The New Democrats say they suspect the federal government may have had an advantage Monday when it began debate over controversial anti-terrorism legislation at the same time—disclosed only later in the day— that the RCMP were planning a news conference to disclose the first arrests on alleged terrorism-related charges in Canada since 2010.
The federal government has begun officially referring to the Canadian Forces as the Canadian Armed Forces in departmental statements and speeches, a name change that one of Canada’s leading peace groups says will turn the Defence Department into a ‘political actor’ in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s efforts to expand his party’s conservative base.
The federal Liberals have gained ground over the past year as the party voters believe is the most effective opposition and risen significantly at the expense of the NDP, according to a Forum Research poll.
The federal Liberals, buoyed by an injection of financial donations generated by their recent leadership race and the public spotlight on new leader Justin Trudeau, are plotting summer strategy.
The federal Liberal Party has launched a so-called ‘Hope and Hard Work’ campaign on the heels of its record-setting leadership election of Justin Trudeau—but leadership vote numbers in Quebec show it may take more hard work than just hoping to win back the province that has overwhelmingly rejected the Liberals for two decades outside the party’s Montreal strongholds.
Basking in the glow of an enormously successful leadership election with 104,552 Canadians casting ballots, the federal Liberal Party, its six leader candidates, and MPs and organizers, made it clear Sunday they want to build on the vast network, built up primarily by landslide winner Justin Trudeau, and vault past the NDP to win government in the next federal election.
NDP will continue holding the government to account on ethical lapses, ‘fiascos’ such as the F-35 fighter jets procurement process, to show Canadians, they capable of replacing the government, says NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
NDP MPs say the party’s resolutions, officially approved by nearly 2,000 delegates at its policy convention in Montreal, will become party policy and eventually the building blocks to winning the next federal election in 2015.
New Democrat MPs are brushing off a recent poll showing the federal Liberal Party polling ahead of, not only their party, but the majority-governing Conservative Party for the first time since 2009.
Traditional campaigns treat voters like political consumers, but in the 21st century, political parties need to use all means possible to engage voters as citizens in a ‘meaningful way,’ says Jeremy Bird.
The NDP policy convention in Montreal this weekend includes campaign training and election preparations, but some delegates say more time is needed for actual policy talk.
Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told NDP delegates that inequality is inherently unstable for Canadian society, and that shared prosperity is needed in the country. It’s something that New Democrats are embracing heading into the 2015 federal election.
The Liberals will release a complete rundown of votes cast for each Liberal leadership candidate, in each of the 308 federal electoral districts, once the winner of the party’s ground-breaking online vote is announced on Sunday.
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.
Great Work Systems' Jen Hunter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristen Smith.
Attendees at the Tuesday, Jan. 27 event filled the glass atrium of the Performance Court Building adjoining to the back of Beckta restaurant on Elgin Street. A DJ was playing upbeat tunes all evening.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, CHEO CEO Alex Munter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristin Smith.
NSERC President Mario Pinto talking to Phil Fontaine, former AFN national chief.
Bruce Heyman speaking with Huawei's Scott Bradley, and Liberal transition head Peter Harder.
Liberal MP Kim Rudd talks to Huffington Post Canada's Althia Raj.
Director of Communications to the House Speaker, Heather Bradley.
Bluesky Strategy's Codie Taylor, and Emily Smith in behind.
Kyle Harrietha, left, a staffer to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.
Mike Storeshaw, director of media relations to interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose.