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Doug Ford’s PCs falter as Andrea Horwath’s NDP makes gains: polls

May 22 2018 — Eric Grenier — The Ontario election campaign isn’t even two weeks old and already everything has changed. From a wide double-digit lead in the polls, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are now ahead by only four points in the CBC’s Ontario Poll Tracker. Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, meanwhile, have made gains in poll after poll — and according to […]

Federal Conservatives would form government if election held today: Poll

May 21 2018 — — If a federal election was held today, the Conservatives would roll over the Liberals to form a government, according to a Forum Research poll. Forum found 46% of voters would cast ballots for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals could only count on the support of 30% of the electorate. […]

This Liberal stronghold is now Ottawa’s top swing riding, and it could flip

May 22 2018 — — Even Liberal MPP Bob Chiarelli — who has won six elections in Ontario — is feeling the heat. “I’m finding a lot of concern on the part of voters,” Chiarelli said last week while knocking on doors in a neighbourhood off Woodroffe Avenue. Many of the residents know him by name, and some reach out […]

Liberals 35, Conservatives 34, NDP 20, Green 6: Nanos

May 22 2018 — — Ballot – The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Liberals at 35.1 per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 34.0 per cent, the NDP at 20.1 percent, the BQ at 3.6 per cent and the Greens at 5.9 per cent. Accessible Voters – Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the federal parties, […]

Police won’t lay charges against Liberal MP Francis Drouin after groping allegation

May 22 2018 — — Halifax police will not be charging Liberal MP Francis Drouin following allegations he groped a woman at a bar during last month’s Liberal Party policy convention. The Ontario MP, who represents the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, was alleged to have committed the offence at the Halifax Alehouse, near the facility where the Liberal Party policy convention […]

Federal Liberals to limit debate on new elections bill

May 22 2018 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government is preparing to limit debate on its new elections bill as it rushes to have the legislation in place for the 2019 campaign. But opposition MPs are decrying the formal notice of reduced debate time for Bill C-76, noting the Liberals have only themselves to blame for waiting so late in the […]

‘Too inconvenient’: Trump goes rogue on phone security

May 22 2018 — — President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications, according to two senior administration officials — a departure from the practice of his predecessors that potentially exposes him to hacking or surveillance.

PC lead evaporates as NDP momentum builds

May 20 2018 — David Coletto — As Ontarians headed into their long weekend, we at Abacus were busy crunching the numbers of our latest survey. As with the previous wave, the numbers reported in this survey come from two separate sample sources. The first comes from a panel study we have been running since the early April. In our first survey, […]

Gap Between NDP And PCs Narrows While Liberals Hold Steady

May 18 2018 — — The Ontario NDP are nearing 30% support and have narrowed the gap between themselves and the leading Progressive Conservatives. Those are the findings from the latest Mainstreet Research poll conducted just before the May long weekend. The poll surveyed 2350 Ontarians between May 15th and 18th. The poll has a margin of error of +/- […]

Federal Conservatives would form government if election held today: Poll

May 21 2018 — — If a federal election was held today, the Conservatives would roll over the Liberals to form a government, according to a Forum Research poll. Forum found 46% of voters would cast ballots for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals could only count on the support of 30% of the electorate. […]

On Kenney’s Trudeau attack, stupid is as stupid does

May 17 2018 — Don Martin — Seemingly without provocation this week, the Official Opposition Leader in Alberta decided to blast the prime minister as stupid. Jason Kenney seems to be very proud of his hyper derision in the Calgary Sun, refusing to recant after belittling Justin Trudeau as “empty” and having “the political depth of a finger bowl” incapable of digesting […]

NDP MP Moore likely had no choice but to defend herself by offering intimate details of sexual encounter with Afghanistan veteran, say observers

May 16 2018 — — NDP MP Christine Moore, who has denied harassing a wounded Afghanistan veteran in 2013 on the Hill, likely had no choice but to publicly defend herself in a nationally televised press conference on Monday in her Quebec riding when she offered intimate, personal details and a chronology of their first sexual encounter, say some political […]

Ontario PC candidate suggested government job available if nomination rival dropped out: secret recording

May 18 2018 — Tom Blackwell — A Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario election asked a fellow Tory not to challenge him for their riding’s nomination, at one point suggesting the other candidate could receive a well-paying job in a likely Conservative government if he dropped out of the race. The comments can be heard on a secretly made recording of […]

PC lead evaporates as NDP momentum builds

May 20 2018 — David Coletto — As Ontarians headed into their long weekend, we at Abacus were busy crunching the numbers of our latest survey. As with the previous wave, the numbers reported in this survey come from two separate sample sources. The first comes from a panel study we have been running since the early April. In our first survey, […]

‘Incredibly decent man’: Conservative MP Gord Brown dies after heart attack in Parliament Hill office

May 2 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Tears and tributes flowed in a solemn House of Commons today as MPs honoured longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown, who died suddenly earlier today after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office. The 57-year-old MP, who had represented the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes since 2004, was remembered as […]

Gap Between NDP And PCs Narrows While Liberals Hold Steady

May 18 2018 — — The Ontario NDP are nearing 30% support and have narrowed the gap between themselves and the leading Progressive Conservatives. Those are the findings from the latest Mainstreet Research poll conducted just before the May long weekend. The poll surveyed 2350 Ontarians between May 15th and 18th. The poll has a margin of error of +/- […]

Federal Conservatives would form government if election held today: Poll

May 21 2018 — — If a federal election was held today, the Conservatives would roll over the Liberals to form a government, according to a Forum Research poll. Forum found 46% of voters would cast ballots for Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals could only count on the support of 30% of the electorate. […]

Ford PC Lead Over Liberals and NDP Has Narrowed

Apr 30 2018 — — Although the gap between the PCs and Liberals has narrowed, Doug Ford is still in pole position to become the next Premier of Ontario come June. Those are the findings from Mainstreet Research’s latest UltraPoll, a conglomeration of ten provincial polls. The poll surveyed 1763 Ontarians between April 16th and April 18th. The poll has […]

Why Andrew Scheer will never be prime minister

May 3 2018 — — With elections in the air, hope springs eternal in the politician’s breast. Jason Kenney hopes to be premier of Alberta. Doug Ford hopes for the same post in Ontario. Even Andrew Scheer hopes — though not all hopes are created equal. There are five reasons that Scheer will never be prime minister, despite the on-again, […]

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 […]

Caroline Mulroney Lapham could be Tories’ heir apparent

Dec 13 2015 — Christina Blizzard — She’s beautiful, fluently bilingual and well-educated. And she’s Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare. Caroline Mulroney Lapham, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is the best choice to be the new leader of the federal Conservative party, many Tory insiders believe. Like Trudeau, she has an impeccable political pedigree and is glamorous. She’s also very […]

Senator Patrick Brazeau in critical but stable condition in Gatineau hospital

Jan 19 2016 — — Senator Patrick Brazeau is recovering in hospital following surgery after he was found seriously injured in his home last night, according to officials at a hospital in Gatineau, Que. Police and paramedics were called to Brazeau’s home in Mayo, Que., northeast of Ottawa, just after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, sources told CBC News. He […]

Tory MP Eve Adams switches to Liberals, brings backing from Harper loyalist

Feb 9 2015 — Joan Bryden — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals scored a two-fer Monday. Well-connected Toronto-area Conservative MP Eve Adams crossed the floor to sit with the Liberals. And insiders said her surprise defection has the support of her fiance, former top Conservative operative Dimitri Soudas — long considered one of Stephen Harper’s fiercest loyalists and an architect of the Tories’ re-election […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]