National Newswatch

Senior Green officials are sabotaging the first Black woman to lead a Canadian political party, ‘disgusted’ insiders say

Apr 7 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Green Leader Annamie Paul is facing obstacles inside her party that threaten her success as Canada’s first Black political leader, according to several Green insiders and a top member of her political circle. Over her first six months as leader, Paul has endured “significant resistance” from high-ranking officials on the Green party’s most powerful governing […]

Think Erin O’Toole can’t win the next election? That’s what they said about Justin Trudeau, too

Mar 19 2021 — Susan Delacourt — At some point in this weekend’s big, virtual convention, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole may dream aloud about winning a majority in the next election. Many will laugh — especially Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, who have been enjoying all the recent reports of unrest and low spirits in the Conservative party. While it is true that events […]

Trudeau, Ford condemn threats against Niagara’s medical officer of health

Feb 14 2021 — — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford condemned Saturday online threats directed at Niagara’s acting medical officer of health. The Niagara Regional Police launched an investigation following the Saturday publication of a Standard story about the threats of assault and murder of Dr. Mustafa Hirji. “I am outraged to hear threats have […]

Erin O’Toole thought he’d be taking on Justin Trudeau in Parliament this week. Instead, he’s stuck in his basement listening to Grimes

Sep 22 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says his COVID-19 diagnosis is a reminder of the need for “vigilance” as regions across Canada enter the pandemic’s second wave. Speaking to the Star on Tuesday from self-isolation in his Ottawa home, O’Toole said he recognizes that politics needs to be done differently during the global health crisis — even […]

Peter MacKay endorses former People’s Party executive director in Halifax municipal council election

Sep 21 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Peter MacKay has publicly endorsed the former executive director of Maxime Bernier’s far-right People’s Party of Canada in the race for a seat on Halifax’s municipal council. In a video message posted on Twitter last week, MacKay endorsed Clinton Desveaux in his bid represent Dartmouth South-Eastern Passage. Desveaux worked with Bernier after he split from […]

In a gradual shift to the centre, an opening for O’Toole

Sep 20 2020 — Jaime Watt — Since Erin O’Toole won the leadership of the Conservative Party and became the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Air Force veteran and former cabinet minister has been busy waiting in line. On Wednesday, after an hours-long delay, he and his family were turned away from an Ottawa-area testing centre. O’Toole continues to self-isolate after […]

Justin Trudeau’s government starts internal review of COVID-19 response

Sep 16 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — Health Canada has started an internal review of how the government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, says Health Minister Patty Hajdu. But Hajdu deflected questions about whether an independent review is warranted as a previous Liberal government did during the 2003 SARS crisis, telling reporters “We’re just at the beginning of this pandemic.” “We have […]