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Liberals 37, Conservatives 34, NDP 20, Green 5: Nanos

Jan 16 2018 — Nik Nanos — Ballot – The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Liberals at 37.0 per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 33.8 per cent, the NDP at 20.0 percent, the BQ at 3.8 per cent and the Greens at 4.5 per cent. Accessible Voters – Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the […]

John Ivison has a pint with the PM: This Liberal’s not for turning

Jan 17 2018 — John Ivison — The problem with the Liberal Party, as articulated by former NDP leader Tommy Douglas, was that it often had a wish-bone where it should have had a back-bone. Yet Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are proving themselves as rigidly dogmatic in their world view as Stephen Harper’s Conservatives ever were. The latest example is the furor over […]

The Trudeau government badly needs a reboot

Jan 16 2018 — Susan Delacourt — This time last year, the new U.S. President Donald Trump forced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press the reset button on his government. Isn’t it time for the Trudeau government to give itself another shakeup? How about a new Speech from the Throne? Maybe it isn’t all that surprising that Liberals are taking their sweet […]

Wynne to shuffle several senior cabinet posts, The Canadian Press has learned

Jan 16 2018 — — Premier Kathleen Wynne is shuffling several senior portfolios in her cabinet, less than five months before the Ontario election, The Canadian Press has learned. Deputy Premier and Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews, Treasury Board President Liz Sandals and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid have all said they’re not running in the June election, and Wynne […]

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Jan 16 2018 — — Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh is engaged. Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, at a private party just blocks away from the Ontario legislature were he served as a provincial legislator for six years. Singh surprised Kaur, an entrepreneur and fashion designer, with the proposal in front of several dozen friends […]

Justin Trudeau’s abs will be immortalized in Stephen Colbert cartoon

Jan 11 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s famous abs will be animated and immortalized with a prominent guest appearance on Showtime’s Our Cartoon President. The highly anticipated show, which features a bumbling Donald Trump in the White House, is produced by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and three-time Emmy nominated writer R.J. Fried. It will debut after […]

Liberals 37, Conservatives 34, NDP 20, Green 5: Nanos

Jan 16 2018 — Nik Nanos — Ballot – The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Liberals at 37.0 per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 33.8 per cent, the NDP at 20.0 percent, the BQ at 3.8 per cent and the Greens at 4.5 per cent. Accessible Voters – Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the […]

Scheer better define himself, say observers, before he’s pinned as a ‘fuddy-duddy stuck in the ’50s’

Jan 15 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Conservative Party’s policy convention is still eight month away, but leader Andrew Scheer is under pressure to define himself and his revamped party for the Canadian public. Mr. Scheer’s (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) leadership has come under attack in opinion columns in The Globe and Mail, National Post, and iPolitics recently, with headlines declaring that he […]

Is Jagmeet Singh Engaged Or Married?

Dec 18 2017 — Zi-Ann Lum — It looked like a wedding and sounded like a wedding, but Jagmeet Singh’s spokesman declined to specify what the federal NDP leader was celebrating this weekend. Public posts on social media point to a jubilant party on Sunday featuring Singh, 38, and Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu as guests of honour in traditional Punjabi outfits.

Face it, Conservatives. Picking Scheer was a mistake.

Jan 5 2018 — Alan Freeman — CBC’s Power & Politics held one of those year-end political panels during the dead news week before Christmas and New Year’s to opine on the five biggest political blunders of the year. Their choices were predictable. Donald Trump’s dangerous Twitter habit and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s catastrophic election call took the honours for best […]

Barry Sherman was under investigation for breaking lobbying rules

Dec 19 2017 — — Only days before he died, Toronto billionaire Barry Sherman was attempting to quash an investigation into a political fundraiser he held for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that allegedly ran afoul of lobbying rules. Sherman, who was found dead along with his wife, Honey, at their house on Friday, had been under investigation by Lobbying Commissioner […]

Political strategist Kouvalis, failed PC nominee facing break and enter charges

Dec 28 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Political strategist Nick Kouvalis and an unsuccessful Ontario PC nominee are facing charges after allegedly breaking into a Burlington, Ont. Kelseys restaurant after hours. Kouvalis and Sarah Warry-Poljanski were arrested Sept. 26 after being found inside the restaurant around 2 a.m. Police could not confirm whether they had taken beverages, though they “appeared” intoxicated, Halton […]

Drunk driving to be largely decriminalized in Alberta in 2018

Dec 29 2017 — — Changes are coming to the way drunk drivers are policed and prosecuted in Alberta with the provincial government set to issue a directive to police that will largely decriminalize impaired driving, CBC News has learned. Officers will be given wide discretion whether to criminally charge those who blow over the legal limit. But, for the […]

Don Martin’s 5 political power players of 2017

Dec 22 2017 — — The last year in Canadian politics included some major elections and tough negotiations. It saw fresh faces take on top positions, while other longtime politicians moved into new roles. Here are CTV Power Play host Don Martin’s picks for the top five political power players of the year:

Rempel triggers tiny tweetstorm over CPC internship program

Jan 3 2018 — Janice Dickson — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel was shooting down accusations of backhanded sexism on Twitter yesterday after she publicly encouraged women to apply to the Conservative party’s internship program. “I work with strong, competent, fearless women to drive a smart public policy platform that benefits all Canadians. Want to join us in Ottawa? Please share this internship […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]