National Newswatch

NDP hits pause on ads, Grits and Tories suspend TV campaigns as pre-election spending cap, summer doldrums kick in

Jul 22 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — The NDP says it has temporarily stopped running political ads on Facebook and elsewhere fewer than 100 days before the federal election, leading one conservative-tied digital strategist to suggest the party is in deep trouble, and a former NDP national director to predict the party is saving its ammunition for closer to the election.

Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts and ‘ordered’ populism, says Graves

Jul 22 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts that will test the country’s immunity from Trumpian-style populism, says one leading pollster, but other politicians and political observers say while there are worrying signs, it has limited appeal. Thanks to economic stagnation, the hyper-concentration of wealth, and a brewing cultural backlash, Canada’s political climate is […]

Majority of Canadians may support TMX, but the project remains an electoral risk for Liberals: pollsters

Jul 17 2019 — Laura Ryckewaert — Recent polls may indicate a majority of Canadians support the government’s plowing ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but with further opposition actions expected, experts say the best Liberals can likely hope for is to not lose too many progressive voters. “It’s very unlikely that it’s going to help them win support anywhere […]

Despite Greens’ rising popularity, NDP and Bloc more likely to hold balance of power in next House: pollster Lyle

Jul 15 2019 — Abbas Rana — Although the Green Party is recording historic highs in public opinion polls and has made recent gains in a byelection and some provincial elections, pollster Greg Lyle predicts the New Democrats and the Bloc will likely be more influential if a minority government is elected in October’s federal election. “We take it with a grain […]

Next PM to quicken or quell Senator independence, with nearly a quarter set to retire next Parliament

Jul 10 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Canada’s next prime minister could appoint at least 24 new Senators, giving the country’s future leader the power to solidify the new approach to appointing Senators ushered in by the Liberals, or revert back to the old patronage system. That bloc isn’t close to the historic number of vacancies during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, […]

Ford’s Ontario cuts, drop in SNC-Lavalin media coverage, return of female support helping Libs, but it’s still a ‘coin toss,’ say pollsters

Jul 8 2019 — Abbas Rana — After weeks of attracting low support in national public opinion polls, the Liberals are starting to bounce back chiefly because of Ontario Premier Doug Ford government’s controversial cuts in social services, the dissipation of media coverage on SNC-Lavalin affair, closer scrutiny of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and the return of women support back to the […]

Liberal MP Tan’s wife eyes party nomination in wake of his decision not to seek re-election to ‘spend time with family’

Jul 4 2019 — Abbas Rana — Dr. Xinglai Laura Huang, wife of Liberal MP Geng Tan, who works as a scientist at Environment Canada, is seeking the Liberal nomination in their riding, Don Valley North, in Toronto. Rookie Liberal MP Geng Tan unexpectedly announced last month that he won’t seek re-election in the fall to “spend more time with his family,” […]

U.S. envoy Craft to miss Ottawa Fourth of July festivities for Calgary party

Jul 4 2019 — — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is skipping the Fourth of July celebration in Ottawa to attend the consulate’s party in Calgary. The outgoing envoy tweeted on Thursday that she’s “happy to be celebrating in Calgary with Canadian friends,” in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, Que.) Independence Day greeting. An embassy spokesperson confirmed […]