National Newswatch

Erin O’Toole has a big Jason Kenney problem

Sep 16 2021 — Althia Raj — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole must be wishing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney could have held off a few extra days before announcing sweeping public health changes and a mea culpa to the province over his handling of COVID-19. Wednesday evening, Kenney acknowledged the fourth wave of the pandemic is ripping through his province at an alarming […]

Niagara West Conservative incumbent Allison blasted for supporting debunked COVID treatment; campaign response urges vaccinations

Sep 5 2021 — — One of Dean Allison’s opponents in the Niagara West riding has fired a broadside at the incumbent Conservative MP over his promotion of the controversial drug ivermectin as a possible COVID-19 treatment, and called for Allision to retract his statements. “As a member who is elected to office, he has a duty to his constituents, […]

Conservative Linda Frum is quitting the Senate

Aug 6 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Linda Frum, one of the most high-profile Conservative women in the country, is resigning from the Senate, the Star has learned. Frum will retire later this month, 12 years to the day after she was appointed by prime minister Stephen Harper to represent Ontario, and well ahead of the mandatory retirement age of 75. She […]

How will Justin Trudeau fight his next election campaign? The provincial race in Nova Scotia may hold some clues

Jul 30 2021 — Alex Boutilier — Driving along the coast in Cape Breton, you could be forgiven for not realizing there’s a provincial election campaign going on. Few political lawn signs mar the yards along rural roads, bordered by forest on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Aside from brief news clips between classic rock playlists or country […]

Trudeau defends his chief of staff over handling of Vance allegation

Apr 27 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his chief of staff Tuesday over the handling of an allegation in 2018 against Canada’s then top soldier. Trudeau called chief of staff Katie Telford an “extraordinarily strong leader” on the issue of sexual misconduct in the military, when asked by reporters at a news conference whether he was disappointed […]

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 […]