National Newswatch

Poll shows Conservatives hold a slight lead as the campaign begins

Sep 12 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives maintain a slight lead over their Liberal rivals as the federal campaign kicks off, according to new data from Forum Research. In a survey of 1,001 Canadian voters Wednesday, Forum found that 36.3 per cent would support the Conservatives if a vote were held today, while 32.4 per cent would vote Liberal. […]

The reality of religion and politics

Sep 11 2019 — Michael Coren — They say it’s impolite to discuss religion or politics, so to write about both together must be positively criminal. It would certainly seem that way judging by the reaction of right-wing columnists and social media warriors recently after I wrote about Andrew Scheer’s conservative Roman Catholicism causing us to doubt his position on abortion and […]

Election 2019 is going to be all about our children

Sep 11 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It’s arrived. That future Canadian election is now about to unfold in present tense. For the next 40 days until voting day on Oct. 21, think of the children — not the childish sorts filling social media with partisan taunts, or even the real children we will want to shield from the nasty, personal politics […]

Bernier struggles to be heard in Quebec

Sep 9 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Maxime Bernier’s bid to take part in the election debates took a big hit last week when Quebec’s biggest private television network declined to include him in its leaders’ roster. Things are definitively not coming up roses for the People’s Party leader in his home-province. Over the course of a few days, Bernier lost face […]

Scheer to launch Conservative campaign Wednesday

Sep 9 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will take the initiative Wednesday and officially launch his bid to become Canada’s next prime minister. Sources tell the Star the Conservatives will kickoff their election campaign Wednesday, rather than wait for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to head to Rideau Hall and officially call the general election. The Conservative move […]

Trudeau gets a re-election boost from Canada’s job numbers

Sep 8 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Justin Trudeau couldn’t ask for a better economic backdrop to launch his campaign for re-election. Employment numbers on Friday showed a hiring frenzy — again — in August. Employers filled 81,000 new positions in just one month, and more than 300,000 so far this year, more than 470,000 in the past 12 months. The unemployment […]

Dodging debates not a new Trudeau strategy

Sep 8 2019 — Robin V. Sears — After too many smoky hours, Bill Fox, the Tory debate negotiation leader, and I looked at each other. It was a shared, painful moment of epiphany. Fox leaned over and said quietly, “We’re being played…!” In the corridor a few minutes later, we both rued how long it had taken for the penny to drop. […]

The election fight for seats in Parliament is set to be fierce

Sep 6 2019 — Chantal Hébert — With the Oct. 21 election on the verge of being officially called, the Liberals are going in the campaign with a slight edge on the Conservatives in the polls. Neither can take anything for granted. Based on Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer’s performances over the course of back-to-back sessions with the Toronto Star’s editorial board […]

A weekend of election nastiness hints at what is to come

Sep 4 2019 — Susan Delacourt — An ugly confrontation over Islamophobia; the prime minister forced out of a parade by heckling protesters; a party leader denouncing an activist with autism as “mentally unstable” and calling for her to be “attacked.” All this happened in one weekend in Canada — and the election hasn’t yet started. Is it any wonder that many […]

Can Jagmeet Singh and the NDP bounce back?

Sep 4 2019 — Chantal Hébert — To take the full measure of the unprecedented plight of the New Democratic Party less than 50 days before the Oct. 21 federal vote consider the following: For the first time in decades the NDP will not be mounting a campaign tour on par with that of the Liberals and the Conservatives. Jagmeet Singh’s party […]