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If Scheer wins, who will be the next Liberal and NDP leaders?

May 19 2019 — Jim Warren — Last week I listed the front-runners to replace Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer if he doesn’t win a majority government this October. The list included Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Erin O’Toole, Lisa Raitt, Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper. The one who by far solicited the most positive response by email and on social media was Harper. […]

Blair not ruling out federal order to implement potential handgun ban

May 19 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said implementing a national handgun ban is still on the table, and would not rule out issuing a federal order instead of legislation given the limited window of Parliamentary time. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair was asked whether the handgun ban that […]

Five NDP votes in Labrador to determine status of N.L. Liberal government

May 19 2019 — — The deciding seat in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal minority setup came from a surprising race in Thursday’s election, with an NDP political rookie unseating a Liberal cabinet minister by a slim margin. An official recount is pending but official results released Sunday for the district of Labrador West showed NDP newcomer Jordan Brown still ahead […]

Trudeau’s ‘hidden agenda’ exposed

May 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — As it turns out, the Canadian political leader with a “hidden agenda” is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Because while Trudeau was boasting about his “sunny ways” of governing, and falsely accusing Scheer of being sympathetic to white supremacists, the Liberal government he presided over was, in the unforgettable words of […]

The 2019 election is looking like 1972 all over again

May 19 2019 — Anthony Furey — Trudeau wins a majority government thanks to his personal popularity, as regular Canadians take to the streets to pose for photographs with him, swooning over his style. This is a description of Justin Trudeau and the 2015 election, right? Sure, but the same words equally apply to the original Trudeaumania – the 1968 election that […]

Green Party success could create hostile internal divisions

May 19 2019 — Robin V. Sears — Forty years ago this spring, an eloquent, passionate, young American-educated German named Petra Kelly helped to launch the Green movement that swept first West Germany and then much of Western Europe. Kelly was one of those naturally charismatic politicians who drew supporters from a broad sweep of German voters: left and right, young and old.

Two N.L. Independent say they look forward to minority government

May 19 2019 — — Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent election resulted in a rare minority government, partially due to wins by two Independent candidates — and both former Liberals say they won’t be swayed to rejoin any political party. Eddie Joyce and Paul Lane both crossed the floor to sit as Independents since Dwight Ball’s Liberal majority government took office […]

Voters are opting for change at a rapid clip — and that’s bad news for Justin Trudeau

May 16 2019 — Eric Grenier — Not since the Great Depression disrupted sitting governments across the country has any prime minister presided over a period of such sweeping political turnover as Justin Trudeau has ahead of October’s federal election. Another government could be added to the tally if Dwight Ball’s Liberals fail to secure re-election in today’s vote in Newfoundland and […]

Liberals re-elected with minority government in Newfoundland and Labrador vote

May 16 2019 — — Voters in Newfoundland and Labrador registered their frustration with traditional politics Thursday by reducing the incumbent Liberals to minority status — a rare event in the province’s history. The last time a sitting government won less than a majority was in 1971 when the province’s first premier, Joey Smallwood, failed to win his seventh consecutive […]

A Battered but Unbowed Justin Trudeau Vows to Stay the Course in Canada

May 17 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has a simple strategy for winning re-election: Ignore the plummeting polls, defend his record and push back against detractors. Despite months of criticism over his handling of a corporate criminal case and treatment of a female cabinet minister — and continuing pressure over his environmental and energy policies — […]

Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s Ex-Adviser, Opens Up On SNC-Lavalin Affair, Politics, And What’s Next

May 4 2019 — Althia Raj — Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s longtime friend and adviser, will not be replicating his role in the next election campaign, he told HuffPost Canada’s “Follow-Up” podcast. In a wide-ranging interview — his first since the SNC-Lavalin affair erupted — Butts said he intends to move on from politics and join the private sector. “It’s […]

Seat projection shows Trudeau Liberals slip out of majority position

Apr 22 2019 — — With six months to go before the upcoming federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is likely to win — but not by a majority. The following seat projection was developed using a blend of polls from Nanos, Forum, Angus Reid, Leger and Mainstreet conducted between mid-March and mid-April.

Here are the front-runners to replace Andrew Scheer

May 12 2019 — Jim Warren — In today’s era of instant information and gratification no politician seems to get a second chance as a political leader in modern day campaigns and elections. For most of 2018, many New Democrats were already talking about replacing leader Jagmeet Singh ever though he hadn’t lost an election yet. So, it is interesting to consider […]

Secret list of SNC employees, execs behind illegal donations to federal Liberal Party revealed

Apr 30 2019 — — A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at the embattled engineering firm SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections. The list of names, compiled in 2016 by federal investigators probing political party donations and leaked to CBC’s The […]

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 […]

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 […]