National Newswatch

Brison’s Nova Scotia riding ‘difficult’ for Liberals to hold: ex-Grit minister Thibault

Jan 30 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — With seven-time MP Scott Brison out of the picture in Kings-Hants, N.S., this fall, the riding is “one to watch” in Atlantic Canada and a “difficult” win for the Liberals, says a former Chrétien-era cabinet minister. A well-liked representative for the riding north of Halifax, Mr. Brison’s longevity was a credit to his personal popularity, […]

‘Canadians need to be heard on this,’ feds’ sweeping environment bill to take centre stage in Senate, and beyond, as Parliament returns

Jan 28 2019 — — Senators will get back to work on the government’s controversial and sweeping environmental assessment bill, C-69, next week, as members of the Senate Environment Committee meet to debate a Conservative proposal to hold public hearings on the bill across the country. Conservative Senators will use a Feb. 5 planning meeting to propose that the committee […]

Former Grit MP Kania, who was also a top Liberal organizer, eyeing Conservative nomination in Brampton South

Jan 28 2019 — Abbas Rana — A former Brampton Liberal MP, who was the outreach director for the successful Liberal leadership campaigns of Stéphane Dion in 2006 and Michael Ignatieff in 2008, is seeking the Conservative Party’s nomination in Brampton South, Ont. Andrew Kania did not respond to interview requests last week, but the Brampton South Conservative riding association president Parminder […]

‘I would respectfully suggest to Tom Mulcair that he button it up,’ Robinson says Mulcair’s swipes at Singh ‘inappropriate’

Jan 25 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Former veteran NDP MP Svend Robinson, who wants to make a federal political comeback, says it is inappropriate for ex-leader Tom Mulcair to take public swipes at NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, especially when the party is taking a political beating. “I have great respect for Tom Mulcair. … I would respectfully suggest to Tom Mulcair […]

MPs concerned by Phoenix DM’s departure

Jan 23 2019 — Emily Haws — Opposition Members of Parliament are raising accountability concerns about the impending shuffle of the deputy minister in charge of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system to be head of the Royal Canadian Mint, saying the constant shuffle of senior bureaucrats is one of the issues highlighted in the auditor general’s report on the development of the […]

Senate lobbying up 12 per cent in 2018, Sens. Grant Mitchell, Terry Mercer lobbied most

Jan 23 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Lobbying of Canada’s Upper Chamber climbed 12 per cent in 2018, stretching past 2017’s already unprecedented figures. Last year, lobbyists logged 1,407 communications with the Senate, up 12.5 per cent from the 1,250 posted in 2017 and more than doubling 2016 numbers, according to monthly reports from the federal registry. It follows the trend set […]

NDP taking ‘nothing for granted’ in Burnaby South as top Hill staffers, B.C. MPs working to get Singh elected

Jan 21 2019 — Laura Ryckewaert — The NDP is drawing on support from top Hill staffers, B.C. NDP MPs, and party resources “all over the Lower Mainland” to get NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh elected in the February byelection in Burnaby South, NDP MPs and strategists say. The byelection is considered critical to the party’s overall fortunes and Mr. Singh wants to […]

Yellow Vest, other protesters could be wild card in next federal election, says Nanos

Jan 21 2019 — Abbas Rana — Social media platforms are making it much easier for protesters to express their nasty and sometimes hate-filled rage with today’s federal political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has faced recent death threats on Facebook. But a leading pollster is warning that Canadians should expect more such disruptions at the governing party’s rallies and […]

Former Liberal candidate accuses Trudeau and Liberal Party of rigging nomination contest in Milton, Ont.

Jan 19 2019 — Abbas Rana — A former Liberal candidate who came within a five percentage point-margin of unseating Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt in the 2015 election is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of manipulating a nomination contest to make way for their preferred candidate, Olympic gold medalist Adam van Koeverden, for the 2019 election. In […]

Liberal promises on Indigenous relationship ring hollow to activists, experts as protests continue

Jan 16 2019 — Charelle Evelyn — Protest actions, like the ones that spread across the country and internationally in support of the Unist’ot’en camp in northern British Columbia this month, may not sway the hearts and minds of the general electorate about the government’s record on Indigenous issues come election day, says a pollster. But according to experts and First Nations […]

‘Negotiations are done,’ says Canadian official, in face of U.S. Democrats looking to reopen USMCA

Jan 16 2019 — — As United States Democrats question if they will approve the re-negotiated NAFTA, a Canadian official says the deal has been signed and negotiations are over. In the midst of a record-length partial shutdown of the American government over the funding of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, Democrats—including new House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi—have said that […]

Polls show tight race between Grits and Tories in Ontario to start 2019, with 905 set for another election showdown

Jan 14 2019 — Jolson Lim — The Liberals and Conservatives start 2019 in a “horse race” in Ontario, pollsters say, as some end-of-2018 polling showed the Tories slightly ahead of the Grits and possibly headed towards an electoral showdown in key suburban ridings outside of Toronto come October. Weekly Nanos Research polling throughout December 2018 found Conservative support had swung ahead […]