National Newswatch

Could it be the Red Tories’ time?

Nov 21 2019 — Steve Paikin — Red Tories have never had a better chance to unify Canada’s Conservatives. The question is: under whose leadership. If you ever needed more evidence that politics is a funny business, just look at the results of the last federal election.

Why Chrystia Freeland is the indispensable Trudeau cabinet minister

Nov 21 2019 — Aaron Wherry — Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have been very good for each other. Not for the first time, the future of the Liberal government — and a lot else — seem to be riding on the two of them finding success together. “She is someone with whom I worked very, very closely, and with great success, […]

Who cares what Canada’s two-seat PM has to say about Alberta?

Nov 21 2019 — Chris Nelson — Well, if nothing else, you have to admire her sheer nerve. Here’s a person who led a major Canadian political party holding the reigns of power in a majority government into an election campaign that proved the most disastrous in our country’s entire history. But that was so many yesterdays ago. So today we’re supposed […]

Attorney-General David Lametti invokes power to block judge-ordered disclosures

Nov 22 2019 — Colin Freeze — For the first time in Canada, the federal attorney-general has overridden a judge’s order to release documents that the government considers to be national-security secrets. Attorney-General David Lametti signed a secrecy certificate to prevent details about a Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance operation on the Chinese embassy in Ottawa from being disclosed in the case […]

Conservative insiders say Scheer, party need to evolve on LGBTQ issues

Nov 20 2019 — — Two strategists says Conservatives won’t win another election until they amend their stance. Two Conservative strategists say both the party and leader Andrew Scheer need to modernize their approach to social issues if they want to convince more Canadians to vote for them. In an opinion piece published by the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, […]

7 new faces at cabinet table as Trudeau unveils his inner circle

Nov 20 2019 — — Chrystia Freeland named deputy PM in major shakeup that mirrors Liberal government’s priorities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his new cabinet today, bringing seven new faces to the table and tweaking the machinery of government to tackle western alienation and Liberal policy priorities such as fighting climate change, boosting the middle class and Indigenous reconciliation. […]

Champagne to foreign affairs, Wilkinson to environment as Trudeau prepares to shuffle cabinet

Nov 19 2019 — — Newfoundland’s Seamus O’Regan to move from Indigenous services to natural resources François-Philippe Champagne will be Canada’s new foreign affairs minister when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces his new cabinet tomorrow, CBC-Radio-Canada has learned. Champagne, who served as the minister of infrastructure and communities in the last Parliament, will replace Chrystia Freeland as Canada’s top diplomat, […]

Andrew Scheer or Who?

Nov 18 2019 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — There’s been a lot of talk about whether the Conservative Party of Canada should stick with Andrew Scheer as its leader into the next election, whenever that will be. The Conservative Party will have a vote to decide whether to hold a leadership race this spring. Here’s what our latest polling finds on the question: […]

Layoffs hit CBC News amid operating budget decline

Nov 15 2019 — — Citing a decrease in its operating budget, the news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced layoffs Thursday. Approximately 35 positions were impacted, most of them in the broadcaster’s Toronto newsroom, a spokesperson for CBC said. “Today, as some of you may already know, a number of CBC News staff were given notice of redundancy,” […]

Updated: Progressive Senate Group folds, but leader hopes to claw back to official status

Nov 18 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Progressive Senate Group has officially folded, losing group status just days after it was established last week by the members of the now-also defunct independent Senate Liberal Caucus. All eight members switched their status in the Senate to non-affiliated Monday morning. Unlike in the House of Commons, Senators can only formally identify as part […]

‘Proud’ pages souring on Scheer?

Nov 15 2019 — — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has apparently fallen out of favour with the conservative group best known for its online advocacy that helped elect Doug Ford in Ontario. iPolitics reviewed the Canada Proud Facebook page on Friday and found that it had posted 200 times since the election. While almost half the posts (87) negatively targeted […]

A Liberal-NDP coalition may depend on these two women

Nov 17 2019 — Susan Delacourt — A small, eclectic crowd of journalists and political types was on hand this week at a Sparks Street bar in Ottawa to see the debut performance of the “Lowertown Riffraff,” an East Coast party-music band, also made up of journalists and politicos. At one of the big tables sat two women who have come to […]

Trudeau expected to create larger cabinet, new environmental roles

Nov 16 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce a larger cabinet on Wednesday with a greater focus on regional representation and the creation of new environmental roles. After the Tories’ sweep of Western Canada in last month’s election, some senior officials have hinted at the idea of having regional ministers who could represent concerns of […]

Trudeau urged to give Freeland domestic portfolio, name her deputy PM

Nov 15 2019 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to move Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new portfolio and give her additional powers by naming her deputy prime minister. The idea has been discussed behind closed doors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. However, sources close to Freeland say she enjoys […]

7 new faces at cabinet table as Trudeau unveils his inner circle

Nov 20 2019 — — Chrystia Freeland named deputy PM in major shakeup that mirrors Liberal government’s priorities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his new cabinet today, bringing seven new faces to the table and tweaking the machinery of government to tackle western alienation and Liberal policy priorities such as fighting climate change, boosting the middle class and Indigenous reconciliation. […]

‘Seek and destroy’ contract came with strings, Kinsella reveals

Oct 26 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Embattled political strategist Warren Kinsella on Friday shed new light on the “seek and destroy” campaign his company was hired to conduct against Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada, saying he set three conditions when he accepted the contract. On his Kinsellacast podcast, an unapologetic Kinsella said the campaign to spotlight racists who attached themselves […]

Former Conservative MP joins group saying Andrew Scheer must go, hopes Peter Mackay will enter leadership race

Oct 28 2019 — — A former Conservative MP says Andrew Scheer shouldn’t stay on as leader after a second-place finish in last week’s federal election, and he’s hoping former Tory cabinet minister Peter MacKay will enter a possible leadership race. Terence Young, an MP from 2008 to 2015 and a defeated Conservative candidate in Oakville, Ont., in this campaign, […]

Knives out for Scheer after disappointing election night

Oct 22 2019 — — Andrew Scheer knows the knives are out for him. What’s unclear is how seriously Scheer’s team is taking the anger felt by senior Tories after Monday’s disappointing election loss — or if anyone will step up to challenge the Conservative leader. The Star spoke to several Conservative insiders, some connected to the Scheer campaign and […]

‘I don’t regret a thing’: Don Cherry speaks out on his firing and Ron MacLean

Nov 12 2019 — — Hockey broadcaster Don Cherry has suggested that he was given an opportunity to stay with Sportsnet after making widely derided comments about immigrants and poppies. “I could’ve stayed on if I wanted to and knuckled under, and turned into a simp, but that’s not my style,” Cherry said Monday night in an interview with Toronto […]

Champagne to foreign affairs, Wilkinson to environment as Trudeau prepares to shuffle cabinet

Nov 19 2019 — — Newfoundland’s Seamus O’Regan to move from Indigenous services to natural resources François-Philippe Champagne will be Canada’s new foreign affairs minister when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces his new cabinet tomorrow, CBC-Radio-Canada has learned. Champagne, who served as the minister of infrastructure and communities in the last Parliament, will replace Chrystia Freeland as Canada’s top diplomat, […]

Stephen Harper urges calm among Conservatives after election loss

Oct 23 2019 — — Stephen Harper is quietly counselling Conservatives to remain calm after Andrew Scheer’s election loss on Monday. The former prime minister is urging senior Conservative operatives not to rush to judgment on Scheer and his inner circle while the party reviews what went wrong with the campaign, according to two sources familiar with Harper’s thinking. Harper […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]