National Newswatch

Wilson-Raybould reflects on reconciliation, SNC-Lavalin affair in new book

Sep 20 2019 — — Moving towards reconciliation and through a “postcolonial door” will require moving past partisanship, and rebuilding Indigenous nations to work with the Crown to overhaul the Indian Act, among other things, says Jody Wilson-Raybould in her new book. Set to be launched on Sept. 20, the one-time justice minister and attorney general-turned Independent MP argues in […]

Pakistani envoy urges Canada, world to be ‘more forceful’ with India on ‘humanitarian disaster’ in Kashmir

Sep 18 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — As the world looks on, Kashmir is in the midst of a “humanitarian disaster,” says Pakistani High Commissioner to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar, who is calling on Canada and the international community to be “more forceful” in efforts to push India to ease its crackdown in the disputed region. More than a month has passed […]

Liberal, Conservative campaigns ‘at war,’ Scheer ‘vigorously swinging to land a punch’ on Trudeau: pollster

Sep 18 2019 — Abbas Rana — The Liberal and Conservative campaign teams are “at war” trying to unsettle each other, and the possible minority Parliament that could result could be dysfunctional, carrying “significant instability,” says a high-profile pollster. “The war rooms are at war with each other,” said Nik Nanos, chief data scientist and founder of Nanos Research. “If it’s a […]

Digital ads the story of election 2019 budgets, say campaign vets

Sep 16 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — A shift towards even more digital advertising is the most likely change to the way the parties will spend their money during this fall’s election campaign, say veterans of previous campaigns with the Liberals, Conservatives, and NDP. “I suspect digital is going to become more and more the battleground. That’s where more campaigns should be […]

Opposition leaders expected to push Trudeau’s ‘emotional buttons’ on SNC-Lavalin to make him look ‘arrogant, out of touch, entitled,’ says pollster Lyle

Sep 16 2019 — Abbas Rana — With the SNC-Lavalin controversy back in the news, one of the country’s leading pollsters expects the opposition leaders to go after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail and in the leaders’ debates to push his emotional buttons and to get a reaction that will make him  look “arrogant,” “out of touch” and “entitled,” […]

‘NDP in serious difficulty,’ Greens could win more seats than NDP; and Grits and Conservatives poised for a ‘quite ugly, bare knuckles fight,’ says pollster Graves

Sep 9 2019 — Abbas Rana — While the Liberals and Conservatives are poised for a “quite ugly, bare knuckles” fight and the NDP vote declines across the country, the benefactor could be the Greens, who could win more seats than the New Democrats, says a veteran pollster. But another seasoned pollster says it’s too early to predict the Green Party’s rise […]

Start of Trans Mountain pipeline construction amid election a threat to Liberals in B.C., say observers

Sep 4 2019 — — Construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will be underway during the federal election, and while the start of work may steal steam from certain Conservative attacks, observers say it’s overall likely bad news for Liberal fortunes in seat-rich British Columbia. “From the Liberals’ perspective, it’s a big problem. I really, for the life […]

Liberals’ UN peacekeeping pledges left half finished

Sep 2 2019 — — As Canada exits its peacekeeping mission in Mali, an expert in the field says Canada has only met half of its commitments to re-engage in UN peacekeeping missions, and those that were met are not being sustained. Walter Dorn, a defence studies professor at Kingston’s Royal Military College and Toronto’s Canadian Forces College specializing in […]

Montreal Liberals predict party will appoint replacement for outgoing MP Nassif over nomination contest

Sep 2 2019 — Abbas Rana — With Liberal MP Eva Nassif “pushed out” and the election call only days away, Quebec Liberal insiders are speculating the party will appoint its preferred candidate and not hold a nomination contest in Vimy, Que., to replace her. Veteran Montreal Liberal insiders interviewed for this article said that one key reason the party leadership “pushed […]

Say yes to the feds: voting patterns show group understands ‘legislative responsibility,’ says ISG

Aug 28 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Senators appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are still the most likely to support government bills come voting time, a record the Independents say reflects a philosophy that respects the will of the elected House, and not support of Liberal-specific bills. But Conservative whip Donald Plett (Landmark, Man.) said that record shows what his party […]