National Newswatch

Conservative leadership committee will weigh candidates’ personal views against party principles: Raitt

Jan 25 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The co-chair of the Conservative Party’s leadership organizing committee says the party will consider candidates’ comments – on social issues or otherwise – to assess whether they align with party principles. Former deputy leader Lisa Raitt said there is a section requiring a declaration of personal views in the rules published by the Leadership Election […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nobodies take over the Conservative leadership race

Jan 23 2020 — Don Martin — The nobodies are pounding on the door while the somebodies bolt for the exit in a Conservative leadership race hemorrhaging political status and credibility. The lineup is getting messier, murkier and less moderate by the day — and the only smiles are on Liberal faces. Former interim leader Rona Ambrose was the best hope for […]

Lawyers for Harry and Meghan issue legal warning over paparazzi behaviour in B.C.

Jan 22 2020 — — Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have issued legal warnings accusing paparazzi in Canada of tracking Harry and Meghan’s every move. The legal notice from Schillings International LLP was directed to editors and legal departments of unnamed media outlets on Tuesday, has confirmed. The warning followed the publication of photographs featuring a […]

Carlton Cards, Papyrus stores closing within weeks

Jan 22 2020 — — The owner of greeting card retailers including Carlton Cards and Papyrus is closing all of its stores in North America, including 76 Canadian locations. Most of the closures will take place over the next four to six weeks, Schurman Retail Group CEO Dominique Schurman told in a statement. Another 178 locations will close in […]

First remains repatriated to Canada following Iran plane crash

Jan 21 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The remains of one Canadian who was killed in the Iran plane crash have been repatriated, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne confirmed Tuesday. The remains are the first to be repatriated since 57 Canadian citizens were killed when an Iranian surface-to-air missile struck a Ukrainian aircraft over Tehran on Jan. 8. Twenty-nine permanent residents of […]

Trudeau announces $25K for families of Canadian PS752 victims

Jan 17 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Ottawa will pay $25,000 in compensation for each of the Canadian victims of the downed Ukrainian airline. On Friday morning, PM Trudeau said the families of all Canadian citizens and the additional 29 permanent residents killed would be provided the financial allotment “to assist with their immediate needs, such […]

MacKay’s bid for Conservative leadership gets thumbs up from N.S. Tories

Jan 16 2020 — — The race to become next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is underway and a familiar name has thrown his hat in the ring. “I’m in. Stay tuned,” MacKay wrote on Twitter, and with those four words he announced he’s coming out of political retirement. MacKay hasn’t spoken publicly about his desire to replace […]

Regina ad company apologizes for anti-Trudeau billboards in Alberta

Jan 16 2020 — — Days after a number of Albertans took notice of a billboard campaign that took aim at the Trudeau government, the company behind the advertising has apologized for what it says was an error. Last week, a social media post drew attention to the sign, which had been spotted alongside of number of highways throughout the […]

Conservative candidates should get to see campaign post-mortem findings, not just Scheer: Raitt

Jan 16 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The co-chair of the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership campaign thinks that all of the party’s 2019 candidates should be able to see the findings of former Tory cabinet minister John Baird’s external review of the campaign. CTV News political analyst Lisa Raitt said that she thinks the findings of the internal report—which the Conservatives […]

The lingering clout of Stephen Harper gets a leadership test

Jan 16 2020 — Don Martin — The longer he’s not prime minister, the more interesting and influential Stephen Harper becomes. This week saw a flurry of headlines breathlessly covering his comments on Iran, which would-be Conservative leadership bid he will endorse and his resignation from the party’s fundraising arm to work at preventing another candidate from getting his old job. Harper […]