National Newswatch

Rempel still toying with leadership bid as Western alienation looms

Jan 24 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel says she hasn’t ruled out a leadership bid namely because Western Canada isn’t being represented among those who’ve already put their names forward. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Friday before the party’s caucus meeting, the Calgary-based MP said her main concern is ensuring her riding and her province feel accounted […]

Conservative field shrinks as Harper talk starts

Jan 24 2020 — Don Braid — The talent void in the Conservative party leadership race is prompting strange scenarios among Alberta loyalists. Their first and faintest hope: Stephen Harper comes back, wins the leadership with ease, runs off Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and recreates a Conservative national government. There is no hard evidence for this, but you have to wonder why […]

Room at the top: Is Harper’s legacy a Conservative leadership vacuum?

Jan 24 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Stephen Harper left behind a relatively sturdy foundation for his successor to build on. Even in defeat, Harper’s Conservative party won 99 seats and 32 per cent of the popular vote in 2015. The Conservatives raised $29 million that year, $7 million more than the Liberals. What he didn’t leave behind was an heir (or […]

Flames of blame: how climate change could upset the race to lead the Conservative Party

Jan 24 2020 — Evan Dyer — Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s tone was measured. But his words were as blistering as an Australian bushfire as he denounced his party’s refusal to face Australia’s grim climate prognosis. He told the BBC he “could not explain” why Prime Minister Scott Morrison — his successor as leader of the Liberal Party, Australia’s main […]

Peter MacKay is piling up the caucus endorsements — but will they matter?

Jan 25 2020 — Eric Grenier — Peter MacKay’s bid for the Conservative Party leadership officially begins today and he’s already starting with a big lead — at least among members of the Conservative caucus. Endorsements from MPs probably didn’t play a decisive role in the party’s 2017 leadership race, but they could have made a difference in what turned out to […]

Ex-Harper aide Ian Brodie joins Andrew Scheer’s office

Jan 23 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s former right-hand man is coming back to help Andrew Scheer for the next six months. Ian Brodie, Harper’s ex-chief of staff, will take on the role of adviser to the outgoing Conservative Party leader. Many in the party say they hope Brodie can rein in what’s being described by some […]

Gladu says media treatment of her campaign is ‘not fair’

Jan 24 2020 — Rachel Emmanuel — Conservative leadership candidate Marilyn Gladu says the media is giving unfair attention to prominent male Conservatives who haven’t announced their intentions to run to be the party’s leader instead of to her campaign. The race for the Conservative Party leadership kicked off earlier this month in the wake of leader Andrew Scheer’s resignation. Gladu, the […]

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

Jan 20 2020 — Abbas Rana — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s decision to recently step down from the Conservative Fund in order to reportedly block the potential Conservative leadership candidacy of Jean Charest is causing fissures in the party, with some saying, “he’s a former defeated Conservative leader” and should stay out of the leadership contest. “There’s a risk of excessive […]

Former Conservative Party staffer prepares to enter leadership race as the ‘so-con’ candidate

Jan 22 2020 — Brian Platt — ‘All the so-cons are mobilizing behind me because I’m the only candidate who is running that actually represents their values.’ he social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and has a network forming behind […]

Pierre Poilievre will not run for Conservative leadership

Jan 23 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Longtime Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre will not seek party leadership, citing his family life as the reason for backing down. Poilievre was set to run for the party’s top job, as CTV News first reported on Jan. 7. In a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter, Poilievre said while he’s received positive feedback during his […]

Canadians criticize Trudeau after visit to Oh Doughnuts bakery in Winnipeg

Jan 21 2020 — — A local bakery is fighting back against online criticism after the prime minister made an unscheduled visit Monday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted online that he stopped in at Winnipeg bakery Oh Doughnuts to pick up tasty treats during a three-day Liberal Cabinet Retreat being held in the city until Tuesday. Oh Doughnuts replied the […]

Ex-Harper aide Ian Brodie joins Andrew Scheer’s office

Jan 23 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s former right-hand man is coming back to help Andrew Scheer for the next six months. Ian Brodie, Harper’s ex-chief of staff, will take on the role of adviser to the outgoing Conservative Party leader. Many in the party say they hope Brodie can rein in what’s being described by some […]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Step Down as Senior Royals, Moving to Canada

Jan 8 2020 — — This is huge … Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing something unheard of in the Royal Family — they’re throwing in the towel when it comes to performing senior royal duties and are now determined to become financially independent, and our sources say part of that is moving to Canada.

Conservative leadership hopefuls have 10 days to join race: Raitt

Jan 3 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The Conservative Party will choose its new leader on June 27 in Toronto, former Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt told CTVNews.ca. She added that this tight timeline means leadership hopefuls will need to make up their minds very soon. “People, if they haven’t made up their mind, they’re going to have to make up their […]

Justin Trudeau Has a Beard Now. What Does It Mean?

Jan 6 2020 — — Even before Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a surprise majority in 2015, Canadians have been unsettlingly fixated on his appearance. For better but mostly worse, the nation has managed to turn Trudeau’s every haircut and possible dye job into a national story. The prime minister has been compared to a Disney prince, he’s made […]

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

Jan 20 2020 — Abbas Rana — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s decision to recently step down from the Conservative Fund in order to reportedly block the potential Conservative leadership candidacy of Jean Charest is causing fissures in the party, with some saying, “he’s a former defeated Conservative leader” and should stay out of the leadership contest. “There’s a risk of excessive […]

Baird report blames inexperienced staff, centralized control for Conservatives’ election loss

Jan 14 2020 — — ‘The buck stops with me’ – former campaign director Hamish Marshall. An internal Conservative Party report on the party’s performance in the 2019 federal election under Andrew Scheer blames inexperienced staffers and a decision to centralize control over the campaign in the hands of campaign manager Hamish Marshall, CBC News has learned. The lessons-learned report […]

Trudeau’s gender parity, diversity requirements stop at cabinet door

Dec 26 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The most senior and powerful political staff in Justin Trudeau’s government don’t reflect the diversity of Canada, or meet the same representation requirements that the Prime Minister set for his cabinet. Since the Liberals formed government in 2015, Mr. Trudeau has made diversity a cornerstone of his political brand. When he unveiled his first cabinet, […]

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 […]