibility,’ says ISG

Aug 28 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Senators appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are still the most likely to support government bills come voting time, a record the Independents say reflects a philosophy that respects the will of the elected House, and not support of Liberal-specific bills. But Conservative whip Donald Plett (Landmark, Man.) said that record shows what his party […]

Senate ethics review ‘last act’ for retiring Senator Andreychuk

Aug 14 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Just days before Raynell Andreychuk retired from the Senate, she was finishing up the final touches on a committee report to “significantly” amend the Upper Chamber’s ethics and conflict of interest code, which offers sweeping recommendations to address inquiry delays and create obligations for Senators to respond sooner. As chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, […]

Next PM to quicken or quell Senator independence, with nearly a quarter set to retire next Parliament

Jul 10 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Canada’s next prime minister could appoint at least 24 new Senators, giving the country’s future leader the power to solidify the new approach to appointing Senators ushered in by the Liberals, or revert back to the old patronage system. That bloc isn’t close to the historic number of vacancies during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, […]

Continued Liberal delays to end sexist Indian status rules ‘baffling’ to Indigenous advocates

Jul 3 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — With days left on Canada’s deadline to answer an international body’s ruling that Canada address the government’s ongoing discrimination against First Nations women, advocates say Canada should have more than an election promise for women who have been waiting years to see the practice stop. In January, the United Nations Human Rights Committee gave Canada […]