National Newswatch

Elizabeth May says Green party is ‘re-vetting’ candidates after anti-abortion comments come to light

Sep 13 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says her party is in the process of “re-vetting” at least one candidate previously cleared to run for the party following questions about past statements by some candidates on abortion and Quebec nationalism. Speaking in an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics Friday, May said she is reviewing the candidacy […]

French-language TVA debate to go ahead after Trudeau agrees to participate

Sep 6 2019 — John Paul Tasker — After some uncertainty, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday agreed to participate in a French-language debate hosted by TVA alongside the leaders of the Conservative, NDP and Bloc Québécois parties. The television network, among the most-watched in Quebec, has scheduled the debate for Oct. 2 in Montreal — a day after a foreign policy-focused debate […]

Liberals ask voters to ‘choose forward’ while Tories vow to help Canadians ‘get ahead’ in new campaign ads

Aug 26 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Conservative and Liberal teams have launched television ad campaigns ahead of October’s federal election with a shared focus on offering to make everyday life more affordable for Canadians. The Liberal campaign slogan is “Choose Forward,” while the Conservatives have gone with “It’s time for you to get ahead.” The NDP is expected to launch […]

60 days out from a federal election, lawn signs are starting to appear

Aug 22 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Voters will notice a proliferation of federal campaign signs over the coming days as parties begin planting them on the front lawns of faithful partisans. While some studies have suggested that lawn signs of this sort are essentially useless and do little to actually change votes — “signs don’t vote,” says an old campaign adage […]

Andrew Scheer promises to make EI maternity, parental benefits tax-free

Aug 20 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that, if his party forms the next federal government, he’ll make Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new parents tax-free to ease the cost of raising a child in Canada. Scheer made the announcement during a campaign-style stop at a Toronto-area child care centre, touting the promise as a cornerstone of […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she didn’t know how aggressively SNC-Lavalin lobbied for remediation agreements

Aug 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Thursday she didn’t realize just how aggressively SNC-Lavalin had lobbied senior members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to create a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime, a legal avenue it hoped would help it avoid a criminal trial for alleged corporate wrongdoing. Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion documented the extensive […]

‘I take responsibility,’ Trudeau says in wake of damning report on SNC-Lavalin ethics violation

Aug 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts full responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and get her to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. In his report released Wednesday, Dion […]

Manitoba election stretching federal Conservative resources in the province

Aug 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has plunged his province into an election nearly a year before he had to, and voting day will happen while a federal election campaign is also underway — meaning Conservative resources could be stretched thin in the Prairie province. For the September 10 vote Pallister, a Progressive Conservative, will need to […]

Maxime Bernier excluded from federal leaders’ election debate

Aug 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Leaders’ Debate Commission, the body organizing two major federal election debates, has invited the leaders of five political parties to participate with the notable exception of People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier. He has been left off the list, at least for now. Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, Green Party […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould to release ‘timely’ and ‘must-read’ book during election campaign

Jul 24 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will release a book in the middle of the fall election campaign. Her publisher is promising a “timely” and “impassioned” piece of work, while another reviewer is calling the text a “must-read for all Canadians.” Wilson-Raybould was removed from the Liberal caucus in early April after the months-long SNC-Lavalin affair […]