National Newswatch

‘It’s deeply corrosive to our democracy’: What Michael Chong will tell an American probe into Chinese interference about being targeted

Sep 10 2023 — Stephanie Levitz — Conservative MP Michael Chong, twice the target of alleged Chinese state interference, will make the case to American legislators Tuesday that more international co-operation is urgently required to thwart Beijing’s efforts to meddle in Western democracies. His top-line message: If influence operations go unchecked, they will threaten economic prosperity, undermine public confidence in democracy and […]

‘They’re talking to Canadians’: Pierre Poilievre’s support has grown after a summer on the road, poll suggests

Sep 7 2023 — Stephanie Levitz — A multimillion-dollar ad buy and a summer of campaign-style travel appear to be paying off for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. A new poll provided exclusively to the Star from Abacus Data suggests that for the first time, more Canadians have a positive view of Poilievre than those who have a negative one, which Abacus Data […]

Patrick Brown fined $100,000 by federal Conservative party

Oct 26 2022 — Stephanie Levitz — Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown has been fined $100,000 by the federal Conservative party amid the ongoing probe by Elections Canada into his ill-fated campaign for the party’s leadership, the Star has learned. The party sent Brown a letter informing of him of the fine last Thursday, just days before Brown won re-election as mayor — […]

Who made the fake donation pledges to Jean Charest’s Conservative leadership campaign?

Mar 31 2022 — Stephanie Levitz — The federal Conservative party said Thursday its membership list wasn’t compromised in an incident involving fake financial pledges made to Jean Charest’s leadership campaign. The Charest campaign discovered multiple pledges all linked to an IP address originating in Ukraine after a long-time Conservative party member raised concerns. Strategist Melanie Paradis said she received an email […]

Maxime Bernier rejects climate science and vaccinations. Will he get to do it at the leaders’ debates?

Aug 20 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Early on in election campaigns, federal political parties tend to brush off poll results, pointing to the old maxim that the only poll that matters is the one on election day. Except, for Maxime Bernier, the early polls do matter: for him to participate in the official leaders’ debates during this campaign, his People’s Party […]

China slams Canada’s treatment of First Nations in response to sanctions

Mar 23 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — China lashed out Tuesday against Canada and other western countries, saying they have no right to criticize the regime's human-rights record, considering their own. The criticism was part of the regime's response to the sanctions against it this week over alleged human-rights violations against minority Muslims in China.  Canada, the U.S., U.K. and […]

U.S, U.K., Canada levy sanctions against China over actions against Uyghur Muslims

Mar 22 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union levelled sanctions against Chinese officials Monday over human rights violations against minority Muslims in that country.  "These measures reflect our grave concern with the gross and systematic human rights abuses taking place in the region," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at an […]

Conservative grassroots push Erin O’Toole on what he means by change

Mar 20 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — In a video played at the federal Conservative policy convention Saturday, leader Erin O'Toole's son Jack did a mock news segment called "Jack has your back." But the question for the party's grassroots after nearly three days of discussion on the path forward for their movement was to what extent their leader has […]

🔔 We're about to launch our newsletter! Make sure you don't miss a beat. Sign up for our newsletter