By Chantal Hébert Star Columnist Fri., May 10, 2019 On the day his party lost a B.C. seat to the Greens in a byelection this week, Jagmeet Singh took Justin Trudeau to task about climate change, an issue he raised again over the next two days. It was a change of pace of sorts for the NDP leader. There have been twenty-four House sittings since Singh claimed his seat on March 18, and he has led his party in question period on more than half of those occasions. But until this week, he had yet to make climate change the main focus of his first round of questions to the government. That may become a more regular occurrence going forward. Singh has been under pressure for months to raise his party’s game on climate change. Article Continued Below When he appointed Montreal MP Alexandre Boulerice to the role of deputy leader in March, both men stressed their intention to make the environment a central issue in the party’s upcoming platform. For … [Read more...] about Greens are racing NDP to the climate-change punch
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By Chantal Hébert Star Columnist Tues., May 7, 2019 If there were any doubts that the upcoming federal election really has become Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives to lose, the results of Monday’s byelection in the B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith should have dispelled them. No, the last byelection to be held before next fall’s federal campaign did not feature a great surge to the right. The Conservative share of the vote barely went up a couple of points from 2015. And yes, the Green Party was the night’s big winner. But from Scheer’s perspective, a win for Elizabeth May’s party may be as promising a harbinger of greater things to come for his own party next fall as a Conservative byelection victory could have been. By all indications, the very pattern of a divided progressive vote — which drove Justin Trudeau to espouse electoral reform when the Liberals were in third place in the House of Commons — is … [Read more...] about Green victory suggests progressive vote is up for grabs
By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Tues., May 7, 2019 OTTAWA—Elizabeth May’s new husband is suiting for the coming federal election, in which he will run for the Green Party in British Columbia. John Kidder, who married the Green leader on Earth Day last month, said he hopes he can build on Monday’s breakthrough byelection victory on Vancouver Island, where local candidate Paul Manly became just the second Green candidate ever elected to the House of Commons. “I am indeed running in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, which includes my home in Ashcroft,” Kidder told the Star by email Tuesday, referring to the sprawling B.C. riding that he will try to wrest from the Liberals in the federal election on Oct. 21. Green Party spokesperson Rosie Emery confirmed Kidder has already clinched the nomination in the riding, which is currently held by Liberal MP Jati Sidhu. “We’re going to establish the beachhead for the Green Party on … [Read more...] about Elizabeth May’s new husband to run for the Green Party in B.C.
By Josh Wingrove Bloomberg Tues., May 7, 2019 The Canadian government is likely to proceed with expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline when it announces its final decision on the conduit next month, officials familiar with the matter say. The government has made no secret about its interest in finding a way to expand the line, but has tiptoed around the matter to avoid opening any decision up to legal challenges that have already delayed the project — and things remain fluid as consultations continue. However, with a June 18 decision approaching, the government is likely to proceed with the expansion, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the they’re not authorized to speak publicly. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun signalling his interest. “The only way to do it is to do it responsibly, and that’s what we’re doing. The need for it, and the national interest, is clear,” he said on April 30. … [Read more...] about Canada likely to proceed with Trans Mountain expansion
By Joan Bryden The Canadian Press Sun., April 28, 2019 OTTAWA—A new poll suggests support for Justin Trudeau, his government and his party sank to a new low this month, just six months before Canadians will decide whether to re-elect the Liberals or give them the boot after just one term. But it also provides a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered prime minister, suggesting that support for Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives is soft and could yet dwindle as the Oct. 21 election draws closer. And it suggests the Liberals could rebound if the election plays out as a polarized choice between them and the Tories, squeezing out the NDP and Green party. According to the Leger poll, conducted April 18-22 for The Canadian Press, just 27 per cent of respondents said they’d vote for Trudeau’s Liberals — 13 points behind Scheer’s front-running Conservatives, who, at 40 per cent, were in the range needed to win a majority of seats in the House of … [Read more...] about Liberals, Trudeau hit new low but poll suggests surging Tory support is soft