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Two Tories who flipped seats in 2019 are in trouble, say polls

Sep 15 2021 — Charlie Pinkerton — Days before the election, two Conservatives who stole seats from the Liberals in 2019 are in danger of not being re-elected, according to surveys conducted by Mainstreet Research of voters in the ridings. The two Conservative incumbents are Chris d’Entremont, of West Nova, N.S., and Raquel Dancho of Kildonan—St. Paul, Man. d’Entremont is projected to […]

The PPC’s rise demands more thorough coverage by news media

Sep 15 2021 — Andrew Perez — Since this late-summer election kicked off one month ago, the campaign’s biggest surprise to date has been the meteoric rise of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC). An Ekos poll from Sept. 9 pegged PPC national support at a whopping 11.2 per cent, with the party garnering impressive support in Alberta (19 per cent), Quebec […]

Parties must commit to strengthening public education in Canada

Sep 7 2021 — Sam Hammond — The return to school is meant to be a special and exciting time of year, an annual rite of passage for Canadian children, youth, and their families. This year, it’s anything but. When schools fully reopen this week, they do so under a cloud of uncertainty caused by a stubborn pandemic. For the third time […]

O’Toole tries to distance himself from his former self

Sep 1 2021 — Randy Boswell — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole was pressed on Tuesday to account for his harsh words last year about “lefty radicals” being “the dumbest people” at Ryerson University because of their quest to get rid of a campus statue and have the university renamed. Ryerson announced last week that it would be renamed because of its 19th-century […]

Tories have big lead over Liberals as Week 3 begins

Aug 31 2021 — — The Conservatives are way ahead of the Liberals at the start of Week 3 of the 2021 federal election campaign, according to a new poll from Mainstreet Research. If an election were held today, 38 per cent of decided and leaning voters would pick the Conservatives, while 29 per cent would choose the governing Liberals. […]

Liberals and Tories tied as campaign’s second week begins

Aug 23 2021 — — The Liberals and Conservatives are in a dead heat at the start of the second week of the 2021 federal election campaign, a new poll from Mainstreet Research shows. If an election were held today, 32 per cent of decided and leaning voters would pick the governing Liberals, while another 32 per cent would vote […]

The Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck

Aug 23 2021 — — We start this election as the one in 2019 ended: in a close race between the Liberals and Conservatives. Although the former have led in nearly all polls from early 2020 until today, that lead has completely evaporated. The Conservatives are now ahead, with the Liberals having to rely on leaning voters in order to […]

O’Toole is pleasing no one with his comments on abortion

Aug 20 2021 — Michael Coren — You can always tell when there’s an election on; it’s about the only time that abortion is discussed in public by serious people. It’s often an issue that’s used to marginalize and digress, but, nevertheless, the basic human right of a woman to control her own body took years of struggle and sacrifice, and it’s […]

Process Nerd: Are 36 days enough to run an election campaign?

Aug 17 2021 — Kady O'Malley — With the election now officially underway, here’s a quick rundown on both the timing and duration of the campaign. Will this be the shortest campaign ever? Not even close, according to the Library of Parliament data archive, which notes that the current — and likely permanent — record for lightning-round campaigning was set in 1874, […]

The Catholic Church has an abdication of responsibility problem

Jul 30 2021 — — I’m to preach this Sunday, as I do many Sundays, and the preparation and consideration is immense and intense. The reason is that this isn’t just a speech, but a central part of a holy service, a mass, a eucharist, a time of profound significance for those in the congregation and for those leading it. […]

The demise of the ‘star candidate’ in Canadian politics

Jul 28 2021 — Andrew Perez — As Canada’s political parties gear up for a probable late-summer election, there is one key ingredient notably missing from each major party’s electoral lineup: the “star candidate.” After months of intense media speculation that a former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, Mark Carney, would run for the Liberals, Carney […]

Converging national, global events are feeding Singh’s momentum

Jul 22 2021 — Andrew Perez — As Canadians awake to the realities of a late-summer election, much has been written about the NDP’s surging electoral prospects under the leadership of Jagmeet Singh. A recent Abacus Data public opinion poll suggests Singh is the most popular national political leader, with robust support among women, younger voters, and British Columbians.

Senators should seize the chance to outlaw conversion therapy

Jul 20 2021 — Michael Coren — Last week, I participated in an international panel on the subject of banning conversion therapy — the entirely spurious and immensely damaging procedure based on the grim notion that homosexuality is somehow undesirable, and that LGBTQ2 people can be “repaired” or converted. My contribution was meagre, but what I heard was devastating. Because I wrote […]

Process Nerd: What to remember as election speculation revs up

Jul 13 2021 — Kady O'Malley — By Process Nerd’s count, the current surge in breathless will-they-or-won’t-they speculation over a possible midsummer — or, depending on which scenario you find most plausible, early fall — trip to the polls is the third such go-round since the Liberals were demoted from majority to minority status in 2019. Needless to say, both outings were […]

Let’s worry about the destruction of people, before churches

Jul 9 2021 — Michael Coren — In recent weeks, churches in Canada have been attacked, some of them destroyed. Most have been Roman Catholic, but some were Anglican, which is the denomination in which I’m an ordained cleric. This has all happened since mass unmarked graves of Indigenous children were found on the grounds of former residential schools, which were often […]