National Newswatch

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 […]

Erin O’Toole is looking for support in Quebec. Here’s why the Liberals hope he finds it

Sep 12 2020 — Chantal Hébert — Voters will get a glimpse at how incoming federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole fares on a tightrope when he holds his introductory meeting with Quebec premier François Legault on Monday. Over the first weeks of his leadership, O’Toole has sounded determined to break with some of the ways of his predecessors. Stephen Harper never wanted […]

For better and worse, Justin Trudeau has been reacting to a crisis. Now it’s time for him to set a post-pandemic agenda

Sep 12 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau’s critics like to dismiss him as an actor. But this prime minister’s time in power has seen him doing more reacting than acting, mainly to large global events out of his control. Trudeau’s “build back better” plan — the focus of the coming huddle with his cabinet ministers this week — will be […]

Lost your job in the pandemic? Canada’s top banker is looking out for you

Sep 10 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Canada’s top central banker is suddenly sounding a lot like a social justice warrior. And that’s entirely appropriate, given how the pandemic economy is hammering some people far more than others. In the rarefied world of central banking, where focus on inflation, quantitative easing, liquidity and opaque messaging to financial markets reins supreme, the new […]