National Newswatch

The canary that choked in the Prairie coal mine

Oct 24 2019 — Don Martin — Driving through Liberal candidate Ralph Goodale’s riding in Regina on Monday, I noticed his re-election signs were nowhere which meant the signs of what was coming were everywhere. Hours later came a surprisingly epic defeat as a senior cabinet minister with 26 years of uninterrupted service saw a 10,000-vote victory cushion in 2015 collapse into […]

The frontrunners who threw dirt lost ground

Oct 18 2019 — Don Martin — After 40 days filled with promise demonizations, character assassinations and plenty of dashed expectations, the federal election campaign rests on Sunday. If there’s common agreement across a polarized electorate, it’s that the noisy vitriol spewing into the electoral wind was irritatingly amplified in the void of substantive campaign content. It wasn’t a total Seinfeldian campaign […]

The disrupters in this election could doom the front-runners’ majority dreams

Oct 11 2019 — Don Martin — The two disrupters in this election share one thing in common. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet are injecting force of personality into a campaign dominated by frontrunners sleepwalking through their scripts. Barely six months ago, Singh’s leadership was doomed with his party in a polling freefall into the political wilderness.

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 […]

Trudeau sees doing the right thing as ‘counterproductive’

Sep 13 2019 — Don Martin — The weasel word from week one of the campaign was ‘counterproductive’. It would be, as Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has put it every day on the hustings, ‘counterproductive’ for his government to actively defend Quebecers who are denied the right to wear religious symbols and clothing in public service jobs. It’s far more productive to […]

Campaign 2019 is the battle where truth goes to die

Sep 5 2019 — Don Martin — Every campaign war room has pails of political dirt held at the ready until it can be thrown for maximum muddy impact into the faces of reeling opponents. The unofficial Liberal rule is that there’s no statute of limitations on dredging up attack material from the ancient history of first-time leaders in a national campaign. […]

Who’s behind the anti-Andrew Scheer ad airing during Raptors game?

Jun 10 2019 — — If you’re watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Canada, you’ll see a 30-second ad from an organization called Engage Canada attacking Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Where did the group get the cash to pay for a Toronto Raptors playoff commercial that could cost upwards of $50,000? The group is hesitant to say. Tabitha […]