National Newswatch

O’Toole is widening his base but risks alienating party members

Sep 13 2021 — Chris Selley — Conservatives may caricature Justin Trudeau as a vain narcissist who’s far too enamoured of his own voice. No one would deny that he likes the microphone. But Trudeau’s daily press conferences are far more a group effort than Erin O’Toole’s. Local candidates usually introduce Trudeau: Caroline Desrochers in La Prairie on Sunday, Sven Spengemann in […]

Trudeau reaches for parachute as O’Toole soars

Sep 10 2021 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland joined in a warm-up for local kids at a soccer dome on Friday, quite literally reaching for a parachute. It would be going too far to torture the metaphor any further by suggesting the Liberals are in freefall but there is a sense of urgency about the campaign, post English […]

Legault tries to play kingmaker by backing O’Toole — his list of demands won’t be far behind

Sep 9 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “Dangerous.” It’s a word not often bandied about in political discourse, unless something really serious is at stake: fundamental freedoms, human rights, or life and death situations. Yet it was the word that Quebec Premier Francois Legault reached for when weighing in on the current federal election — and he used it to describe three […]

Trudeau drops the sunny ways and treads into dangerous territory

Sep 7 2021 — John Ivison — What does Justin Trudeau do for an encore? Much of his media availability in Welland, Ont., on Monday was devoted to belittling Erin O’Toole. It is a sign of how rattled the Liberals are that Trudeau invoked the trifecta of progressive hobgoblins — anti-vaxxers, anti-choicers and climate deniers, all of whom, Trudeau claims, are pulling […]

Liberals put O’Toole on the defensive on gun control

Sep 5 2021 — John Ivison — The Liberal Party is trying to put doubts in the minds of the jury, as voters ponder the prospect of Prime Minister Erin O’Toole. Those efforts were helped in no small part by the Conservative leader himself on Saturday. O’Toole was in Coquitlam to announce his plan to get vaccination levels up to 90 per […]