Poilievre called it ‘hell.’ The Downtown Eastside begs to differ

VANCOUVER—The skies over Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside threaten rain as they darken and release the odd drop to the bustling sidewalks of the country’s most controversial neighbourhood. Under a black fold-up canopy at the corner of Columbia and East Hastings, volunteers of the Overdose Prevention Society sit, somewhat safe from any impending downpour. Canopies like this … Read more

Cost of living, inflation poised to take centre stage as Parliament returns – National

Economic matters like cost of living and inflation will be top of mind for parliamentarians as they return to Ottawa to kick off a new year in federal politics. Members of Parliament will sit in the House of Commons today for the first session of 2023 after retreating with their respective parties to strategize their … Read more

Justin Trudeau won’t discuss his approval ratings — but some Liberals are wondering if his message needs to change

HAMILTON—As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped a federal cabinet retreat Wednesday ahead of Parliament’s return next week, he struck a defiant note in the face of angry protesters who dogged his visit here. Trudeau said they don’t represent most Canadians, nor do they represent a broader shift in public mood against him personally. Rather, Trudeau … Read more

Justin Trudeau tells us why he is disliked, what keeps him awake and who Pierre Poilievre is ‘preying on’

Justin Trudeau is very aware of just how much he’s become a lightning rod for anger in Canada. It’s kind of hard to miss. As we sat together in a meeting room at the University of Windsor this week, a gaggle of protesters with the now-familiar “F— Trudeau” flags were gathered outside, cheered on by … Read more

Pierre Poilievre needs to win ridings like Mississauga-Lakeshore. Insiders reveal why he didn’t try harder this time

OTTAWA — Voters in Mississauga-Lakeshore have returned a Liberal to Parliament in a byelection that opposition parties played down Tuesday as having any meaningful impact on their own quests to unseat the government. But with conventional wisdom holding that the path to power must include winning seats in the Greater Toronto Area, the outcome of … Read more

Liberal Charles Sousa declares victory in Mississauga-Lakeshore byelection

OTTAWA — Former Ontario Liberal finance minister Charles Sousa looks set to be making the move to life as an MP after a federal byelection Monday seen as a stress test for the two main federal party leaders. Three hours after polls closed in the Mississauga-Lakeshore byelection, Sousa was out well ahead of his main … Read more

Insiders say federal Conservatives are up against the ‘Ford factor’ in Mississauga byelection

OTTAWA — The Conservatives’ first kick at winning a seat with Pierre Poilivre as leader. A former provincial Liberal cabinet minister trying to jump to Parliament at a time when support for federal Liberals is stagnant. Those surveying the landscape for the federal by-election in Mississauga-Lakeshore may see the outlines of a compelling political drama … Read more

Veteran lives at stake with new rehab contract, feds warned

OTTAWA — Case managers at Veterans Affairs Canada are warning that lives could be at stake as the government presses ahead with plans to change the way physical and mental rehabilitation services are provided to ill and injured ex-soldiers. The warnings were delivered in emotional testimony before the House of Commons veterans affairs committee Monday, … Read more

Pierre Poilievre still supports ‘peaceful’ elements of ‘Freedom Convoy’ as he waits for inquiry’s final report

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says he still supports what he calls the “peaceful” elements of last winter’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests, but is reserving judgment for now on the evidence presented at a public inquiry into whether the Emergencies Act was needed to end them. Last February, the Tories were emphatic that the … Read more

Opposition parties outline priorities ahead of fiscal update

OTTAWA — A senior government official says Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s fall economic statement will propose to tax corporate stock buybacks in a bid to encourage companies to invest in their domestic operations and workers. The source spoke to The Canadian Press on the condition they not be named because they were not authorized to … Read more