National Newswatch

Conservative leadership committee will weigh candidates’ personal views against party principles: Raitt

Jan 25 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The co-chair of the Conservative Party’s leadership organizing committee says the party will consider candidates’ comments – on social issues or otherwise – to assess whether they align with party principles. Former deputy leader Lisa Raitt said there is a section requiring a declaration of personal views in the rules published by the Leadership Election […]

Rempel still toying with leadership bid as Western alienation looms

Jan 24 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel says she hasn’t ruled out a leadership bid namely because Western Canada isn’t being represented among those who’ve already put their names forward. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Friday before the party’s caucus meeting, the Calgary-based MP said her main concern is ensuring her riding and her province feel accounted […]

Pierre Poilievre will not run for Conservative leadership

Jan 23 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Longtime Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre will not seek party leadership, citing his family life as the reason for backing down. Poilievre was set to run for the party’s top job, as CTV News first reported on Jan. 7. In a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter, Poilievre said while he’s received positive feedback during his […]

Trudeau announces $25K for families of Canadian PS752 victims

Jan 17 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Ottawa will pay $25,000 in compensation for each of the Canadian victims of the downed Ukrainian airline. On Friday morning, PM Trudeau said the families of all Canadian citizens and the additional 29 permanent residents killed would be provided the financial allotment “to assist with their immediate needs, such […]

Flight PS752’s last words with air traffic control were ‘peaceful’: Ukraine foreign affairs minister

Jan 10 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The last conversation between Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 pilots and air traffic personnel on the ground in Tehran before the plane crashed minutes after take-off was nothing out of the norm, said Ukraine’s foreign affairs minister. In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, airing Sunday, Vadym Prystaiko said all communication was “peaceful,” supporting the […]

Poilievre the most likely contender to succeed Scheer: Conservative insider

Dec 22 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Longtime Conservative strategist Jason Lietaer is placing his bets on Tory MP Pierre Poilievre as the likely successor to former party leader Andrew Scheer. Speaking on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Lietaer said the current finance critic’s swift ground game has positioned himself ahead of the pack of potential frontrunners. “While other people are sort […]

Bergen, Rempel Garner aren’t ruling out Conservative leadership bid

Dec 15 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Two high-profile female Conservative MPs say they aren’t dismissing the idea of running for party leader now that Andrew Scheer has announced he’ll resign. Tory House Leader Candice Bergen and critic for industry and economic development Michelle Rempel Garner, both long-serving caucus members, said while it’s “too soon” to formally put their names forward, they […]

Conservative group that called on Scheer to resign claims victory

Dec 12 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — The grassroots organization that called on Andrew Scheer to step down as Conservative leader says today is a “good day.” “For this particular organization, we’ve accomplished our objectives,” Conservative Victory co-founder Sara MacIntyre told on Thursday. Conservative Victory, which launched in late November, was founded by party insiders and former aides to prime minister […]

Singh says Bloc ‘won’t push government’ after supporting throne speech

Dec 8 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet’s support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s throne speech should be a hint to Canadians that he won’t challenge the government. “They’ve made it clear that they don’t really have anything to negotiate, they’re not going to push the government,” said Singh in an interview on […]

Former Liberal MP claims Alberta is envious of Quebec

Nov 17 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — A former Liberal cabinet minister and Montreal mayor says Alberta is “jealous” of Quebec’s position in the federation. “I think that if we cut that rhetoric and we’re more factual, we will witness that maybe Alberta is jealous of some of the powers that Quebec has and would like to have that kind of autonomy,” […]

Blanchet spars with Kenney after meeting with Trudeau

Nov 13 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Frances Blanchet says comments made by Western leaders about Quebec’s unfair share of national funds are “just not true.” The separatist party leader met with his 32-member caucus – many of whom are new to the Parliamentary precinct – on Wednesday for the first time since the election. Blanchet said that the […]

‘More of the same,’ says Moe on lacklustre meeting with Trudeau

Nov 12 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe came out of a meeting with Prime Minster Justin Trudeau “disappointed” with what he says is a lack of commitment to address Western needs. “We have provided some options for [Trudeau] to support the people of the province and today I did not hear a commitment to moving forward on those […]

Does Kenney have a point when it comes to equalization reform?

Oct 31 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is putting a spotlight on the age-old equalization reform debate in Canada and demanding the federal government take action to make sure his province gets a sweeter deal – but is there legitimacy to his argument? The outspoken critic of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a speech to the Alberta […]