National Newswatch

Your guide to the 2020 federal Conservative leadership race

Jan 6 2020 — Steve Paikin — It never ceases to amaze me how cruel and fickle politics can be. You already know that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer won the most votes (although not the most seats) in the federal election last October. But did you also know that the 6.15 million votes he earned was the second-highest vote total of any […]

Do social conservatives still have a place in Canadian politics?

Dec 2 2019 — Steve Paikin — Andrew Scheer is widely known to be deeply committed to his Roman Catholic faith. He isn’t the first national party leader to be a religious person. Previous leaders of Canadian conservative movements — Stephen Harper, Preston Manning, and Stockwell Day, for example — were all presumed to be or confirmed they were evangelical Christians. J.S. […]

Could it be the Red Tories’ time?

Nov 21 2019 — Steve Paikin — Red Tories have never had a better chance to unify Canada’s Conservatives. The question is: under whose leadership. If you ever needed more evidence that politics is a funny business, just look at the results of the last federal election.

Election post-mortem, Part 3: Why Doug Ford had Toronto seeing red

Oct 25 2019 — — speaks with a Liberal organizer about the blackface scandal, the carbon tax, and how Trudeau brought the fight to Ford. On Monday, Canadians voted in a federal election. Much attention had been paid to the Greater Toronto Area as a key battleground. In the end, the Liberals essentially held their “Fortress Toronto” — despite […]

One pollster’s advice for Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer

Jul 5 2019 — Matt Gurney — Over the past several months, one overarching theme has run through virtually every story involving Ontario politics: the plummeting popularity of Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative party he leads. The decline was evident months ago; in recent weeks, it’s become catastrophic. Ford’s big cabinet shuffle was an obvious attempt to regroup and do […]

The day the Queen’s Park press corps fought back

Aug 3 2018 — Steve Paikin — Normally, I like to write about what goes on in front of the cameras — the cabinet ministers who make the announcements, the policy changes that get introduced, or the historic moments that make covering politics so interesting. This piece is going to be different. I’m going to shine a light on something you may […]

Where has the centre gone in Ontario politics?

May 7 2018 — Steve Paikin — I’ve written in this space before that the 2018 Ontario election campaign presents voters with one of the starkest choices they’ve ever had to make. It’s hard to remember a provincial campaign that’s featured two leaders so diametrically opposed to each other — in policy and in personality — as Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford. […]

How Andrea Horwath is approaching her last chance to win an election

May 4 2018 — — ​If the provincial election were held today, Andrea Horwath would almost certainly not still be NDP leader for her 10th anniversary on the job in 2019. Instead, her party would perhaps marginally increase its seat count at Queen’s Park but remain in third place. Horwath, unlikely to retain the party’s support after a third defeat, […]

How Patrick Brown’s exit jeopardizes national consensus on climate change

Apr 4 2018 — Steve Paikin — Thirty-five years ago, the Liberal prime minister’s last name was Trudeau, same as today. But the premier of Ontario was a Progressive Conservative named Davis. You couldn’t find two more different first ministers than Pierre and Bill. One was a dashing, dynamic, fluently bilingual intellectual from Québec, who thumbed his nose at western farmers and […]