National Newswatch

Winning trust, not debates, will prove decisive in this election

Sep 12 2021 — Jaime Watt — As their respective war rooms gear up for the final week of the election campaign, Conservatives and Liberals alike will be working overtime to launch one final knock-out blow. Those hoping such a blow might have come during the leaders’ debates this week are no doubt disappointed. Although these debates do not usually have a […]

Conservative plan to cost more than $100 billion over next decade, Star analysis finds

Sep 6 2021 — Alex Boutilier — The Conservatives plan to spend more than $100 billion over the next decade while maintaining they can balance the federal books without cuts, a Star analysis has found. Direct spending promises in the Conservative platform total $103.6 billion over the next 10 years, excluding tax measures and other promises without price tags. The Conservative campaign […]

How should party leaders manage loony and craven candidates?

Sep 5 2021 — Robin V. Sears — Bozo candidate season has started now that nominations are closed. This year we have the craven as well as the loony. One repeat offender, Conservative candidate Cheryl Gallant, is back. This year she launched a hilariously wacko set of YouTube videos insinuating that the Liberals plan a “climate lockdown.” (What does that even mean? Perhaps […]

Prime minister Erin O’Toole. Try that one on for size

Sep 4 2021 — Susan Delacourt — As the federal election passes an important milepost over this Labour Day weekend, the prospect of a Conservative government has gone from a remote chance to a real possibility after Sept. 20. Successive polls are showing that Erin O’Toole is having a good election campaign. Justin Trudeau? Not so much. The Star’s own poll analysis […]