National Newswatch

Anyone in the mood for a summer election?

Jun 13 2018 — Susan Delacourt — If a referendum were held across Canada right now on the trade fight between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister would most certainly win. So is anyone in the mood for a summer election? Nobody panic — the question is posed in wild speculation — mostly. Trudeau has given every indication since the […]

To get more Liberals elected, Wynne must say who she thinks has a chance

Jun 5 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Politicians are fond of saying that they don’t deal in hypothetical questions. But Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has just answered the mother of all hypothetical questions — the what’s-going-to-happen-in-the-election question. As Wynne has now said, succinctly, repeatedly and often emotionally since this past weekend, she’s going to lose her job as premier when Ontarians […]

Conservatives hoping to learn from Ford’s spiral dive

May 29 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford really likes to call people his “friends.” It’s not clear that Andrew Scheer, his federal counterpart, is one of them. As iPolitics’ Marieke Walsh is reporting, time is running out for a joint Ford-Scheer event and there’s nothing scheduled right now before the June 7 vote. Is it just […]

What is it that is driving Ontario voters?

May 29 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Facts or fear? Arithmetic or anger? The winner of the Ontario election, it seems, will be the one who figures out whether the huge band of undecided voters — still making up their minds in the final two weeks of the campaign — are driven by emotion or reason; personality or policy.

Trudeau’s chance to diffuse the India debacle

May 22 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The Prime Minister’s trip to India earned him a lot of laughs this year — all at his own expense. This weekend, however, Justin Trudeau has a chance to solicit some laughs on his own terms, at the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner in Ottawa. Will this finally be a chance to put that trip […]

When it’s ‘time for a change,’ can anything change that?

May 17 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The most formidable foe for Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne in the current election isn’t a person or a party. It’s time — specifically the “time for a change” sentiment surging through the public-opinion polls. Three out of every four Ontarians believe it’s time for a change and more than half of them say they strongly […]

Burned in 2017, Morneau opts to hide from critics instead

May 15 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s bad when the Finance Minister’s officials are accused of bullying an interest group. But the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says it can think of one thing worse — the cold shoulder. And that’s precisely the frosty situation the CFIB says it has now with Bill Morneau, the first finance minister to refuse to […]

Ontario parties track well-worn path toward the mushy middle

May 9 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Premier Kathleen Wynne stood right in the middle of the stage on Tuesdaynight, in the first leaders’ debate of the looming Ontario election. If current polling trends hold, that was an appropriate spot — in Ontario, it’s said, both the political middle and Wynne’s fortunes are shrinking. So has political polarization arrived in Ontario? This […]

Justin Trudeau will have an election in mind as he heads to Halifax convention. But it’s not his own

Apr 20 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled out not one, but three of his 2015 election slogans last weekend when he held his pipeline-crisis meeting with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia. He talked of “hope and hard work” and declared that “better is always possible.” Trudeau even urged the warring provinces to see their rivals […]