National Newswatch

Process Nerd: What to watch when Trudeau (and other big names) go before WE Charity committee probe

Jul 27 2020 — Kady O'Malley — As of right now, it’s not clear exactly when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make his much-anticipated — and, based on a cursory check of the parliamentary record, very possibly unprecedented — foray before the House finance committee to field questions on his involvement in the controversy surrounding that now-cancelled deal to put WE Charity […]

Process Nerd: Can the prime minister be forced to appear before committee?

Jul 13 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Well, here we are again… again. It seems like every year or so, Process Nerd finds herself compelled — no pun intended — to offer a quick refresher course on what is still a relatively rarely used parliamentary prerogative: the power to “send for persons, papers and records,” including ordering reluctant — or, in some cases, even openly hostile — witnesses to appear […]

Process Nerd: Why Jagmeet Singh was ordered out of the House for calling a Bloc MP racist, and what happens next

Jun 22 2020 — Kady O'Malley — It’s not every day that a point of order raised in the Canadian parliament gets picked up by the BBC, NPR and assorted other international media outlets, but that’s exactly what happened with last week’s cross-aisle dust-up between New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Quebecois MP Alain Therrien. It’s not hard to see why, […]

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau donates blood for COVID-19 convalescent plasma study

May 30 2020 — — Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has donated her blood to an expansive Canadian study of whether or not antibody-carrying plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can help patients still trying to overcome the illness, iPolitics has learned. A well-placed source said Friday night that Grégoire Trudeau had “just” had blood taken. The prime minister’s wife […]

MacKay still out in front in CPC leadership race: Mainstreet poll

May 27 2020 — Marco Vigliotti — Peter MacKay is holding a nearly nine point lead in the Conservative leadership race among decided party members, though main rival Erin O’Toole has the edge with second-choice respondents, according to a new Mainstreet Research poll. The automated telephone survey of 7,958 Conservative Party members, conducted between May 20 and 21, shows MacKay, a former […]

MacKay leads CPC leadership race, but O’Toole popular as second choice of Lewis, Sloan backers: Mainstreet poll

May 12 2020 — Jolson Lim — Peter MacKay is leading the race for Conservative Party leadership, although Erin O’Toole has an edge with second-choice supporters that suggests a close head-to-head battle, according to a new poll from Mainstreet Research. The May 11 telephone survey of 6,624 party members found 40 per cent of respondents back MacKay, followed by 34 per cent […]

Nova Scotia will overcome, Canada will persevere

May 4 2020 — Peter MacKay — I’ve driven through that intersection in Enfield more times than I could possibly count. For years, it was one of the many landmarks I’d pass on my late Friday night drive from the Halifax airport back to my home in Pictou County. Truthfully, that route past the Irving gas station — a place to fill […]