National Newswatch

Chinese ambassador says some politicians putting ‘personal political interests’ above Canada-China relationship

Aug 26 2021 — Neil Moss — Amid a narrowing federal election, the Chinese ambassador to Canada says some politicians are putting their own “political interests” ahead of the Canada-China relationship in an apparent reference to the Conservative Party. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole (Durham, Ont.) has been a vocal critic of Beijing and has called for Canada to realign its relationship with […]

Early Afghanistan focus unlikely to place campaign spotlight on oft-ignored foreign policy, say experts and politicos

Aug 25 2021 — Neil Moss — Absent from many election campaigns, foreign policy has emerged on the trail amid an mounting humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, but many doubt it will lead to Canada’s role in the world becoming a ballot issue for voters. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) has begun a number of campaign events talking about the unfolding situation […]

As election momentum shifts to the Tories, some Liberal MPs, candidates getting ‘nervous,’ say Liberal sources

Aug 24 2021 — Abbas Rana — With the momentum shifting from the Justin Trudeau Liberals to the Erin O’Toole Conservatives, some Liberal MPs and candidates running in close swing ridings are getting ‘nervous’ about the prospect that their party might end up with another minority, or lose the election altogether, say Liberal sources. “If you’re not nervous, I think you’re not […]

Leaders’ debates ‘inordinately important,’ O’Toole will have the ‘highest stakes,’ say political insiders

Aug 23 2021 — Abbas Rana — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will have the highest stakes in next month’s leaders’ debates, which will be his first major appearance before millions of Canadians and an opportunity to pitch why he’s a better candidate to serve as prime minister than Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, say some top political analysts. “It’s going to be inordinately […]

Strategists and experts react to ‘distant early warning alert’ after unexpected outcome of Nova Scotia election

Aug 20 2021 — — In his victory speech on Tuesday evening, Nova Scotia premier-designate Tim Houston uttered a phrase that may have briefly sent chills down the spines of some federal Liberals. “Just because there is a pandemic, doesn’t mean that government gets a free pass,” said Mr. Houston, as his Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party became the first […]

Future of Canada’s relations with Afghanistan up in the air as Trudeau says ‘no plans’ to recognize Taliban government

Aug 18 2021 — Neil Moss — With the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, much has to be seen about how it operates before Ottawa reassesses its relationship with Afghanistan, as the Canadian government says that it has “no plans” to recognize a Taliban government. The Taliban was able to recapture control of the country with ease nearly 20 years after its […]

Staggered start: hurdles, boosts for each party at election starting line

Aug 17 2021 — — With an Aug. 15 visit to Rideau Hall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pulled the lever on the election machine, sending political apparatus into high gear and tossing parties and their representatives into the open water for a sink-or-swim 36-day campaign. According to CBC’s poll tracker, as of Aug. 16, the Liberal Party has 35.6 per […]

Liberals to target the 34 ridings they lost in 2019, ‘gateway’ to a majority, say top strategists and veteran Grit insiders

Aug 16 2021 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals will need to win back a significant chunk of the 34 seats they carried in the 2015 election but lost in 2019 if they want to secure a majority government, say top political strategists and veteran Liberal insiders. “They’re basically the low-hanging fruit for the Liberals,” said Greg […]

Biden-nominated David Cohen would bring business, political links to Ottawa, filling ‘void’ of prolonged U.S. ambassador absence

Aug 11 2021 — Neil Moss — With Lornado having sat empty for nearly two years, the Biden administration’s choice for the newest U.S. envoy in Ottawa will bring a mixture of business experience and political expertise if he is confirmed by the Senate. U.S. President Joe Biden chose Philadelphia-based David Cohen, a Comcast executive and former political staffer, to be the […]

Senior Liberal ministerial staffers start to trickle into party office to help run upcoming election campaign, say ministerial staffers

Aug 10 2021 — Abbas Rana — With the next election call around the corner, senior ministerial staffers have slowly started to move to the party office to help run the upcoming election campaign, but a majority will make the move once the election is called. “While we don’t comment on specific election-readiness preparations, we will always be ready to take our […]

Backroom handling of potential Liberal nomination in Kanata-Carleton causing fissures in riding, say riding association members and potential candidates

Aug 4 2021 — Abbas Rana — If the Liberals are planning on appointing a candidate in Kanata-Carleton, Ont., for the next election without consulting the riding association, or going through the regular nomination process, they should think twice, say some potential Liberal candidates and riding association members. “We would like a nomination process that’s open and transparent,” said Dr. Rouba Fattal, […]

Closing gap between Liberals and Conservatives should force Trudeau to reconsider calling an election in coming weeks, say some pollsters

Aug 2 2021 — Abbas Rana — Calling an election when some public opinion polls suggest a closing gap between the Liberals and Conservatives should make Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reconsider right now because he could end up with a weaker minority or even losing the government altogether, say some pollsters. “There’s no need to have an election right now,” said Darrell […]