National Newswatch

O’Toole blames China for Conservative election results

Jun 9 2022 — Andy Blatchford — Erin O’Toole says Chinese interference is to blame for the defeat of as many as nine Conservative candidates in the 2021 federal election. The former Conservative leader’s remark, made during a podcast this week, advances an unusually specific allegation at a time of widespread warnings about state actors trying to undermine Canada’s democratic process.

Silly season in the Senate

Jun 6 2022 — Maura Forrest — There are a maximum of three weeks left before the House of Commons rises for summer. Cue the end-of-session legislative rush. But silly season may look a little different this year. That’s because the Liberals have taken the unusual step of introducing several meaty government bills in the Senate this session. Depending on whom you […]

Bill Morneau unplugged

Jun 2 2022 — — Today, Ontario votes. Plus, is MICHELLE REMPEL GARNER gunning for a job in a different Canadian capital? And we have the World Milk Day exchange you can’t miss.

338Canada: Ford on track for majority win in Ontario

Jun 1 2022 — Philippe J. Fournier — With a day to go, the 2022 Ontario campaign appears poised to end where it started. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party entered its reelection campaign with a sizable lead against vulnerable opponents, and although some individual polls did suggest some tightening in mid-May, polling during the past month never really steered away from preelection trends.

Behind Joly’s plan to modernize Canadian diplomacy

May 31 2022 — Andy Blatchford — Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada wants to better prepare its diplomats for an increasingly uncertain world. “Crises used to be something that happened every once in a decade — but now they’re happening every year,” Joly told POLITICO in an interview Monday evening. “We need to keep up with these challenging times.”

A big week for Conservatives

May 30 2022 — — Today marks the start of the homestretch in an anticlimactic Ontario provincial campaign. Plus, Friday’s an enormously important waypoint for federal Tories jockeying for the party’s leadership. Also, birds.

338Canada: Doug Ford and Ontario’s race for second

May 25 2022 — Philippe J. Fournier — Doug Ford is heading toward a second majority at Queen’s Park — not that anyone is paying attention. In the unlikely scenario all the polls released in Ontario ahead of its June 2 election turn out to be wrong, or if tens of thousands of voters do indeed vote strategically to deny the premier his […]

Did Canada just get snubbed?

May 24 2022 — Maura Forrest — WHAT ABOUT US? — There’s a cool new club in town, and Canada’s not a member. On Monday, U.S. President JOE BIDENannounced a new trade arrangement with a dozen Indo-Pacific countries during a visit to Tokyo. The pact is meant to deepen U.S. ties in Asia and counter China’s influence in the region, after the […]

What comes next in Alberta? No one knows.

May 20 2022 — — After a humiliating leadership review, Premier Jason Kenney announced his exit. But it was a wild week in Canada’s west — and he’s not gone yet. The only thing certain in Alberta right now is that oil and gas revenues are surging. Everything else is up in the air.

Galapalooza

May 18 2022 — — Who was at last night’s Politics and the Pen gala at the Chȃteau Laurier? Uh, everybody. Lots of tuxedos. Lots of evening gowns. JEAN CHRÉTIEN held court. FRANÇOIS-PHILIPPE CHAMPAGNE yucked it up. PATTY HAJDU was spotted. LISA RAITT mingled. CAROLYN BENNETT was in conversation. There were more Cabmins: MARY NG, MONA FORTIER, AHMED HUSSEN, RANDY BOISSONNAULT, MARCO MENDICINO.

Lobbying for a budget mulligan

May 16 2022 — — BUDGET MULLIGAN — That’s what vocal members of Canada’s charitable sector are hoping for in Bill C-19, the massive budget implementation act championed by Finance Minister CHRYSTIA FREELAND. And they might just get what they want. The Liberal budget aimed to “implement the spirit” of Sen. RATMA OMIDVAR’s Bill S-216 — a piece of legislation […]

Pierre Poilievre promises to fire central bank governor

May 12 2022 — Andy Blatchford — The presumed frontrunner to win Canada’s Conservative Party leadership race is vowing, if he becomes prime minister, to fire the Bank of Canada’s governor. Pierre Poilievre made the threat to central bank Governor Tiff Macklem when asked Wednesday during a leadership debate in Edmonton about Canada’s red-hot inflation.