National Newswatch

Jean Charest decides that the Conservative Party doesn’t deserve him

Jan 22 2020 — Chris Selley — Certain pundits — well, one at least — had speculated in recent weeks that Jean Charest might be a plausible defender and leader of a Canadian conservative coalition that sometimes seems scared of its own shadow. If nothing else, it seemed reasonable to assume Charest appreciated the nature of that coalition. He lived its glory […]

Backers of Ontario Conservative candidate used leaked police records to smear party rival, new report reveals

Jan 7 2020 — Tom Blackwell — A new report from Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director serves up more startling details of the law-enforcement-aided scheme. Supporters of a Progressive Conservative candidate in the last Ontario election helped run a smear campaign against a party rival using leaked police documents, with the politician’s business partner caught on video mailing out […]

Tories’ ‘made-in-Canada’ recession narrative is only resonating because the Liberals have a lousy script

Dec 30 2019 — Kevin Carmichael — On the weekend before Christmas, Bill Morneau accused the Official Opposition of talking us into a recession. “I think it’s a little bit irresponsible of the Conservatives to be making people more anxious,” the finance minister said on Question Period, CTV’s Sunday political talk show. Morneau probably was thinking of one Conservative in particular. Pierre […]

Rona Ambrose is the most electable potential Conservative leadership candidate, early poll says

Dec 18 2019 — Stuart Thomson — Canadians believe former Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose has a strong “winnability” factor as a potential successor to Andrew Scheer at the helm of the party, a new poll from the DART & Maru/Blue polling group suggests. The survey found that among several prominent suggested candidates, Ambrose has the perceived leadership qualities and name recognition […]

Expect a short leadership race, even if massive change is looming for the Conservatives

Dec 17 2019 — — The upcoming Conservative leadership race to replace Andrew Scheer is, so far, shrouded in mystery. Potential candidates are cautiously guarding their language — almost everyone is “considering” it right now — until they know what the cost of entry is and what the rules will be. Some candidates, worried about vote-splitting, are waiting for the […]

How Andrew Scheer made an unlikely rise to the Conservative leadership — and then lost it two years later

Dec 13 2019 — Brian Platt — When Andrew Scheer entered the already-crowded Conservative leadership race in September 2016, few predicted he’d emerge triumphant. Scheer had made his career in Ottawa largely through the House of Commons Speaker’s office — a bastion for parliamentary procedure wonks, not partisan politics. He’d been a Conservative MP since the age of 25, but never a […]