National Newswatch

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole called Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef ‘a fraud’ during Zoom call last year

Aug 31 2021 — — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole calls Peterborough-Kawartha Liberal incumbent MP Maryam Monsef “a fraud” and “a disgrace” in a newly surfaced video from 2020, taped when he was running for the party leadership. Though no comment was available from the riding’s Conservative candidate Michelle Ferreri on Tuesday, Monsef, the minister for women and gender equality and […]

‘I’m not Justin Trudeau. I’ve lived a different life’: Jagmeet Singh slams the Liberal leader’s record on Indigenous reconciliation

Aug 20 2021 — Tonda MacCharles — It was perhaps the first unscripted moment of humanity in the first week of the 2021 federal election campaign as three federal leaders swung out West in the hunt for votes. At Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made an impassioned pledge to fight for “justice” for Indigenous people, the soon-to-be […]

Maxime Bernier rejects climate science and vaccinations. Will he get to do it at the leaders’ debates?

Aug 20 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Early on in election campaigns, federal political parties tend to brush off poll results, pointing to the old maxim that the only poll that matters is the one on election day. Except, for Maxime Bernier, the early polls do matter: for him to participate in the official leaders’ debates during this campaign, his People’s Party […]

Doug Ford’s campaign finance changes that targeted union spending are unconstitutional, judge rules

Jun 8 2021 — Robert Benzie — An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled Premier Doug Ford’s election finance changes that limited labour unions’ campaign spending are unconstitutional. In a setback for Ford’s Progressive Conservatives less than a year from the next Ontario vote, Justice Ed Morgan ruled the Charter rights of Working Families, a coalition of unions, were “infringed” by curbs […]

Navdeep Bains was driving a plan to rebuild Canada’s post-COVID-19 economy. What now?

Jan 12 2021 — Heather Scoffield — Until Tuesday, Navdeep Bains was a man on a mission. After five years as innovation minister, and slowly but surely refocusing industrial policy on actively pushing economic growth, Bains now leaves the levers of a pandemic recovery in the hands of his replacement, François-Philippe Champagne. The timing of his departure is challenging. In the next […]

Monsef opposed NDP MP’s private member’s bill because she believes there are other ways to get women into politics

Oct 20 2016 — — Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef spoke against an NDP bid to try to force political parties to run more women this week, but she says she and her government are working on other ways to “engage” women in politics. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart was proposing a private member’s bill that would penalize political parties financially if […]

Hometown boosts turnout for Monsef’s latest electoral reform town hall

Sep 7 2016 — — Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef’s hometown town hall on electoral reform Tuesday drew her biggest crowd yet during her cross-country tour. Monsef, the MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, is travelling from coast-to-coast, asking Canadians about their view on democratic reform. She stopped in Peterborough Tuesday to host afternoon and evening meetings at the Mount Community Centre on […]

Maryam Monsef wins Grit vote, will run to replace Dean Del Mastro

May 3 2015 — — Now it’s onward and upward for Maryam Monsef. The 30-year-old, who came a close second in the municipal race for Peterborough mayor last fall, was chosen as the candidate to represent the Peterborough-Kawartha riding federal Liberal party in the next federal election at the nomination meeting at the Evinrude Centre on Saturday. She beat out […]

Del Mastro back in court Tuesday

Apr 27 2015 — — Dean Del Mastro is back in court Tuesday. Elections Canada began investigating former Peterborough’s former MP in 2012, alleging he overspent on his 2008 election campaign, then lied to cover it up. His trial was spread out over several months in 2014. Here’s how events unfolded. June 6, 2012: Peterborough Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro […]

Byelection to replace Del Mastro unlikely: Poilievre

Apr 25 2015 — — The federal employment minister, in Peterborough for a pre-election visit on Saturday, said he doesn’t think there will be a byelection here to fill the vacant MP’s seat in this riding. Pierre Poilievre is the MP for Ottawa-Nepean and the Minister of Employment and Social Development. He said he thinks we won’t have a byelection […]