An increase in Quebec voting in the week-long federal Liberal Party online leadership election has boosted the overall turnout significantly over the day to 42 per cent of more than 127,000 registered voters, with five days of voting to remain.
Liberal Party beefing up telephone help lines to cope with a flood of calls from people having trouble voting in leadership campaign.
The event was primarily designed as a media phenomenon to substitute for the drama and hoopla that would have accompanied a traditional convention of delegates rather than a party-wide vote over seven days. It also highlighted the enormous challenges ahead for the party.
The Trudeau brain trust is drawn from the party’s new guard, Liberal insiders who worked as staffers and campaigners soon after graduating from university in the 1990s.
Liberal Leadership candidate Justin Trudeau gained another 949 contributors over the week’s reporting period. His campaign war chest, two days before voting begins, is $1,078,866, after a 10 per cent cut to the party that all candidates have been submitting to pay for the contest debates, events and cost of the election.
With roughly 127,000 eligible voters, a mix of about 37,500 card-carrying Liberal Party members who have registered to vote and roughly 89,500 in the new Liberal Party supporter category, the setup means getting out the vote, with the kind of cross-country organization only Justin Trudeau has, will be as crucial as it is in a general election.
'If Trudeau doesn’t, and I believe Trudeau doesn’t make it on the first ballot, then the second choice will kick in. It will be a surprise box,' says former Justice minister Martin Cauchon.
Liberal MPs on Tuesday criticized Liberal leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay for a lengthy attack against MP and leadership contender Joyce Murray’s central campaign plank calling for electoral cooperation among the opposition parties to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives in the next federal election.
The $1-million that Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau has raised for his campaign since last October and a formidable list of establishment Liberals whose names are sprinkled through his list of more than 7,000 donors have not intimidated challenger and Liberal MP Joyce Murray, the only other candidate to show momentum since December.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top Cabinet ministers, including heavyweight political ministers for the provinces and major cities, were fanning out Thursday night and Friday to begin selling the federal budget before the opposition parties had a chance to leave the starting gate.
Liberal Party President Mike Crawley says he has ‘full confidence’ in the integrity of the voter list being established for the party’s leadership election, in the face of complaints from one of the candidate campaigns about irregularities.
Irregularities in voter registrations for the Liberal Party leadership election are being challenged ‘big time’ as scrutineers for the seven remaining candidates are poring through the qualifications of tens of thousands of potential voters, says an official with one of the leadership campaigns.
Two Liberal leadership candidates whose profiles have grown significantly over the past week are challenging the media and punditry wisdom that Montreal MP Justin Trudeau has sealed a victory with four weeks remaining in the contest, and citing the Trudeau campaign’s last-minute appeal for an extension of the deadline for voter registration as evidence.
Former Liberal leadership contender Marc Garneau’s campaign has admitted a contentious robocall telephone survey it conducted last week did not comply with federal caller identification rules for political polling.
A U.S. Congressional watchdog monitoring the F-35 stealth fighter jet program is warning that persistent testing and development delays could take the sophisticated war plane’s price tag out of the reach of the U.S. military and partner countries, including Canada, that are backing the trouble-plagued project.
Most Canadians, including a majority in Quebec, believe the province’s separation from Canada would require well over 50 per cent of the vote in a referendum on Quebec independence, a Forum Research survey has found.
Reform Party founder recognizes conservative movement’s image problem with many Canadians and outlines strategy for change in annual conservative scouting report.
NCC’s Stephen Taylor says Conservatives are getting ‘complacent’ and the Libs, NDP are catching up.
Conservative MPs Candice Bergen, Joan Crockatt, and Michelle Rempel talk about being female politicians at annual Manning Centre Conference.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Conservatives should stick to their guns with the kind of crime, refugee, and economic policies that won over swaths of new Canadians in the 2011 federal election.
Attendees packed into Social on Sussex Drive last Thursday, a mix of Canada 2020 delegates and Hillites. The bar was lit up red and the party went on well into the wee hours of the morning.
Policy Options Editor Dan Gardner, Environics' Greg MacEachern, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
Canadians for Clean Prosperity’s Tom Chervinsky and Mollie Anderson, with United Way Ottawa VP Adam Smith.
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ Nicholas Todd and Canada 2020’s Alex Patterson.
Adriana Vega, William Norman, and Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld’s legislative assistant Hillary Buchan-Terrell.
NPR Radio host in D.C. David McGuffin and Liberal volunteer Mike Lapointe.
The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski and Samara’s Kendall Anderson.
Great Work’s Jen Hunter and Allana Graham, flanking Canadian Home Builders' Association’s Jason Burggraaf.