National Newswatch

Does Canada really need more MPs?

Oct 18 2021 — Susan Delacourt — “Are there really Canadians out there who want to see more MPs added to the House of Commons?” This is not an original question, nor even a recent one. Almost exactly 10 years ago, a Liberal backbencher named Justin Trudeau posed it during a Commons debate about adding 30 new seats to the chamber. A […]

Does Justin Trudeau need a Ministry of Public Anger?

Oct 16 2021 — Susan Delacourt — They came to the campaign trail, they saw Justin Trudeau — and they were conquered. It’s a fascinating footnote to all those ugly protests that dogged Trudeau throughout the election. In all but a couple of the ridings where the angriest demonstrations took place, voters sent Trudeau’s Liberals to Parliament. Liberals won in London North […]

Annamie Paul was tormented out of politics. Here’s how Justin Trudeau could send a different message

Sep 27 2021 — Susan Delacourt — Annamie Paul didn’t resign as Green party leader on Monday. She surrendered, with an extraordinarily vivid description of how it felt to be tormented out of a Canadian political party. Paul talked of how she staggered, “spitting up blood,” to the finish of the recent federal election, admitting she just didn’t have any fight left […]

Prime minister Erin O’Toole. Try that one on for size

Sep 4 2021 — Susan Delacourt — As the federal election passes an important milepost over this Labour Day weekend, the prospect of a Conservative government has gone from a remote chance to a real possibility after Sept. 20. Successive polls are showing that Erin O’Toole is having a good election campaign. Justin Trudeau? Not so much. The Star’s own poll analysis […]

It’s time to talk about this rage against Justin Trudeau

Aug 28 2021 — Susan Delacourt — It’s time to talk about this rage against Justin Trudeau — not just the mob spectacles on the campaign trail, but all the toxic strains of that fury simmering through Canadian politics for some time now. The incredible scene of Trudeau haters in Bolton, Ont., their faces contorted in gleeful rage, has elevated this phenomenon […]