National Newswatch

Tories must move on from O’Toole

Oct 18 2021 — Michael Harris — And so it begins. The reality check for the Conservative Party of Canada. Instead of rising, the CPC is now a political phoenix sinking into the ashes of Election 2021. The most recent Angus Reid Institute numbers show that only 54 per cent of Conservative voters want Erin O’Toole to lead the party into the […]

‘Put your own health at risk, but my health? No’: MPs, Senators calling on all colleagues to be fully vaxxed for Parliament’s return next month

Oct 15 2021 — Mike Lapointe — With Parliament set to return five weeks from now, some Senators and MPs say all Parliamentarians should be fully vaccinated before returning to in-person sittings in both the House and the Senate, after many months of hybrid sittings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. NDP MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.) said he believes the one thing […]

Build a better ‘bridge’ over post-election ‘deep end,’ say rookie MPs navigating new Parliament waters

Oct 14 2021 — — Parliament’s newest members point to advice from veteran politicians and lessons from the House of Commons orientation session as key support in the post-election transition period, though some criticized the process for having no “bridge” to connect former and current offices. New Conservative MP Ryan Williams, who won Bay of Quinte, Ont., by 4.8 per […]

Conservative Party’s national council suspends Ontario councillor Chen for launching petition to oust O’Toole

Oct 14 2021 — Abbas Rana — The national council of the Conservative Party has suspended elected Ontario councillor Bert Chen for two months for launching the petition to recall Erin O’Toole as party leader. “Following complaints by grassroots members of the Conservative Party of Canada about the conduct of national councillor Bert Chen, national council exercised its authority under Article 8.13 […]

‘Tough questions’ ahead in deciding future of Canada’s submarine fleet

Oct 13 2021 — Neil Moss — After Australia partnered with the United States and United Kingdom to acquire eight nuclear-powered submarines, experts say Canada will face tough decisions on the type of submarine it procures with a distant, but fast approaching, timeline looming if it wants to keep its submarine capacity afloat. The need to maintain the Canadian Navy’s submarine capabilities […]

Trudeau’s ‘durable’ brand will survive his ‘tone deaf’ Tofino vacation, say public opinion analysts

Oct 11 2021 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to travel on Sept. 30 to Tofino, B.C., for a vacation on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation gives the impression that he’s “disconnected,” and “tone deaf,” say political analysts and image experts, but Mr. Trudeau will outlast this controversy like others before because he has one of […]

Echoes of Chrétien in Trudeau’s handling of O’Toole

Oct 4 2021 — Ken Polk — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken an almost lifeless Liberal Party back to the government and has been re-elected twice. Notwithstanding a political record that is unblemished by failure, there remains a tendency among his opponents and many pundits to treat Trudeau like a celebrity lightweight—not much more than the wealthy son of a famous […]

‘They lost the air war’: Trudeau Liberals missed their majority government by only 16,870 votes in 11 ridings, Hill Times analysis

Oct 4 2021 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals could have won a majority government in the Sept. 20 election if they had received 16,870 more votes spread across 11 ridings, according to an analysis by The Hill Times. The 11 closest losses for the Liberals included three in Ontario, two in Quebec, and one each in Manitoba, Newfoundland […]

‘Serial rotation’ of opposition leaders ‘unhealthy’ for parties, say political insiders

Oct 1 2021 — Abbas Rana — Erin O’Toole’s fate as Conservative leader is hanging in the balance after he failed to win power in the Sept. 20 election, but political insiders say the practice of changing party leaders after each unsuccessful election is “unhealthy.” Barring a disastrous performance in their first election, leaders should be allowed to lead their parties in […]

‘Without further delay’: MPs urge action on Indigenous issues, suggest national monument in Ottawa and independent commission to aid searches of former residential schools

Sep 30 2021 — — On Canada’s first annual National Truth and Reconciliation Day, eight newly elected MPs from the Liberal, Conservative, and NDP parties say the Canadian government needs to do more to advance reconciliation and fulfill the 94 calls to action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Re-elected New Democrat Niki Ashton (Churchill­–Keewatinook Aski, Man.) […]