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Singh-led NDP could prove to be ‘double whammy’ for Liberals in 2019, could ‘siphon off’ significant chunk of votes

By Abbas Rana      

•Liberal MPs who won their seats by less than a 10 per cent margin in the last election, especially in major urban centres, are concerned with Jagmeet Singh’s election. •Liberal MPs said almost all agree that if the NDP vote goes up even slightly in ridings won by close margins, it will give an edge to the Conservatives and the Liberals will lose those seats.

NDP MP Nathan Cullen and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured recently on the Hill. The federal Liberals are concerned that Mr. Singh's New Democrats could reduce the Justin Trudeau government to a minority government in the 2019 federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Liberals are concerned that the Jagmeet Singh-led New Democrats would “siphon off” a significant chunk of votes from them in the 2019 election, creating three-way races across the country that would be a “double whammy” for the ruling party trying to hold off the Conservatives, and, at the minimum, could reduce them to a minority government, say current and former Liberal MPs, and former senior Liberals.

In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'

Throne Speech steeped in British parliamentary tradition dating back to at least the 16th century

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Queen Elizabeth, on her first royal visit to Canada in 1957, delivered John Diefenbaker's first Throne Speech. In 1977, she delivered Pierre Trudeau's Throne Speech as well in Canada.

Liberals’ Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House

News|By Aidan Chamandy 3:04 PM ET
MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.

‘Thou shalt be there,’ government whip tells MPs as high-stakes minority Parliament kicks off Thursday

News|By Palak Mangat
In a minority Parliament, co-operation between parties is now an 'imperative, as opposed to something that we would try to do,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland.

‘A servant of the House’: MPs to elect Commons Speaker in early-morning ceremony

News|By Beatrice Paez
Incumbent House Speaker Geoff Regan says he expects MPs will be largely influenced by their peers' assessments of the candidates in casting their ballots for the new Speaker.

Political ties, not diplomatic bona fides needed for next Canadian envoy in D.C., says former ambassador

News|By Neil Moss
‘From a U.S. perspective, the relationship between the ambassador and the prime minister has to be extremely close,’ says Michael Kergin.

‘Let’s get on with the contest now’: chorus of prominent Conservatives calling for Scheer’s ouster continues to grow

News|By Mike Lapointe
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.

Parliament security labour standoff nearing end of the road

Long-awaited collective agreements are finally being settled with the unions representing Parliament’s security officers, just in time for a new round of talks.

French envoy defends Macron’s NATO comments as ‘brave’

French ambassador Kareen Rispal says the 29-member alliance is in the midst of a political crisis and her president was recognizing that fact.
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