National Newswatch

Conservatives take narrow lead, Liberal seat advantage slips

Sep 21 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Conservatives have moved narrowly ahead in the national polling average, though the Liberals remain marginally favoured to win more seats. A minority government headed up by one party or the other is more likely than a majority government at this stage. The New Democrats have not shown much momentum and on track to lose […]

Is Justin Trudeau a racist? No. He is a sanctimonious fraud

Sep 20 2019 — Andrew Coyne — By now it should be clear there is something wrong with Justin Trudeau. We are not unfamiliar with the public figure who, at some point in his past, did something remarkably stupid or offensive like black up his face for a party. We have no experience with a leader, a prime minister no less, who […]

The knight in shining armour falls hard from his high horse

Sep 19 2019 — Don Martin — Roughly ten years ago, I had lunch with then-backbench MP Justin Trudeau to pitch him on a warts-and-all biography. The way I figured it, he was five years away from being Liberal leader and eight from being prime minister so a book could introduce him to voters without sugarcoating. He listened politely before shrugging off […]

Liberals drop marginally in new Mainstreet Research poll

Sep 20 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The Liberals, Tories and Greens have all fallen slightly in Mainstreet Research’s latest national polling numbers, while the NDP, Bloc Québécois and People’s party enjoyed moderate bumps in support. These latest survey numbers, though, only capture roughly one day of polling since the emergence of photos and videos of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wearing blackface […]

Exclusive: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup

Sep 19 2019 — — Global News has obtained video showing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in blackface, the third instance of racist dress to come to light in 12 hours. It’s not clear when or where the video was taken, but the video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising […]

Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School, Canada’s Liberal Party Admits

Sep 18 2019 — — Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident. The photograph has not been previously reported. The picture was taken at an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala. It shows Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son […]

‘It’s going to be rough’: Greg Fergus on whether Trudeau could recover after fallout from racist photos

Sep 19 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — A visible minority candidate under the Liberal Party tent has weighed in after a video and photos have surfaced showing their leader in brownface and blackface. Liberal candidate Greg Fergus said he was contacted by Trudeau before the bombshell report by Time Magazine showing a photo of the Liberal leader at an “Arabian Nights” dinner, […]

No drop so far in Liberal support after bombshell revelations: Nanos

Sep 20 2019 — — In the days that followed a major bombshell on the campaign trail, we have yet to see a big change in the national ballot tracking numbers from Nanos Research. “If you’re asking whether we’ve seen a drop in Liberal support, the response would be no,” said pollster Nik Nanos on the Trend Line podcast.

Liberals drop marginally in new Mainstreet Research poll

Sep 20 2019 — Marco Vigliotti — The Liberals, Tories and Greens have all fallen slightly in Mainstreet Research’s latest national polling numbers, while the NDP, Bloc Québécois and People’s party enjoyed moderate bumps in support. These latest survey numbers, though, only capture roughly one day of polling since the emergence of photos and videos of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wearing blackface […]

Exclusive: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup

Sep 19 2019 — — Global News has obtained video showing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in blackface, the third instance of racist dress to come to light in 12 hours. It’s not clear when or where the video was taken, but the video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising […]

Gap widens in federal voting intentions in Atlantic Canada

Aug 28 2019 — — The federal Liberal Party has widened the gap between Liberal and Conservative decided voter support among Atlantic Canadians, while support for the Green Party has held across the region, according to the most recent survey conducted by Narrative Research. With the imminent federal election this Fall, overall decided voter support for the governing Liberals has […]

Liberals have room to breathe in latest national poll, while NDP tumble to fourth

Sep 10 2019 — — The Liberals have opened up a slightly larger lead in the federal election race thanks to a tumbling NDP, who have slipped to fourth nationally, the most recent election poll conducted by Mainstreet Research for iPolitics suggests. In a phone survey of 1,876 Canadians conducted from Sept. 6-8, 37.5 per cent of decided and leaning […]

Alain Rayes, Scheer’s Quebec Lieutenant, Admits To Giving The Wrong Impression On Abortion

Aug 26 2019 — Althia Raj — Andrew Scheer’s Quebec lieutenant acknowledged Monday that he has publicly misrepresented the Conservative leader’s policy on abortion. Alain Rayes, the MP for Richmond–Arthabaska tasked with recruitment, has been informing candidates and telling the media that the abortion issue is dead and that MPs will be prevented from reopening it — information that Scheer’s office suggested […]

Wilson-Raybould claimed $125K in spousal travel expenses during Trudeau mandate

Sep 10 2019 — Amanda Connolly — Canadians have paid more than $125,000 over the last four years flying the spouse of former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould back and forth across the country under the government’s designated traveller program. A Global News probe of MP expenditures and claims through the program revealed Wilson-Raybould claimed more than any of her former cabinet colleagues […]

Faith Goldy Friendship Prompts Tory Candidate To Bail From Scheer Event

Sep 14 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s plans for a “down day” to take his family to a wave pool were rattled Saturday after he was pressed about an Ottawa-area candidate’s friendship with white supremacist Faith Goldy. Scheer faced new questions about his party’s links with Goldy after an undated video surfaced showing a reality show pilot pitched […]

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 […]

Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 — — Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]

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 […]