National Newswatch

Are there more people telling lies in this federal election?

Sep 18 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The current election is being fought under some of the toughest laws that Canada has ever seen against lying in politics. But it’s far from clear that the toughened-up laws are having a deterrent effect. Canada’s 43rd federal election campaign is just over a week old and the battleground is already littered with lies, accusations […]

Election 2019 is going to be all about our children

Sep 11 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It’s arrived. That future Canadian election is now about to unfold in present tense. For the next 40 days until voting day on Oct. 21, think of the children — not the childish sorts filling social media with partisan taunts, or even the real children we will want to shield from the nasty, personal politics […]

A weekend of election nastiness hints at what is to come

Sep 4 2019 — Susan Delacourt — An ugly confrontation over Islamophobia; the prime minister forced out of a parade by heckling protesters; a party leader denouncing an activist with autism as “mentally unstable” and calling for her to be “attacked.” All this happened in one weekend in Canada — and the election hasn’t yet started. Is it any wonder that many […]

Canada’s political parties are ranking you

Sep 1 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The school year is only just beginning and report cards are a long way off — unless you are a Canadian voter, currently being graded according to your likely political leaning as the election looms. Most Canadians assume that elections are an opportunity to assign pass-or-fail marks to the politicians. What voters may not know […]

Maybe Boris Johnson was inspired by Stephen Harper

Aug 28 2019 — Susan Delacourt — One of the most successful slogans in the history of modern political marketing was the one that Margaret Thatcher pitched to U.K. voters in 1979: “Labour Isn’t Working.” The ad man behind that slogan, Tim Bell, died this week — the same week that one of Thatcher’s successors, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, decided that Parliament […]

Election sloganeers are on the move

Aug 26 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Every party is on the move in this fall’s election campaign, to judge by the emerging ad slogans — ahead, forward, even sideways. “Choose Forward” will be the catchphrase for Justin Trudeau’s team, the governing Liberals have announced, while “It’s Time For You to Get Ahead” is what Conservatives will be telling the voters. The […]

Get ready for a door-to-door election campaign

Aug 25 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Canadian politicos of all stripes have been in love with high-tech campaign gadgetry for a couple of decades now — big data, sophisticated vote tracking and social-media metrics. But Campaign 2019, due to roll out across Canada in a few weeks, has a decidedly, maybe even surprisingly, low-tech feel. Sure, the parties still love all […]

Truce talks failed at the height of SNC-Lavalin scandal, new book reveals

Aug 22 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould were working on a joint statement of truce during the height of the SNC-Lavalin saga last winter, according to a new book out this week. The negotiations ultimately foundered over whether Trudeau would admit to wrongdoing, according to “Promise and Peril” by the CBC’s Aaron Wherry, who confirmed the truce […]

Warren Kinsella’s Green Party work is done, Elizabeth May says

Jul 30 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has wound down a controversial working relationship with former Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, saying, “He’s finished whatever work he was doing with us.” The limited-run arrangement, which seems to have involved Kinsella setting up a quick-response unit for the Greens, had drawn huge criticism inside and outside Green Party ranks. […]

Another Trudeau faces another conservative surge

Jul 26 2019 — Susan Delacourt — With Boris Johnson’s elevation to the U.K. prime minister’s job this week, Canada’s two closest allies, Britain and the United States, are now led by politicians who are looking to change the face of conservatism worldwide. So how long can Canada stand apart from the forces that have put renegade conservatives Donald Trump and Johnson […]

In politics, old friendships can cost you dearly

Jul 24 2019 — Susan Delacourt — If Andrew Scheer is serious about becoming prime minister this fall, he might want to spend the summer ditching his friends. It’s been a theme of this year in politics, for Liberal and Conservative leaders. Justin Trudeau has been attacked this week for failing to permanently jettison his longtime friend and adviser Gerald Butts. Ontario […]