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Liberals rebound in polls, Nanos says women giving Grits lead over Conservatives

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Nanos polls since the election have consistently shown a double-digit advantage for the Grits among female voters.

Polls from Nanos Research chair Nik Nanos, left, show the Liberals holding a steady advantage over the second-place Conservatives as of mid-way through November, despite a barrage of controversies tied to the party or the government. Liberal MP Raj Grewal was one of several Liberals who pointed to the strong economy as a reason for voter confidence in the government, while Conservative MP Lisa Raitt, her party's deputy leader, said the Conservatives would be working to build a policy ahead of the 2019 election that would win back voters. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, The Hill Times file photographs

Liberal MPs are pointing to a strong economy and more generous Canada child benefit program to explain their party’s surge in the polls since mid-October, while one pollster is pointing to a steady advantage among female voters for the Grits, despite a deluge of negative news headlines and withering opposition attacks.

The ‘lost’ opportunity of the PM’s India trip, and other observations from India’s exiting envoy

Exiting Indian envoy Vikas Swarup talks Kashmir, the prime minister's infamous India visit, trade, and future relations between the two countries.

Raitt’s loss sparks questions about future of women in the Conservative Party, says political expert

News|By Beatrice Paez
Beyond being a voice for Conservative women, Lisa Raitt was unifying force who could transcend bitter partisan divides, says Melanee Thomas, political science professor at the University of Calgary.

In substantive shakeup to front bench, Trudeau adds seven new faces to cabinet

Rookie MPs Anita Anand and Steven Guilbeault are among those making up the 18 women and 18 men who will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau around the cabinet table.

Liberals’ proposed fix to defence procurement is a ‘gamble,’ say Conservatives

News|By Neil Moss
'Anything is an improvement over what's going on right now,' says Liberal MP John McKay, who was parliamentary secretary to the defence minister from 2015 to 2017.

Military making progress on Indigenous, visible minority recruitment, lagging on attracting women

Despite Liberal policy aiming for 25 per cent female recruits by 2026, the number of women in Regular Forces and Primary Reserves is still below 16 per cent, according to latest data.

Anchorman: Evan Solomon named new host of CTV’s Power Play

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, CTV photojournalist Dave Ellis to retire after 34-year career, and an Abacus poll suggests only Stephen Harper is a more preferable Conservative leader than Andrew Scheer.

‘If we’re going to sit there and be slinging mud, it’s going to be a long three years,’ says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Taxes, environment, Indigenous rights: what could shape Liberals’ new legislative agenda

The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 

Wexit ‘absolutely a real thing’ and reaching ‘boiling point’; Parliamentarians need to ‘look for bold and innovative solutions,’ say Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Wexit was one of the ‘top of mind’ issues at the Alberta Conservative caucus’ special meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6.
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