National Newswatch

Pierre Poilievre is Canada’s most dangerous, appalling politician

Jun 29 2022 — Bob Hepburn — Pierre Poilievre has always appalled me. But as Canada Day approached and Ottawa braces for more “freedom” protests on Parliament Hill that Poilievre unreservedly supports, I grow even more appalled. That’s because the Conservative leadership race front-runner either somehow truly believes in the crazy ideas and causes that he spouts, or he’s a dishonest non-believer […]

Snowbirds cancel Canada Day fly-over in Ottawa

Jun 30 2022 — — The traditional Canada Day fly-past over Ottawa by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds has been cancelled, following a problem with the aircraft’s emergency ejection parachute that grounded the fleet. “Unfortunately they will be unable to fly over the National Capital Region for Canada Day as planned,” The Royal Canadian Air Force said on Twitter.

‘Meltdowns.’ ‘Smear jobs.’ ‘Harassment’: Michelle Rempel Garner is calling out her fellow Conservatives — and some are trying to kick her out of the party

Jun 24 2022 — Stephanie Levitz — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner walked away from running for leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party on Thursday, citing the inhospitable internal political environment she’d inherit and a lack of time to fix it. But the high-profile MP is not returning to an overly hospitable federal political environment either. The Star has learned some of […]

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticizing colleagues

Jun 24 2022 — Stephanie Levitz — A law that allows MPs to eject fellow members from their caucus encourages abusive behaviour inside political parties and that’s unacceptable, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner said Friday. Her comments came in the wake of revelations by the Star that some fellow Conservatives have been threatening Rempel Garner with expulsion from the party’s caucus under […]

‘I’m very worried’: Former Tory Senate leader on Poilievre, convoys and the party’s future

Jun 26 2022 — Alex Boutilier and Mercedes Stephenson — A former Conservative Senate leader is expressing concern about the direction Pierre Poilievre is taking the party, worrying the Tories might be reaching the point of “fracturing beyond repair.” In an exclusive interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Marjory LeBreton said Conservative leadership candidates jumping on the “grievance brigade” is doing a “disservice” not […]

Liberals would maul Poilievre-led Conservatives

Jun 25 2022 — Bill Black — Pierre Poilievre was just five years old when Jean Charest was elected to Parliament at the age of 26. Poilievre was a year younger than that when elected in an Ottawa area riding in 2004. He was minister of Employment and Social Development for eight months in 2015 during which he was censured by the […]

The truth behind skyrocketing Conservative party membership sales

Jun 28 2022 — Jake Enwright — There has been no shortage of shock and confusion among the chattering classes of Ottawa when it comes to the total number of memberships sold during the Conservative leadership race. By modern domestic political comparisons, the total number of new members is seismic. But while these numbers may be formidable and potentially downright scary to […]

Critics need to accept change in the Conservative Party, says former Mulroney cabinet minister

Jun 27 2022 — Ian Bailey — A veteran cabinet minister under Brian Mulroney says the evolution of the Conservative Party is an inevitability that some critical veteran party members should accept. Elmer MacKay made the comment Monday, responding to concerns expressed by former Conservative senator Marjory LeBreton and prime minister Brian Mulroney about the direction of the party during the current […]

Red team the red team

Jun 27 2022 — Paul Wells — How would you act if you wanted this government to thrive? And why can’t this government act like that? In July 2012, the prime minister of Canada was a year past the last election and three years from the next, making small adjustments while Canadians’ frustration with his government grew large. Stephen Harper was his […]

‘Meltdowns.’ ‘Smear jobs.’ ‘Harassment’: Michelle Rempel Garner is calling out her fellow Conservatives — and some are trying to kick her out of the party

Jun 24 2022 — Stephanie Levitz — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner walked away from running for leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party on Thursday, citing the inhospitable internal political environment she’d inherit and a lack of time to fix it. But the high-profile MP is not returning to an overly hospitable federal political environment either. The Star has learned some of […]

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticizing colleagues

Jun 24 2022 — Stephanie Levitz — A law that allows MPs to eject fellow members from their caucus encourages abusive behaviour inside political parties and that’s unacceptable, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner said Friday. Her comments came in the wake of revelations by the Star that some fellow Conservatives have been threatening Rempel Garner with expulsion from the party’s caucus under […]

The fall of Justin Trudeau has begun

Jun 14 2022 — Don Martin — The Justin Trudeau brand is in trouble. The 2015 fresh prince of politics with the celebrity hair and rock star aura is heading into a 2022 summer of inflation-driven Canadian discontent as a faded force of personality in need of an exit strategy. You know there’s a reputation hit happening when Trudeau becomes the unnamed […]

Toronto shocker: Poll shows Conservatives in the lead

Jun 1 2022 — Bryan Passifiume — With just a day to go in the Ontario election campaign, the most unlikeliest of cities is locked in a near-statistical three-way tie over who should form the province’s next government. A Postmedia/Leger Ontario provincial election poll puts the Ontario PCs at a comfortable 40 per cent share of decided votes, while the Ontario Liberals […]

The Liberals will be fine

Jun 21 2022 — Paul Wells — Unless they aren’t. In the meantime, enjoy the feeding frenzy! Vacation was great, thanks. I return to find I’m late catching up to a Trudeau doom feeding frenzy. Don Martin: “The fall of Justin Trudeau has begun.” Hill Times: rumours of a “massive” caucus revolt. Top strategists: Liberals “risk losing next election.” Aaron Wherry: “Warning […]

‘I’m very worried’: Former Tory Senate leader on Poilievre, convoys and the party’s future

Jun 26 2022 — Alex Boutilier and Mercedes Stephenson — A former Conservative Senate leader is expressing concern about the direction Pierre Poilievre is taking the party, worrying the Tories might be reaching the point of “fracturing beyond repair.” In an exclusive interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Marjory LeBreton said Conservative leadership candidates jumping on the “grievance brigade” is doing a “disservice” not […]

‘You have allies’: Tory MPs welcome convoy figures warning of deep divides in Canada

Jun 22 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Key figures of the convoy protests and related organizations were welcomed to Parliament Hill on Wednesday by a group of Conservative MPs that assured them they have ‘allies’ in Ottawa. And while the group professed peaceful intentions for future demonstrations, they also warned they believe Canada was on a “dark path,” deeply “divided,” even showing […]

Is Justin Trudeau headed for defeat?

Jun 19 2022 — Chantal Hébert — To look back on the first stretch of Justin Trudeau’s third term is to be reminded there is a reason why no prime minister has succeeded in securing a fourth consecutive election victory in more than a century. Based on the recent past, governments do not age well. On that score, think back to Stephen […]

Trudeau Is Shirking Canada’s Inflation Fight, Scotiabank Says

Jun 20 2022 — Stephen Wicary — One of Canada’s largest commercial banks fired a broadside at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, warning that high levels of federal spending are hurting the fight against inflation. Economists at Bank of Nova Scotia, in a report to investors published Sunday evening, said that aggressive interest rate increases launched by Bank of Canada Governor Tiff […]

RCMP officer among 17 confirmed dead in Nova Scotia killing spree

Apr 19 2020 — — RCMP say 17 people are dead, including one of their officers, after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a rampage across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]