National Newswatch

Parties boosting internal security in face of foreign interference fears

Aug 15 2018 — Charelle Evelyn — Although they won’t get into specifics, the country’s main national political parties all say they’re boosting their internal security to protect against foreign interference in next year’s federal election. But, according to critics and experts, the real burden rests with the Liberal government to do the necessary work to ensure the 2019 election remains free […]

‘Our party took a $20-million hit,’ Conservatives to claw back money from candidates post-election

Aug 13 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Conservative Party will begin clawing back money from its electoral district associations after the next election, to make up for money lost when the former Conservative government eliminated the per-vote subsidy. The Conservative Party will ask the EDAs to hand over half of the money they receive when Elections Canada reimburses candidates for 60 […]

Saudi spat with Canada could be ‘proxy’ for U.S. quarrels with Trudeau government, experts say

Aug 13 2018 — Beatrice Paez — Saudi Arabia’s “extreme” response to Canada’s tweet deploring its human rights record would not have been made without the knowledge of the White House and could be a proxy for the United States’ own frustrations with Ottawa, say political observers. “I think they had to have the green light from the Trump administration,” says Jabeur […]

Ottawa advocate carrying NDP banner in ‘crucial’ Outremont byelection, hopes to wield local progressive winds to pull off upset

Aug 8 2018 — Jolson Lim — A familiar Ottawa face is running as the NDP candidate in an upcoming byelection in the Montreal-area riding of Outremont, where one pollster said “the Liberals have all the winning conditions and the NDP have all the losing conditions.” But Julia Sanchez, who was president and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Council for International Co-operation […]

Brampton mayor slams high-profile rivals Brown, Gosal, setting up for a heated fall municipal election

Aug 6 2018 — Abbas Rana — High-profile candidates in Brampton’s mayoral race are calling their rivals’ motivations, local achievements, and roots in the community into question, in what political observers are describing as one of the most-watched municipal races in the country. The Oct. 22 election will put former Conservative cabinet minister Bal Gosal, former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, and […]

PMO seeking ‘honest feedback’ from Liberal staffers on ‘drinking culture,’ conduct of politicians on the Hill

Aug 6 2018 — Abbas Rana — A month after a former Liberal staffer lifted the lid off the dark underbelly of the Hill culture and attracted national media attention, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office is seeking “honest feedback” from political aides working for Liberal MPs, cabinet ministers, and his own office about the workplace culture on Parliament Hill, including about the […]

Number of top-level public servants rising under Trudeau

Aug 1 2018 — Emily Haws — The number of top-level federal public servants has gone up by more than 15 per cent in the last decade, with the sharpest increase in the last couple years under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to the Privy Council Office. In July 2008, there were 72 positions classified at the level of deputy minister or […]