By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Mon., May 13, 2019 There could soon be more room in the minivan. Marie-France Lalonde, one of just seven Liberals re-elected to the Ontario Legislature last June, is jumping to federal politics for the Oct. 21 election. “I am seeking the Liberal nomination to be a strong voice for Orléans at the federal level,” Lalonde announced Monday. The former solicitor general was one of a handful of Liberal MPPs who survived the Progressive Conservative landslide last spring that saw a governing caucus reduced to a tiny rump that Premier Doug Ford mocks as “the minivan party.” Lalonde, who will remain an MPP until the federal writ drop at the end of the summer, has represented Orléans provincially since 2014. She had been mentioned as a possible Ontario Liberal leadership candidate. Article Continued Below “I am asking the people of Orléans to put their faith in me again,” … [Read more...] about Marie-France Lalonde to seek federal Liberal nomination
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Wed., May 8, 2019 One of the seven survivors of the wreckage that was the Ontario Liberals’ last provincial election campaign is thinking about jumping ship. MPP Marie-France Lalonde said she is “seriously considering” seeking the federal nomination in her Ottawa-area riding of Orleans, where Liberal MP Andrew Leslie is not seeking re-election. Lalonde, a former solicitor general who has been mentioned as a possible provincial Liberal leadership hopeful, said she would make her decision by next Monday. “It’s definitely not official, ” the Orleans MPP told reporters at Queen’s Park on Wednesday. “We need to keep the seat (Liberal) red. I was very said to hear of the retirement of Mr. Leslie. It came as a surprise locally. He’s been doing a fantastic job,” she said. Article Continued Below The two-term MPP said she is concerned the October election could … [Read more...] about Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde may jump to federal politics
By Susan Delacourt National Columnist Tues., May 7, 2019 It takes a certain amount of nerve to rail against elites and privilege when your minimum salary hovers around $180,000 a year. Yet this is now the daily spectacle in Canada’s House of Commons, with MPs on all sides shaking their fists against millionaires, large corporations and pretty much anything that takes a few more dollars from the wallets of “hard-working citizens.” These would be the same citizens who presumably didn’t get a $3,300-a-year raise last month — unlike your members of Parliament. Thanks to a new report from the Samara Centre for Democracy, we now have a name for this phenomenon of the rich railing against the rich. It’s called “elite-led populism,” and while the Samara report is mostly reassuring about the current depth of populist discontent in Canada, it also warns that the political elites in Canada are sowing a lot of the anger … [Read more...] about It’s a little rich for MPs to criticize the affluent
By Chantal Hébert Star Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 As prime minister, Justin Trudeau is not one who is usually eclipsed on a Canadian stage — especially on Parliament Hill. The occasion of Jason Kenney’s return to his former haunts Thursday in his new role as Alberta’s premier was a clear exception. For better or for worse, the premier’s message that Trudeau’s environmental policies are putting his province’s economy in peril, alienating Albertans and putting dangerous strains on the unity of the federation, resonated loud and clear. Absent a strong federal counter-message, Kenney literally had the stage to himself. By the time the Alberta premier left town, no one doubted where he stood. The same could not so easily be said of Trudeau. On the energy/environment front, the prime minister has managed to lose pro-pipeline advocates to the perception that he is against them, even as more and more environmental advocates … [Read more...] about Liberals are stuck on Justin Trudeau’s rudderless ship
By Susan Delacourt National Columnist Thu., May 2, 2019 Conservatives gave Justin Trudeau a demotion this week — a nominal one, at least. On Wednesday, one Conservative critic after another stood up and addressed their questions to the “Liberal leader” — not the prime minister, as is conventional practice in the House. It’s a small thing, perhaps, but it coincided with the unveiling of a new Conservative attack-ad campaign, featuring the same tag line in each of the five spots: “Justin Trudeau: Not as Advertised.” Casting Trudeau as a mere party leader, or a faulty product, gives us some idea of where the Conservatives believe the prime minister is vulnerable as the fall election looms. The idea, presumably, is to remind voters that Conservatives had warned people in 2015 that Trudeau was neither prime ministerial nor ready for high office. Remember “nice hair?” Trudeau, we’ll also recall, took the … [Read more...] about Is Trudeau the prime minister or just the Liberal leader?