National Newswatch

Messy path forward for Tories

Dec 15 2019 — Penny Collenette — The last few days have reminded us that politics can be a blood sport. Two leaders of the opposition, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Jeremy Corbyn, U.K. Labour Party leader, were unceremoniously left by the political wayside in different ways. Scheer was taken down by his own party, weeks after an election defeat, while Corbyn […]

A look at the year that was and predictions for 2020

Dec 15 2019 — — Most underrated politician of 2019: Only one federal party leader managed to unambiguously improve their party’s lot in the last election: Yves-Francois Blanchet revived the Bloc Québécois with a sharply executed pivot from sovereignty to nationalism. The fifth Bloc leader since 2015, he turned in a tight, eloquent performance in the French-language debates, and then […]

Jailed for seven years, Canada to press the case of human rights blogger Raif Badawi with Saudi Arabia

Dec 14 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s new foreign affairs minister is raising fresh concerns about two human rights advocates jailed in a Saudi Arabian prison who have begun hunger strikes, among them Raif Badawi, whose wife and three children live in Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne, speaking after attending an international human rights conference in Berlin and travelling to […]

Scheer facing an internal audit over use of Conservative Party funds

Dec 13 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is facing an internal audit over the use of party funds to cover his children’s private school tuition. Two sources told the Star Friday night that the Conservative Fund board, which manages the party’s finances and counts former prime minister Stephen Harper as a member, has ordered a forensic audit […]

Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay are preparing to enter the race to replace Andrew Scheer

Dec 13 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Former Conservative cabinet ministers Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole are both putting together teams as they prepare to enter the race to replace Andrew Scheer. Conservative sources speaking on background confirmed that camps for both MacKay and O’Toole have been making calls to Conservative activists Friday, a day after Scheer announced he would step aside […]

History shows Scheer’s stepping down could transform the political landscape for decades to come

Dec 12 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Andrew Scheer announced his departure as Conservative leader on the eve of a significant political anniversary in Canada. Forty years ago, on Dec. 13, 1979, the Conservative minority government of Joe Clark fell, setting in motion a chain of events that would transform the two big political parties in Canada for decades to come. Scheer’s […]

Andrew Scheer quitting as Conservative leader amid controversy

Dec 12 2019 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has announced he will step down once a new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is selected. Scheer told his caucus MPs at an emergency caucus meeting Thursday that he would be quitting, but will remain as leader of the Official Opposition until a new leader is chosen. Conservative MPs […]

Trudeau gets support on new NAFTA from aluminum industry leader and former Conservative minister

Dec 11 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing Opposition criticism over the new NAFTA deal, is getting help from two important and unlikely sources: the head of Canada’s aluminum sector and a former Conservative cabinet minister. Trudeau defended the newly modified NAFTA agreement Wednesday as a winner for Canadian aluminum producers even without special guarantees that the North […]

Here’s why Canada and Alberta need each other

Dec 9 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Mon., Dec. 9, 2019timer4 min. read As Jason Kenney and a third of his cabinet attempt to smother Ottawa this week with charm and argument, it’s not just because environmentalists and Justin Trudeau have been breathing down his neck about emissions in the oilsands. That’s just nagging. The real driving force behind Kenney’s push is […]

Kenney urges Trudeau government to take ‘meaningful action’ to address separatist sentiments in Alberta

Dec 9 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched a full-court press on the Trudeau government Monday, arriving with a team of eight cabinet ministers, numbers and charts in hand, to warn that separatist sentiment in the Prairies is real and tied to federal policies that are crushing the energy sector. Kenney brought his pitch for a “fair deal […]