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Peter MacKay hired bodyguards for his family during Conservative leadership race, records show

Jul 28 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Peter MacKay hired “emergency close protection” after threats were made against his wife during his failed bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative party last year. Financial returns released Wednesday show MacKay spent upwards of $5 million on his leadership bid — including $124,000 for security guards — and still owes $800,000. His return […]

‘She is killing the party’: New Green executive candidates won’t commit to supporting Annamie Paul

Jul 27 2021 — Alex Ballingall — The vast majority of those vying for spots on the Green party’s most powerful governing body either oppose Annamie Paul’s leadership or won’t say whether they support her. The lack of public backing from candidates for the Greens’ federal council raises questions about whether challenges to Paul’s leadership will continue, despite her claims she is […]

Shifting to a low-carbon economy will profoundly change the everyday lives of Canadians. Do the Liberals understand that?

Jul 26 2021 — Heather Scoffield — When the federal Liberals rolled out with fanfare last week their plan to deal with the human cost of cutting greenhouse gases, their timing was dubious. It’s been two years, after all, since the Liberals committed to legislating a “just transition” for people working in fossil fuels who lose their jobs as Canada moves toward […]

Erin O’Toole draws fire from party insiders, his own MPs over staff member who works for social conservatives

Jul 24 2021 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is facing questions from within his own party over allowing his deputy chief of staff to help social conservative candidates secure party nominations. The Star reported Thursday that Steve Outhouse, O’Toole’s deputy chief of staff, has been paid by nine people seeking nominations to assist their campaigns. The majority of those […]

Senior staffer for Erin O’Toole helped social conservative candidates secure party nominations

Jul 23 2021 — Alex Boutilier — Erin O’Toole’s second-most senior staffer is personally involved with helping social conservative candidates secure party nominations, the Star has learned. Four conservative sources told the Star that Steve Outhouse, a longtime Conservative operative and deputy chief of staff in O’Toole’s office, is moonlighting as a consultant on multiple nomination campaigns across the country. The majority […]

As our border reopens, Canada’s caution is a selling point

Jul 20 2021 — Heather Scoffield — After weeks of pressure from the business community, and some push and pull from the premiers and the public, the federal government has finally revealed some of its plan to reopen Canada’s international borders — one more major step toward a full economic recovery. Let’s own that decision and make the most of it. The […]

Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole are promising 1 million jobs. But both are ignoring a bigger challenge

Jul 11 2021 — — The Conservatives and the Liberals are both promising a million post-pandemic jobs — but the similarities end there. Justin Trudeau made the commitment last September in the throne speech and subsequent fiscal updates. Not to be outdone, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has incorporated a parallel pledge into his latest social-media push. “We will recover 1 […]

Annamie Paul must ‘take ownership’ of MP’s defection if she wants to keep her job, former leadership rival says

Jul 9 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Annamie Paul’s chief rival in last year’s Green leadership race says the embattled politician can save herself from party operatives trying to oust her — if she takes responsibility for the loss of a Green MP who defected to the Liberals. In an interview with the Star, Dimitri Lascaris said he believes Paul can “rehabilitate […]